SRS Work is becoming increasingly frustrating for me.

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  1. CopenKagan

    CopenKagan OT Supporter

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    Back in July someone in the company quit, a spot needed to be filled, so I was promoted to shop supervisor. Anyway, we hired on 2 new guys to meet demand. I really enjoy having a little bit of power/feeling like I'm worth something to the company.

    Now one of the 2 guys (Jeremy) they hired knows his place and that's that. He is somewhat easily distracted, but when I tell him I need something done it gets done.

    However, the other guy (Chandler) has something like 5 years of experience in the field. I am starting my 3rd year this February. I don't know whether he just doesn't want to or because he has a couple more years of experience than me. But he just won't listen to what I tell him to do. It seems like every time I ask him to do something he argues and bitches about having to do it and about 75% of the time, keeps on doing what he was doing to begin with.

    So last week, I decided that I would talk to my boss about it. So I did. I told him that I was having problems keeping Chandler in line and such. To which, he basically said, "Get used to them not listening to you, it will happen."

    So right now I am really frustrated at the whole situation. I don't really have power to retribute his actions. So when I go to the next step of going to my boss, who basically has absolute power of everyone and everything in the company, he won't do anything about it.

    So basically he's insubordinate, late to work almost every day (often as late as 15 minutes), gets high on his breaks (I've caught him on several occasions) and is an overall neusance to the company and to production. I can't punish him, nobody else will.

    I just don't have any idea what to do. What good is the position if there is no power besides making sure that the people I'm in charge of stay busy, and even then, they don't because they know they can get away with it.

    :hsd:

    Edit: Also, quitting is not an option for me at this point. I need to save money so I can further my education to get out of the company to begin with. I'm pretty sure that they would drop him if I gave them an ultimatum, but I don't want to take the gamble, not worth it if something goes bad. I would resign as supervisor, but then guess who's in line after me? And there is no way on Earth that I could take orders from him...ever.
     
  2. Kytro

    Kytro I am become death, shatterer of worlds

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    There are not that many options, really.

    You can find a way to show his lack of co-operation is affecting finances that will often get attention.

    How do others find him?

    Everyone needs to be approcahed differently. Some people need to be told what to do, others need to feel like they are contributing and opinions valid.

    If you are involved in managing them, then getting them to fit in and work well is important, even if you don't like thier attitude.
     
  3. CopenKagan

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    Most other people at my company find him a little bit on the irritating side. If I had the power to change his pay I would give him a pay cut, I honestly think that the company is making razor thin profits off him. Basically, when it boils down to it, I would rather hire someone that is completely new to the sign biz and teach them our methods. They will be more open to suggestions and procedures.

    And trust me, I'm open to everyone's oppinion when it comes to procedures. But this guy always has his own way of doing something, and even if I show him something that is faster and more error proof he won't do it. For example, just yesterday we had an order for 50 signs that had various people's names and their positions on them on a 40"x24" peice of aluminum.

    It took the two of us 12 hours to complete the order. When all was said and done I had done 38, him, 12. 3 of his 12 were rejected by the customer and I wound up redoing them anyway.

    He just needs to realize that there are better ways to do things and that maybe he should open his brain up a little and absorb this information that is intended to help him.

    I try to keep an open mind about how people's personal lives are going as well, but I've had some pretty serious personal problems in the past year but I haven't let it get in the way of my productivity.

    It's just frustrating that I can't do anything about it and nobody else will, either. Perhaps it's just more the fact that they say that I'm a supervisor, only I feel it's just something they call me so when conditions are bad, my superiors have someone to put it on. Which is total bullshit.
     
  4. PuppyCat

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    It seems as though every workplace has one of "THOSE". I would suggest you "document" his work output, screw-ups, times you've caught him smoking pot, etc. Then when you have enough ammunition, either you, or someone else in authority fire his ass or have a real good talking to him. I do not belive you documenting his "shortcomings" is akin to "snitching" or the "Big Brother" thing, after all, you are in charge of your corner of the workplace. If you do document, be detailed (time, place, everything...what when on, what did not get done, etc). However, since he is new, you might want to consider that he is feeling around for his spot within the company and trying to find where he fits in. Give it some more time (max 3 months) and if he is not cooperative, lazy, and just does not fit in, then act. I've had to "let go" people before because they were not doing their job and it was easier because I had documentation. Sometimes a casual "coffee" after work, one-on-one helps as well. Maybe the guy has some major personal problems (even though they should not effect his work)..but you knowing them might make a difference. Who hired him? Were his references checked? One has to be so careful in the workplace nowadays..one false move and YOUR ass could be thrown out. Document. Do not let ANYONE know you are doing it. If when you go and speak to your superior about it after you have taken all that you could from that guy, and your Boss asks "Why didn't you say something before?" You can tell him I did on such and such a date and you said. "blah, blah". If there is one thing I have learned from MY Boss, it is to document everything because you never know.
    I can tell you are frustrated and I am also aware that you want to be fair and need your job.
    Good Luck.
     

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