Boss Shoved and Shushed Me!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about pushy boss:

My department manager uses every opportunity to embarrass or/and humiliates me in front of the other employees. Recently, she was giving me instructions about where to put merchandise once it was unloaded from a truck. When she was finished with her instruction, I asked her a question pertaining to the merchandise, and she looked at me as if I were the stupidest creature on the planet. Just as she was giving me this look, a fellow employee came onto the scene. She looked at him, and while holding her hand up to my face, she told him, “I’m not talking to her”, and she began to give him the same instructions she had just given me. While she was talking to him, I interrupted, letting her know why I had asked my question, but she just kept her hand up to my face, and telling me to shush, while she kept talking to him. When she finished talking to the other employee, she shoved my face, using the hand that she was holding up during this time. I reported this to the store manager, telling him exactly what happened, and asking him if I could show him how she pushed me, and he said “yes”. He was shocked, and said he would followed company procedure by starting an investigation, which he would turn over to the cooperate office. After two weeks, my store manager told me the investigation was closed because there were no witnesses to substantiate my story. (The witness who was there would not make a statement)

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Plant Manager Talks But Doesn’t Enforce Safety!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about safety:

We have a safety policy at our shop, but it is only followed when it is convenient to get rid of somebody. They want to preach safety but when it comes time to pay the price for safety they want to put price caps on it. A guy just got fired for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The situation was no different than any other day. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The problem starts clear at the top. The plant manager preaches safety and explains he will fire anyone that he catches not following the rules, but he is one of the main violators along with a lot of the managers below him. What can you do?

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Boss Over-rides My Firing Office Flirt!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about flirting employee:

A year ago we hired a lovely young lady who recently moved to our area because he husband accepted a position with a large firm. This young lady is very attractive, young, delightful personality and a good worker.

A few months after she started working with us she began having affairs with co-workers and vendors. She brought nude pictures of herself to work and was emailing them from the computer at her desk. She wears extremely provocative clothing and flirts with every single male who comes in. It doesn’t matter to her if the object of her desire is married, as it didn’t matter to her that she was married either. She started messing around with a long time employee who is married and has a young child. Now this long time employee is getting a divorce.

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You Just Don’t Want To Hear!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about insults about hearing disability:

I live in northwest Indiana. I’m really having a problem with my boss and I’m out of solutions. I have only been employed here for about 2 months. The first day I was there I was told (by my boss) that he is a real a## hole and not take anything he says personal. I’m hearing impaired, I have good hearing aids but still they don’t let me hear as normal people do.Well the problem I’m having is he’s making very discriminating comments about my hearing saying things like “I think your hearing is bull sh#t, you can hear just fine you don’t want to hear”. “Why can you hear me now and not earlier”? Constant insulting remarks about my intelligent. He often calls me goofy. He has told me he could get more work done without me, and that I had no idea how to do electrical work prior to coming here.

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Wife’s Boss Is Business Idiot!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about high strung boss :

My wife works for a dentist as a dental assistant. The dentist is extremely bright, does excellent dental work, keeps up on continuing education, but is a complete idiot when it comes to business management and communication. He generally denies that he has any problems at all and when he does recognize that he might have faults he will become emotional to the point of crying. My wife likes the guy, but even though he has many great talents she often refers to him as an Irish Setter, meaning high strung.

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Boss Threatens Firing!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about boss’ threats to fire:

My boss always uses threats of firing as “motivational” talks. He is always calling me, (I am the executive editor here) into his office and threatens to fire either me or members of my staff for reasons that are totally beyond our realm of control. He does this to manipulate and control, and I am so tired of it… What can I do (besides workplace violence)?

Signed, Tired of Threatening

DearĀ Tired of Threatening:

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Wants-to-Please Director Over Promises!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about boss who overloads:

Our unit, in a higher education institution, has a Director who is causing no end of misery in our lives. She is head of an organization made up of about a dozen people charged with providing certain types of support for faculty. She takes on tasks or assignments that are beyond our scope and that are really the purview of other campus units. Often these seems to happen when she is asked to do these things by the heads of the other campus units or by administrators that have conflicting views about what we should be doing.She seems to be in a state of denial about all of this.

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My Boss Frequently Threatens Me!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about abusive boss:

I have a verbally abusive boss and have had very little help with upper management on bringing about changes in her behavior. Recently, she had asked me to work out a protocol for an experiment, and when I had her read it, she said it was “horrible.” It seems that the only things she can say to me are abusive rather than helpful. If she would have been patient enough to sit with me and explain her expectations, it would have given me additional information on what she intended for me to do.

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Boss Seems Out To Lunch And I Feel Abandoned!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about boss who has lost interest:

I see this as more of a problem of my boss’ but it has now affected me so I am writing to see how I might better deal with this. I work in a school business office environment and have for the past 8 years. There are currently three administrators and six other women with whom I work. My administrator is second in command and enjoyed a very good working and personal relationship with our previous superintendent.

When the only other female administrator retired 2 years ago, she was replaced with one of our male principals who, we all knew, would eventually become the new superintendent when the old superintendent was to retire. I began to notice a change in my boss’s attitude at this time. I was aware she was not a fan of this man, but seemed to adjust somewhat to the change.

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Boss Overlooks Personal Misconduct!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about subordinate and failure of boss:

Co-worker brings personal problems to work and talks on the phone about personal stuff disrupting department. Her boss does nothing about it.

Signed, Flustered

DearĀ Flustered:

I wish the question had more details about the disruptive behavior. It sounds like the co-worker works for another manager than you do, yet you work together. If so, do you know if her boss is aware of her behavior and how it is distracting others? Has anyone brought the issue to him/her in specific terms and details? Maybe that’s a place to start if it hasn’t happened. Have a conversation about your concerns and how the behavior is affecting productivity and focus because that will cost the company money.

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