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kammalla | 17:36 Wed 14th Mar 2012 | Business & Finance
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I work in a team of three, (two workers & a Supervisor), In November, we recieved a complaint about work not being done, the reason? The supervisor who had the time & could have done it didn't because 'I don't see it as part of the duties' surely if it's part of the service provided by the dept, it is as part of the duties? anyway he made to the remark in front of the manager who said nothing other than to take duties away from me and my colleague so we had time to do it and the supervisor could sit on his [email protected]*e and do nothing.
We have also had work come in that we are told by the supervisor not to do until the next day - thus we spend the time we have to actually do the work sat on our [email protected]*es doing nothing.
Now apparently our supervisor is now going to go part-time; work Mon-Tues off Weds Work Thurs-Fri. Our holiday cover guy is going to be working the weds now but there has been no mention of anyone stepping-up to be supervisor in his absence.
Both my colleague and I are reluctant to enquire as we will most likely be told there is no need for anyone to step up. But if you take all the days plus A/L it equates to between 1/3 & 1/4 of the year we would have no supervisor. If we don't need one for that long do we need one at all?
The supervisor is - to put it bluntly - a waste of space. Nobody likes him even people from other depts. (and customers) think he's a waste of space and would rather he wasn't here because he does nothing - he can't even make a simple decision without a major fuss.
Both my colleague and I am at our wits end and are both looking for alternative employment because we don't feel we can talk to our manager about it because everytime there's been an issue it is always us and not the supervisor who are at fault, despite us doing everything we can and more to help.
Since the only person above our Supervisor where we work is the manager who backs him to the hilt is there anything we can do to address the situation that won't land us in the sh*t?

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If you are both looking for other employment anyway then you have little to lose by going to the manager. If he listens and takes the points you are making then it will be good for you. If he listens and takes no notice - then you know you tried and got nowhere so have no option but to find a more congenial workplace.
I'd go with GC but do think through your complaint and put it logically without personal insults. As long as the job gets done the manager probably won't be interested and he'll definately repeat whatever you tell him to your supervisor.
Companies that promote personnel such as your supervisor usually go under in the end due to their incompetence so I would keep looking for another job.

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