I stood up for myself, and the world didn't end.
It makes sense, really. Theoretically, people stand up for themselves all the time. They must, or nothing would get done.
I finally reached my breaking point. With the main boss out of the office for medical reasons, her stand in was on a complete power trip. An inefficient, poorly managed power trip. After repeatedly making mistake after mistake, then making other people clean up her messes, I had had enough.
Granted, all I did was put my foot down, and say No. No, I will not clean up your mess. This set off a chain reaction throughout my workplace (because if, heaven forbid, Amanda stands up for herself, it must really be bad.) which resulted in many people standing up to her, in a much louder and more confident manner. Not that much changed, but at least we all got apologies. We got apologies, then told to finish cleaning up the mess.
But at least I got that tearful apology, and the sense of satisfaction for not caving in for the first time in my life. It's a step.
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