I was just thinking about how every school I've worked in, it's the front office people that actually have the power. They hear everything, talk to everyone, and seem to relish it.
At the moment, our front office SSO is the only one with all of the keys to every building, likes to be cc'ed in to all emails in case parents ask her questions, etc... She seems to love if we have to ring and ask her questions about something if she's not in that day. She also knows many of the parents socially and loves being able to remind us how much they all confide in her about all of us.
We also have a librarian who is often away and is the only one that has the borrowing software tied to her log in. I have been asking for years for all staff to be able to access it, because it's not rocket science to use it, and when she's not around the kids all have to write their books down by hand then she looks them up and borrows them out. Seems like double handling to me...
Anyway, I digress...is this sort of thing just common to schools or are there similar power pockets in other jobs? Just wondering...
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15-09-2015 17:55 #1
Who really has the power in your workplace?
15-09-2015 18:20 #2
In my company it's finance, particularly the financial controller. He takes great pleasure in knowing most of what's going on but not sharing the information with people who need it to do their jobs, e.g. HR or the manager of the branch that the info relates to.
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15-09-2015 18:38 #3
Maybe it's just her personality? Sounds like she relishes her position. Our office ladies (we have 3) would see and hear everything, have access to all keys but they are all down to earth. I guess the only one who is a bit snooty is the one in charge of stock. But I really think it's just her personality, she's quite moody (or comes across that way) but she doesn't let the "power" go to her head.
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15-09-2015 18:49 #4
Please tell that she is not reading parents. That would absolutely horrify me. I would hate the front office people.to know the personal stuff about my kids/family that I send to teachers/principal.
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15-09-2015 18:50 #5
Doesn't sound like my school. Sounds like you've just got some power hungry ppl there lol
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15-09-2015 18:51 #6
The Director- she IS the admin, manager, everything.
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15-09-2015 18:54 #7
Who really has the power in your workplace?
She's amazing at her job, too, I'm not having a go, I was just interested in how it transferred to other sectors of the community.
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15-09-2015 19:29 #8
The men have all the power in my workplace. The many, many, many men.
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15-09-2015 19:54 #9
My office manager, she not only knows all the actual business stuff ( accounts/money/wages ect) but knows all the office politics ( DH and I obviously knows all the business /account stuff as well but she knows way more about the staff than we do !)
My admin staff definitely hold the power over the sales staff , we are lucky they all get along!! ( the girls totally have power over the boys)
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15-09-2015 20:37 #10
Our library is EXACTLY the same, in fact, the librarian is the only one who can access the catalogue at all. If I want to borrow a book to use for teaching, I have no way of searching for it on the catalogue, I just have to browse the books until I find what I want.. SOooooooo annoying, and a massive waste of time! So that's it. The office lady and librarian. They run the school.
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