Office of the Ombudsman

Confidential - Neutral - Independent - Informal

You have questions about workplace interactions


I supervise several employees. One of them is a good worker, but he is disrespectful and dismissive when he talks to me. I could give him a letter of warning, but I’d rather find a way to help him understand that we need to work together. My colleague in my unit acts like she owns the place. She thinks she can tell me what to do even though she isn’t my supervisor. I need help in talking with her about this. My supervisor is impossible to work with. He is constantly on me about my work and doesn’t seem to understand how much I have on my plate. I know I’m not the only one in the department who thinks this. I’m fearful of saying anything because it might get worse. What can I do?”