Poor Management

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about name calling: I was then called a “lazy fuck” and walked out on.

I started working for a sports bar about six months ago that is privately owned and does not have a corporate office or anything of the sort. During my first month of work I was called a “Bitch” by my kitchen manager (I am an expo in the kitchen) to which I questioned the words that had just come out of his mouth. He had apologized and claimed he didn’t mean to say that, he was only joking. I let go of the situation and carried on. About a month later he had made another “bitch” comment to which I told him he could not speak to me like that and he once again said he was joking and carried on. On a different occasion I was asked to clean something in the kitchen but due to the high amount of orders I did not have a chance to get around to it.

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Accused of Calling A Coworker

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about calling an employee names:

An employee accused me of calling him a pussy. I have denied it, as I did not say it. The employee has a witness who has written a testimony. Do I have a right to at least see the testimony? I am told that it would create a hostile work environment but I say that I am entitled to see all evidence being used against me. I am not being fired but have been written up and think this will be used in the future to fire me. I think I should be allowed to see the statement in order to refute any falsehoods. I am not interested in the name of the witness just the testimony.

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Subordinates Accused Me Of Calling Them Idiots

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about name calling: told the General Manager I called them both idiots.

I am a new supervisor and called a meeting with two female employees for misbehavior…they retaliated and told the General Manager I called them both idiots because I was diabetic…all of this is completely untrue.

Signed, New Super

Dear New Super:

Well, what did you tell them? Yours is an ” I said”–“They said” story. What have you learned from this experience as a new supervisor? You can’t change what happened or prove that they are lying. What you can do is learn. From now on, you will need to be careful what you say to these women and to all whom you supervise. You will need to treat each in your charge respectfully. Avoid swearing. Document mistakes in writing (what, where, when) and follow the policy book and practice protocol for giving verbal and written reprimands.

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Subordinate called Manager an Idiot

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about name calling: One of my staff members said I was an idiot in direct conversation.

I have just been told by the manager of another department that one of my staff members said I was an idiot in direct conversation. How should I handle that? Background: While handling an issue, brought to my attention by a staff member, I called the manager of another department for help.

The issue would be one that impacted both departments, so I felt that decision was warranted.At the end of the day, the manager that I called stopped by my desk to tell me that not five minutes after we solved the problem, my staff member called to say that she knew what she was doing and didn’t know why I called. Then she said I was an idiot! This manager felt I should know.Can I write this employee up for making a derogatory comment about me to another manager?

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