Showing posts with label issues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 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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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nepotism in the Workplace

If you have never encountered Nepotism in your career---then you are very fortunate. Nepotism is sometimes a two way street---with relatives who are very dedicated workers and do not expect any favors---just the opportunity to work and be a team player.

And, then there are the relatives from another planet---who never get to work on time, take days off whenever they please, not a team player, who thinks they can goof off all day and do very little work. Relatives who visits and talks to friends on the phone excessively. Or friends that just happened to drop by in a very busy office where others are doing 110% to get their job completed.

Now if the owner/manager thinks this is going unobserved---think again. Everyone is either thinking or gossiping about it. Which means---not only is the lazy relative getting paid to do very little or nothing---but now the employees are taking time to gossip about it.

I know this really makes the hard working employees feel exasperated--- and many who get disillusioned with the working environment of Nepotism go to other jobs. And, many update their resumes and start looking for a better place to work.

Now if you like what you are doing in this workplace---here is my suggestion to you:

1.     Keep your mind on your own work and let others gossip if they feel the need. Remember, what you say can be twisted around and carried to the very person everyone is gossiping about. Keep your thoughts to yourself---do not share your opinion(s) with anyone other employee.

2.     You are still getting a paycheck for what you do. And, do not think the owner/manager is not watching what each employee is doing. Stay in your office/area/ or where ever you work and do your job.

3.     One might think they know the reason a relative was hired---but I can assure anyone that you probably do not know. Nor, will you ever know the real reason.

4.     It is none of your business. Do not get involve in office politics and do not socialize with the office gossips.

5.     Be pleasant and converse with fellow workers---but do not share your opinion and do not stay around people who are gossiping.

6.     Your purpose for this job is to be paid for the duties you are responsible in executing. That and only that---this is not High School so you do not have to fit in with every group.

7.     Be happy each morning to go to work---only worry about yourself and your job. Everyone else can do the same or not---you do not worry about what anyone else is doing---nor should you feel the need to share why you are not gossiping.

To maintain and keep the office in the productive mode calls for a savvy employer/owner. All employers and owners should be aware of employee issues in the workplace.