Oh No! Boss Will Be At the Same Halloween Party


October 30, 2009 by sparktalk

Dear Experts,

I don’t like my boss very much. We get along in the office, but it’s purely professional because we couldn’t be more different. She’s recently divorced and I just found out she is going to be at the same Halloween party as me, dressed as a witch (FYI – very appropriate). I really want to go to this party and be able to let loose and be myself, but there’s no way I can do that with her there. Should I just skip it? If I do, she and the person who invited me will know something is up. Honestly, this makes me really resentful of her. In my opinion, she shouldn’t be going to a party where all the people who report to her are going to be at. Seems totally unprofessional to me.


You are in a bit of a spot!  would arrive (fashionably late) and hope that she leaves early   If that doesn’t seem to be happening thank your host after an hour and excuse yourself.  .  If you can, have a back up plan for something fun to do instead.  Is it possible others you work with may feel the same way?  If so, speak with one or two coworkers you trust and develop a backup plan with them.  If you do leave early you may not feel so resentful – Happy Halloween!

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About Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Masters-prepared Certified Disability Management Specialist. Over eighteen years experience in vocational assessment, counseling, and testimony, primarily in rehabilitation services.
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