Showing posts with label bad bosses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bad bosses. Show all posts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Favoritism: Are You Discriminated at Work?

Do you work in an office where the favorite employee(s) are receiving extra privileges? Like being given bonuses, extra vacation days with pay, getting to choose what project they will work on; getting holidays off and getting the office title they want. And, maybe the employee(s) report to work late and are never reprimanded.

The Boss may chastise other employees about being late in the morning or from lunch; in a staff meeting in front of everyone. What do you say?

Do you just sit there and take it? Or, do you ask why certain employees and come in late without a word from the Boss?

Is it because the employee(s) know the boss on a personal level such as being in the same clubs, or a childhood friend, or maybe going to the same church?

Please remember no matters how often the Boss’ favorites get special privileges do not let it affect your work, nor, should you treat the employee(s) any different. Always stay positive and never gossip or be a sponge that soaks up negativity.

If at some point you wish to speak to the Boss about this do it in private. And, make sure you have your questions you want answered. Before you do remember no one likes being seen in a bad light especially your Boss who signs your checks.

It might be wiser to remain silent and let time take care of the workplace discrimination; after thinking about it and weighing the pluses and minuses it might be the savvy way to go.
That being said; I always tell everyone when it was mentioned to me about favorites in our office to rise above it

It is never wise to get caught in office politics, so it might be sensible to just let it go.
A positive attitude and the ability to get along with your fellow employees will always be a plus in everyone’s opinion. 

One day you might be the go to person for the right reasons; then you will deserve the honor because you maintained a positive productive attitude in the workplace.

Never act unprofessional at work and never let your production be anything but flawless. You will soar among the professionals when your conduct and attitude is above reproach.

Remember to always be the master of how others regard you in the workplace. Never stoop to the level of gossiping about others in the office and especially your Boss. I always felt I was too professional to let others dictate my conduct. Therefore, office favoritism or in some cases nepotism never affected my work or how I treated others.

I treated everyone the same, therefore no one knew who I did not care for and whom I did. There are worst intrusions in the workplace such as working with lazy employees who loaf through the day and leave work as fresh as a daisy. These are the ones that make me wonder if their references were checked before hiring them.

So the best counsel I can give you is: rise above it. And, let the office politics live without your input.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Appalling Bosses are Costing Owners Millions

Why experienced loyal employees are quitting their jobs?

Millions of Americans remain unemployed and yet approximately two million Americans quit their jobs each year. While over 32% that are working are pursuing other jobs. What is going on? Could it be appalling bosses and poor management? It is true appalling bosses are costing owners millions.

People are quitting their jobs because of bad bosses or supervisors and poor management. It makes one wonder about what decade this start in? When will companies wake-up to the fact their managers and supervisors should always act professional in all business affairs. This means certified, well-trained with proven skills and experience. And, know how to treat all employees equal, fair, and with respect.

Appalling Bosses (Managers and Supervisors)

The trouble begins when dedicated employees become mistreated for various reasons, the boss is having a bad day, he or she is having marriage problems or etc. He or she raises his/her voice and/or tells an employee: “Not now, I do not have time to talk to you today.” And, this is after informing the employee: “My door is always open, so there is no reason I cannot be informed of issues right away.”

Or, a promised raise that never comes, or if the deserving employee asks for a raise and the boss rudely responds: I would love to give everyone a raise, but it is not possible. The employee did not ask for a raise for everyone, just for him/her. What an unprofessional way to handle a key employee. And this happens all the time by uncaring bosses who do not even try to give this person more money.

A manager or supervisor who walks around the office finding fault and embarrasses the employees, talks in a loud and demeaning voice and slams things around is an unspeakable person to work for or with.

Promises made in staff meetings-- but are never carried through---by the manager or supervisor. A person whose word is not their bond, and soon no one believes them---the boss becomes a bad joke that is not funny when the employees bear the stress from it all.

