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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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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Getting Along With Someone You Dislike

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors: How do you put up with working with someone you don’t get along with?

I work at a small grocery store. I have worked here for about 8 months now and I have never gotten along with my one manager, who is always mean and rude to me for no reason. She does petty things like always putting me on the busiest register, yelling at me for dumb things, and not sticking up for me when there have been rude costumers. It got to the point where I had to change my whole work schedule to not have to work with her. But I still end up working with her for a little bit or always seeing her at work.  –Signed  Don’t Get Along

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Miss My Music

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about music on personal devices:

I recently started a new job making more money and everything is great! I work in a warehouse in charge of shipping and receiving trailers. The work can be hectic at times, but the environment is very calm, and they have a great way of keeping it like that. So far I have been working the warehouse for about 6 weeks and I’m already beginning to feel singled out. I can’t combat the hectic work as employees do to drown their sorrows into various music on portable speakers since the warehouse restrictions have a no earbuds policy due to the traffic of heavy machinery.

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Sometimes I’m Homesick

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about taking off to see family:

I work for an insurance company and I struggle with requesting time off to go home and see my family. When I finished college, I did not stay in my hometown which is Cleveland. I moved to Cincinnati because I went to school out there and I liked the environment so I decided to move out there. Since my family still lives in Cleveland and I live in Cincinnati I get homesick sometimes. When it comes to taking time off to see them, my boss is not always understanding.

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Just A Little Attention

One of the top things that makes me feel good is making people smile or knowing that I could make their day just a little bit better by doing something for them. Anyone that has worked in a restaurant probably has a story or two about things that really brighten their day. One specific instance stands out to me. It was probably around a year ago and I was working as a host at the time so I was in charge of carrying out orders. This little sweet old man had come in to place a takeout order. We were not busy at the time so him and I began to make small talk while he waited. He told me that his wife had just been put into a nursing home and that he had just recovered from knee surgery, so he wasn’t walking very well. We continued to talk for around ten more minutes about his life and then when his food was up I offered to help him take it out to his car because I knew he was having trouble walking.

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