Very small office. No HR dept. We have a huge gossip in our office that is making it a hostile work environment. We're talking non HIPAA medical stuff, who is gay, who is drinking, etc. It's terrible. The gossiper is the boss. He/she needs to leave and be fired, but how do we make that happen? There's no one but the board to go to. We are desperate. Telling him/her to stop doesn't work. Walking away doesn't help. It's a bad, bad situation. Help please.
Clearly, a very tough situation when it is the boss that is the problem. It sounds serious enough that you should go to the Board about it. In addition, you did not say exactly how many people are in the department, but could you have several of them meet with the boss together? If just one person talks to the boss, this is a problem. But, if several or all of them talk to the boss together (in a calm, helpful manner) that might work. Or, is there one person who is closer to the boss whom he/she would listen to? Could that person approach the boss? Also, if there are violations of the law, you could bring this up to an outside agency as well. Trying to tackle it internally in a helpful, constructive manner might be the best first attempt. I would carefully think about what are the one to two most critical things you want him/her to change right now? Start small with the key issues rather than a laundry list. Good luck!
But I took a position and, after two months, I was terminated because the company did not like the work I was doing. When going into an interview, I have said it was just not a good fit. Do you have any advice on how to spin this?
I am assuming your work was not well-suited to the firm because it was not in your area of expertise? If so, your answer is actually fine. The problem would be if they did reference checks and the firm stated that your performance was poor. Then that would hinder your further progress. Often companies just give dates of employment rather than more specifics, but not always.
When giving your response, what is critical is to help them see how working at the new firm would be much better suited to your expertise and interests. Explain to them what your skills are and how they map well to what their firm is looking for.
Also, do you have some previous experiences where you did a great job at a company and can share those references? If so, that would also help. Good luck!