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vantastrophe  asked:

I messaged you quite some time ago about dealing with an old school micromanager for a dr. Turns out I've been ignoring flags of abuse in her behavior to the point where I feel trapped here. I've cut back my hours but I think I'll be quitting within the next few months. What can I ask future clinics in interviews to avoid this situation again, if I can at all? Side note: Steven universe soundtrack coming out in June, ahhhhh!!!!

My apologies but I can’t seem to find the previous ask to refer to. If you have an abusive boss or are in a toxic workplace, the best thing you can do now is to like up everything you need and leave. The sooner you can escape, the better.

I have worked for a veterinarian who I would label abusive and dangerous. Most of the local industry is aware of them, but because they are capable of being so charming when they want something from you they get away with the same bull again and again.

The only reason I stayed in that place for as long as I did, and I’d decided after two days there that I needed to leave, was that all us ‘underlings’ looked out for each other. We were all shielding each other to the best of our abilities from the boss, but the reluctance to leave each other exposed or with a higher workload actually trapped many of us for longer than we should have allowed.

You may find your brain starts highlighting fed flags in other people’s behavior if you’ve been burnt badly enough by this abusive boss. That’s a self preservation instinct, and that’s what it’s there for. Sometimes it will develop into an anxiety, so watch it carefully, but pay attention to those red flags. human behavior is complex and there will no doubt be subtleties that I miss in the following list of warning signs and things to check.

  • Always advertising one or more positions. Frequent job adverts might be just bad luck, or they might be a red flag
  • Vague reasons why why previous staff members are leaving, or refusal to discuss them.
  • ‘Good’ reasons for job openings include a staff member moving interstate, parental leave, moving onto further education opportunities, or just a job opening because business is expanding.
  • A very low starting wage with ‘review’ after X weeks.
  • Haven’t actually read your resume
  • Hassling you after offering the job for you to sign a contract
  • Anything unusual in the contract
  • Ask current staff members if they’re happy
  • Decide whether or not they’re telling the truth
  • Ask if you can contact previous employees.
  • Take lots of referrals from clients that live far away
  • The ‘staff’ section on the website is not current, or only features the boss/practice owner
  • High staff turnover
  • Lots of charm. Everything’s kind of shiny and showy. Not obviously good substance behind it.

The difficulty with potentially abusive bosses and toxic workplaces is that they can be hard to spot, they don’t all have obvious clues. Sometimes you do just need to try things and see, which isn’t all that helpful. It might be more useful in the short term to know what your own limits are, what you can put up with, and what you definitely will not.

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