New Supervisor Marches to a Different Beat
The following scenario was presented to me in a client hospital recently. A new supervisor was hired and immediately rubbed several long-time employees the wrong way because of what was seen as his threatening tone and brusque manner. Employees were "ordered" to perform tasks and were threatened with being written up or "dealt with" for every minor infraction. Copious memos were written in all caps reminding employees of the rules and the consequences of not towing the line.
The laboratory manager intervened after getting numerous employee complaints, and the supervisor claimed he was just "trying to raise the bar" and was not interested in coddling or babying adults. It's obvious there was a fundamental difference in interpretation of what the problem was in the situation. The manager, meeting with supervisor and staff, pointed out there was a difference in perception, different personalities and different ways of achieving the same goal. She made all involved pledge to be professional and try to get along for the good of the laboratory and the patients. She considered the matter closed.
Suggesting the employees were marching to the wrong beat, the supervisor threatened to quit rather than "lower my standards." The employees wrote a petition to Human Resources asking for termination of the supervisor or they would quit.