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I’m relationship my boss — can I repair his battle with one other worker? — Ask a Supervisor

It’s “the place are you now?” month at Ask a Supervisor, and all December I’m working updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered up to now.

There will likely be extra posts than regular this week, so preserve checking again all through the day.

Bear in mind the letter-writer who was relationship her boss and needed to repair his battle with one other worker? (Her boss, Sam, was feuding with an worker, Doug, after a problem with Doug’s paycheck.) Right here’s the replace.

Firstly, I feel after studying the feedback on my letter I undoubtedly made an error in how I characterised the test that was despatched to Doug. After I mentioned “bounced” I used to be attempting to convey that Sam had despatched it, it was by no means cashed, and it was mailed again to us. It didn’t fail to clear on our finish. Doug moved (he was dwelling along with his mother and father) and didn’t replace his deal with with us as a result of he mentioned it was superb if checks nonetheless went to his household’s home. It was clearly not superb, and the test boomeranged again to us.

So, that being cleared up: Sam and Doug clearly didn’t need to discuss to one another. Doug mentioned he was finished discussing the problem however I appealed to him to at the least meet with me. I spoke to each of them individually after which we had a gathering collectively.

Everybody received an opportunity to say their piece and everybody apologized for his or her half. Sam acknowledged that our private relationship prompted him to react unprofessionally when he learn Doug’s impolite e-mail to me. Doug agreed that his personal e-mail was fully out of line. He defined that he had been awake for 3 days and nights (unrelated to this problem) and so had written a extra scathing response to my request than was warranted. When requested why he by no means introduced the lacking test up, Doug says he would all the time overlook about it once we had been all in particular person, and solely keep in mind it later. Sam mentioned the identical, and acknowledged that he wants a greater system for dealing with Doug’s checks (extra on that later) and each of them stopped accusing the opposite particular person of manipulation. The whole lot personally is resolved, the three of us nonetheless work collectively, and it’s going very well. EXCEPT!

The one factor that also isn’t going properly is the cost course of for … simply Doug. See, everybody else within the group now has digital funds arrange. The day of any gig, Sam simply pays all of them utilizing an app on his cellphone. Folks additionally receives a commission for rehearsals, which is completed in a lump sum on the finish of each month. Doug doesn’t need to be on Zelle (or every other digital system) in order that’s why he will get a test. He says he doesn’t thoughts that he has to attend for Sam to chop a test and for it to be mailed out. Actually, Sam hates it and I perceive why. It’s more durable to recollect to do that for only one particular person, nevertheless it’s Doug’s desire and Sam really does like Doug so much and needs to accommodate him so he simply units reminders for himself to do it. I feel a greater system must be set in place earlier than one other horrible mix-up happens, however nobody concerned can consider one. However hopefully everybody will test themselves earlier than they ship nasty messages about it.

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