Blame Game

Question: to Ask the Workplace Doctors about the Blame Game

I am the manager of my department. There was an oversight during the budget process, thus creating a shortage in my department for salaries. Without going into all the detail, as I see the situation, the fault lies with Human Resources because past practice was that the departments did not calculate the salary line item, the Human Resources & Insurance Departments did this and provided the dollar amounts to the departments. Before the 2012 budget was accepted on Jan. 1, in the final months of 2011, I discovered that my budget had a shortfall in salaries and notified the managers of Accounting, Human Resources and the Senior Manager.

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