Coworker Makes My Life Miserable in Law Firm

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an extremely unpleasant coworker:

6 mos on job in firm as case mgr in new area of law for me; co-worker has no education, but experience of 15 years and knows her SSD law well- better than the attorney. Won’t directly answer questions, share knowledge and purposely makes my life miserable. The attorney depends much on her expertise; therefore, kisses butt. She is not as busy, won’t help out or lend a hand; not a team player. The disturbing part is her manipulation, lies and actually enjoys when a mistake is made (likely one she set me up to make). What to do?

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Shushing My Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about telling a boss to be quiet: ” Have I really screwed up?? How do I fix it?

On Tuesday of last week, I had just gotten off of a long conference call with my Operations Director (I’m the Communications Director) and we went back to our desks, which are side by side, to discuss strategy. We got on another conference call with a leader in our industry who we thought could help. Our Member Director came out of her office, to our desks, to say something and I put my index finger up to my lips making the “shush” face, not saying anything. I figured she did not know we were on a conference call with an important business associate and didn’t want her to say anything not associated with the call.

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My Name Removed From Physician’s Patient Roster

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about verbal abuse:

I have received a letter from my doctors surgery removing me as I had apparently used abusive language and aggressive behaviour towards a nurse. I had an appointment for a blood test and was kept waiting for over 50 minutes. I am very nervous about needles when I was called in to the nurse my mum asked if it would take very long as we both had to be back at work.

The nurse replied however long it takes to print a form off and however long it takes to get the blood from me. My mum then asked me if I wanted to have the blood test and I said no so we said we would leave it thank you and re-schedule. We went to reception to ask for the nurses name and practice managers name as we wanted to put in a complaint.

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Job Interview

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about receptionist duties:

What do you think is expected as a receptionist?

Signed, Applicant

Dear Applicant:

Our site focuses primarily on workplace communication problems rather than HR matters, so we can’t help you any better than you could probably help yourself with a bit of research online. I put “receptionist” in the search box and saw several articles that discuss the job description of a receptionist. You could also ask the person who scheduled you for the interview, if there is a job description you could see, so you would be better prepared to respond to questions.If you’re applying for a job as a receptionist I wish you the best of luck.

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The Boss’s Daughter Is Causing Big Problems

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about annoying behavior of boss’s dauaghter:

A BIG PROBLEM IN OUR COMPANY SHE HAS EVERY ONE WANTING TO LEAVE.THE OTHER OWNER WILL NOT SAY ANY THING.WE JUST HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WHAT CAN WE DO?

Signed, Frustrated

Dear Frustrated:

I will be happy to share some ideas for your situation involving the boss’s daughter, but we will need to know a bit more about it.

1.Is she a regular employee and if so, how long has she worked there?

2. How many other employees interact with her?

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Not a question but a thank you

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a thank you:

Hello! I’m the one who asked about needing/wanting more vacation time. Thank you Dr. Gorden and Ms. Lewis-Rowe for the advice. I followed Ms. Lewis-Rowe’s advice to mention my dilemma to my boss. I was sure she would just sympathize and say “yeah, too bad but I can’t allow you to go,” but she actually brought up lots of options I didn’t know so I can go (there’s a change schedule policy that I didn’t know!). Also, I tried talking to my fiance, and although he didn’t feel good about it at first he rescheduled it on a weekend. Again, thanks for your advice! Andrea

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Sanitation Concerns

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about safety:

Will i get sick if I inhale the smell of urine or feces while cleaning the urinal or toilet bowls. I am a janitor and I do not use any mask when i clean the toilet, it is safe?

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

Few if any janitors wear masks and neither do health care workers, so apparently just the odor is not harmful. However, to be sure and to help reduce the unpleasantness of obnoxious smells, you might want to just buy your own mask and ask your employer if it’s OK for you to wear it when cleaning bathrooms. Best wishes to you.

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New Supervisor

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about new boss’ authority:

I was advised when asked an earlier question about a new supervisor in the organization that I have worked in for 20 years to maybe start pretending to make this kind of person look good, when all they is doing is making me look bad. For example, I was asking a question about how to fill out the proper paperwork for a client’s file. So I ask a supervisor who had been in the office for 23 years, versus this particular supervisor who is still in training, not trying to be disrespectful at all, but they took it that way and specifically stated to me that they was my supervisor, not the other person that I went to, I felt that was unnecessary, especially when no harm was intended.

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Recent Award Against California Hospital

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about monetary penalty:

With the recent monetary and lashing out against a hospital of all places, and a doctor who should have known much better how to kindly respect a humans feelings, life sets a new standard in US History that workers indeed will get respect or face huge settlements backed up by US Courts. Commonsense and respect of everyone is what matters most in life and the US Courts have just set a new prospective that all employers should be paying closer attention to in coming days, weeks.

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Rate Restriction

Question:

In Human Resourse, what is Rate Restriction?

Signed,

Doing Research

Answer:

Dear Doing Research:

I’m sorry, but we provide general workplace communication advice. We aren’t HR experts and that phrase isn’t one with which I am familiar. It seems, intuitively, that it would deal with restrictions on per hour salary or per item salary, since “rate” often refers to amount per something. But, that might not be correct.

If you’ve had the topic mentioned or it’s part of school work, you can bet the answer is in some of your material or in an HR document or employee manual.

Best wishes!

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