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Our company is putting in a new performance appraisal system and we are supposed to tell our manager what we think of him. He is not the best manager in the world, and we are concerned about what he might do after he hears this from us. Maybe we should just sugarcoat it.
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Earlier this year, we participated in an employee satisfaction survey. We completed questionnaires and turned them in, and that was the last we heard about it. We would like to know about the findings and what management is going to do about them. Shouldn't that be part of the process?
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My husband's company surveyed the employees to see how they feel about their supervisors. He made a few comments, such as, "Uses coarse language," regarding his immediate supervisor. There are only 4 people in his department, and the human resources manager printed out the verbatim comments and handed them to the supervisor. The supervisor figured out who had written it and came to my husband and asked, "Did you write this?" My husband was extremely embarrassed. Care to comment?
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I am trying to run my department, but I keep getting questionnaires, surveys, and other interruptions from our human resources department. I know they have a job to do, but they do not seem to realize how busy we are. I have spoken to the H.R. people and to my own manager, but the interruptions continue. Any suggestions?
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I am a region manager in a company that employs a fair number of women in outside sales. Each winter and summer, we have sales meetings. This past winter, there was a noticeable amount of cleavage on display from a group of women, including their female manager. The company solicits feedback on these meetings, and several comments were made regarding this display, including some from other women. The same problem occurred in our summer sales meetings last week. I don't believe the company has a formal dress code. What do you suggest?
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Several months ago, our company hired a consulting firm to survey how we feel about working here. It was a very expensive project, and it was a big interruption in our work. As of today, we have not heard one thing about the findings, and our manager says that he has heard nothing too. Do you have any suggestions?
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I am thinking about giving my employees an attitude survey to learn more about what they like and dislike about working here. I found a free attitude survey on the Internet, and it looks pretty good to me. When I showed it to one of the managers, he was very critical of it. What should I be looking for in these surveys?
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