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Lazarus and the Gimp
24-01-2006, 20:46:18
Fortunately, he isn't my boss and I am in no way answerable to him. However I'm reliant on his team performing well, and that's bad.

I've seen many managers in my time, but this one is probably the worst. He's just taken over a team of 15 people. It's highly technical work, which he knows nothing about (that's not seen as a problem in the company I work for, on the grounds that managers should only manage people. I think that's insane, but that's another story).

He's 22, and has come across from call centre work. He appears to view any dissent or request for discussion as a threat to his authority. Two days ago, during a team huddle one of his staff turned around to pick up some leaflets. He later pulled her into a room, shouted at her and put her on an action plan about her behaviour- all because she turned her back on him. In 3 weeks on the job, his team are threatening revolt.

He looks about 14, and has all the people skills of an anvil. Tomorrow I need to negotiate the prioritisation of some of my work with him, and it's going to be tough, because I really, really want to hit him with a rolled-up newspaper.

Japher
24-01-2006, 20:53:00
Keep getting his name wrong. That should be funny.

Gary
24-01-2006, 21:00:05
Tsk, and I thought this was going to be a confession thread :)

Yeah, in my youth, I reported to some right dodgy managers too.

devilmunchkin
24-01-2006, 21:04:57
does he have the attitude "train yourself"..that's the motto here..and that's why nothing gets done...
does England have an equivalent of the Labor Board? can he be reported? If i'd been that girl, I would have shouted back and probably filed a harrassment claim with his boss.

Diss
24-01-2006, 21:07:19
if he's as bad as he seems. He should be fired soon. As long as you don't work for the goverment that is. Then you can't get fired.

devilmunchkin
24-01-2006, 21:08:08
is he short? maybe he has a Napoleon complex..i dated one of those once........

Nills Lagerbaak
25-01-2006, 09:48:53
"Short man" syndrome is well documented and no joke. I saw a drunken short man stop, and take on a car before!

Lazarus and the Gimp
25-01-2006, 17:37:21
What a raging prick he is. The meeting wasn't pleasant. I had to remind him that we're actually on the same side.

Apparently he's on 360 feedback. I hope I get asked to feed back on him, because I will definitely stitch him up.

Drekkus
25-01-2006, 17:45:26
360 feedback? Feedback to himself?

MoSe
25-01-2006, 17:54:39
360?
that's bending backwards and up own ass again?

Oerdin
25-01-2006, 17:59:32
What the hell type of place hires a 22 year old with call center experience as a manager? He'd be laughed off the job where I work.

Japher
25-01-2006, 18:09:44
we laugh at everyone here... so I couldn't say the samething

Lazarus and the Gimp
25-01-2006, 20:23:15
Originally posted by Oerdin
What the hell type of place hires a 22 year old with call center experience as a manager? He'd be laughed off the job where I work.

I've had two managers younger than that.

devilmunchkin
25-01-2006, 21:02:53
thank god he isn't your boss.....

Oerdin
25-01-2006, 21:20:15
I guess it is because I work in an industry which requires 5 years of work along with a 4 year degree before you are allowed to get into a mangement position but people so young just don't get into mangement positions in my industry. If you graduate on time then your 22 when you get your degree then you must work under a registered geologist for 5 years in order to get registered then you officially can take a management position (meaning at 27). It does insure people know what the hell they're doing and even after getting registered it isn't automatic you get into management.

Then again just like in civil engineering or other sciences they don't want a knob screwing up a $20 million contract. There are ups and downs to this policy.

HelloKitty
25-01-2006, 21:32:32
Does your company have security cameras watching all the floors?

With that kind of person it is usually easier to push them over the edge rather than try to placate them and just complain about them.

Help his team play cruel pranks on him.

Fun stuff that will enrage him. The key is being persistant enough that the job becomes unbearable and he puts himself in a position where the company sees what a liability he is. If he is that nutty you can probably get him to make a profane angry outbust and have one of the women in his group file a complaint and lawsuit threat.

Japher
25-01-2006, 21:39:46
wouldn't be easier to help him instead of hurt him?

HelloKitty
25-01-2006, 21:44:00
Originally posted by Japher
wouldn't be easier to help him instead of hurt him?

Own goal.

mr.G
25-01-2006, 21:47:24
Originally posted by Japher
Keep getting his name wrong. That should be funny. :lol:

Lazarus and the Gimp
25-01-2006, 22:45:29
Originally posted by HelloKitty
If he is that nutty you can probably get him to make a profane angry outbust

If profane angry outbursts were considered bad news, I'd have been sacked many, many times.

Japher
26-01-2006, 01:52:32
Okay Chaz... oh, I mean Laz

HelloKitty
26-01-2006, 02:53:30
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
If profane angry outbursts were considered bad news, I'd have been sacked many, many times.

Read the AND part for where it works.

Gary
26-01-2006, 07:05:41
Typical for women - allowed not to have to cope with real world expletives.