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 SAguy_06
Joined: 10/8/2009
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So what do you think? Am I nuts, or is there validity to this and I should get 'ta steppin!!


I say get to steppin on your nuts, then come back and tell us that story, im sure it will far more interesting than your job...
 ToThySelf
Joined: 2/26/2010
Msg: 3
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Posted: 3/15/2010 10:41:40 AM
My problem with the job is actually with the manager, the other person in this dept.
She is forgetful, changes her mind often and as a result makes more work for me.
And twice now she has requested reports of me, of which I followed her request to the letter (and confirmed with her), only to find out she wanted something else and additional documents.

How long is it taking you to get these reports - time is of the essence. One day late is old news.


Additionally, again this is the second time I can remember, she is sure to remind me that the reports should have been printed earlier and that I am at fault.... and she does this in front of the very people she is making presentations of the reports to.

Just as I suspected. How many times does she have to tell you? You know her schedule and you should be able to plan ahead.


This, to me, is extremely disrespectful and unprofessional and should not be tolerated.

She is probably telling you the same thing.

If you feel you are too good for the job then do her a favor and leave. To do less of a job because you are getting less IS UNPROFESSIONAL.


Although I know I know, I should be grateful to have a job at all! But at what point do you continue to put up with this and at what point do you leave the bad situation??

You have only been there a year - alot can change. I'm not sure why you are asking a bunch of strangers whether to quit a job we know nothing about. You're a big boy - you can make that decision. I haven't read 100% that it is all her.
 Delete_Me_Please
Joined: 11/10/2009
Msg: 4
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Posted: 3/15/2010 10:44:01 AM
Do you really have to ask this? The job doesn't pay well and it's making you kind of miserable. OF COURSE you should be seeking another job that makes you happier.
 ToThySelf
Joined: 2/26/2010
Msg: 5
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Posted: 3/15/2010 10:47:12 AM
^^While I know the OP is looking for sympathy I also know what its like to work with these types. They take no blame - its always someone else's fault. If he mentioned one place that he was wrong then I would have compassion.
 cookie22222
Joined: 8/4/2007
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Posted: 3/15/2010 11:00:12 AM
OK OP I'll bite...

Instead of the old trick of repeating instructions back to someone, to make sure you have it all right - how about EMAILING them all back to her - so when she says - yes that's right - you have it in writing. You can pull them out and prove she's the one in the wrong and take a victory lap around the building...
 maximusminimus
Joined: 2/27/2010
Msg: 11
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Posted: 3/15/2010 11:54:26 AM
Look for your next and better job, while you keep doing a good job there. The decision to look is easy. You want better, so go get it. Then the decision to take the better job will be easy. Don't quit now. Just keep doing your job cheerfully.

To deal with irrational managers, speak as little as possible. Just find out what they want, and do it. If it can't be done, ask them for guidance. Lay out the impossible they want, ask them about that one thing you can't see how to do. Let them realize they have asked for the impossible. If they ask you to do something that goes against your principles or self-respect, say you can't do it because it goes against your principles or self respect. That leaves what is possible and that does not abuse you. Of that remainder, some you'll enjoy, some you won't. Test your ability to enjoy drudgery...you might get good at it and surprise yourself.

What you don't want to do is waste any time having a personality clash or comparing your company to how a company should be run. Personalities are beyond your control to change, so just learn to ignore and humor the bad ones. If you truly know how to better run a company, start one or apply as a manager or executive someplace where you can run one.

Think happy thoughts, look for a better job, and make up for your low wage by stealing as many office supplies as you can stuff in your pockets every day before heading home.
 Casper66
Joined: 3/2/2007
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Posted: 3/15/2010 1:46:24 PM
I think most of us have met up with people like this in the workplace, covering yourself is really the only solution she will not change, so e-mail and have a record of all transactions with this person, it's the one great thing about e-mail it is date and time stamped, so no I didn't get it excuses. The last job I had was horrible, so while I was working I was sending out my resume, now I have a great job, good luck.
 ToThySelf
Joined: 2/26/2010
Msg: 14
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Posted: 3/15/2010 2:06:07 PM
Why can't you talk to her in private and explain that there appears to be miscommunication. How can you both resolve the conflicts? Going to HR is going to put up a red flag should you have a real issue later on. They're not going to take your side if she is doing a good job. She's still there ... not on a "temporary" basis either.
 aSydneyMale
Joined: 5/16/2006
Msg: 15
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Posted: 3/15/2010 2:47:07 PM
First rule of business: get it in writing!

If your manager is allegedly disorganised and unprofessional, make sure you are organised and professional in your assigned tasks.

If she gives you a report to do, email her back confirming your understanding of the requirements and deadline. Do this also if she makes any adjustments to the requirements. You need to cover yourself and it also provides a clear frame of reference to keep you on-task.
 bluesandrock
Joined: 6/24/2009
Msg: 16
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Posted: 3/15/2010 2:51:31 PM
I have dealt with a couple odd bosses like this in the past. You can do everything they ask picture perfect and on time and they still find a way to make it appear as you did something wrong. I have found that there is really no way to get through to them. I would take Alooo's advice. Start your hunt to find a new job.
 whitetigeress
Joined: 7/18/2009
Msg: 18
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Posted: 3/15/2010 3:16:32 PM
I have made a horrible mistake of quitting a job before finding a new one.
HORRIBLE MISTAKE which I am still suffering the repercussions of as I type. Never again would I be so foolhardy. I caution and ask you to not to either
Please secure employment before quitting.
Good luck
 readyfornow
Joined: 5/15/2009
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Posted: 3/16/2010 9:22:52 AM
It doesn't look like you have much of a future in your present job. But put your resume out and get another job first. One year isn't a really large career investment. While you're at it, keep a CYA file just in case your supervisor tries to fire you and avoid signing any writeups.
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