Marie McIntyre, Ph. D, Your Office Coach

Question:
“My job offers many learning experiences and a wide variety of
interesting projects.  However, my pay does not reflect many of the tasks I have
taken on. After my manager said she couldn’t give me a raise, I decided to
approach her boss. I gave him a list of all my duties and explained why the
additional work should justify more pay. He said that no one else has received
extra compensation for these responsibilities and that more pay was not an
option. I replied that no one else does as much work as I do.  However, that
seemed to be the end of the conversation. Can you suggest other ways to ask for
higher pay?  My job is great, but I feel that I deserve more.” — Underpaid

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Question:
“Tom, a long-term employee, recently transferred into my unit. He has a
reputation of being “difficult,” and now I know why. On good days, he’s
productive, upbeat and pleasant. But on bad days, he’s critical, rude and
hostile.  Unfortunately, the bad days outnumber the good days. As his manager,
I’ve tried to be calm and supportive, but he’s exhausting me! What can I do?” – Dr. Jekyll’s Boss

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Question:
“I have worked at my company for more than 20 years. Whenever I apply for
a new position, I am passed over. I think it’s because I’m older looking and
lack the “babeness” of younger women.  What do you think?” — Not a Hottie

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Question:
“My new boss is truly a male
chauvinist. He has surrounded himself with male managers and completely ignores
all the women. After holding a management position for eight years, I was
recently reclassified to a nonmanagement level. My boss gave no reason for this
change, except to say ‘it would be best for the department.’ Although my title
has been downgraded, my duties are almost exactly the same. The boss gave my old
title to a man, along with a hefty raise. My boss says this change was not
punitive. I believe that he simply doesn’t want any women managers. Should I
jump ship or go on as though nothing has happened?” — Discouraged

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Question:
“One of my employees has a toxic
attitude. He criticizes co-workers, blames them for his problems and argues
about everything. His rude and insensitive e-mails imply that everyone is an
idiot, including me. We have had many long, drawn-out debates about these
issues. Sometimes, I feel like we’re making progress, but then he’ll send
another complaining e-mail. Talking things through with him clearly doesn’t
help. I’m emotionally drained and have no idea what to do next.” — Worn Out 

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Question:
“I work with someone who is the boss’s pet.  She talks on the phone with
him all the time, and he allows her to work extra hours, even though I also
could use the overtime. This co-worker reviews all orders and also is
responsible for updating the computer records. Whenever a problem arises, the
boss calls her to discuss it. There are only two of us here, but he won’t
cross-train me on her duties. How should I handle this unfairness?” — The Unfavored One

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Question:
“My boss recently got upset with a co-worker about some problems with
customer orders.  To get her attention, the boss reached across the desk and
grabbed “Angela” by the jaw. When I spoke with Angela about the manager’s
improper behavior, she agreed that he was probably wrong, although she wasn’t
too disturbed about it. I decided to have a talk with my boss. I told him that I
found his actions inappropriate, and he agreed with me. But when he learned that
I had already discussed the situation with Angela, he became very irritated. My
talking to her really bothered him.  Should I have handled this situation
differently? What should I do now?” — Appalled Worker

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Question:
“One of my employees is a good worker, but she’s a real motormouth.
“Brenda” talks nonstop to anyone she can corner, repeating the same stories
about her marriage, her family and her medical problems. She not only keeps
other employees from working, but she also runs off potential customers with her
nonstop conversation. If Brenda would just shut up, the office would greatly
improve. I’ve been patient about this so far, but now she’s demanding more money
because she’s getting divorced.  Brenda has told co-workers that she could earn
more elsewhere, so I’m tempted to just tell her to leave. I have invested time
training Brenda, and I can’t fault her work (when she’s not talking).  But I
don’t know how to correct this problem without tossing her out the door.” —
Frustrated

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Question:
“I was recently let go from my position as a Division Manager. I’ve
never been fired before, so this is a new situation for me. I need to start
looking for work soon, and I’m not sure how to discuss my unemployment in an
interview.  Since I’m in my late 40s, saying that I wanted to take time off to
travel would sound funny.  Do you have any suggestions?” — Middle Age
Job-Seeker

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Question:
“My team recently got a new boss who is very green as a manager. Although
I have 20 years’ experience, she makes it abundantly clear that she feels
superior to me in every way. She talks incessantly about her credentials and all
the ‘important’ tasks she has been given.  I find her condescending,
unapproachable and inflexible. Staff meetings have become a painful experience
because they accomplish nothing.  Our new boss will not discuss projects in
detail nor take any direction from ‘subordinates.’  I have known her manager for
a long time and have a good relationship with him.  He’s a fair guy, and he
respects my opinion. Should I tell him how I feel about my new boss?” — The
Underling

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