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I am supervisor of a trucking company and my manager keeps over ruling my decisions with the guys under me. Some of the guys under me do not want to work. They try to make excuses for why they cannot get anything done. They make as many deliveries as THEY want to and if they do not like what I tell them to do, they go to the manager over me! Most of the time, some make no more then 5 or 6 deliveries in a general area. Some refuse to do that many! They are also smoking on the dock and this is something the manager lets them get away with even though they have been writen up by the safety guy. I am good at what I do, but what do I do if the manager is working against me and not with me? Do I take this to a higher up or what? I have tried to talk with my manager and he says that I am too hard on the drivers. I just want to be fair to everyone and also have satisfied customers, and make a profit for the company! Thanks for your advice!

Asked By: alan c - 7/19/2007
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People should take their jobs seriously. You are there to work and that is what the company is paying you for.Safety rules and regulations should be enforced or if it is not important to the company done away with... More
Answered By: Swampshredder - 7/19/2007
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Document everything so it doesn't come back on you. After you have enough to show a trend in how things are going (breaking rules for a few regarding smoking, undermining your decisions, etc) take it to his supervisor. In fact, invite your supervisor and his to a meeting to discuss!
Answered By: Mi Atheist Girl - 7/19/2007
 
You have given him the opportunity to fix the problems, but he has not. I would go to his supervisor and tell him what is going on and that it is causing difficulties in the work place. Let his supervisor know how you feel by telling him exactly what you said at the end of your last sentence. Any good business owner... More
Answered By: Crazy LP - 7/19/2007
 
Start getting your resume ready. Don't tell them you are looking for another job, but just look for a better job. You have a job now, just use it to give you a leg up to a better job... More
Answered By: Ami - 7/19/2007
 
i am a manager .. i have a problem with a person on the council ... if let him over power me.. he runs with it.. but i stopped it dead... I'm in charge of employees and decisions.. its up to me.. and its my way or no way. you must tell this person . because you are in the field its your responsibility
Answered By: gayyahoo - 7/19/2007
 
I would have a meeting with your manager and his higher up and tell them you cannot do your job effectively if the men are allowed to go to your manager and he overrides what you tell them! Ask them what changes they want you to make in your supervision decisions, so that the men will listen to and respect your... More
Answered By: allinknots - 7/19/2007
 
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