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Can I go over my bosses head?? He never gets anything done!?

~~~ My boss,,grrrr. We ask him questions, for example we need to go through our boss to get supplies, he has to OK our supply order, or if there is information we need to know, we have to get the final confirmed information from our boss. We email him, ask him in person,,,its always I'll get to that,,,,sometimes weeks go by with out an answer,,, so when I do go over his head and ask "his" boss about certain issues,,,my boss goes crazy and starts ranting and raving "there she goes! going over my head!!!!!!!" and when I say,,but in order for me to do my job correctly,,I need these issues addressed asap,,,,,(most of these issues are a quick yes or no answer, no research needed,,,,just yes or no answer ) This boss of mine is usually on the internet or on his cell phone talking to his wife,,,,,,never really "there" for his imediate employees,,,,I cant go to personell because my boss and head of personel are "drinking buddies" there is no confidentiality if I talk to personel.......

Asked By: ~~Penny~~ - 6/23/2007
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First I would recommend all requests be in writing, preferably in an email format. This allows you to document what is going on. Make your emails as professional and to the point as possible. For instance, when it comes to a supply request, state exactly what you need and if possible what project you need it for... More
Answered By: halestrm - 6/23/2007
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The 'drinking buddy' arrangement is exactly the reason this incompetent lazy fool is allowed to remain on the payroll. You are between a rock and a hard place. If this remains as untenable as it is, I would recommend finding different employment in a decent working environment.
Answered By: acermill - 6/23/2007
 
I would keep a log of all of these things, copies of your emails in hardcopy and highlght dates and response dates, etc... More
Answered By: CEO of Sovereign Consolidated - 6/23/2007
 
Yes you can go over your boss's head and it appears you have already done so from your post. The situation you are in Will not get better as long as you have the same boss. As difficult as it maybe you might consider other employment if indeed his boss is his drinking buddy. Or you can stay and fight it out and get... More
Answered By: Love - 6/23/2007
 
Basically you should sit back and let your boss dig his own grave. Ask him via email for the supplies and the information. Save all of your correspondence and then when the report is late and someone's yelling you will be able to produce the email asking for the information that was never responded to. Two things... More
Answered By: Susan G - 6/23/2007
 
I would definitely go over your bosses bosses head!! DOCUMENTATION. As a former manager, the only thing you can do is keep documentation, my last boss preached this to me everyday if I had a problem. I guarantee you that since your boss is such a lazy ass then he most likely has no documentation for every situation... More
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Answered By: sunshine - 6/23/2007
 
Just a heads up .. your boss' boss may not want anything to do with you. Not only that, he may just be wondering why you arent going to your boss to get your questions answered. I've seen some bosses where they turn their noses up at the people that work below them thinking they are too good for them... More
Answered By: Karen - 6/23/2007
 
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