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I'm currently at a crossroads in my career where I have already been looking to leave the company, and I was suddenly told that my team would be merged into another dept and I would be expected to continue with my management responsibilities in this new dept, for only a very small salary bump. I'm thinking this is a great time to leave the company as my team transitions over the next few weeks, and I was told I should try to negotiate a "layoff package" wherein I am not only laid off by the company so that I may collect EI benefits (Canada), but also receive a small severance package. My question is: Has anyone done this before? What should I ask for?
If you've already decided to leave then I think you should try to negotiate a layoff package. I'm in the US but think the principles would be similar. I would make a list of what you want/expect/would give: eg severance amount, last day, transition period where you train your replacement, etc etc and then tell your mgr and hr person about this. You may not get everything you want but if you make sure you cover what you would give in return (e.g. sign a non-compete, etc etc) that might help you get what you want. GOod luck!
I'm pregnant and job searching. Most of the meetings I've taken with recruiters have been over the phone, but have also met with hiring managers in person. Anyone else have experience job interviewing while pregnant? At what point do you let the recruiter or the hiring manager know? I don't want to say anything in my initial conversation since I'm worried that I won't make it to the face-to-face interview round. I'm six months and showing, though it can be hard to tell if you don't really know me.
If you're not showing yet, go ahead with your interviews and try to get an offer. An interview isn't a confessional so you don't need to volunteer the fact you're expecting. When it comes to interviewing while you're showing, the cat is out of the bag and you'll face discrimination from some male hiring managers who won't want to hire you because they know you'll be leaving for awhile anyhow.
I helped an employee in our organization who was being laid off while pregnant to find a new role. Our HR manager coached her that, even internally, not to mention it at all until she got the offer. Legally, you are not allowed to be asked about it, but if you bring it up, then that opens the door. Don't ever give a potential employer any reason to be biased against you.
By the way, the lady I helped has the new role and is getting ready to go on maternity leave soon.
Maybe the best option is to tell them you're interested in starting the job in X months (whatever that is for you)? Or perhaps waiting until after you have the baby to look? That's a really awkward timing and I feel for you...
I've been there, but was less pregnant than you are. I didn't say a word. And I still wouldn't if I had to do it all over again...I told them during the day that I got my offer. They were a bit taken aback but it worked ok...in the end I had to negotiate a start-date and maternity leave since they didn't cover me as such as new employee but it worked out fine -- good luck!!
Mentoring. Women in Tech in particular - does your company offer any female to female mentoring, up or down? If not (most don't), how have you been able to find female trusted mentors who can relate to your position and team dynamic and the challenges it may offer?
I've worked for 5 different companies and none offered this. On the other hand, I"m not sure how I would feel if I was matched to someone...doesn't mentorship have to involve a genuine rapport? Hard to imagine this being constructed artificially.
None, I think this is a big issue. My company has an employee resource group but unless you find someone on your own, there's no formal pairing or matching...
Ever since I told my boss I'm pregnant, he's been giving me the cold shoulder. What do I do? Should I talk to HR?
How did you let your boss know? I always waited until the end of the second trimester or so (whenever I thought I couldn't hide it anymore), then I'd take my boss to lunch. While we talked, I would tell him I was pregnant and when the baby was due and how my team would manage while I was out. That's also when I'd talk about how much time I'd take (back then you saved up vacation) and I'd ask whether I could work mornings after my 6 weeks of disability, then use my vacation to be home in the afternoons. You need to manage your boss relationship. Why put another party in the middle? That just means that you don't have a good relationship with your boss. Why would you want to work somewhere where you don't have a good relationship with your boss?
HR's job is to protect the company, not you. Never forget that...
I can't imagine really what you would say to HR. Is there anything specific he did? Did you tell him anything else other than you were pregnant? Maybe he's feeling awkward around you because he doesn't know whether you'll want to leave.
I have to travel to China and I'm currently breastfeeding. What is the best way to deal with it? Should I just pumpo and dump? Is it even feasible to ship back the breastmilk?
Our lactation room is so far away from where I sit that it takes me like 10 minutes to get there. It's hard enough to step away from work to pump, but this makes every trip to pump 20 minutes longer. What should I do?
How important is becoming a CFP? I'm hoping to figure out whether you really will make more money with this certification and whether to make the investment in studying for the exam. I've already gotten the work experience part of the requirements under my belt.
I'm getting ready to come back from maternity leave, and one of the senior female partners just pulled me aside and told me I should expect to travel more when I get back! I'm already having a tough time with going back to work, and now I'm just feeling sick. Any advice?
Whenever I'm working on an engagement, I go above and beyond to build strong relationships with the client and sell additional work. But I always feel like men get the credit for selling instead of me. How can I claim credit without seeming petty?
Has anyone ever gone from a client-facing role into an in-house one and felt disappointed and tried to go back to a client-facing role? I'm a new mom at one of the big4 and really unhappy with the new responsibilities I have in my internal position even though I'm happy I have better work-life balance. I'm trying to figure out whether there are better internal roles for me or whether this is just the trade-off I have to make. Anyone else been in this situation?