My New Age Bosses Old Ways

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about managing: So what advice would you offer a manager that simply wishes to comply with company policy on the continuous improvement clause?

Short of writing a book, it is virtually impossible to express one’s personal work experience in enough detail to get the best answers for results. I commend your counseling efforts in this regard. I have worked for many, 20 plus, for employers over the past 28 years. For the past two years I have been an active manager in a manufacturing facility with 10 current employees. The department was created from a small transplanted company that was purchased more then 6 years ago.I was hired to start up and manage the operation with little if any guideline or objectives. Once in the current facility, I was placed under the supervision of the main shop’s superintendent and quickly sensed his ill feelings towards the added workload.

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Subordinate Supervisor Not Supervising Friends

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about friends taking advantage of new supervisor:

I promoted a great worker to supervisor about a year ago and she has continued to be a very hard worker. But, even though I have mentored her and sent her to as many supervisory classes as our company has offered, she seems to be having a difficult time playing the role of supervisor with friends. These friends are now her subordinates and are making her look bad by taking advantage of their friendship. Do I hold her accountable for their non-productivity? I like her a lot but I feel I need to take a firmer stand with her. Any advice?

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Am Boss of Nurse Who Does Not Think For Herself?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a nurse with poor performance: She is bringing everyone down, and no one wants to work with her!!!! Help Me

I know she has been working here like this for a long time. Yes, she’s a nurse and shows up for work, but she monopolizes the nurses’ aides’ time. She wants them to do all her work–take a patient off the bedpan when she’s in the room and answer a call light when she is standing socializing. She is unorganized, has trouble prioritizing does not follow policy with medications, and is unable to critically think for herself. It really boggles my mind that she is working like this.

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Cell Phone In Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about cell phone use at work: The new manager does not want us to use our cell phones at work, but yet he uses his. What are the laws?

I work at a furniture store and sometimes I use my cell phone to call on customers. I also give my cell number to customer to call me if they have any questions or they will be coming in to see me. The new manager does not want us to use our cell phones at work, but yet he uses his. What are the laws? Can they just grab the cell phone from your hand while you are using it? It happen to one of the guys and work. Is that legal? Thank you for your help.

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Promoting Day Care

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about children care centers: How do I go about communicating certain aspects of the day care, as well as market the day care center?

Within a fitness center there is a day care center for the children, and our problem is that the front desk is not getting the information about the day care out to the patrons of the fitness center. How do I go about communicating certain aspects of the day care, as well as market the day care center? (I am a college student who is doing a project.) Thank you,

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Sometimes I Don’t Like Myself!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about self-diagnosed inappropriate behavior:

I find myself being overbearing, loud, arrogant and using humour inappropriately at work – and I don’t know how to change my behaviour or how else to behave! I know I do it because I want to be liked, but I’m not comfortable with the usual bonding talks (home, hobbies, etc) and I’m not sure what else to talk about, or even how to talk casually with my colleagues about non-work related topics. I don’t like the way I behave and try to stop it when I catch myself doing it, but before I realise it, I am doing it again (like a horrible recurring nightmare). I am very good at my job but lousy at office politics and relationships. Any advice?

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A Case Of Being Blind Sided

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about feeling demoted:

I have been working with my boss (an attorney) for over 5 years now. I have been a loyal assistant and have followed him to one other place besides where we are now. Since he opened his own practice a few years back he has 2 associates. Just recently he hired another secretary to help with the workload but it seems she has taken over my job. We are assigned to cases and not attorneys. I feel demoted, almost like I am on the way out. How do I approach my employer about this issue without sounding so petty?

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Cliques! Do I Have To Socialize At Work?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion of favored coworkers :

I have been working for a company for over 4 years now. From my first day at work, I noticed that there were several cliques amongst the group I worked with, none of which were the least bit welcoming to an outsider. These cliques consisted of management and co-workers who also were very close friends. I have always thought that to remain professional in the workplace, one had to remain somewhat at a distance when it came to personal relationships. I’m not saying you shouldn’t share some personal stories with each other; I just don’t think management should participate in extracurricular activities with subordinates such as golfing, parties, dinners, etc. Am I wrong?

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Can I Start Afresh With Negative Subordinate?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about negative talk about our workplace:

Someone under me has said some really negative things to me about working here, such as “I can barely tolerate working here,” “this is not the job I expected,” “I don’t want to be involved in the tasks I’m given,” “I want to do things are a higher level like you (me – the supervisor),” and “I don’t like working with you.” When I ask her for clarification she refuses to talk about it.

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