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What should I do about temp manager who lets power go to her head?

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in Human Resources,The HR Specialist Forum

I need some help with an awkward situation at work. One of our managers travels often, so he leaves one of his direct reports in charge of his department during his absences. This person is consistently rude to everyone else when the boss is away. I've received complaints here in HR. How should I address this? With the manager, or with the employee?—S.S., California

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HR Manager May 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I say, you need to talk to both of them. The manager needs to know so he/she could help solve the problem.


Yolanda Martinez April 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

Totally agree. That is the order to be managed.


Sarah April 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Assuming when you say “employee” you mean the “temp manager” then I would start with the employee. If things don’t immediately improve and stay improved then the (travelling) manager.


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