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My director of operations is holding a huge grudge against me and creating a hostile work environment. Should I call human resources?

Monday March 4, 2013
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Dear Donna,

A year ago, I left a clinical manager position to become a home therapies program manager. My director of operations is my old boss who is holding a huge grudge against me and creating a hostile work environment. I don't know how to approach this problem and I am miserable. My nurses have told me she's out to get me. Should I call human resources?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Miserable,

Most employers have strict policies against a hostile workplace. Check with human resources about the procedure to file a complaint. In the meantime, keep detailed notes about what occurs, what is said and by whom and what actions you take.

Keep in mind that even if you do the above, the situation may not change or get resolved. So you also may want to explore other employment options in the interim. Sometimes it makes it easier to move on when you see that you have other options.

Read “Knowing when it's time to move on” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Move-On) and “End workplace abuse” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/End-Workplace-Abuse).

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.