...that sometimes you have to be a total a-hole to get someone to do their job? I absolutely hate doing it, but today, it had been two weeks since this woman at the University was supposed to do something for me - I've sent her three very pleasant reminders signed "sincerely" and whatnot. Today, she sends me an e-mail that "I'm still investigating the issue" which is code for, "I still haven't done anything about it." So, I sent her a rather forceful e-mail back (that was still professional) and CC'ed her boss... and Bingo, the thing is done.
Now I feel like an ass, but I'm not confident anything would have happened if I didn't take the initiative.
Thank you for allowing me to vent... that was very un-Dude of me...
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sometimes you have to yell. it makes you feel like an ass because then they get all defensive because you got angry at them, probably because they were happy with not doing anything, but the fact is that if you hadnt done something, it never wouldve gotten done. good job
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When i worked i was in charge of a team of 30. 6 different crews of 5 people. Let me say this. I had to constantly be an Ahole to get people to do their job. When i first started i had the idea of being nice and the guys would respect you for being good to them. All that did was allowed guys to slack off. I always complemented my guys when they got a job done early or on time. I was stern with what i wanted done and when i needed it done. Im a very easy going guy by nature so when i first started being stern it was a stretch for me, but it was nescessary so i didnt get my arse chewed every day. When i left there i was the leading crew leader on job effiecency and production. So its not Un dude like of you, it is a what you have to do to get people to actually do what they get paid for.
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Just remember, making friends at work is nice, but it's certainly not your main reason for being there. Every now and then, you have to light a fire under someone's ass regardless as to whether or not it makes them dislike you. If my main concern was being liked at work, I wouldn't be anywhere near as productive as I am. When it comes to work, it's better to be respected than liked. If you can mangage to do both, great, but it's not always possible.
Omaha Red Sox wrote:I've been cussed at, yelled at, threatened, sued, and been called the Antichrist on two separate occasions.
Are you "Pig Vomit" from WNBC??? (if you didn't know that was Howard Stern's boss when he was starting out).
Yeah, I like to sluff at work too...the boss doesn't care as long as I get what I need to do done each night. If my boss tells me they have to have something done, it gets done immediately. I have no problem with that since I'm supposed to be there for work. If the person you "yelled" at doesn't like that, too bad...it's work!
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