DEAR ABBY: I work for a small company with 22 longtime employees. I have been here for only seven years. During that time, I have worked my way up from being a receptionist to "Girl Friday" for the plant manager, spending almost half my day in the shop with the hourly workers. They are all good people -- family men who are very experienced in their jobs.
The chief engineer, an extremely smart man I'll call "Mr. Farley," goes out of his way to belittle these guys, making them feel incompetent and uneducated in the face of his intelligence. Several of them are threatening to quit, including a key member of personnel, who has been here since the business began 35 years ago. (Mr. Farley was hired less than a month before I was.)
I'm afraid to tell my boss what's going on, and it could mean the loss of several important employees. What should I do? -- GIRL FRIDAY IN PITTSBURGH
DEAR GIRL FRIDAY: For the good of the company, you owe it to your boss to tell him (or her) what's going on. Please don't wait. If you tell your employer now, it could avert a serious personnel problem. If it were my company, I would want to know so I could deal with it.