What approaches could you take, considering that you are in a bind between the dictates of your conscience and a personal relationship?

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Primary Topic—Employee Problems and Problem Employees

Additional Topics—Communication; General Management Practice

 

You are one of two supervisors in the central supply department. You take your job seriously, and in light of a current economic pinch, you are keenly aware of the necessity to economize wherever possible.

You are also aware that your fellow supervisor does not share your attitude and outlook and is costing the institution unnecessary expense through failure to exercise what you consider to be common sense cost control. You have attempted to control costs closely because you see this as part of your job and because you believe cost control to be necessary. However, the other supervisor makes no effort to control costs and openly resists any economy-oriented changes you attempt to make.

Higher management, from the central supply manager on up, seems to be paying no attention to what is going on in the department. The other supervisor whose atti- tudes and actions seem constantly to frustrate your own is supposedly a close friend of yours, so you are reluctant to “blow the whistle.”

Question:

1. What approaches could you take, considering that you are in a bind between the dictates of your conscience and a personal relationship?

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