Disrespect from colleagues

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Disrespect from colleagues
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I am project manager at my company. I am not a manager outright, but am the one in charge of setting up and overseeing projects. I report to my supervisor. Because I am small, I have to deal with colleagues pretending they didn't hear me, ignoring some of my orders and sometimes backtalk. I notice taller project managers do not deal with this near as much.

 


I am not a jerk by nature, but feel as I have to be sometimes and I know this has a lot to do with my height. How does one deal with this effectively without having to constantly whine to their supervisor? I am afraid doing so will make me look weak and affect my performance reviews. The point is making colleagues respect you and your title. 

Last Edited By TinyWizard (2014-09-21 11:16:36)

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You have to report this information to your supervisor no matter what. Rule #1 of a great team is communication. Always speak firmly and never back down from the orders you give your subordinates. If you have to write people up and take corrective action, do it immediately. But yeah, you shouldn't fear coming across as a whiner. Best case scenario you look like you're doing your job and then some because you are reporting ineffective workers to your superiors thus making your team work more efficiently.

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You tolerating disrespect is what makes you look weak more than anything. Speak up son!

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As others have pointed out, you lost points waiting for things to go this far. If you're supervising a team, then it is up to you to stand up when workers are uncooperative.