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Taking Out a Bully Employee

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Nine months ago, I hired “Gabe” to handle a critical position in our company. From his first week, he took charge of a number of situations that were troublesome. I’m a fairly easygoing, accommodating supervisor, and I appreciated the way Gabe laid down the law. After Gabe had been here only a few months, employees started coming to me telling me he was a bully...

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Surviving the Bully Boss

Monday, 16th March, 2015 at 5:59 PM

I'm in my fifties and have worked for the same organization ever since I turned 18. I never thought I’d want to quit my job, but I do.

I work for a bully. He's new to our organization and from day one he’s treated me with contempt. He ridicules my work and makes me redo every report I turn in. When I dare open my mouth in staff meetings, he looks at me as if I've grown horns. He insists that there’s one way, his way...

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Blame Shifting

Monday, 9th March, 2015 at 6:20 PM

I asked one of my co-workers for a small amount of assistance with our company’s proprietary software program. He told me he’d get around to helping me but then he left the office without doing so. As a result, I didn’t complete a project and was dinged for it.

When I explained to my boss what happened, he didn’t listen. I quit in disgust...

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Monday, 9th March, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Several weeks ago, just before his 90-day review, my husband was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. His doctor said he needed a month off from work and counseling. The company didn’t offer sick pay so my husband asked for leave without pay.

He was terminated the next day...

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Are You Up Against a Bill Cosby?

Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015 at 9:04 PM

I work for a highly profitable company, run by a ruthless man, who operates it like his personal fiefdom. He has sexually harassed me for three months. If I try to sue, I’ll not only lose my job but won’t be employable in Anchorage. I like my job, make a good salary and there aren’t many companies in Anchorage that employ those with my skill set. The ones that could aren’t hiring given the drop in oil prices...

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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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