Blue Bloods character Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) has been getting into a lot of trouble at work lately. Apparently, being the son of the police commissioner isn’t enough to protect him. It seems like people have had it out for him since the beginning. Here’s what the experts say Jamie can do to protect his job and his reputation.
Jamie should make everyone accountable for their work
Jamie is still settling into his role as a sergeant. It will be important for him to hold his officers accountable for their work. He should also make sure they are clear on what to do in his absence. This will make things a lot easier when things go wrong. Ellen Mullarkey, vice president of business development at Messina Staffing Group, told Showbiz Cheat Sheet Jamie should know what his officers are doing and make sure they’re clear on the tasks they’re supposed to execute.
Jamie got in trouble for not keeping track of his officers after they participated in an undercover drug sweep. Jamie was accused of failure to supervise after he planned the drug sweep and then handed the operation over to a lieutenant (Blue Bloods Season 10, Episode 14, titled “Fog of War”). He also had uniformed officers backing up officers in plain clothes. However, there was confusion as to whether the uniformed officers knew which officers were in plain clothes. As a result, officer Brenda Price was shot and killed. Next time, it would make sense for Jamie to see a mission through from beginning to end.
“Jamie should put a process in place for his employees to keep records of their work,” said Mullarkey. “Most police departments have this. At any given time, Jamie should know where all his officers are, who they’re with, and what they’re working on.”
Jamie should set boundaries
It’s clear some of Jamie’s officers still don’t respect him the way they should. When he was accused of mishandling a situation where his vest was stolen and used by someone to commit a crime, he decided to ask his officers if they knew anything. Some of the officers were disrespectful during his questioning and some even refused to answer him. It would be in Jamie’s best interest to assert his authority and let them know he’s in charge.
“I’d advise Jamie to set boundaries and communicate those said boundaries to his subordinates,” Anh Trinh, managing editor of GeekWithLaptop, told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “By having a clear idea of their own responsibilities and jurisdiction, his fellow police officers will understand where their responsibilities lie and who to blame when things go wrong.”
Staying focused will be important
Another step Jamie needs to take is to remain focused. He doesn’t seem to have too much of a problem with this (sometimes he’s too focused), but he should keep it up. He can’t afford to get distracted since he’s responsible for so many officers. Christian Antonoff, marketing manager at claritywave.com, had a few words of wisdom for Jamie. “Learn to manage your time and workflow,” said Antonoff. “Prioritize tasks, and plan ahead. Be a good colleague. Be there when your colleagues need you. Support them in any way you can. Don’t take work too personally. Hold yourself accountable for your mistakes. Learn to delegate.”
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