Not that you asked, but I can't imagine how a six-person work group functions when a third of the members aren't interacting. I realize it's easy for me to suggest, and maybe you've tried this — but what if you made a little effort to connect with your boss when he's not being moody, and not just when you want something from him?
Q: What would you say about a boss who casually says, "You are fired" all the time? For example: "Questions? Complaints? If so, you are fired."
A: About him: That Don Rickles has fresher shtick.
To him: Depends how sure I am that he's kidding.
Not sure: "Er, I hope you don't mean that, because I want to make sure I do this right."
Sure: "You can't fire me. I quit," mimicking his cadence and tone.
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. She has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG's Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.