Pulling rank at work. how do you do it, how does your boss do it, and what's the best way?
Speaking for myself, my dad was a Marine DI and thoroughly ingrained in us the concept of RHIP: Rank Has It's Privelages. I've never had a problem doing what I'm supposed to at work, and really pity the people who come in and expect to be 'respected' after a few weeks. Basically, welcome to the machine, do your job, hopefully it gets better.
The fact that my group has very flat management and I work directly with an MD on a day to day basis reinforces this for me, but we're expanding and I'm one of a few people that aren't jumping ship so we're expected to 'manage things' now (code word for do more work for the same pay). If I get the impression I'm being used, I'll be OUT of here for sure, but I'm going to stick around for a few more months to see if there really is an opportunity. Here's my situation:
a lot of times, your boss is a phenominal dick simply because they can be, but pissing off your entire office is a bad idea. So, I try to be as egalitarian as I can. I like being respected and give that same respect to people. Unfortunately, it's not being reciprocated, and I'm pissed. Really pissed. I'm third year and likely staying here for a while, and I have to get used to telling the new people what to do. Some of these kids can't even work a fax machine, so they really are in no position to question everything I say. I'm tired of being challenged on every point by someone who's been here a short while but I can't fire them or even discipline them in any way. I have responsibility with no actual power to enforce it. Or maybe I do and don't realize it? When I was a bartender, I had no problem kicking someone's ass or calling in bigger dudes from the back to take care of a problem, but this is different because we're creating a heirarchy in a corporate environment and I have no experience dealing with this shit on professional terms.
It seems that they're already mistaking kindness for weakness so I'm considering just dumping a huge pile of work on them at the end of today to reinforce the fact that I can't justify every task with a huge explanation, there isn't time and they need to make an effort to figure things out. I am resorting to this because, well, that's what people have always done to me and I'm pissed off. The message is "Do this because I tell you to or it's your ass on the line tomorrow morning. This is your job." Is there a better way?