Many Complaints About One Problem Employee

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about malicious employee: It has NOT been proven that she has sabotaged other workers but everyone feels she has at one time or another. She is a passive aggressive office bully.

I am the manager of a scheduling department at a home care agency. One of my employees will notice an error that may affect patient care but will not report it to me, especially if I made it. She will instead tell one of her co-workers that she’s noticed the mistake but plans on with- holding the information so that the person who created the error will get “in trouble”. This is not the first time one of the people I supervise has come to me stating this individual made statements like this. I don’t want to approach the individual in question solely based on what others have told me but I do need to address the issue.

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Employees Socializing Too Much

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about coworkers socializing: there is about 1.5 hrs of time spent between the two of them that we suspect is not work related.

We have two employees that are friends outside work. Lately they have been taking breakfast break in the morning, talk to each other a lot during the working day and take lunch when nobody else is around. As a result there is about 1.5 hrs of time spent between the two of them that we suspect is not work related.This issue has been brought up with one of them before (they each have their own supervisor), and the response was “you should be happy that your employees are happy”.

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Boss’s Son Isn’t Working Out

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about family business: The Boss asked my husband to help educate his son in the business, but the boss does not know that the son is not doing the job that he should be doing.

My husband has worked very hard for a family owned business. The owner’s son started working full time 1 1/2 years ago, and is failing, even the boss’s wife told my husband they did not want the son to fail. Well, the son is failing. My husband is stuck in the middle between trying to run the company for the boss and trying to make the son look good. Yesterday the boss told my husband that the Sales Mgr. position failing does not look good for him. Now my husband has been “deflated” by that comment. (My husband has no self worth.) He feels the weight of the whole world, and can’t gather the strength to have a professional conversation about this matter. The Boss asked my husband to help educate his son in the business, but the boss does not know that the son is not doing the job that he should be doing.

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Not Wanted and Now Watched

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss’ criticism: I have become paranoid; I feel that I am being watched and spied on. What to do advise?

When my response to my supervisor to relocate to another country was, “I’m not interested”, he proceeded by asking if it meant I am prepared to leave the organization rather than take that job. A day later, he told me that my presence in his department was forced upon the team by a person who is no longer in the organization. A week later, he came to the office with an HR representative, who told me that people has reported me for my aggressive and abusive behavior. Since then, I have become paranoid; I feel that I am being watched and spied on. What to do advise?

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Boss’s Daughter Causes Me Problems

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an owner’s daughter: I love my job, but dislike working with her as she tells only one side of the story to her parents.

I accepted a job working in the same place as my husband. I am in a management position. He manages the outside side of the business, I manage the office. Shortly after arriving the boss’s daughter, who has some “personality” issues, was hired full time. She doesn’t have a whole lot of gumption; however, she insists you don’t know her. She is chummy with everyone but me and I find myself constantly frustrated with how easily she plays her parents in regards to “sickness” co-workers etc.

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How 2 Tell a Subordinate 2 Mind Her Own Business

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a subordinate who is opinionated: What is the best way to tell a junior subordinate to keep their opinions to themselves and stay out of management issues that do not concern them?

What is the best way to tell a junior subordinate to keep their opinions to themselves and stay out of management issues that do not concern them? I have an annoying staff member who always offers her unwanted and unwarranted advice and 99% of the time she doesn’t have the background, knowledge or experience to be offering any advice at all.

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Subordinate Trying to Control Me

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a subordinate: He continually calls me whilst I am at home, to discuss issues that ‘couldn’t wait’, when in my opinion, they could have.  I ultimately feel that he thinks he could do my job better, and intends to do so, one way or another.

I only use the word subordinate as this person reports to me at work. I employed this person for his extensive knowledge base and good experience for the role, having been in my role in a previous company. He’s a nice person, friendly, and fun to spend time with, as well as being good at his job. So far in his role, he has come to me about issues he is having with other employees, and has had an issue with all of them, except me (that he has expressed).

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How To Deal With Bickering Employees?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about bickering employees: Two older females in my team at work that bicker and snap at each other. Both are alpha females.

I have two older females in my team at work that bicker and snap at each other. Both are alpha females. One has gone to HR and asked advice. HR has brought it to my attention. I need a trick to make them get along professionally.

Signed, Frustrated

Dear Frustrated:

This type of workplace situation is all-too common and is disruptive and depressing for everyone; including those directly involved. You don’t say what efforts have been made in the past to correct the problem behavior. But, apparently you have known about it and the two women know that you know.

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An Action Plan For Curbing Negative Behavior

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about composing a corrective plan for an assistant manager.

I need to write an action plan for my assistant manager because sometime she makes comments to employees that are negative and she threatens to quit even though I know she is just venting.

Signed, Manager

Dear Manager:

I sense you want to be supportive of your assistant manager, yet think you can’t be so without helping her see how she interacts with those in your charge. An action plan is a pro-active way to do this. Such a plan is most effective when it:

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Subordinate Taking Credit For My Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a subordinate lying to gain credit: My question is: it has been a day since, do I talk to her about this undermining action of stealing credit?

I asked a subordinate to write up a how to manual on her duties in regards to using a particular software program. I gave her a date (one week) in which to do step by step print screens and step by step instructions for a 5 minute procedure. The first due date came and she said she didn’t have the time to work on it. I told her we had to have it done so that I could see if I could follow the instruction (as I am not familiar with the software I’d be the perfect guinea pig to test the instruction’s accuracy), second due date came, they were on my desk.

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