Monday, December 22, 2014

Dealing with Difficult Supervisors

Labor Notes
December 10th, 2014



Supervisors have various strategies to try to put stewards off, trip you up, or get around the contract.
There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for dealing with difficult supervisors. But being prepared can help you feel more confident, be more effective, and avoid getting caught off guard.
Before approaching the supervisor, write down the relevant facts and keep your goal in mind. What is the problem? What is the remedy you want? What is a reasonable timeline for getting the problem resolved?
Before a hearing, prepare enough so you’re comfortable presenting your case and can back it up with copies of the contract language, supporting documentation, witness testimony, and other relevant facts.

Supervisors have various strategies to try to put stewards off, trip you up, or get around the contract.
There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for dealing with difficult supervisors. But being prepared can help you feel more confident, be more effective, and avoid getting caught off guard.
Before approaching the supervisor, write down the relevant facts and keep your goal in mind. What is the problem? What is the remedy you want? What is a reasonable timeline for getting the problem resolved?
Before a hearing, prepare enough so you’re comfortable presenting your case and can back it up with copies of the contract language, supporting documentation, witness testimony, and other relevant facts.
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