Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about feeling betrayed by subordinate and boss:
I am the manager of a department and I have one supervisor who reports directly to me – She supervises a subordinate support staff. She is a hard-worker. However, she sometimes says things that are inappropriate (of a sexual nature) to both staff and customers. She also dresses inappropriately at times. I recently addressed the above with her and informed her of the ramifications of joking around in a sexual manner could lead to sexual harassment complaints that we don’t need. She became defensive and said “don’t I work hard for you?!?!” and I reiterated that her work ethic was not at all in question – In fact it was very much appreciated but the role of supervisor also requires one to be professional at all times.