Who will You Stand Up For, the Boss or Your Colleagues?

The colleagues and the boss - The relations between the colleagues must be managed well. But on the other hand, to get along with your boss is important too.
China
November 13, 2009 3:49am CST
For most staffs, if you can win the favor of the boss, it is obvious that you will benefit a lot from the good relationship with your boss. People often say that the best way to increase your day-to-day workplace happiness and lower your workplace stress is to improve your relationship with the boss. When you have built a strong a relationship with your boss, then you may be envied and expelled by your colleagues; if you get yourself involved in the office and have a harmonious relationship with others, you have to follow suit and avoid being too active. It is really a hard task to make a decision. The colleagues and the boss, who is more important? If you just meet such a situation now, will you choose to get along with the boss, follow the mass, or play the safe? Who will you stand up for, your boss or colleagues?
13 responses
@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
13 Nov 09
Actually, I prefer to be right. Whoever is right is who I support.
• China
13 Nov 09
From what you have said above, I think you are a great man indeed. For most people, when facing my discussion, their responses often tend to choose boss or colleagues. Compared with them, you are really a unique one. But when living in the real society, it is really a difficult task for us to support the right all the time.
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@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
14 Nov 09
actually, some of my co-workers knew how I felt and would know if I was taking a side, it was in my opinion the right one and if I don't take a side then there isn't a right or wrong one, and I will do as I'm told by my boss
@suzzy3 (8370)
16 Nov 09
I would always stick with my work mates,as they are the ones that you work with.Being friends with the boss will never work as you put yourself in the middle and will be called a crawl bottom by the people you work with.
@celticeagle (115560)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Nov 09
It would depend on who was right. If moral is a problem then something would have to be done. Not always the bosses fault. If the problem is something that needs to be fixed or changed in the work place then there would be reason to go with my colleagues. If it something that is in the rule book and my colleagues are going against that then I would have to side with my boss and try to reason with them.
@taraelocin (1140)
14 Nov 09
Both are important. Working against your boss is a bad choice for your career. Working against colleague robs you of support and help they could give you. I believe in being honest. I stand by whoever I believe is right and try to find compromises that work for all. Generally speaking I am respected for it.
• China
14 Nov 09
for me,i will try to keep myself not involve this situation. my boss is a stronger man,i can't think about what it will be if quarrel with him. and i get on well with my collegues for over two years,i definetely won't make conflict with them to stand up for the boss.
@skier90 (16)
• Norway
14 Nov 09
I will of course stand up for my colleagues, but this is a tough one because sometimes you get in situations where you have to agree with your boss like when it gets personal because its not a good thing to let down your boss though its not a good thing to let your colleagues down either... the most correct answer to this must be that the best thing is to try avoiding situations where you have to choose between standing up for your boss and colleagues!
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I would have to stand up for the person that was right. Neither one is more important than the other the most important thing is to tell the truth about what has happen. One of them is going to be upset with me but at least I still have my self respect by telling the truth.
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
I am for the one who is morally and legally right. I am presently in that situation right now. My colleagues fell jealous, specially this particular girl, whenever our big boss approaches me to talk to me. She felt that she and her contributions for the company is being ignored. Even our company driver feels jealous whenever I seem to get along with my bosses. My fear is that, these people that I mentioned, have the capabilities to make up bad, untrue stories about me. The only weapon I have against them is that I try as much as possible to do my job with properly and with integrity. Plus the most powerful weapon of them all, PRAYER.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
14 Nov 09
I will stand up (not kiss up) for the one that is RIGHT. I will not play safe. Of course I do try to stand up in a nice way, and I might wait a while and watch to see the best way to do rather than standing up immediately, but I could never work for someone who wants a yes-person instead of the truth.
• Australia
13 Nov 09
I haven't been in paid employment for almost 50 years, but I would hope I still have the qualities I had then. I would be a faithful and loyal employee, always ready to speak a truthfully good word for the company. I would give an honest days work for an honest days pay and I would expect all other staff to do the same, especially those under my supervision. If there was a conflict, I would stand on the side of right. If a staff member was being unfairly treated, I would agitate for correction. If a staff member was doing the wrong thing, I would stand with management. I would not "stand up for" a person, but for fairness, justice and the truth.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
13 Nov 09
I would try to be in between, It going to be a hard fight.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
13 Nov 09
Well IF I need to get involved I'd stand up for whoever is right....but best bet is to just NOT get involved as far as I'm concerned...Who needs the drama ya know and there would definately be some sort of drama regardless of who you sided with...
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
13 Nov 09
I do not see whether it is boss or colleague. Which side the truth and justice lies, that side I will take up. If colleague is right, then I will carefully choose my words and make the boss know that he is wrong. Other wise my heart will hurt me if I show partiality and stand the wrong side.