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Dealing with a Two-Face

From the not so dusty archives

The Armchair HR Manager - Advice from an "HR Fan"

If you were Batman, this would be an easy answer. I would simply recommend you watch The Dark Knight. There are some excellent tips in there on how to balance physical and mental tactics on dealing with Harvey Dent a.k.a. Harvey Two-Face. For us non-super hero types, (or as HR likes to think, partial super hero types) we often have to deal with a workplace “two-face” sans the benefit of the Batmobile or any of Batman’s other great gadgets.

So first of all, let’s define what we are talking about here. A Two-Face is someone in your workplace, it could be a co-worker or a boss, that shows you one side of their personality when dealing with you, but when not in your presence, displays completely different tendencies. Typically, when interacting face to face with them, they are cordial, agreeable, cooperative, etc. However, overall the relationship is dysfunctional because…

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