I’ve been working under my current manager for about three years. She is a very nice lady; however, she has a terrible work ethic. Routinely arriving late to work, leaving early, going on shopping trips or hair appointments in the middle of the day, surfing the net or playing Solitaire for several hours, etc.
Because I report directly to her, I am often the recipient of all her work. Any assignment that she receives ends up on my desk. People around the office notice her lack of work ethic, and have talked to HR. However, the HR director has told me and others, “not to be a tattletale.”
There is another person above her on the VP level. I have been debating talking to him, even though HR has told me to not to. I just don’t understand how a company can hang onto someone who doesn’t pull their weight. Please advise. Thank you!!
How Do I Deal With A Lazy Manager
OFFICE-POLITICS REPLY BY ARNIE HERZ, ESQ
Dear How Do I Deal With A Lazy Manager:
Thanks for writing. This would drive me nuts. I am sorry to hear of your situation.
It seems to me that Lazy Manager won’t change. Therefore, let’s focus on what you need to feel better about the situation.
Is the problem really Lazy Manager or that management does not care about your feelings and needs? How would you feel if management told you clearly that they know this is a bad situation for you, that they are aware of the aggravation it causes you and that you are a most valued and appreciated employee? Now let’s say they back it up by giving you a raise and you get direct access to Lazy Manager’s supervisor? If you are smiling because this scenario would make you happy, then perhaps Lazy Manager is a necessary kick to get you to stand up for yourself and get what you really need from your employer.
Once you know what you need, then you can go to management and communicate and ask for it directly. First ask HR and if she does not give you what you want, go to the VP. If management can’t give you what you need, then it is time to look for a new job. Of course, don’t burn any bridges in the process. You don’t want to find yourself unemployed and having to scramble to find a new job. Let me know how it goes.
Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
Arnie Herz, is a lawyer, mediator, speaker, author and consultant nationally recognized for his practical and inspired approach to conflict resolution and client counseling. Visit his blog at LegalSanity.com