If you're a parent, you probably spend a fair amount of your time managing sibling conflicts of the "he took my toy" variety.
It turns out managers are doing the same thing at work.
A new Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 senior managers finds they're spending around seven hours per week -- or nine weeks per year -- listening to employees bitch about each other.
Instead of doing some long-range planning, managers are spending their time telling Dave not to use Susan's favorite pen and telling Susan she needs to work it out with Dave instead of running to management. Damn, no one said management would be this hard. Just wait until the CEO gets home -- er, back from lunch -- because you're in big-time trouble now. Oh crap, I'm the CEO. Sigh. Settle down everyone, or we're turning this carpool van around and going right back to the office! That means no off-site training for you!
So if your boss gets fed up, mutters something about needing a vacation and sends everyone to their cubicles without dinner, you'll know why.