I recently started a job and the environment is hostile and dysfunctional. I inherited a team, and I learned on my first day that one of the employees was unhappy and actively interviewing. In working w/ the team, I've noticed that the team doesn't get along with one another and that they're burned out and frustrated (they've also told me they were frustrated in our meetings due to a lack of communication and this dislike of my boss who is the CEO). I have a team of 5 women (well now 4). I have three people who have been working for the org. for 15+ years and I have one person who's been w/ the company 14 mos. The other woman worked for the co. 14 mos and just recently resigned. I was told by my manager on my very first day that she was unhappy with the pay. I noticed that she was very withdrawn, often times was on facebook or her personal e-mail, and called out a lot or would constantly ask to leave early. She had already checked out and did the bare minimum. When I spoke w/ her to get a sense of what the issues were and how I could change things, she told me that she was bored and didn't have enough work, and that the pay sucked. I tried my best to give her new tasks to increase her workload. I only noticed a slight change in her work style and attitude for about 2 wks. and then she was right back to the way she was before. Other employees complained about her quality of work and the errors she made in the haste of getting tasks done. So she recently resigned and we had a private conversation before she left in which she thanked me for trying to find more work for her. She also stated the prior issues and how some of the team members are petty and gossip a lot, and her disdain for the previous manager (who was only here a yr). This conversation occurred out of the blue and she came to me and asked me if I had a few moments to chat and then unleashed all this info on me. She completed an exit interview which was sent to my boss. He didn't like the comments she made in the exit interview about there not being enough work, the low pay, and the dysfunction of the department/org. She stated that she didn't feel supported by management. I'm concerned how this will reflect on me as I've only been here 5 mos. and have tried to improve the conditions here (which feels like mission impossible right now). So now my boss (who often acts unprofessionally) is having a tantrum and hissy fit and wants me to address the issues. I went to him about 3 mos. ago in regards to the harassment and bullying I was encountering from another member of the management team to no avail. I also discussed the now open position with him and my concerns with bringing in someone new because of the hostile environment, low pay, and lack of work. I want to bring on someone part time and reclass the position which would raise the pay by $3,000 which isn't a lot, but it's a start, and would also increase the workload. He has said no to all of this, but now wants to talk about the exit interview and the comments. I don't even know what to do or say because I feel as though I've said these things and they've fallen on deaf ears, and I don't know how I can manage and motivate the team with all that's going on. I have to manage him and his bad behavior, dodge my workplace bully, continue to learn and train myself and my other new staff person, and motivate an untrusting and broken team. Please help!
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I have a coworker who is considered a "star", but treats me without respect
I spoke with my manager about it, but nothing is being done. He told me to confront her, and I did, but she just laughed it off. I feel miserable, it is bullying and I decided to leave. I don't think I can outsmart her. She badmouths me, withholds information that is critical for me, excludes me from meetings, I am tired of fighting this. I think she is trying to be promoted by making me look incompetent.
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Screened Before An Offer
I’m interviewing for a new role, it’s a US firm with consultants in Australia. The industry here is small and I woke up this morning to see that a mutual colleague and the consultant I interviewed with had both viewed my LinkedIn profile. I am concerned, as I haven’t told anyone that I have applied for this role but it seems that this mutual acquaintance been told. The mutual acquaintance also came up in the interview so I know that this isn’t a coincidence. I am shocked. Reference checks are one thing, being backgrounded is something else. What do I say / do? I do feel like I should raise this with HR at the right time and say that I was surprised to see what I saw. And remind them that the industry here is small.
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I'm hosting a holiday get-together in the San Jose, CA area.....
For all of us looking for jobs this season! I'm tired of seeing holiday parties posted on LI and other platforms, when so many are out of jobs. Anyone else have the same depression over this?
Anyway, I'm taking ACTION.
Who's with me?
We ride at dawn!
Seriously, I'm hosting a get together/ meet-up for anyone in the Bay Area/ South Bay/ San Jose, who would like the opportunity to get out of their house, away from the keyboard, and have lunch and smiles with some new faces.
DEC 14th- Thursday, location TBD (likely Campbell downtown)
DM me for more! Let's make this happen!
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Disappointed by my almost former boss
Hi there, need to share my disappointment and puzzlement.
My company has been acquired beginning of November by a competitor, they have recently announced the reorganisation and my department has been split in 2 parts with my manager heading one part and another VP responsible for the other. My manager told me last week that me and my reports will be moved from 1st of January to the other part so I will be under a new VP. Being an high achiever, recently promoted and managing a stellar team, I was shocked to be moved to the other area that works on much less interesting things and I was upset my manager kept all his direct reports but me. Also he cancelled our 1:1 and basically acting like I’m already gone. I should say that he was always appreciative of me and had a good relationship although not at friend/ confidant level as he has with my peers as I set boundaries. Today one of my peers (my boss favourite ) invited me to a meeting and basically ask me to support him with an initiative his team is incapable to manage, this is minimum a 6 month project so I asked him if he was aware I will be elsewhere in few weeks. He said he knows but that I will be “shared” resource accordingly to our manager. I said I can help now until end of the year after that I have other responsibilities where sharing of my services is not included. Now I’m totally puzzled, I know they need me and my team skills why was I literally shipped as parcel elsewhere?
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So I am a real estate professional, but I've been laid off more times than I'd like to admit...
I have my Masters in Real Estate development and have been working in real estate for over 10 years, most recently as a real estate analyst. However, I have either been laid off from every job I loved, or looked over for any form of accolade, promotion, or (for the places I've temp'ed for) a permanent position. The only jobs I ever get called for now are call centers, and customer service. Mostly positions that you only need a high school diploma for. With all the education bills and living expenses, I need about 3x more than what they want to pay me.
While at my last position, my husband and I decided to start a family. He just got a great promotion and I was at my highest pay job. We thought we were pretty settled. We became pregnant, but I got very sick. I had to spend a little over a month in the hospital, had a couple seizures, couldn't walk or stand on my own. It was really bad. Doctors recommended I take another couple months off to regain my strength. After I was well enough to sit at a computer for a few hours, I attempted to come back to work.
The day after I started, the company had a huge layoff, and I was apart of that first round. Now, don't get me wrong, I completely understand why I was chosen and I bear no ill will to the company or the people I worked with. I just took this as a sign to continue to get better, and focus on my little one. I did attempt to get other jobs, but once I told them I was pregnant, demeanors changed. I was told to, once again, focus on the baby and try again after she was born. I get that they hare hiring because they need someone right now, not someone who will need to be out for weeks at a time.
My little star was born in October 2022 and she is doing great. I have stayed home with her for a year and Im trying to get back into the field but, Im only getting hits for jobs that are paying half of what I was making. The thing is, I'm willing to take a lower pay if I can get my foot in the door, but I'm not even getting hits in my field. The reasons I'm getting is that I don't have enough experience, or there was someone who is more qualified. ( Which seems to be the story of my life).
I am using AI to tailor my resume to every job I apply for, so I don't think thats the problem. Im starting to think maybe I'm in the wrong field, but I can't afford any major education right now. Maybe the universe is telling me to pivot directions, but to where? Im running out of my savings, and bills still need to be paid.
I'm desperate for help or advice. I feel so discouraged, and I know I need help. I just don't know what to ask for. How do I get out of this decade long rut?