Just became president of my condo building - REALLY could use direction and advice.
Teacher, Lighting Expert, & Office Professional
October 26,2020 at 9:11PM UTC
I moved into my first-ever home (a condo) in March of this year. Acting president (for 29 years!) of the building noted she was moving and looking for a replacement. Since moving in, she's shown me around the building explaining processes etc. After the second time I thought to myself, "Is the trying to groom me for the role?"
A week before our building association meeting (which was Oct 11), she formally asks if I'd be willing to accept the nomination of president. I've not even been here 8 full months. And due to Covid I've actually not really met any of my neighbors. She tells me, pleadingly, that no one else wants to step up. I told her that while I wasn't very comfortable with the idea, yes I would accept if people voted me.
At the meeting, she formally steps down and nominates me. I tell those at the meeting - as long as they're ok with someone they've NEVER MET YET and who's only been in the building for EIGHT MONTHS... then I'll accept.
They voted me in.
To say I'm feeling overwhelmed would be an understatement. The former president is still here until mid November. She's a sweet woman. But doesn't speak/write English well and she's very difficult to understand. She's also a retiree who would devote time to the building. I, on the other hand, work 45 hours a week at one job, and then tutor part time as well.
For my first act, I wrote a note to everyone introducing myself and providing my contact information. I'm VERY fortunate that this building is in good shape - with no immediate problems - and a healthy cash reserve.
It's unfortunate though as the former president was right. NO ONE seems to care about wanting to help. In my letter, I asked people to please provide me with their contact detail (along with other things). Very few people have replied.
This whole situation has me half excited and half stressed. I've reached out to the Master Board president for a meeting to discuss the overall position. I also joined the Community Association Institute.
I've looked at resources online - but I'm not sure where to really go. Does anyone have advice? Does anyone have any resources to recommend?
Browse recent posts
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 and uncertain about promotion prospects. Despite having a degree and 4 years in IT support, I'm stuck with a $55k annual salary, costly benefits, and few perks. I moved here for the commute and the company's culture, but now I feel trapped. No other tech career paths seem appealing due t to stress. 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.
0 Likes • 0 Comments
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?
3 Likes • 0 Comments
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!
0 Likes • 0 Comments
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.
5 Likes • 2 Comments
A man needs a dream to run after and when you don't have one it is high time you do so.
A lot of things has happened and different generations are gone without achieving anything . All they have got is work and bills to pay. It really suck!
0 Likes • 0 Comments
I left a job 7 months ago after being there almost 9 years. The last 2 I did my best to tolerate an extremely toxic environment after a new supervisor was put in place. Verbal abuse, age discrimination, retaliation, bullying, just barely scratches the surface of the environment. It was taking a toll on my health, both mentally and physically. Long story short, I was able to settle with the company through an attorney (to avoid legal proceedings). I’m having a horrible time in interviews when they ask why I left. My explanation has been that “after a corporate restructuring, they began enabling behaviors that were not consistent with my values so I made the unfortunate decision to look for new challenges”. Im getting reactions that tell me they don’t believe me, almost incredulous looks and snarky comments from hiring managers. Obviously I’m trying not to bad mouth my previous employer but not sure how else to broach that subject — especially when they ask what I’ve been doing since then (looking for a job, LOL!?) I leave the interview feeling defeated, although my skills and resume are definitely getting me through to 2nd and 3rd interviews. Anyone gave any other suggestions or insights into this? Leaving without something else lined up was definitely not ideal, but I had to put my health first. I tried for too long to make it work over there.