What Should I Do About Coworkers Who Abuse and Misuse Overtime?

Question:

My department is very small and very loosely managed by a woman who is additionally in charge of a larger department. This means she is too busy to monitor us, so we are in charge of deciding our own projects and overseeing our own work.

This manager has delegated the approval of overtime to the person who has been at the company the longest (25 years) and is the most trusted. She signs off on it without actually checking if the projects were completed or even legit (they are not). This allows my co-worker to falsify how much overtime he is doing, and he allows his buddy to do the same. Last month they each claimed 40 hours of overtime, the legal limit.

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No Raise Now?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a verbal warning:
Can a supervisor hold a raise if you were given a verbal warning?
Signed Wondering

Dear Wondering:
I’m sure you don’t want an “it depends” answer. You’d like someone to say, “No, that can’t be done!”

Even labor attorneys, that we are not, most likely will hedge saying it depends on state and federal labor laws, the size of your company, if you are unionized, and how raises are determined by your employer. If you had a union, you’d probably know the answer to your question, so I assume you don’t work under a union contract. We provide communication advice, not legal but here are some thoughts to consider.

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Pay Cut Without Demotion or Reprimand

Question the Ask the Workplace Doctors about a pay cut.

I have been working for the same company for 6 years. My boss cut my pay by 2.50 an hour. I have not been demoted as a matter of fact they’ve increased my work load. I have not been reprimanded in any way. I live in Florida which is a right to work state. They said take it or leave. I cannot collect unemployment if I leave, so they have me between a rock and a hard place. I can’t afford to live on $10.00 an hour barely made it on $12.50. Is this legal?

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A Year At My Job. How Can I Get a Promotion?

A question to the Workplace Doctors about how to get a promotion in spite of limited tenure.

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Question:

I’ve done an amazing job in my position in a short amount of time. I want a promotion. We’re a small department and I’m the most senior person with my title and, again, I’m excellent at what I do (constant praise by boss on my work and I’ve really moved the company forward).

Another employer (not in my field) just contacted me and offered me an interview for a position they are trying to fill. I am somewhat interested in the position. More importantly, I am thinking of going through the application process to get the job so that I can use the job offer to negotiate a promotion and raise at the CURRENT job so that I can stay there (without moving on to a new job).

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Performance Evaluations As A Team–Boyfriend and Me

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about performance evaluations as a team: 

“My boyfriend and I were evaluated as a team and we both got raises.  
How I can ensure that the new boss continues doing that?”

Question:

I have been at my current job for 6 1/2 years now. I work as a cash accountant assistant. While this is my title I still do any job that needs to be done, i.e. cashiering, supervising, covering breaks in different areas of the store, pricing, stocking, customer service.

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Holiday Help Unprepared

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about training: Helping untrained holiday employees adversely affects my sales; what should I do?

I work for Macy’s Co. Obviously this is a large corporation and we have a large corporate office that controls how the stores are run. I have been at my Macy’s location for a year and a half. During the holiday season, from approximately Halloween to New Year’s we are very busy, which magnifies the problem that we have.

The training program Macy’s provides is very generic and hands free. It is an eight hour computer demonstration that involves little to no human instruction. The computer trains the newly hired employees how to use the cash register, complete merchandise returns and how to interact with the customer. Although eight hours is a long amount of time, the missing human interaction leaves many questions unanswered.

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Am At A Standstill

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion: I want to give new ideas and my opinions because I believe it is what makes me the leader I am, but I do not know how to go about this in the right way; or if I should speak my mind at all.

My work place is a pub and eatery, so basically a restaurant that has a full bar. I am a server at this pub. I greet tables, fill drinks, order food, clear off tables, and make sure the pub quests are happy and well served. I have worked at this pub for seven months now. At my workplace, I am one of the top leaders and trainers. I have earned this by being consistent, being positive, having knowledge about the menu, and having energy.

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Pay Vs Other’s Pay

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about asking coworker about her/his pay: What should I say?

A co-worker, who’s been on the job longer than me, has been passed up for a position which I got. Now every time I see him he wants to know how much I’m making.

Signed, Annoyed

Dear Annoyed:

This sort of thing is not unusual; to have one who’s been in a job longer to be passed by another to get the job he wanted. Nor is it unusual for coworkers to compare pay and to think they should be paid as well as or better than others. Pay is usually considered private and not announced. Yet, pay differences are used to motivate. Only a few companies make pay common knowledge. So how have you replied to your coworker?

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Overworked and My Boss Doesn’t Care

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors regarding a lazy c0-worker:

“I’m  overworked and things are getting worse, but the boss doesn’t do anything about it.” 

Question:

Background: I have worked for this production based company in the printing industry for almost 6 years. I started as a customer service rep. I learned a little production work and helped out when it was busy. We’ve had some layoffs (I was victim to one, and was asked back 6 weeks later when they realized it was a mistake and that they needed me).

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Demoted for Personality Conflict with Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about  pushed out: She writes harsh comments on my work and says she is doing this to push me to get to the next level.

I was working for an attorney in a specific area of law and I was the only assistant who had any experience in that area although I only had a limited amount of experience. That male attorney, whom I assisted, left the firm and they hired a woman lawyer and made me her assistant. I set up her practice and got her familiar with the files she inherited from the man who left. After a few months I was too busy and they promoted the floater in our firm (a much younger woman than me with very little legal experience and no experience at all in the lawyer’s area of practice) to assist me and the lawyer.

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