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10/05/2013 at 16:34
Do you manage people at work? Do you find it easy or hard? I generally find it good. I'm proud of my team& I think we've made improvements and ive given support where it's been needed. A lot has been achieved this year & i think we have worked through some challenging times. Sometimes though I have to tell people things they don't want to hear& that can be hard. I had one member of my team cry this week because they dont agree with a judgement I gave on their performance. I basically said they were doing fine, they think they are amazing & I am harsh&wrong. whilst I respect their view I find the whole crying thing hard to deal with. Do I sympathise? Tell them to pull themselves together? Ignore it? What would you do as a manager?
on th flip side, do you think you are an easy person to manage? Do you like the way you are managed? What advise would you give to those who manage?
10/05/2013 at 17:01
I'd be terrible at managing people, I'm too short tempered and can't be dealing with wishy washy weak people. I'd be shouting at them all the time! I did have to supervise one girl in my old role, boy was she hard work, just as I said wishy washy and I'd have to put her right on so many things, good job we worked for a completely unprofessional outfit or I'd be up for a harassment charge I'm sure of it!
As for me, am I easy to manage? hmmmm
10/05/2013 at 18:47
i used to for 5 years in my old job. i liked managing the workload and sorting out when stuff happened and thinking on my feet. so for example id aloocate staff to each area but if a major trauma happened and id to send a team out to it then that all changed which meant re allocating, planning ahead for what was to come in etc etc
i hated sorting out the sickness, ie the amount of peaople who think its acceptable to phone in sick at 7025 for a 0730 start and say they have been vomitting all night!
i hated that people would come knocking on my door and tell me that x said this about them or that y left 5 mins early last night or that z isnt helping it was like primary school and telling tales all the time
once i remember i had a 7 hour wait, was 2 nurses short, very sick patients in the dept and a nurse went mental as she had locked her sandwiches in the sisters office (she should never have been in there) and i said i wasnt free to go and get them so she had a full on hissy fit and was crying and saying taht i was making her starve
i LOVED when people were abusive and assked to speak to whoever was incharge and i smugly said o that would be me
i liked teaching everyone too
on the whole it was ok, but tbh i just couldnt be doing with the hassle. there were certain people id hate working with as i knew they would be a nightmare all shift,
now i have one boss and the rest of us are the same grade. im easy to manage as basically my head is down and i work,
10/05/2013 at 21:01
I manage different teams all the time at work. I love all the sorting out but hate when people promise to deliver things and don't.
On the other side of it as an employee I'm the sort who if I get "told off" would cry. It's the sort of thing that drives me crazy but its just who I am. I wouldn't take kindly to a boss who told me to get myself together. I would want sympathy and constructive help on how I could improve.
10/05/2013 at 21:26
Re the crying I'd say "do you want to take a moment. We can continue this meeting in xx minutes"
Crying should never be used as an excuse - to encouage you to back down on your criticism. On the other hand an appraisal shouldn't be the first time an issue should come up and the manager has to be able to give examples of how to improve fromOK to oustanding.
10/05/2013 at 21:34
I don't manage people in my current job but have done for years. I am OK at it, I don't take any s*it so although I can be sympathetic at the right time, I would ignore the employee you spoke about. If they were amazing, you would have noticed before now and they may have had a promotion/more responsibilities etc. If you had an issue with them then as Cedar said, it should have been bought up before the appraisal anyway. Some people can turn on the water works just for attention/sympathy and for others it might just be a reaction. I wouldn't tell them to pull themselves together but what Cedar said is a good idea.
Am I easy to manage? Our team manage ourselves and only get input from senior management at appraisal time or if we ask for it. So I would say that I am easy to manage
11/05/2013 at 11:43
That's pretty much what I said Cedar. I suggested we left it and discussed it again when they were calmer. They responded that they were calm, whilst sobbing, and struggling to get the words out.
It's interesting how different our views are of what standard is expected. They kept repeating how hard they worked and I couldn't get through that I knew that (and had written it on the review) but sometimes it is not about how hard you work but about working smarter, or changing whta you do slightly to get different results. Oh well, the write up had lots of positive comments and contructive critisism. Nothing that hasn't been said before but maybe it will be taken on board this time. There is a lot of shake up at work happening so I'm not sure if I will be managing the same people next year or not.
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