Ok I have been exposed to this particular issue for the past year and a half. Where I work, at one point 8 other people including myself used to work together. We all had the same boss and things were going normal. At some point we got a particular guy to work for us, and he has been here about a year and a half now. As he has been here so long, the entire workplace is becoming a very volatile situation. The guy will be called Chan. The boss will be called Joe. The best way to look at this situation is to see how things were before, and how things are now. In the past, Joe had many set rules and regulations that some would consider strict. Now Joe appears to be very intimidating and is just overall gets the silence when he walks into a room. People could be having casual conversations, and the second Joe sets foot in the room, everyone drops conversation instantly. This persona Joe put on worked wonders for him until the day Chan realizes that Joe sets no consequences for actions. Basically in the past, Joe had all these rules, and due to the persona he put on, nobody ever even thought of considering breaking the rules, because it was very unknown on what the outcome would be. Chan breaks every rule ever set by Joe. We all learn now that Joe is one of these people that is unable to play devils advocate EVER. He has never been anything but nice to everyone, and people are starting to realize that no matter what they do, Joe wont do squat about it. We used to have weekly meetings and everyone always came, and on time at that. Chan comes along and decides to skip a majority of these meetings. Joe did not a damn thing to him. The funny thing was though, Joe was the only one that ever thought the meetings were needed and everyone else thought they were a waste of time, to the point that Joe used to brag about how they were his "therapy" sessions. Chan also has a high profile job that requires a lot of hard work and at least 50-80 hours put in every week. There were three others in the same position as Chan and they put in these hours. But, Chan puts in 30 hours a week on a good one. The other three brought this to Joe's attenion, and at first Joe used to get upset about Chans habits. Then it turned into denial I suspect. Now when anyone confronts Joe and says how unfair it is that they work their ass off, and its true, he just snaps at them and says its none of your business. He went from being concerned to now snapping at us and even making excuses to justify Chan's actions (Chan has a 3 year old that he has to take care of so he is unable to commit to the hours). The problem has been existant for many months now, but it is getting worse. One of the other three that was in Chan's same job title took off because of how unfair he thought it was for him to have to work his ass off and get paid for only some of the hours, while chan could come in almost never and get the same exact pay. Now I can only predict that the other two people in Chan's same title are going to be leaving soon. One of the last two already told me she would be gone when her year was up. She is already looking for new work. SO I could go on and on about everything Chan does wrong, but the point is, he breaks every rule, and Joe does nothing about it. Chan knows that nothing will be done to him, so therefore he does not even consider thinking twice when he sees a rule. A lot of our expensive equipment has been broken and needed to be repaired because Chan is careless and simply does not care. Now my problem is: I am in the middle of all this bullshit. I mean People complain to Joe about stuff, and then Joe half ass calls Chan out, and then Chan lies about it to make himself benefit. I am so close to just saying fuck this, and just resign from the job. The only thing that keeps me from doing so is because Joe has completely changed. Like the biggest issue in this all was the not working and getting paid for it. At first Joe used to come here every day and ask where Chan was, and even a few times he made a comment to me along the lines of "well chan should be here from 9-5 every day". And now over the past few months, if you even mention to Joe anything about how Chan does not work, he not only snaps and tells you thats his business, but he also makes excuses for Chan. What should I do? Try to talk to Joe about this? Resign from the job? Part of me just wants to say fuck this, but then I feel like I am running from something that could be changed any and all advice is appreciated.