Falsely Accused of Hostile Behavior at Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about subordinate’s  performance: During the days I was out, the admin. filed a complaint with HR about me stating she is intimidated by me and views this as a hostile work environment.

I hired an admin. asst. in July and her work performance has not been good. She received a performance evaluation in December and I had HR sit in on the evaluation as the evaluation was not good. The admin was to receive a follow up evaluation at the end of March but the HR Manager left and a new one was not hired yet. When the new one was hired, I asked to meet with her regarding the employees work performance and for her to review the original evaluation and the follow up evaluation. She made a suggestion that I should write out what the admin. does that is good and what needs improvement. I did and sent it to her for review and then I was out for 3 days.

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Overbearing Associate Not Doing Her Job

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a retail company in which a leader of an educational program has a subordinate who is young teacher of children in this program who is overbearing, lacking skills and performing below standard.

I work for a retail company that also offers classes and children’s programs, of which I am in charge. I have a young 20 year old that is the teacher for my children’s classes; she is a very good with the kids and at selling products, but she comes off as having a huge ego. Her personality is very overbearing, even to management (to the point of answering questions that were directed towards us), but she does not have the leadership skills, and problem solving skills, needed to be trained as a manager or set a good example for the other associates, so it’s not like I can channel that skill for the benefit of everyone in my opinion.

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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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