What the Employee Does Next

What happens next is this loyal employee updates his/her resume’ and starts job searching, and gets snapped up right away. Word in the business world gets around about the brilliant and dedicated employee who’s dissatisfied with their present job; and headhunters are watching out for them, as they have feelers out with people who will report to them.

This happens more often than people think, and working with a self-centered boss who sprouts platitudes just because it sounds great in the staff meeting is a weekly affair. Employees make fun and talk about their boss, but that does not solve the issue.

Millions of dollars are lost because of large turnovers in companies, the new employees need training, but even skilled ones cannot productively replace ones that worked there for years. So, why isn’t this issue nipped in the bud, because the actual owners hear a different story from the managers or supervisors, which is not always the truth.

Owners Responsibilities--- (The Buck Stops Here!)

This leaves the Owner/CEO/President of the company scratching his/her head and feeling powerless. However, to save millions, keep experienced employee, with little turnover, save money on training new people; the owner needs to show up in his/her business when unexpected and conduct  his/her own staff meeting.

The business belongs to the owner, therefore, one’s livelihood, it’s their right to inform all the employee of the issues costing the company money, and if any employee needs to speak to their immediate boss and cannot do so, then give them the number to call after work. 

And, let them know you are serious about this---and if anyone else puts in their resignation; leave instruction to send it directly to you--- the owner. However, before it gets to this point---call this number after work and we will talk. I will not let my experienced employees walk out the door because of a bad boss or poor management.

Be a hands on owner---and it does not mean every day, but made surprise visits without notice to the managers and supervisors. Show up and visit while the weekly staff meeting is being held. It is sad that when someone’s paid a great salary to conduct and perform as a manager for the owner---they do a dreadful job.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Working with a Problematic Boss

Most all employees have worked with an abstruse boss who is difficult to understand. When you were hired it was not in your “Employee Handbook” if you were lucky enough to have one. And, nowhere was it printed you would not only perform your duties; but learn to work under a difficult boss.

I have worked under a few diverse bosses, however, one of my favorites was the Principal of the Elementary School where I taught Phonic. She was a joy to behold and an Angel to everyone, but when she spoke in meetings---everyone listened and went by her rules. She was very much loved by everyone.

And then there was the other kind who was inconsistent, a Queen of procrastinators, never on time to work, had her favorites in the office. And, to give an example of this:

In a staff meeting she stated no one could have any off days or vacations in the month of June. And of course most of the employees took this as a new rule for all to live by in the office. However, an employee got a vacation for two weeks in June---and who was it---one of her favorites.

Now since June was the only month my husband could take a vacation---we had to cancel our plans and I worked while he stayed at home on his vacation and went fishing. Did I say anything? The next staff meeting when this was brought up again---I voiced my concerns in a professional manner. This rule was never applied again.

I say speak your mind---it can be done at the right time even if you have to wait a year to do it. But I have to be honest here---I always spoke up when I did not agree with her on any issues where I knew she was wrong or it could not be done and it affected the particulars of my job.

I always look for something to like in everyone and even she had her good moments. As she owned the company where I worked I always expected more from an owner/manager than she gave to all employees. But I did not walk in her shoes---nor would I want to---as I have seen times when she was stressed out. And, at the same time she did not mind stressing us out on various company changes which was made in an unprofessional manner---but not on her part. But we all had to deal with it for the company and I was happy to help in anyway.

I had a huge job and my duties took every minute of the workday to complete, and most of the time I did not know what was happening in the office---but the girls kept me informed. We always joked that Staff Meetings were useless---the rules she made in the meetings were broken sometimes before we got back to our offices.

So, everyone can learn to appreciate a good boss when you have one and learn to work around a difficult one---as well. People came and went in her business---and I outlasted most as I loved the work I was doing in communicating with people and helping them.

One day I decided I was tired of it all and I resigned with great pleasure. However, I did care for the people in the office and I missed them for a long time.

Always look for the good in everyone---and then work with that as a life lesson. We cannot made and mold humans for the perfect people to be around---but we can grow as a person and learn to deal with what is dispensed us in life---issues or people. It always needs attention--- the employee issues in the workplace.

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