CareerBuilder – Help! My boss is flirting with me

Published: January 13, 2011 | Last Updated: January 13, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

By Kaitlin Madden and Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder



Sometimes it seems like not everyone got the memo about taboo behaviors in the workplace. The girl who excitedly plans her wedding over the phone in the middle of the day didn’t get the memo. The guy who wears so much cologne that you swear he moonlights at a perfume counter didn’t get the memo. And your overtly flirtatious boss certainly didn’t get the memo, either…  


Though it’s important to confront your boss directly, it’s also important to remember that you have to continue working for this person, so a tactful approach is key. "Express your discomfort in a gracious way that doesn’t condemn [him or her]," says Irene Levine, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. "Instead, take responsibility yourself. For example, you might say, ‘I always prefer to maintain a strictly business relationship at work. I know you’re kidding around but it makes me feel uncomfortable.’"  


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