I have a new boss who is very different than the one I had for 5 years at the same organization. Needless to say one of my boss’ peers and I had an issue earlier this year, I shared a project experience with some industry peers that cast him in a negative light. The things I said were factual however I did not use the best presentation to describe it and he took huge offense.
For whatever reason I wasn’t fired on the spot and instead have been stuck in a strange twilight zone for months. During the initial meeting with him I explained my reasoning for sharing my experience and I was assigned a coach. Nothing was ever documented in writing that i know of, if it was it was not shared with me. Needless to say I have been actively job searching because this person has made my life difficult, he has the power to fire me at any moment and my boss doesn’t want to cross him so he goes along with whatever he says which makes for incredibly uncomfortable meetings (the three of us meet regularly). The coach is very nice but I have no idea how long these coaching sessions are supposed to last, if I am being graded on them or what. I asked the coach and she just replied “it depends”. The coach reports to him.
Meanwhile every day I worry I am going to be called into an office and fired. I am trying to continue doing my job well but it’s difficult knowing he is lurking and may have a plan to get rid of me. Hirings and firings are generally made by him even his peers don’t have the ability to pick their own direct reports or fire them.
The comments he made to me during the initial meeting with my boss have made me bitter, it is very obvious he hasn’t liked me for a long time
but he didn’t have the same leverage over my old boss to get rid of me. He apparently dragged up every negative thing anyone has ever said about me and threw it in my face, things like “No one here likes you”; “I know you said X about Y and I told her you said it” and “You have a terrible attitude you are negative about everything” generally just embarrassing me in front of my boss all the while smiling at my boss. Awkward AF right? oh and telling me I am great at my actual job function.
I think the plan is to make me uncomfortable enough that I quit, I was denied a bonus for work completed last year without explanation, I get the cold shoulder from this guys staff (I assume they were told) and it’s just damn uncomfortable but I can’t speak to anyone at work because I feel like people are always listening to report back to Big brother if I say anything negative.
Aside from taking a stiff drink every day at work any advice? (I am
joking of course I don’t drink at work) I don’t have work friends/confidants so i cant share this with anyone because I don’t know who his allies are. Everyone I explain the situation to outside of work can’t believe the power this individual holds when they are not the CEO (that person has no time for small stuff like this) I am using my network and applying for new jobs but my field is specialized and I feel like everyone is on vacation so I am not getting call backs.
And one last item, the coaching has been valuable in helping me to better chose how/when I share experiences so that I don’t get into a situation like this again. It’s funny and sad but a number of folks have told me it sounds like I work in the White House because this man’s behavior is similar to what we hear in the media.
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Where is the best place to look for a job, in your opinion?
I have been using all the job boards and going directly through company sites and I am still having trouble getting someone to actually read my resume/application. I am constantly getting ghosted or rejected for jobs I am qualified for.
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I just had a Monthly Review Meeting with my Director at the company I've been working at as a Contract employee for almost 6 months and she said she wants to extend my contract for another month but in the meantime she will be posting my position as a Full time, permanent position (which consists of helping out 5-6 different departments) as soon as it is approved.
I did ask her if it would be possible for me to telework 1-2 days a week on the days that everyone is in the office since there is an online software to answer the phones for the front desk and she told me the position im doing temporary work for is not eligible for telework & that the phone software is "for emergency use only." Also, i mentioned to her that the staffing agency i work for initially told me that i would be able to telework TWICE A WEEK. Its funny how everyone can telework besides me.
I know I'm going to get a phone call from the Recruiter at my staffing agency tomorrow asking me if I want to renew my contract and I really don't want to because I have NO work life balance, suffer from anxiety, am extremely burnt out and am tired of having to drop everything I'm doing at work to cover the phones at the front desk EVERYDAY while everyone else at my job gets to telework 2-3 days a week and I'm forbidden to do so. In addition, the company I'm working for REFUSES to give me an increase in pay ever since I took on multiple duties in different departments. Would it be wrong if I told my Recruiter/Contact person at the agency I work for that "I am no longer Interested in working where I work at now and that I would like to be reassigned to work someone else thT is a better fit for me?" I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!?????
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I got laid off and now they want me to train my replacement.
How insensitive can companies get? Getting laid off is tough as it is. Now I have to train my replacement who will do my job for less money. I would love to just leave. How should I handle this?
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Interview Questions | Would the same question come up again in the 3rd round of interviews?
I am in the last round of interviews! Exciting but can't put my hopes up quite yet. My first two interviews had pretty standard questions and I was able to answer them very comfortably and even felt confident (which is rare bc normally i am shaking in my boots).
The second round, they barely asked 3 questions and were basically selling me the role (which I think is a good sign). One of the questions were, "Tell me a time you failed". I answered this as honest as I could and it was well received. However, I don't really have many failure stories as I try not to fail significantly. Maybe small mistakes (as i am writing this, i am thinking small mistakes might be a story I can share, but not sure.)
Next Interview is a Panel interview, do you think I will be asked the "tell me about a time you failed" question again?
Lastly, what are some Panel questions, you've received in the past? Just want to over prep.
Thank you in advance!
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Last week we celebrated World Gratitude Day, and this week is kicked off with World Dream Day.
These aren't fluffy, feel-good days.
Well, they don't need to be, if we give them their proper attention.
Gratitude contributes to our well-being, joy and success. Cultivating more of it on a regular basis has dramatic, positive impacts on our work and life, and it's free and easy to access. If you missed my post about it and how to add more of it to your life -- and why you career will love you for it -- you can read it here: https://lnkd.in/esH9v5qX
In a similar spirit, we have all the power within us to dream big, act on these dreams and support others as they pursue their biggest aspirations.
While this is another free and easy tool to access, how many of our dreams have we accomplished? How many have we forgotten? Dismissed? How many of us have what we consider our dream job? According to research, 90% of us don't!
In today's post on my blog "Reimagine," I share 11 ways to bring your dreams to life and the transformative implications that can have on your work life: https://lnkd.in/eTFFma7w
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I recently posted on here three weeks ago about getting a job offer at my local hospital as a customer service representative in patient financial services. I passed my background check went for my pre employment physical at their occupational health facility and while there took my drug test, eye exam etc. when the actual nurse practitioner came into my room she did my vitals and my blood pressure was high. Well I have a history of that since 2006 and she put me on a different dose of medication. Since a week ago I have been monitoring my readings at home for about a week and have to go tomorrow to get it checked by her since she has to have paperwork to HR by 3:00 on Wednesday. She said if BP is normal then she would clear me and I am supposed to start orientation on Oct 2nd. I really want this position but seems to be a little hindrance due to the fact just because of my blood pressure. Just debating if it is worth it or not feels like a runaround.