He’s not my boss, but he is higher up the chain than me (I’m a senior accountant, he’s a principal engineer), yet, today, he sent me a 14 point e-mail on how he wants invoices handled when in reality it’s not his call.
How about asking your boss? Print out the email. Say to your boss: So-and-so feels that invoices should be done according to these bullet points - is this how we ought to handle them? Let your boss make the call, and move on with your life. However you respond to him, be polite. You can get away with a lot of crap as long as you don’t lose your cool and don’t give someone a reason to believe you are intentionally screwing around with them or acting as though you were superior.[/quote]
This is good advice. I am dealing with something similar at work. We recently hired a former military guy (he is completely nuts). He is having trouble with the fact that our company doesn’t have a clear hierarchy past the owner and probably three other people. We have no titles, and everyone is considered equal (I know that isn’t the reality, but it is important to the owner that this is how we act).
So, Mr. I Signed Saddam’s Death Warrant (he is only thirty and has some pretty outrageous claims, but this is a favorite that he likes to brag about, he is also a skinny fuck) asks me to do something. I ask questions, and he in turn goes to my boss to complain that, “Christine and I are having communication issues.” I ask questions to get all the information I need in order do my job. Anyway, he was told I’m just doing my job.
But, I have found the best way to deal with The Ass, as I so affectionately call him, is for us to communicate through my boss.
I actually had to raise my voice to him a couple of weeks ago when he was asking me to do something that I just could not do. His boss heard and liked that I was sticking up for myself.