I’m extremely excited to join Fairygodboss! My name is Jocelyn DeMaio.
I am the director of collaboration services at The Hartford. I have been with The Hartford for 16 years in varying roles mostly in operations and technology.
I live in the Hartford CT area with my fiancé who I met at The Hartford over 13 years ago. We have two gorgeous rescue dogs, Bella who we got from a foster family when she was a puppy and Doni came to us from a high-kill shelter in TN. I absolutely love my dogs and out of all of the things about me, the fact that I have chosen to include them in my introduction should help you realize that.
I earned an undergraduate degree from UCONN and graduated with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. I selected that major/minor combo because originally, I wanted to be a social worker. I was very involved at UCONN. I worked at the Visitor’s Center greeting guests and potential students as well as giving tours on campus. I studied voice for many years and was the president of UCONN’s chorus which encompassed around 200 singers. At UCONN, I also was the Student Union Board of Governors Lecture chair and I played intramurals and taught fitness classes at their gym.
In fact, I realized that I had such a passion for teaching fitness classes, I decided to teach at other gyms, outside the school. I’ve never stopped teaching since.
For over ten years, I’ve wanted to open my own indoor cycling studio and decided in 2015 to continue writing my business plan (which I had started 10+ years earlier) to make that happen.
Empowered opened in Glastonbury, CT in December, 2016. I have a wonderful business partner, marketing team and receptionist. Plus, eight instructors, and myself teach several nights a week and on weekends. It is truly a joy owning a small business but it is a lot of work too!
After many years’ work experience, I decided to go back to school and pursue a Master’s Degree. I selected Eastern Connecticut State University because I really liked their Organizational Management program which required work experience to enroll. Also, the campus was close to my then home so convenience also played a factor.
I love cruising! I have been on over 30-cruises which is about 9-months of my life. I have had the opportunity to visit around 20 companies on my cruise travels, the majority in the Caribbean.
Again, I’m very excited to join Fairygodboss to learn from all of its members and and share advice and realizations that have helped shape who I am and success in my professional and personal life as well.
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I'm speaking to my manager about the possibility of growing into a higher position on the team in the future.
I'm highly interested in this position and expressed this to my manager a month ago, asking if I could shadow one of the team members in that position to learn more. My manager stated we would review at our meeting (which is tomorrow). Thoughts?
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Has anyone gone through a vocational evaluation process where they try to determine whether you are underemployed?
If so, any tips would be highly appreciated.
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I am 66 years old and work in accounting for a company that owns several residential properties nationwide.
It is a very stressful environment due to my boss being a type AA manager. She is constantly expecting us to read her mind and try and understand what she wants us to do. She does not communicate well. When she is out on vacation we never have any stress. She makes a lot of us feel inept and we can't do our jobs. I have never worked in a department where no one wants to be there (6 of us). I know there are jobs out there I am torn between applying for a new job and staying there but I feel that because of my age I won't get any responses. Any advice?
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Reported sexual harassment and was subjected to intimidation tactics "Without a witness it's he said/she said" and now the cold shoulder because I refused to back down.
I no longer feel valued. PS our CEO is a woman.
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As one can see from the numberous comments, there may be legitimate reasons for the inquiry; From following company nepotism policies to maybe finding "background" or insight into this individual if she isn't precluded from hiring them.
If the latter, did you consider that she was "seeking" your counsel or opinion? That could be viewed a a compliment.
The more important question in my mind is why did this inquiry bother you? Enough so, as to post about it on social media? It may be worth your time to look inward on this topic. I am very serious. Obviously, I don't know you and therefore I don't know your history and experience. You may have been in situations that were unpleasant and left you feeling victimized? I am giving you the benefit of the doubt .... but only you can honestly answer that question.
What I do know is this is a sensitive subject for you and it is worth examining further for your own well being and growth. Consider this, even if this inquiry was motivated from some racial agenda, you will never change that by complaining to HR. If this situation was clearly racist or discrimatory you would "know it". Your position isn't being threatened by this recruiter. But how you handle could be. I am NOT suggesting that you sit down and shut up either.
In the future, I recommend when you have an emotional reaction to a situation you examine your response 1st, that you extend graces to the other people involved and assume the best possible intentions. There is absolutely no reason why you couldn't have asked the recruiter to explain her reason for asking this question. It could have been an "opportunity" for you to educate the recruiter. This might have been resolved right then.
One caution I will offer. We all tend to seek out those individuals that will support our point of view whether that be friends, family or even other co-workers. Be careful because these people will rarely be unbiased, after all they are YOUR friends, family and co-workers, and therefore cannot necessarily provide honest or accurate feedback.
I recommend in these type of situations professional guidance is a wise move. They will help you problem solve through the process and better prepare you for the future, whether that means understanding that all ppl are capable of making unintended gifts when it comes to race and culture or that this is a serious in fraction that needs reported.
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While in extensive interview rounds for two other companies, I was surprised by another opportunity this week.
I took the meeting as I need a job and wanted to give myself options but the more I spoke to HR, I could envision myself at the company.
This is the throwing me for a loop as although it's technically in the same industry, it's not an avenue I would have explored otherwise. The other companies are more aligned where I thought my career was headed but this surprising twist is making me reconsider my options.
I'm a big believer not to get ahead of myself and keep interviewing until receiving an offer but the new company is moving faster than the others. All three roles that start in January and I'm hoping that one of them leads to an offer but this twist is having me consider a new direction.