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by Toni Bowers In reply to In the Workplace

This blog will be about workplace issues. I will talk about some of the trials and tribulations--some very odd, some seemingly mundane--that have befallen me as a manager of people and as a cog in the big ole corporate wheel.

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by Toni Bowers In reply to In the Workplace

<p>Nothing prepares you for people management. You can take courses or read books, but nothing can prepare you for the real experience. That's because you're dealing with people and people are unpredictable. </p>
<p>I once managed a team of people who wrote about computer technology. I had four co-managers who led similar groups but had different areas of concentration. One area in particular included the developer newsletters, which a colleague of mine was in charge of. One day this colleague knocked on my door, looking quite shaken up.</p>
<p>He'd gone in to talk to one of his writers. He tapped on the guy's office door, heard, "Come in," then opened the door. And that's when he saw the writer busy typing away at his desk WEARING NOTHING BUT HIS UNDERWEAR. </p>
<p>For those of you who missed that the first time: WEARING NOTHING BUT HIS UNDERWEAR. You know, I'm not sure what Miss Manners would recommend in such a situation but my friend was, understandably, speechless. What, exactly, is the right thing to do in a situation like that? (Besides a spit-take, that is). Do you put on the greatest poker face ever and go ahead and ask the question you came to ask? My friend could do nothing but stand there until the developer broke the silence with, "Well, it's hot in here."</p>
<p>OK, let's say it was hot in there. Let's say his office was located on the surface of the sun. Would that really give a normal person the idea that it was OK to work in his underwear? I think not. And if you think you could have handled the whole thing smoothly as a manager, well then, my hat is off to you. (But only my hat!)</p>
<p>My point is, books and classes can't possibly predict all the behaviors and situations you will encounter when you lead a group of people. And what's really sad is that I have more stories like this.</p>

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by Beth Blakely In reply to Boxers or briefs?

Your point is well made, but I simply must know... How did the manager handle the situation?

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by Toni Bowers In reply to Boxers or briefs?

I think he had a gentle talk with guy and told him the office wasn't "clothing optional." I didn't hear of any more incidents so I guess it took. 

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by jebrant1 In reply to Boxers or briefs?

Your point is well made, but I simply must know... Boxers or Breifs?

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by GSG In reply to Boxers or briefs?

<p>Captain Underwear should have been fired immediately.  If a female had walked in, and been offended, you are looking at some serious harrassment issues.</p>
<p>We had an HR director that would come to work on the weekends in her pajamas and house slippers, complete with bed head.  She would do interviews for a new Chief Nursing Officer, Doctors, etc.. that way.  She left soon after.</p>
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<p>If you have more stories, then you should write a book!  I'd read it!</p>

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by BFilmFan In reply to Boxers or briefs?

<p>Did he think perhaps he worked for Playgirl? :)</p>

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by cln In reply to Boxers or briefs?

<p>One wonders what other errors in judgement the "nothing but his underwear" wearer makes in a day.</p>
<p>I once interviewed someone, who when asked how he handled a situation where he and his boss disagreed, replied "I went home for three days."</p>

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by M.Smith In reply to Boxers or briefs?

<p>My mother always told me to wear clean underwear.  Now I know why.</p>

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by mckinnej In reply to Boxers or briefs?

<p>I will never forget the first "people" problem I encountered when I became a functional manager. I had been a supervisor for several years and had dealt with some uncomfortable issues such as personal hygiene, but nothing had prepared me for this one.</p>
<p>One of my senior people asked to discuss a problem with me. He gave me no indication about the topic, so I was completely in the dark. We found a private spot and sat down. He bulrted out "My wife doesn't want to have sex with me." I was flabbergasted. Once I managed to get my composure back, I was able to tell him to seek out some marriage counseling because his problem was way out of my realm of expertise. I've encountered a vast array of personal problems since then ranging from infidelity to drug use to suicide, but none of them has had the impact and shock of that incident.</p>

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