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Question: I work at the local hospital office as a Manager. I supervise approximately 20 employees on a rotating shift (12 hour). Anyway, I follow the hospital policies. There are 500 hundred employees at the hospital. I have confidence in my staff to do the job that they get paid to do. My problem is they complain about everything. From why a person called in sick to writing nasty comments about other staff in the log book. When I'm away, I leave another staff member in charge from the next department. The staff continue to make complaints to my immediate Supervisor (executive director) indicating they don't know where I am (which they do, because I e-mail them and tell the day shift staff.) They also claim they do not know where I am or when my vacation time is scheduled. They tell my immediate supervisor I don't come into work or tell them of my daily activities. I give my immediate supervisor and the board a copy of my monthly activities every month. I always let the hospital know. It appears my management skills and time away is being questioned. I believe some of my staff or co-workers have too much time on their hands. What do you think? The hospital hired me to do a job and I believe I'm doing a fine job at it. Any feedback or suggestions? I have been travelling to other communities and it's important to have that capacity building. My job is also promoting positive relations to aboriginal people in the surronding area. But now I feel they want a pencil pusher, behind the desk and looking good.
Dear Hard Worker,
a couple of issues, but the main concern appears to be that your staff
are not functioning as a team. The culture of complaint that you mention,
the sniping about your management abilities and lack of availability,
all indicate that your staff need to spend some time working at working
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