Everyone Thinks She Is The Worst!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a difficult coworker:

I have a coworker who everyone thinks is the worst. She has a pretty high position and we know she is getting paid very well, but she never does her job and is very disrespectful. Her job is to curate the agenda for a conference that we put on every year. Her job is to put together the agenda and speakers for the conference but puts it off till we are about 50 days away from the conference. She continues to procrastinate by putting off the work and focusing on the non-essentials to the conference ie: decor, food, gifts and etc.

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Distracted by An Assistant’s Chatter

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about non-work talk:

I have a new assistant that starts the day with idle chitchat and every chance she gets tells me senseless info about her family and other employee’s. I don’t have time for the distraction or care about this stuff. May I repeat she says the same things over and over also, help?
She has a kind heart but just finds the need to talk to me and everyone about idle chitchat.
She got the job with non of the qualifications we really need for the job, so I think this is her way of avoiding the truth.

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Mentored Now Wants To Be Seen As Independent

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a mentor who is controlling and a desire to be seen as a lead specialist:

I work in a highly specialized field where I am one of three such specialist in an office of around 100. I came to my position three and half years ago during a sort of “phasing out of the old guard.” I was new to the profession and was expected to work up in terms of duties and responsibilities over three years. Another specialist came in a year later who is older and more experienced than me. The third specialist, I will call him Paul, has been in the field 25 years, 15 of which in our office. Personally, I get along fantastically with him and truly value his expertise and experience.

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What To Do About A Problem Group of Coworkers?

A question to Ask the  Workplace Doctors about workplace conflict. 

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Question: 
I recently became president among the workers in our unit. The rest of our colleagues (whom we dubbed the Red Sparrows) are always sucking up to whoever new administrator comes to our unit. They badmouth our admin to us and if we agree with them, they report it to her. They expose our flaws which are already personal and has nothing to do with them. We tried to settle it personally face to face and they agreed but they still work underground and I still hear whispering of rumors. Worse, our new admin is a manipulative one and uses our faults to control us. What do we do? Please help.

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Should I Make Changes If I Have Been Fired?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about how to respond better to workplace conflicts and problems. 

Question:
Unfortunately, I lost my job recently due to my temper tantrum. There were MANY factors that contributed to this, but ultimately, I understand that I was the one at fault because I should’ve handled the situation professionally, addressed any concerns immediately and should’ve NEVER tolerated rude behaviors of others repeatedly.

However, I can’t help but still feel angry because I tolerated the unkindness and injustice from several people ever since I started working there. I was stuck working in the same room with one employee pretty much all day. She did not have a pleasant personality and constantly badmouthed other employees. She made problems out of nothing. She would curse and throw her tantrums when she was under pressure to meet deadlines. When someone came in the room just to greet me (sometimes both of us), she would get so angry that she complained about it to the owner. This list goes on. Everyone knew how she is, but decided to keep her around anyway, because despite her difficult personality, she’s good at her job.

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Hostile Environment!

Ask the Workplace Doctors about a COO who gossips about me and staff who scream:

The CEO of the agency I work for is my aunt. A coworker, recently promoted to COO, who never liked me, has talked about my character to staff I supervise. I have been under investigation by the state 2 times and each time the allegations were unsubstantiated.

I have 10 years of perfect audits. I recently directed my manager to write a counseling memo (not an employee’s warning) about a situation that could be an incident and she began yelling and screaming at me! I asked for a meeting with both staff and got the same result. They began yelling at me saying, I’m picking on them. They both were confident there was not a need to do a counseling memo.

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Friendly Coworker Changes

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about feeling ignored by a coworker:

I share an office with a woman who is 20 years younger (in her 40’s). She is usually very chatty & friendly, but recently we both were out of work for about a month. She went on a 3-week trip, and while she was gone, I broke my hip & was out for about a week longer than she. When I came back to work, I asked about her trip (she went on the same trip 2 years ago & chatted endlessly & showed pictures), and her response was a very chilly “Great,” and she walked out. Since then she continues to give me a very warm, smiley “good mornings” and “good nights” but ignores me the rest of the time. How should I handle this situation?

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Don’t Want to Hurt Coworker’s Feelings

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about not wanting to work with a coworker:

A male custodian spoke with me today about his job situation. He has been working closely with a female custodian since he began working here several months ago. He wants to work independently now because she is depending on him for more than he is required to do. He feels uncomfortable telling her he doesn’t want to work so closely anymore. He doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. What should he do?

Signed—Wants Not To Hurt Feelings

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Night-Shift RN Frustrated by Day-Shift Failure to Communicate

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about shift-to-shift failure to communicate:

Dear Workplace doctors I am an RN at a hospital in Ohio and I’m running into a huge problem. I work 7p-7a. Every time I go into work for the last month every patient report is not fully filled out.
Charting is not fulfilled and that causes me issues at my job because I’m confused on what I am and not suppose to do to help my patients out. This could affect my job and my patients’ health. There are signs posted all over the hospital and in the break-room for charts to be filled out with everything that should go on each for each shift. Clearly this isn’t working. What can I do so that my coworker and management will address this problem and fix it?

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Bossy Coworker Annoys Me

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors  about a bossy coworker:

How do I deal with a bossy new coworker who is new to the industry and has no experience and only two weeks on the job? She’s bossy and bosses around coworkers who have been here for years. She acts like she is the Narrator to everyone’s life and everything that they do… she is completely annoying!

Signed–Completely Annoyed

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