Showing posts with label employee issues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label employee issues. Show all posts

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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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Employee Handbooks are Professionally Needed

It pains me to point out what we see and are a witness to in some offices where the employees evidently do not have a “Employee Handbook” where it states the dress code for the office personnel.

I visited a local bank in a small town in Florida and a female employee had on a low cut dress with her ample breast bubbling over in full view of anyone who wanted a look.

How the President of the bank did not speak up or send her home to change is beyond me. And I was told later this was her normal mode of dress. I was informed she was a supervisor and I still wondered---how could a professional business like a bank allowed this to go on. And I do hope this will be taken care in the future.

My bank experience was almost as bad as the local electrical company in a small town where I paid my aunt’s electrical bill for her one month. I went to the front counter and the only person there was cleaning lady in a big shirt and jeans---at least I thought she was---until she came to the counter and asked if she could help me.

It turned out she was the secretary for the city and again there must not be an “Employee Handbook” because a couple more women came in dressed in a super casual manner and went to their desks. It creates a big question in one’s mind about what is happening with the professionalism of the companies in small towns and even cities in America.

I have always said if the people in a company or business dress in a sloppy manner---then I suspect their work is also sloppy. If you do not care about your appearance then why would you care about the company that has hired you? And what about your duties are you also sloppy with them?

Supervisors, Managers and Owners should wake up and take a look at your own business and how your employees dress. Do they dress in a professional manner? Has your business been effected by the unprofessional conduct of your employees?

If you walk into a business and everyone is dressed in nice suits and/or dresses it makes you want to spend your money more with this company. Why?  Because you trust a company the employees are dressed for in a professional manner, because they care about their jobs enough to dress for them---therefore---they will care about giving you the best service as their customer service skills are more professional.

Give your company a “Professional Report Card” and see what grade you give them. Does your company have an “Employee Handbook?” If not maybe you should think about getting one. Because sooner or later something will come up in a legal manner and since your do not have an Employee Handbook stating what is expected from employees; and have them sign a form before they begin work. Stating they have fully read the handbook and agree with it. If this is not done then you will not have a legal leg to stand on to support the case.