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I have an employee who wants a month of unpaid leave to have
Her timing isn't bad because
this is our slowest time of year and it would save me some
But I'm personally opposed to that kind
of vanity and don't want to be part of it. What do you think?
Denis in Albuquerque
I can't be
objective on this one.
I had very large
earlobes that classmates would thump then when I was a kid, and
was always very self conscious about them.
About 15 years ago, I had them reduced. The surgeon asked for
permission to use the photos to teach med students at Vanderbilt
University because it was the largest reduction he'd ever done.
To have something that bothered me for so long remedied so
easily and inexpensively is something I'll never regret.
So without knowing the details of her situation, I can't fault
her for asking. Nor would I fault you for saying no.
This is one you'll have to use your gut instinct on. Thanks for your question
- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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optometrist I told you about in my last article needed to define
who the Alpha Dog was in her business.
If you’re a dog
lover like I am, watch Animal Planet for a controversial
maneuver called the "Alpha Roll". (Don’t try it at home because
it’s dangerous, but it is amazing to watch.)
professional dog trainer will use this maneuver when she needs
to establish dominance with a defiant dog. She’ll roll the dog
over on its back and pin his paws down. She’ll then put her face
in the dog’s snout and scream, “I’m the alpha dog. You’re not!”
Watch what happens when the dog gets up. He’ll hunch his
rear end down to the ground like he’s been physically beaten.
This is metaphorically what the optometrist had to do with her
Another method aggressive employees will try
is to challenge the validity of your authority with comments
such as “You’re not my father/mother!”
If you ever find
yourself in that position, here’s your response to that comment:
"You’re right; I’m not your father/mother. I’m your
boss. And just as your father/mother was an authority figure in
your life until you left home, I will be an authority figure in
your life until you leave this company.
You had the
option to leave home anytime you decided you were no longer
willing to recognize your father/mother’s rules. You also have
the option to leave here. You may not like my rules and you
don’t have to. You only need to accept them. You are still here,
so obviously you have chosen to accept them.
count on me to always be firm, fair and consistent. I will
expect you to be respectful, cooperative and productive. I want
you to remain a part of this team. The question that has to
be answered is 'Do YOU wish to remain a part of this team? ‘Your
future with this company is in your hands."
The good news
is that while your employee is challenging your authority, he
isn’t being totally defiant. He would have cursed in your face
and walked out the door if he were.
He’s testing you,
and you have now clearly defined the dynamics of the
relationship and reaffirmed the boundary.
To Your Success,
If he violates this boundary again in
the future, then he’ll have to pay the piper.
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