By Anonymous - 20/04/2016 10:04 - Australia - Brunswick
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Sorry to say it but YDI. You don't go around talking bad to people you don't know or that you don't trust to keep a secret. And you definitely don't go badmouthing a boss to some new guy
While you shouldn't be badmouthing people to strangers. Especially people you haven't even met; I don't think he can fire you for having an honest opinion.
Location says Victoria Australia, and I live there and was always told, unless you're casual, you need a reason. They can't just fire you for no reason, however, this workers ethic and the fact they just spread more rumours and gossip, show to actually being a bad employee, hence reason to fire.
I don't understand why this is a YDI! If anything, that manager should become more interested in why his employees think that bad of him. If he aspires to be a great manager and leader he should ask himself and other that question. Plus it's not like OP said he was an asshole. He only said he HEARD. Definitely a FYL and FYML
It's a YDI because OP was, essentially, badmouthing and saying negative things about a higher-up they've never met TO someone they've never met. It's one thing if it's said to a coworker you've worked with for a while in confidence and can trust them to not say anything and mean it in jest. It's a completely different thing to say it to just anyone. For instance, at a previous job, my coworkers and I would talk to each other about how horrible my supervisor was but it was conversations/gossip between coworkers and we never said it around her. We also never said it to any of the seasonal employees that got hired for christmas seasons or to customers (even if they were regulars).
Saying that he heard he's an asshole is even worse. He's repeating malicious gossip about someone he's clearly never met to what he thinks is a new employee that he has no relationship with. It's not like they worked the morning together and talked about this over lunch break. This is a complete stranger he's repeating the gossip to.
Bad move on your part, but him baiting you like that may mean that the stories you heard about him have some merit.
If he referred to himself, the regional manager, in third person, suggesting that he was not the regional manager himself, then yeah, he was definitely trying to see what OP would do or say not knowing he was the regional manager. However, it's OP's own fault he stepped into it so spectacularly.