Applewhite Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 Is it true that in the US seniority in a profession is more important than ability, productivity, performance etc? Does this vary by field/profession? On a second note, I am having trouble with a particular work related situation. I was told during training that x, y decisions are up to my discretion and other staff will back me up on it. Someone with higher rank has been overriding my decisions and suggesting alternatives (that are really not feasible, and that I don't feel comfortable doing) that have short deadlines. I've asked this person if they prefer that I ask them before making x,y decisions and they said no it is my call, that I have to make judgement calls. Once I do make judgement calls (even on seemingly obvious decisions) he has over-rided the decision and suggested something that I feel uncomfortable doing. (example: give a non-zero grade to student(s) that have submitted copy/paste work belonging to other authors). My second problem with the same person is that once something like this comes up he will send an email or voicemail saying "Let's talk". It's really inefficient and annoying. We have different schedules, and I really don't have hours on end to chat with him on the phone. (He will digress and discuss a 3 min issue in 1 hour, and we don't really even precisely cover the important topic! Everything is still vague, undetermined and not resolved.). Not that it matters too much in terms of cost, but I don't even have a company phone and is it really normal to discuss everything over the phone instead of written when you can refer back to it? (It's an ONLINE job!) How do I deal? Link to comment
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