Friday, January 14, 2005
My workplace has a very interesting situation in which there are no “managers” at our site. We are a detachment located near Seattle under a larger organization located in the D.C. area. What we do have are “team leaders” who do all the work of the managers, but with no real authority.
My team leader pointed out to me that every time one of our branch heads, or manager if you will, goes on travel, an acting branch head is assigned. This essentially says, “I can’t manage while I’m traveling.” This occurs even when the branch head is visiting our site.
My team leader’s comment on this situation was, “If they can’t manage their branch from here, what makes them think they can manage this branch from there?”
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