Love My Job

I’ve been in Biology for three years now, and I’m really loving it.  The department is so large that they have multiple support staff, and I get to do my absolute favorite thing, which is personnel.  Everything from placing ads for new hires (they have a LOT of grants, huge amounts, and are always hiring research techs and postdocs), through RTP and eventually retirement.  It’s a very kind, grateful, fun, appreciative department with lots of laughter.  I love it.

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Unhappy about Time

Question submitted to Ask the Workplace Doctors about reporting time:

Is it legal for my office coordinator to ask me to fill out a timesheet every two weeks on a spreadsheet, when I’m already doing my time sheet online through Human Resource. And she doesn’t want it as a pdf which cannot be changed. I’ve been working at my company for over twenty years and have never had to fill out two time cards. I work for a very large mutual insurance company and I looked up this new office coordinator’s background and she is supposed to be some sort of stress relief or motivator of sorts. Every Friday, we have to come up with a game to play at 4:30 which is a pain in the you know what when a bunch of people are trying to complete their work. So why is she asking us to give her a two week timesheet? I don’t know of any company that fills out two time sheets. To top that, she’s an email spammer! Could it be that she is just looking for something to do? I don’t get it. Signed Time for a Change

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Working in the Horse Barn With Lazy Jan

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a coworker:

I work at a horse barn and I have a coworker that has been working much longer than I have and at times is my “boss” if my original boss is not around. She is quite lazy when it comes to doing her job. Everyone there does the same type of work no matter if you’re new or not. Frequently through each shift she will disappear for like 20 minutes and sit down somewhere on her phone. No one really says anything because she is bestfriends with the boss. But then she still will yell at people for being lazy even though she disappears every time we’re about to do something hard. So my question is, how do I mention to either her or my boss about trying to get her to be more involved and not disappear when we have to do things that are hard?  Signed– Where’s Lazy Jan

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Not Enough Time For Work and School

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about work vs. school:

I’ve come into a recent problem with my job as of late, causing me to not be able to take care of my classwork properly like I should. Now I know that normally the answer to this question would be quite simple, just request more hours off to help alleviate more time for me to do things school related and to be able to catch up on homework. However, just recently we got very short handed at the last minute and was desperately needed for my skills at my job. The fact being that I’ve worked there for just about a year now and all of my managers are very impressed with my improvements I feel that it’s a good thing, but I have run into a problem. I’m working way too much(pretty much 40 hours a week) alongside being in school full time, and I don’t know what to do. 

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How Do You Stop Ms. Rude?

A question to Ask theWorkplace Doctors about a rude coworker:

I have a coworker who is very controlling and rude. Whenever we have meetings, she cuts everyone off. She does not listen to anyone’s ideas and she never wants to accept constructive criticism. There was one time where we were doing a group project trying to reorganize things in the office. I had an idea and voiced it out loud. Before I finished my idea, she cut me off and ignored the fact that I was saying anything. How do I confront my coworker without offending her or being rude? But a time I felt good in the workplace is when my manager was cutting all the employees that were minors in half and I went to her respectfully and advocated for myself and got my hours back. This happened in the beginning of the virus pandemic. Signed–Stop Ms. Rude

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Hard and Risky Work But Unappreciated

A question to Ask theWorkplace Doctors about hard work not being appreciated:

Why some are underappreciated in the workplace for putting in more effort.

I have worked at a nursing home/assisted living facility for over a year and a half. I have been there long enough to see that there are a lot of people, including me, who get taken advantage of. Not to sound full of myself or cocky, but I put in a lot more effort and care a lot more about my job than most people and I am not being treated like I do. I train all the new employees and do all kinds of extra work and I am actually thinking of quitting because the raise I was given was not a reflection of the work I do. I just do not understand how over the last few months, they have let all these amazing employees leave because of their treatment.  Signed–Unappreciated

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COVID-19 and Family Separation From Work

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about quitting work in a family restaurant.

For a little over two years I worked at a local restaurant owned by my cousin. I worked alongside other family members while working there as well, so we became pretty close through the years. Due to a recent COVID-19 incident at the restaurant, for my health and my immediate families health I decided to take two weeks off, even though that was not mandatory, but I thought that was the safest option. During those two weeks I went back and forth with my family on what I wanted to do in terms of employment there. My family and I decided my safest option would be to quit working at the restaurant. I called my boss and explained to him my concerns and what I thought the best option for me and my family would be and that I personally did not feel safe working in a restaurant during this time. He was very understanding towards the situation and told me to do what I thought was best for me and my family.
I was very relieved on how the conversation went but I was still a little concerned on the family matter of things. My question is to you, what is the best way to separate family and working matters? I am trying to avoid the awareness, if there is any, next time I see them either at a family event or possibly at my old job. Signed–Covid-19 and Family

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Just the Cashier Lady in a Dirty Shoe Store

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about work in a dirty shoe store:

I work at a shoe store where I am the youngest and the only female employee. I don’t want to stereotype but the men that head the store are just lazy, messy, and inconsiderate. The store’s manager has been the store manager since before I was born, and from what I gather nothing has changed or been simply cleaned forever. Behind the cash register is so dusty and dirty that I can’t help but sneeze every time I work. The break room seems to be infested with flies because no one cleans up after themselves. I never stay in the break room because I feel very uncomfortable there. The table and chairs are covered in old sauces and noodle juice. It smells horrible. 

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Mom and Sis Management of Problem Employees

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about how should managers manage unacceptable behavior:

I don’t have a job but my mother is a supervisor at her job and my sister is the manager at her job. Mom always complains about their workers slacking off, being unprofessional, or being rude to them. They’ve been having the problems for months/ years. I wonder how someone in her position would deal with those problems in a professional way. Mom is a supervisor at the Department of Children and Family Services(DCFS). She has a worker who stays up all night watching movies and who frequently calls off for work or calling in because she will arrive late.

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They Messed Up My Schedule

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about inconsiderate scheduling:

I work at a small smoothie place. I have worked here for a little over a year now, and I have been pretty laid-back except for a couple recurring issues. A little background is that all my coworkers are either high school or college girls around my age and our boss named Alice owns the place, but she primarily lives in Florida. She likes to travel down to her home in Florida almost every month and while she is away, she leaves people that she trusts in charge of making the schedule.

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