The management looks like an upside down umbrella

Something that is common in the workplace, is what I call “The upside-down umbrella management”. It describes behaviors of managers who act quite the opposite of what they are supposed to. It affects not only themselves, but also their subordinates in the worst way possible. Most of them try to handle every request they receive … Continue reading The management looks like an upside down umbrella

Vacation target days in dispute

Every year in the middle of May, we receive an excel file regarding the vacation plan. Each employee has to schedule his summer holidays in communication with the rest of his team members by logging in the file. This task has to be finished well in advance. When completed, the file depicts the vacation requests … Continue reading Vacation target days in dispute

He interrupts the conversation to answer all the phone calls and leaves me hanging

I have encountered a pattern every time I am talking to my colleagues and their phone rings. I see them answering the telephone without hesitation. No matter how urgent the call is, they will pick it up. Some of them are self-conscious and eventually they get off the phone after a five minute chit chat. … Continue reading He interrupts the conversation to answer all the phone calls and leaves me hanging

My supervisor works long hours but I want to leave at five

Recently, I was Google searching and it caught my eye a reference to the "National Leave the Office Early Day", which is celebrated in the U.S. on June 2nd. It concerns people who work more than forty hours each week. By all accounts, most of us have been through the awkward situation when we don't … Continue reading My supervisor works long hours but I want to leave at five