Rate Your Boss

Are you considering switching employers?  Did you just get a new boss?  Ever wondered what your subordinates are saying about you?  If so, you may want to check out ebosswatch.com.  According to the site, you can:  “Search the eBossWatch National Sexual Harassment Registry during the job interview process to make sure your potential boss or job candidates haven’t been the subject of a sexual harassment complaint.”  You can also “Help other job seekers by warning them about a bad boss or recommending a great boss. It takes less than a minute to rate your boss, and you remain completely anonymous.”

The site may be encouraging to employees, and may be attractive to employees that want to vent about a supervisor but don’t feel they can confront their bad boss.  My concern is that, like other similar sites dealing with scams or ripoff reports, sometimes the information provided can be very one-sided, unfair and even untrue.  One person’s experience does not a bad-boss make.

The fact that the reviews are anonymous means that someone can post wholly false and misleading statements without fear of repercussions.  I predict, however, that someone is going to say something completely untrue and the site will eventually be ordered to divulge the name of the poster and that person will find themselves embroiled in a defamation suit. So, be careful before you write that scathing report about your “big bad boss.”  I usually advocate a more direct approach when dealing with a bad boss, such as reporting the boss to HR or a higher level employer.  At least then the company is on notice of the problem and has the opportunity to correct the situation.

With the ever-increasing role of user reviews and online social media, I suspect we will be seeing more and more of these types of sites.

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Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman, former associate of The Law Office of Phillip J. Griego.
 

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