How Do You 'Hack' a Boss Who's Screwing Up?

Last Updated Jun 29, 2010 6:38 PM EDT

Is your boss messing things up? I mean, seriously and quantifiably making you and/or your work look bad? If so, what can you do about it?

I'll give you an example. I write for a variety of blogs. One in particular works like this: I queue up a post for publication, then an editor gives it a once-over and releases it into the blogosphere.

Just one problem: one of the editors makes my copy worse. He/she introduces grammatical errors that weren't there before, torpedoes perfectly good sentence structure, and frequently removes traces of my "voice" from the post. Take it from a seasoned blogger: "voice" is essential. Without it, blogs are bland.

This is slowly driving me up the wall. My name is attached to these posts, and I think the modified content reflects poorly on me.

I'm not here to recommend solutions, but rather to ask advice. (Hey, I'm a technology expert, not a management expert.) As I see it, I have three options:

  1. Talk to the editor directly and express my concerns.
  2. Talk to the editor's boss and express my concerns.
  3. Live with it.
Obviously there are pros and cons to each action, so I'll put it to you: what would you do in my situation? Is there another option I should consider? Have you ever encountered a similar problem in your workplace? If so, how did you handle it?

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