I’ve enjoyed being on these boards for several years, but the number of men now posting and shouting down/mansplaining to women is deeply disappointing.
October 2,2023 at 2:27PM UTC
Almost every post I saw today had comments by the same male poster frequently telling women why they’re wrong.
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Defining on call pay.
Hi all. Looking for some advise here.
This is my first job in IT and the first time I’ve experienced working in an on call environment. I feel that I am entitled to on call pay and here is why.
Here is some background.
I work at a start up company (WFH) and am on a small team of 3 plus our boss. we go on a rotation every three weeks for a entire week for anything that comes up that’s considered urgent and after hours. Urgent requests or urgent pages are pretty infrequent. But when they do come up I step in, handle the situation, and I log that time in my time card. I’ve been able to do this mostly from my personal cell phone (also being utilized as an approved work phone). Last week I was on call and in the evening I received a page while at happy hour with friends. I acknowledged the message and in this case it was urgent (one of the main systems was down) but it wasn’t anything that I could necessarily do to fix it (that falls on another dept). I sounded the alarm to engage the correct depts and also let my boss know. My boss then asked me to look something up and I let them know that I did not have my laptop with me and that I was responding from my phone.
The next week during our team meeting the boss brought up some ground rules for our on call time. 1) Making sure we acknowledge all requests within the hour & 2) making sure we bring our laptops with us if we are going to be out and about. At this point I feel it is completely unfair to ask us to be on standby plus be within a radius of 30 min from our “office” aka our home/have our laptop with us unless we are receiving on call pay. Things like going out to a bar or a concert would be totally out of the question Or maybe even a long drs apt for those 7 days would all be things I can’t do if we are working under those ground rules. I have another friend who does the same thing I do in IT and he is paid On Call time. Although he takes inbound calls and I do not. So he is at his desk all weekend but gets paid that entire time.
Should I not be entitled to On Call Pay with this scenario? Is that just how on call works and I’m totally unaware? Can someone with experience in the IT space or labor laws weigh in?
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I need a job.
I've been laid off twice this year. Salaries for my experience are hard to come by. It's incredibly frustrating to apply for jobs I'm overqualified for and taking pay cuts (granted I'm not getting paid but still...). What advice do you have for someone like me interviewing for jobs that are paying less than I'd like to earn and are a step down. Is this something I should talk about in interviews? Or leave alone? I just don't want to undervalue my worth at this point in my career of 18 years... Thanks!
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I've just hit the 90-day mark in my new IT role at a mental health care organization.
Initially, the environment seemed promising, but I've noticed a lack of organization and low pay. Being the youngest on the team, under 30, in a team of over 40s, I feel underqualified not because I lack in skills but due to the age gaps (these people been working in IT support for 10+ years with older methods), and the current position of the department being on its 3rd rebuilding process I’m uncertain about promotion prospects in the future. Despite having a degree and 4 years in IT support, I'm stuck with a $55k annual salary, costly benefits, and few to no perks. I moved here for the commute , flexibility, and the company's culture, but now I feel trapped because of the lack of advancement in the department despite my other peers experience. No other tech career paths seem appealing due to the excessive stress in the current market. I'm confused about my next steps, even after consulting a career coach.
I'm seeking advice from managers or anyone experienced in navigating a tech career with a degree but not feeling rewarded for their efforts and time.
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I hope everyone is having a good day and a great manager.
True story from World War II: A man who was a junior lieutenant got posted as a glorified clerk at The Army War College Fort Leavenworth Kansas. When he arrived he was the lowesrt ranking person in the whole placr and you know the military is about rank
The general in charge of the whole institution called an all hands meeting to introduce eveyone to "Lieutenant Forsdale". He told them to treat every word Lieutenant Forsdale might say as if he himself had said it.
How about that for a boss?
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Thank you's on emails ??
Two questions...struggling and taken back at times. A) When you request information and it is provided and multiple people are cc"d on your initial email , do you "Reply All?" with a 'Thank You"..? . We receive so many emails not sure if a Reply All is appropriate or just "Reply" to the recipient of the email. Your thoughts? B) Many times I will provide requested reports/information for 2 of my clients. The recipient does not reply with a "Thank you", " Will review" , etc. What do you think? Or again is this due to everyone being so busy? Thanks for your input!
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I started a new job in October.
I was unemployed for 7bmonths due to a layoff and was at that job for 6 years. While it had its ups and downs, I loved that job and likely lost my identity in it. This job, while the perks benefits and office is beautiful, is not for me at all. They offer learning credits that you can use how you see fit and I'm planning to use mine to pay for my Digital Marketing professional certificate from Coursera so I can leave this role by next June.
I feel like I've lost the desire to stay loyal to these employers. I stayed loyal for 6 years for nothing only to be thrown out like garbage.
Anyone else ever feel like I'm not being loyal anymore, I'm doing what's best for myself and my family? That's how I feel these days.
Also, I'd love to hear from any digital marketing professionals regarding the kinds of programs/etc I should begin learning.