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Walk of Shame

Monday, 23rd February, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Several months ago I got hired into a midlevel position by a large retail chain that’s been plagued by employee theft. I’m the only supervisor who didn’t rise through the ranks and doesn’t have a retail background.

I’ve learned employees I’d never suspect of pilfering merchandise not only steal, but lie with a straight face about how they didn’t take the items we catch them with. In the past, we’ve made it clear we prosecute any employees we suspect, but this hasn’t stopped the amount of theft; nothing has.

Last week, we were told in a supervisor’s meeting that we’re going heighten the pressure on employees we catch stealing. We were given handcuffs and authorization to march anyone we suspect through the store to the manager’s office...

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Dishing the Dirt on My Boss

Monday, 16th February, 2015 at 7:56 PM

I’ve had a string of bad bosses, resulting in five job changes in the last three years. I want to settle down with one company and know the secret is finding a decent manager who treats employees well.

I recently interviewed for a job with a company. The manager seemed like an all-right guy but you never know. After the interview, I realized I could search the company’s website for a list of employees and find out from them what it was like to work for the man. So that night I called several employees and asked them fair questions about what working for him was like.

A week later, I called to see to see about the job. I didn’t get it.

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Might be the Best Thing You Could Do

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 at 6:02 PM

A former employee joined my company planning to start his own competing business and worked for me just long enough to pilfer materials... I hired an attorney who said I could sue...I’d like to do so, but conflict scares me and I’ve been letting bullies and con artists manipulate me all my life. Whenever I try to stand up for myself, it brings back memories and I freeze. This legal battle seems too tough to take on, so even though I’m in the right, I’m wavering....  

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Using FMLA to Cover Weekend Drinking

Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at 8:04 PM

We have one employee who takes intermittent Family Medical Leave. We suspect her of using the guise of FMLA leave to cover alcohol abuse and extended weekends, as she’s absent two to three Mondays a month. With this fact pattern and given the rumors now circulating, may we start asking her to bring doctor’s notes each week to justify her need for Monday leave?

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My Friends Turned Against me

Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at 7:55 PM

I recently decided to go back to school, taking two classes on Monday nights. I told the gang and thought they’d cheer me on. I swear I’ve not changed, but things aren’t the same.

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Threatened...and Wants to Take Me Out

Monday, 26th January, 2015 at 5:48 PM

"Lloyd" desperately wants a job I also qualify for, but have clearly told him I do not want. Nevertheless, he takes potshots at me in staff meetings and his criticisms are starting to make other employees view me as weak because I decided to ignore his remarks rather than responding in kind. How do I counter unfair criticisms without becoming as much of a jerk as he is?

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Don't Hide the Truth

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Our company works with customers in a trust realtionship and maintains consierable personal data on each. Despite normal precautions, we recently hired a dishonest employee. Once we realized the situation we fired her. We haven't told customers because we don't want to scare the. What do you suggest?

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Second Time Around

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 9:09 PM

I supervise a talented, touchy woman. When I give her compliments, she takes them as her due. When I give her suggestions for how she can improve, she argues and sulks. Any suggestions?

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Mistakes, Deal With It

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 7:43 PM

I work for a very stubborn man who refuses to admit he’s ever wrong...another woman in our department has the opposite problem. She's always acting like she thinks she's a loser and she's so scared to take chances she gets analysis-paralysis. Could I suggest they call you?

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What HR Can Do

Monday, 12th January, 2015 at 5:41 PM

We have a dirty little secret in our company. Our comptroller is a no-holds-barred bully. Cross him and your work life isn't worth living. His employees and other department heads either knuckle under or leave. When I asked our HR department to investigate the times he has bullied me according to our code of conduct, I was told to put up or shut up. Where did I go wrong?

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