I have a boss who I really like and respect. She’s very knowledgeable of our market, supports our career growth, and cares about us as individuals, but she avoids dealing with the guy in our office who slacks off. Instead of handling it, she either switches up individuals’ responsibilities or says the work not being done needs an extra pair of eyes. The slacker doesn’t care if his work is stripped away from him. It’s less work for him, but the rest of us get dumped on and resentful. Should we all meet with her or let it go?
-Boss needs to deal
Dear Boss needs to deal:
It is obvious that your boss does not like conflict, but this issue should be addressed. Have a one-on-one with her versus a group meeting. Express your appreciation for all the positive things she does. Then explain how this particular issue is negatively impacting you and your co-workers and give her suggestions on ways to remedy it. If she has the character you indicate she has, she will do her best to handle the matter even though it will be difficult for her. Accordingly, let her know that her efforts are appreciated.
As instructed over the phone by an executive assistant for a PR director I want to work for, I emailed my resume and cover letter to the EA versus the director. The EA said she would see to it that the director got them, but her tone and hesitation in telling me where to send them made me feel uneasy with her having possession of my info. When she got the documents, all she emailed back was “Thanks.” There was no mention of follow-up, being in touch, nothing. I don’t believe I will hear anything else, nor do I believe the director has seen or will ever see my info. So, I’m planning to bypass the EA and contact the director directly via email. Do you think that’s okay?
-Need to bypass executive assistant
Dear Need to bypass executive assistant:
Instead of going over the executive assistant’s head, I suggest that you re-contact her after ten business days have passed. If she gives you a negative or nebulous response to your inquiry and you still believe the director was never given your information, you can attempt to make contact with the director, explaining your desire to double-check that she received your materials and to provide any additional information she may want. But understand that it is not uncommon for busy executives to have their assistants not only screen applicants but their emails as well.
I’ve got to vent. On more than one occasion, our new boss will walk out of his office in the middle of the afternoon with his running clothes on. He will march over to our cubicles barking, “Get on the stick. Let’s get those numbers up.” Then he leaves for his daily workout. He’s telling us to bust our butts, which is something he never does. He actually told one of my co-workers, “Your job is to work hard to get me promoted.” Even if he was joking, it sure wasn’t taken that way. But we’d be happy for him to get promoted because then he’d be someone else’s problem.
-Boss all about himself
Dear Boss all about himself:
I understand your need to vent. A boss who can be found in the trenches with his/her employees, who practices what he/she preaches, is respected so much more than one like yours. Hang in there!
© 2010 Rozanne R. Worrell