Subordinate called Manager an Idiot

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about name calling: One of my staff members said I was an idiot in direct conversation.

I have just been told by the manager of another department that one of my staff members said I was an idiot in direct conversation. How should I handle that? Background: While handling an issue, brought to my attention by a staff member, I called the manager of another department for help.

The issue would be one that impacted both departments, so I felt that decision was warranted.At the end of the day, the manager that I called stopped by my desk to tell me that not five minutes after we solved the problem, my staff member called to say that she knew what she was doing and didn’t know why I called. Then she said I was an idiot! This manager felt I should know.Can I write this employee up for making a derogatory comment about me to another manager?

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Executive Assistant Grooming

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about grooming.

We hired a new executive assistant who can easily handle the job functions. However, her hair and face is often “not fresh”. We were thinking of some sort of grooming etiquette course. Any suggestions?

Signed, Wanting to Help

Dear Wanting to Help:

You provided me with additional information and I responded about that. But, for the sake of our readers, let me provide an overview of our discussion.

1. If the employee looked appropriate during interviews, conversations and meetings, prior to being hired, you know she can continue to look that way. Consider simply saying, “Mary, we may not have made it clear in the interview, but we are very, very focused on having every employee present a good image to our clients and patients. One way to do that is to look every day as though it was the first day on the job. I notice you are much more casual in your overall appearance than you were then. Here’s one way to know how to do it–pretend every day is that new job interview you had with us, and duplicate your overall look then.”That’s awkward, I know, but it needs to be said.

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Office of Manager Is Rudely Invaded by Subordinate

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a rude subordinate: A manager of two units finds his head of one unit fails to enforce reprimand of this individual. What should the manager do?

I am a manager in a department of a large international organization. My Department is divided in to two units. Recently an employee from the other unit came to my office and was looking for something pertaining to a common project that both units are working on. He was looking through boxes right next to my desk. I asked him what he was looking for and he mumbled something and left. My employee, who was also in the office, made a comment, “What’s wrong with him?”I responded, I don’t know, “It’s kinda rude to come in to someone’s office, go through things on their desk and not say a word”

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How To Tell An Employee Her Clothes Are R-Rated?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about grooming: We have a young employee whose dress teeters on the line of provocative

We have a young employee whose dress teeters on the line of provocative. She is very, very, sensitive and does not take criticism well. Please advise me on how to address her about this situation.

Signed, Trying to Find A Way

Dear Trying to Find A Way:

You sent some additional information, which I will use to add to our answer about this situation. I can understand that it is awkward! There are several things to consider about this, some a bit more stern sounding than others!

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