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I Like Tom Petty. I Don’t Like Employees Being Petty

Sometimes workers have a legitimate concern, issue or complaint. Sometimes they are just whining.

Recently, I had an employee come and speak with me regarding her supervisor.  This was her complaint: “I don’t like the way he speaks to me.”

Me: “OK – give me an example.”

Her: “Well, I was working on a project then he came over and told me I needed to do something else.” 

Me: “Hmmm, so I am not sure what the problem is.”   

Her: “I think he just asked me to do something else because he needs to act like he is the big boss.” 

Me: “Or maybe he was prioritizing the work and decided he wanted you to focus on what needed to get done first.” 

Her: “No, no he just wants to make me know he is in charge, he was like ‘I need you to do this instead’ and I know he didn’t, and he said it with an attitude.” 

Me: “But maybe he actually did need you to work on the other item and he was under pressure so what you perceived as an attitude was just him trying to get things done, just something to consider.”  

Cue the music, “Well I won't back down, no I won't back down. You could stand me up at the gates of hell. But I won't back down.”

Here is another “critical” issue I have addressed, more than once:

Employee: “So and so came back late from lunch two times this week.” 

Me: “Thanks for letting me know.” 

Employee: “Well, what are you going to do about it?” 

Me: “I will take the appropriate steps.” 

Employee: “Yeah right.”

Cue the music, “Listen, it don't really matter to me baby. You believe what you want to believe…” 

The fact is I spoke with the person’s manager who was aware of both instances. She also rolled her eyes and said it was really not the other employees’ concern. I went to my office and thought to myself, cue the music, “Oh don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you. Don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you.”

Before you share something that you don’t like at work ask yourself is it really something that should and must be addressed or are you just whining? If it is the latter, cue the music, “Don’t do me like that.” 

Royal July 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Wish there was someway we could appreciate your (creativity Lisa. Maybe find a interesting ghost writer, who can share worthwhile well written experiences.
Buddy July 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I agree with you Scott. If you thought that a restaurant served horrible food, why would you ever go back?
RivertownsMark July 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The person who repeatedly complains obviously has an axe to grind. I don't like reading the NY Post: that means I don't log on every morning to read it so I can complain about it. I just stopped reading the Post. This isn't your only choice for news.
Theresa July 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of being a supervisor gets this piece.
WilliamTell July 10, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Maybe because some of us are curious what others have to say and we also still have STANDARDS.

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