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Your Title is NOT an Exemption

Nothing frustrates employees more than supervisors, and particularly an org’s top leaders, who feel as though they are above the standards they set for others.  Managers who think this routinely drop the ball on projects, see a high turnover of staff, and often wonder why the team isn’t performing to its potential.

Examples I’ve personally experienced include:

  • asking subordinates to work late on a Friday to meet a deadline… and promptly leaving at 3:15 for “coffee”… and not coming back to the office until Monday at 10am.
  • scheduling “mandatory” meetings to get a project moving forward, only to schedule something else at the same time and attempt to play double-duty in both meetings. (Please don’t ever attempt to “run” meetings you don’t plan to attend!!)
  • making every request seem like a critical fire that needs immediate attention… and you work your butt off only to find out that it was only critical b/c the boss dropped the ball a few weeks ago by not passing the information along to the team at the appropriate time.

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  1. September 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I sure hope I wasn’t one of these types. If so, I’ll repent.

    • September 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

      Nope, not at all! My experience in this area comes from the great land of Steak n Shake. 😛

  2. September 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

    My favorite phrase: people don’t quit their companies, they quit their bosses. A bad boss wreaks havoc on a professional environment and destroys the relationship an employee has with their company.

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