What to Do When a Coworker Goes Over Your Head

2020-05-15
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It's infuriating when a colleague goes over your head to your boss. Not only have they left you out of the conversation but they've potentially made you look bad. What can you say and do when someone tries to sidestep you? How should you address it with your colleague? And how do you make sure it doesn't hurt your reputation with your boss?

What the Experts Say
There are both practical and psychological reasons why a colleague might try to go above you.