I joined a new team a few months ago and the program coordinator has the worst “word vomiting” habit I’ve ever seen! To the point where I, and other coworkers, tend to zone out when she starts speaking in meetings. She speaks on topic but if you ask her a direct, project related question, you’ll get a 10-15 min response. By the end of it you don’t know if your question was even answered. I’ve been in many meetings with her that could’ve been finished in half the time if she only shared information necessary to move things forward. I kid you not there are periods where there’s not one pause to even interject. The issue (which should be a benefit) is she’s been in her job for years and has so much knowledge but doesn’t know how to edit. It the same with her emails. At least 10 emails a day are from her and every email is paragraphs and paragraphs long with photo attachments.
I’m not the only person that struggles with meetings and correspondence with her but no one wants to say anything. And since I’m so new I really don’t feel like it’s my place. We have different managers but hers is very hands off and doesn’t help their employees with professional growth.
Should I say something to her? I have tried a couple of times to politely interject and steer the conversation back to the core question or answer but it hasn’t worked. I’m seriously considering asking for a transfer because I can’t imagine working with her as closely as I need to. I have complained to my boss but we have different managers and there’s nothing they can do.
If I can’t ever get direct answers or every collaborative project takes twice as long to complete, I don’t know how I’m going to manage.
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A hostile environment that makes you dread going to work.
I work in a very hostile environment. I am a Line Cook in an long time established restaurant. Recently, a new kitchen manager was hired. This girl is the absolute worst toxic, raciest, micro"manager" I have ever had the misfortune to work under.
First, she is still in college for business management. I am starting to wonder what is actually taught in those classes. I am a 10+ year experienced manager of multi-million dollar companies. However; my experience comes from moving up the ranks through work experience. I learned the legal aspects through other managers that I worked closely with.
Second, the restaurant is privately owned. She somehow thinks that the business laws do not apply to that type of company.
Ever work for someone who told you how to do your job, but never does it themselves? Yeah, that is the third issue we are having.
Next, she thinks she knows that "best way" to do things and if they aren't done "her" way, it is wrong. We won't discuss that the restaurant has been open and serving for 40 years before she came into the picture.
She hired her wife and promoted her over people who have been waiting for a promotion for years!
She took away everyone's overtime, now only her and her wife have overtime.
She has fired everyone who doesn't agree with her.
She runs with double standards, misinformation, disinformation, or NO communication at all.
She has favorites that will do special favors for her and they do not have to adhere to the "rules of her kitchen".
I went from 40+ hours a week to less than 25 and there is nothing I can do about it because ARIZONA is a "Right to Work" state? THAT is how a hostile environment is created and sustained.
I have to move to find descent work. This right to work crap is just another way to get away with bad business, and there is A LOT of bad business in AZ.
I am filing a discrimination claim, but I don't know what else to do.
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How do you tactfully ask for more money?
Nobody said anything about the amount of my raise. I just saw the difference in my paycheck. Yes, it fell in their corporate standard 3-5% but I expected more.
Since August additional responsibilities have been added not directly related to the job I was hired to do. My role is sort of a combination of customer service and account manager, processing orders and customer communications, being their advocate.
The first area added was compliance. This is handling reporting of things like conflict minerals, REACH, RoHS, PFAS, NIST, etc. The person who handled this before was terminated so I had no training. To do this I've been taking the historical records and making the rest of the process up as each request comes along. There's nobody else that can do the whole thing.
I did get trained on the second area, creating and closing jobs, before the previous person retired. The Master Scheduler drops the details into the log and I create the job, printing all the associated paperwork for the floor. (He handles some job creating himself as well.) When the jobs are completed, the paperwork is returned to me. I verify everything has been filled out and chase people down to complete it if it hasn't.
There are other responsibilities that I now have as well but they don't really take up much time to complete. The compliance and job processing duties combined are probably a half a person amount of work. I rarely take a lunch break anymore (I eat but continue working). I wasn't expecting my salary to double or anything like that (a dream) but I still expected more.
How would you approach your manager in this situation?
PS I also have to ask where my back pay is since the raise was supposed to happen in December. They pushed the process to February so all salaried employees are done at the same time.
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Several websites for job searching will only let you view to a certain point without asking for you to review your previous and/or current employers.
How do you do this honestly without burning bridges?
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When the culture of a company systemically negatively impacts the mental health of the people who work there, that’s a toxic work environment.
Even if upper management itself isn’t malicious, if the culture they’ve created allows bullies/narcissists to make everyone around them miserable because upper management looks the other way, that’s a systemic issue.
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I was employed while job hunting.
I have completed the interview process at one company and am waiting on an offer (or not, however it goes). Since completing the interview process this past Tuesday, I was let go from my current job. I know it’s going to come up in the background check, so what should I say to the recruiter if they call with an offer? I was thinking: “I can start on Monday March 11, as, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was laid off on March 1.”
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I was the chief CO of a Bank in wealth management.
this job made me sick. I resigned after 2 years of hard work, no recognition and mistreatment. Now, I am over 50 years old and it is really hard to find a new job. Nobody wants to hire employees over 50? 55? And the experience? I hear often that resigning / leaving shows no stability … and why this? Someone shall stay somewhere to suffer? Getting ill? Only youngsters with low salary… and the idea is to work until 67 in Switzerland… who will hire the elderly? What a fake working condition! I am desperate …