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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-07-2017, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah well, think that's one aspect I don't think I can handle by myself, as I agree with them too, but I don't really have a choice in the matter as I didn't build this business with just my own money. Maybe HR can deal with that for me.
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Yeah well, think that's one aspect I don't think I can handle by myself, as I agree with them too, but I don't really have a choice in the matter as I didn't build this business with just my own money. Maybe HR can deal with that for me.
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I don't understand what you're getting at here. There are other owners? Or it's more of a co-op?

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I am not sole shareholder, the business was built through securing investors, investors who demand their ROI. And even though I can keep their fingers from baking the pie they still have their fingers in it, and wanted the pie to expand, which it did, at the cost of what we consider "the good o' days" when we were a small to medium-sized business. This is why I was extremely stressed a while back but ultimately gave in to their demands for growth and higher ROI.
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So you would have to get their OK to bring in an HR person? Or they're not ok taking a more hands-off approach?

Maybe you need to get all the shareholders together and discuss how the structure of the business needs to change to accommodate continued expansion. Lay out the pros and cons of a new structure and highlight the benefits and why it's necessary. Present the problem, and then present the solution.

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No, I don't need their OK as long as I keep the barrels rolling in dough. My shareholders demand growth for their ROI, hence the changes in the workplace, which contributes to the problems I seem to face today with the teams. I'm just uncertain whether HR can settle this, or if it's just going to be another example of how the "sky is falling".
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Well, ok, give some specific examples of the problems that you're facing. I might be able to offer some insight regarding what HR can do to help.

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Many old-timers for example, are very resistant to the changes to the workplace environment and expansion, they'd rather we maintain the flat management structure that we had however as I am forced to delegate it's becoming more hierarchical. I suspect this is contributing to friction with new management. So even though the recent manager I terminated was definitely useless, I suspect they are also playing politics. The other venues I've built are fine, it's my main venue where my old-timers reside and new management is finding it difficult to earn their respect.
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If the new managers are green, yes. My new manager is 6 years younger and "only" an MSEE but he's very cool, very knowledgeable, and very gen x friendly which my lab team appreciates.
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Last manager had almost 10 yrs experience :/ Maybe that was in itself a red flag that I didn't pick up. Regardless I'm pulled back to operations management - again, yet I'm leaving for holidays by the end of this week I just hope it doesn't all explode while I'm gone.
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Our organization is highly technical and we have several distinct levels of management - team leaders like me or group managers - both report to chief engineer for this or that product or area. To make it chief engineer you really need to be technical. Group manager more like half and half technical and people manager. Chief engineers report to the VP of engineering and so on.
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So complex... think that's what they are afraid of, the whole bureaucracy, yet there's no choice. I can't be superman, the business can't hold together if I can't delegate. Still I don't think we need it that complex, just department head -> coordinator -> supervisor -> staff at most
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Re: Workplace favoritism

But since leadership makes task/project assignments that are perceived to show favoritism by employees, then how is HR the solution? Isn't this a management cultural or management image problem?

As I said this is over my head plus I don't have the full picture.

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