Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.
— John Lennon
I interviewed for a new job today and all indications are pointing toward me getting an offer. If my hunch is correct, I am not sure if it is the right place for me because of a poster in the company’s lobby that depicts the Ten Commandments. I am an atheist. Would you work there if you were me?
— Feeling A Little Put Off
I am one of those grammar police officers, but let’s just say I’m off-shift most of the time.
My new supervisor often sends me documents (e.g., word processing documents, spreadsheets) for me to read over before he sends out the documents. My job has absolutely nothing to do with writing and grammar. When he asks me to look over them, it’s regarding procedures and processes, as he’s new to the office and I’m more experienced.
Should I point out to him when an item is grammatically incorrect? For example, we use spreadsheets often, and one of the new column reads, “Services requested or participation of client’s child.” The correct format should be “Services requested for or participation of client’s child” – it’s missing “for.” Personally, I had to read that sentence twice before I understood the meaning. The spreadsheet will be used by a few dozen staff members on a continuous basis.
Any thoughts? Thank you.
I am a supervisor and one of my employees just reported to me that a co-worker refuses to talk to him. The employee said this started with no warning and he has no idea why the co-worker is snubbing him. He said the co-worker leaves the break room when he walks in and no longer engages in small talk. He says he feels harassed by the snubbing.
I met with the co-worker and asked what was going on. The co-worker admitted to me that he wants nothing to do with the complainant. He said he speaks to him only when necessary to get work done and is civil, but he does not want to associate with him after learning that the complainant is a big supporter of Donald Trump. (The co-worker’s parents came to the U.S. from Mexico. He told me that he is personally offended by anyone supporting Trump because of Trump’s comments about Mexicans).
What would you do?
I really hate my job. The hours are long. The work is boring. My boss is an ass. Still, the pay is good and finding a new job would be a pain. Should I quit to look for something better or just suck it up?
Several of you have written asking why there have been no new posts for a while. The Witness Protection Program bars me from providing details.
OK, that was a fib. Here are the . . .
Top Ten Reasons For No New Posts
Regular posts should resume in early June. Until then, send me your questions/gripes/confessions/whatever. We will soon be slapping again!
Evil Skippy (and Jim)
I had to reprimand one of my employees for violating our harassment policy. He said several times in front of several different co-workers that “all Muslims should be deported unless they can prove that they are not terrorists.” He challenged the reprimand and said he should not be subject to any discipline because he is merely saying the same things that Donald Trump is saying. Can I discipline an employee for quoting a front-running presidential candidate?
I am a supervisor and would like to talk to my employees about the presidential primary elections. Most of them do not keep up with the news and I want them to be well informed before they vote. Something tells me that this could be a bad idea. Is it?
How can I stop my employees from talking about the presidential campaign at work?
— Frustrated Supervisor
I went through a lengthy recruiting and hiring process. After a background check, I extended an offer to the top candidate. Even though we had specifically discussed starting dates, the candidate did not disclose that she was taking a three-week trip to Asia until after I made the offer. The trip would delay her starting work by over a month from what she told me it would be during the interview. Can you think of a good reason why she would not tell me about this trip until after she got the offer? Can I withdraw the offer?