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Employees don’t think their supervisor is so super

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Q. One of my supervisors rubs people the wrong way. Some colleagues complain that her comments bother them—and that she subtly cuts them down. What can I do to address the situation? I’m not even sure how to explain the problem to her, much less propose a solution.

A. At the risk of sounding unsympathetic to her colleagues, I’d tell the complainers, “Get over it!” There’s no law that stipulates that everyone around us at work has a pleasant personality that’s aligned with ours. In any organization, people must find a way to get along with those they don’t like. That’s life. So I would not get too embroiled in the situation or take it upon yourself to play fixer. Instead, tell the complainers to keep calm and carry on.

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