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When a new hire just doesn’t fit in

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Elmer is a skilled and experienced professional, which is why your boss hired him to fill a gap in your department. But you're his direct supervisor. You were part of the team for 10 years before being promoted to team leader, and you still have good, friendly relationships with most of the staff. And Elmer ... ? Well, he just doesn't fit in.

For example, he's old enough to be your father, as he's pointed out. He always wears a tie and refuses to address you by your first name.

And while everyone else swaps break times and lunch hours to help each other out, Elmer won't. On his first day, he announced that he had always had his break at 10:15 and his lunch at noon, and that he had no interest in changing now. People would have to get their "personal things attended to" without involving him.

There have been other little incidents along the way, including several instances where Elmer has made a general announcement about the...(register to read more)

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