Someone I Mentor Is Trying to Take Over My Work.

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors: How do I deal with someone I mentor
but who now seems to be taking over my position?
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Question:   
I worked with a person at another facility and thought she was intelligent and hardworking. As a result, when I was promoted to the Department Coordinator position I asked my manager to consider her for my old position. Ever since this person came to our department I have mentored her and spent considerable time training her. She now seems to think she can insert herself in my new position and interfere in my job responsibilities. Unfortunately our manager does not correct this behavior.

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My Boss Wants Me To Do Leadership Training

A Letter to Ask the Workplace Doctors about Leadership Training

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My boss asked me to incorporate leadership training into our Conference department to help benefit the team as a whole. I was eager to begin working on this, as I reflect back to my college experiences both in your class and the organizations I was involved in. Not only am I referencing team building activities I learned, but I’ve also started reading your books to help lead me in the right direction for my team.

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Time On My Hands

How can I avoid wasting time when their is no work to be done. How should I drum up work as a Data Entry Clerk?

Signed, Nothing to Do

Dear Nothing to Do:

As a manager, I encourage each one of my employees to always look busy even when there isn’t work to do at that moment. Nothing is worse at the corporate level to see an employee sitting at their desk and reading a magazine, surfing the web, chatting with a co-worker or on their smartphone when they should clearly be working. It does get noticed by management from all levels. It gets noticed from the direct manager wondering why the employee clearly is not trying to find work and it gets noticed from the hire ups that maybe it’s time to downsize the employee who doesn’t have enough work.

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Helping New Managers Know You Want to Help

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about communicating with new bosses: I along with 6 other sales associates and an assistant manager are having a hard time communicating effectively with our new bosses.

I work with a small team at a retail clothing store. Lately, we have been in a big transition of getting a new store manager and co-manager. I along with 6 other sales associates and an assistant manager are having a hard time communicating effectively with our new bosses. Since we have been there longer than they, we want to try and help in any way possible. I think they are taking it the wrong way and seeing it as us trying to be superior to them. How can we communicate effectively so we can all work together and achieve success in the work place?

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Going Sour. Or Communicate Effectively

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about coworker communication:

I currently work for the Cleveland Indians and our marketing department is going under new management. With everyone being with the company for a different amount of years, the communication between the employees and the new management are going sour. What are your suggestions to communicate effectively?

Signed, Going Sour

Dear Going Sour:

Because your questi0n lacks specific examples of “going sour” within your organization, my remarks are general. Therefore these few suggestions:

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Favoritism By The Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about favoritism by the boss

“My boss favors the golden boy manager. How do we (other managers and our staff)
deal with this and keep motivated?”

Our problem is about the difference between a boss and a leader. I am a manager of a Finance team and report directly to the Finance VP — along with four other managers. The problem is that the VP shows favoritism to one of the other managers and it is obvious to all other managers as well as our staff.

This favoritism ranges from giving extra support in meetings to securing financial and people resources, The ‘golden boy’ is on a pedestal (they also have a friendly relationship and have lunch together, call each other on weekends, etc).

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Improving Communication Where I Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about improving communication: Making sure everyone is on the same page with issues is crucial in any organization. My question is: How can I make my organization communicate more effectively?

I work at a YMCA and a big thing that plays a role in success for the organization is communication. Making sure everyone is on the same page with issues is crucial in any organization. My question is: How can I make my organization communicate more effectively?

Signed, Making It Effective

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Manager Too Nice?

A question for Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss who is a friend of the family and consequently won’t correct me.

At the frozen yogurt shop that I worked at over the summer, and plan to work at again this summer, my manager treats me as a friend. She is very close with my mom and she loves me. I feel that she doesn’t feel comfortable reprimanding me, or telling me when I am wrong. She does not want me to think of her differently. Although I never want to be told that I am wrong, I do want to know if I am doing something wrong. I get embarrassed because no one takes the time to teach me. She does not mind me asking questions, but I want to know. I do not know how to go about the situations. She is in charge, yet she does not necessarily act like it. I want to have someone that I can ask questions to.

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Supervising Those Who Don’t Respect Coworkers

A question for Ask the Workplace Doctors about supervising: How do you supervise those who don’t respect each other and are individualistic?

I am the supervisor in a kitchen at an on campus job, and I have been noticing more and more lately that the people that I work with seem to have no respect for one another, much less me, and are very individualistic, in the sense that they don’t appreciate group achievement and are more concerned with their own personal outcomes than that of the kitchen staff as a whole.

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Afraid to Ask for Help!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about fear to ask questions: How do I create an atmosphere that is free from fear to ask questions?

After having a work problem there had been a lot of tension and awkward moments at my job. Working on the sales floor has become a little impossible not being able to ask others for help and struggling to do your job. What could be the best way to resolve the tension or at least make the workplace a tension free area during working hours.

Signed,

Attention to Tension

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