(Closed) New supervisory job stress (long)

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I was a supervisor up until last year, when I was promoted. Sorry I don’t have much useful to offer.  But, it’s like herding cats, huh?

Post # 3
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Hello! I am the director at a small public library and I am really new to my job and the field in general… and very young, I’m only 25. My youngest employee is 30 haha. I feel like I’m barely treading water a lot of the time still. It’s been three months. Luckily my most senior employee has been very helpful, and really everybody has, so I haven’t burned down the library yet. Is your library unionised? That might affect what kind of action you take. Honestly, though, if I were in your shoes I would lay out the situation with my boss, and see what she said about it. My gut reaction is this: if you think you can get used to her and she is doing good work, keep her around, if not, fire her. Public libraries can be SO stressful to work at sometimes, you don’t need that kind of crapola on top of all of the other things you have to worry about.

Post # 4
47383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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librarianbee01:  How did you respond when the new employee said “she didn’t feel like I had the proper training to do my job, and that she wasn’t sure why my boss hired me”?

I think it’s important to maintain an atmosphere where employees can say what they are feeling, but they also need to know that snapping at you, and verbal language such as eye rolling are not acceptable. If she has a problem with the way something is done, she needs to come see you, not be snippy in front of others.

There’s nothing wrong with admitting that you are new to the job, you are on a learning curve, and telling her that you are hoping that the whole staff can pull together to get the work done and make this a great place to work.

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