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One of our employees has been borrowing money from co-workers. Our director does not approve. If people are willing to lend or give money, does she have the right to tell them to stop?
I’ve been asked by my manager to spend a few weeks training a new hire to do my job. I’m worried this person might be in line to replace me someday, possibly soon.

Suspend snap judgments

by on December 1, 2001 10:00am
in Office Management

When you hear something disagreeable, you may think “That’s BS” or “You’re dead wrong.”
Reaching for your calendar to schedule another meeting? Wait!
Like it or not, your staff looks to you for comfort during these harrowing times. They don’t expect you to calm all their fears. But they do want you to listen and serve as a shock absorber.
Working around unscheduled absences is the bane of many supervisors’ existence. To reduce absenteeism, consider an employee benefit called paid time off (PTO).

Make sound decisions

by on December 1, 2001 9:00am
in Office Management

If you rely solely on technology to draw conclusions, you’re asking for trouble.
During your first week on a new job, don’t instantly bond with people who go out of their way to befriend you.
Prompted by the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, many managers have changed their organization’s policies—from new security measures to data backup procedures and disaster recovery plans.
Q Our policy grants workers five sick days per year. Should we make sure employees aren't using these days for other purposes? —T.W., Maryland