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As a new manager, Iíve just had this new problem.

After I refused a request by one of my staff, he replied to me and cc my boss, HR department, our company lawyers, his union to show his protest. Of course, most of these recipients do not know what this is about.

Should I send a reply to all of these people to clarify and reject his allegation? Or should I just keep silent?

What will you do in this case?

Thank you

Hi Liam,

Since you didn't include his email reply to your refusal, I don't have all the information necessary to give you a proper response.  If you are able to send me his email reply to you, please do so and I will reply promptly with what I think is the best response.  

Thank you,

Alice J. Bogert

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I can field questions related to employee-employee relationship issues as well as employee-manager relationship issues.


I supervised staff at the county and federal level for over 25 years. I have extensive experience dealing with employee disputes, management employee disagreements, morale issues, managing change, etc. I teach a variety of leadership and conflict resolution classes.

National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Business Women of America.

I have a Masters Degree in Sociology.

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Three Quality Step Merit Awards for Excellence while employed with the federal government. Numerous awards for training classes I've done.

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Private industry, Los Rio Community College District, federal, state and county government

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