I started a job 6 mos. ago, and while I'm blessed to be working during the pandemic, it's a bad fit. I hate the job and the anxiety that come with it.
I've been working remotely from day 1, but I haven't felt welcomed. I have no goals or objectives, my boss is M.I.A. and refuses to do touch bases. I have tried to reach out to others in the organization and my team to get better acquainted w the company and the culture, but it's been very hard to get to know people's personalities virtually. I've made suggestions on areas that I think I can work on and create more effective strategies, but I have received no feedback from my boss. After 90 days, there was no review or feedback, same after 6 months. I can't really gauge if I'm doing a poor job or a good job. There's no dept. goals, and I've been struggling to establish goals for the dept/team because none have been set for me in this new position. I get the impression that the position was created with no idea what they wanted the position to be responsible for. I also found out that the company is going public, so that brings stress and change along w everyone trying to manage the pandemic and the economic and political changes that are going on. I'm bored despite trying to create things to do for myself and trying to define the job for myself. I have attended company sponsored webinars, I've completed the HR onboarding training, but that's the only onboarding I've received. I've gone through the share drive to try to get a better understanding of the department and the needs of the department. There's not many documented policies and procedures, so I've been creating documentation. I've also worked along side of my team in the day to day tasks to get a better understanding of their jobs and the frustrations. I've been criticized for focusing too much on those day to day functions. All in all, it's just not what I'm looking for in my next chapter.
I'm looking for a boss who isn't a micromanager, but who is available and supportive. I'm looking for a baseline or starting point where I can get familiar with the company, its mission, and where they're going next. I'm all for working hard and I understand things are difficult now w/ the pandemic, and companies needing to pivot, but I'm not down for mission impossible.
So, I've continued to look for a job during this time, and the other day I saw that my position was posted on one of the job boards. I haven't spoken to anyone about it, and no one has mentioned it to me. I also haven't expressed that I'm unhappy w the job to anyone. But it's clear that while I've been looking to make an exit, the co./dept is looking to replace me and may have beat me to the punch.
Has anyone else experienced this? Any advice on how I should handle this? Should I remain quiet and continue my job search while waiting for them to let me know, or should I let them know that I know that they're planning to replace me? In all honesty, I'd rather get it over w/ now and get out of hell. I'm not independently wealthy by any means, but I have 6 mos of savings in the bank, though in this current economic climate, I anticipate that it'll take me longer to find a position, especially since I don't want to jump out of the fire into the frying pan. But the money isn't a concern of mine because I have a side hustle and my husband works as well. Any advice or suggestions on how proceed forward?
I was terminated today. I received a request for a Zoom meeting with my boss and his right hand man. My boss has refused to meet with me the entire 6 mos and I thought the request was strange. I asked for an agenda for the meeting, and then all of a sudden I received an IM and was asked to jump on a Zoom call immediately. I got on the Zoom, my boss, his right hand man, and HR were on the call. HR introduced herself, and stated that they didn't feel that I was a good fit for the company. They terminated me immediately, and told me that I'd be eligible for unemployment. My boss and his right hand man said nothing on the call.
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Is anyone here an SDET? If so, would you be open to your experience and how you started in the role, what the quality of life is for the position, etc.?
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I need help on how to deal with an all boy's club at work.
I've been at this new job nine months and I like it and want to stay. I've been told I'm doing a good job and am about six months away from being promoted to where I want to be. The two men who I answer to play golf with some of my other male colleagues, make deals without my knowledge with outside males that affect me in my job, accept lots of sports perks from these outside men, and you get the idea. I'm increasingly frustrated because I am too old for this crap and I am over here working my ass off to get ahead when I think they are just getting ahead by playing and watching sports together. Please don't suggest HR or talking to a female colleague - I just want to know how to deal with my anger about it. Thank you!! ?
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Working from home may be ending?
Curious how to approach this (and this got long, sorry). We were sent home like so many in March of 2020. Our business has changed quite radically since then (selling off part of it, selling the building we were in and leasing a small part of it, etc.). Some people have come back into the office, some have not. It seemed like that was how we were going to continue. There was no indication anything might change. Especially considering there is not enough space for everyone.
But then they just sent out a "return to work/hyrbid" something or other message where they want people to start coming back for a more "collaborative environment" (I believe this is business speak for "we want to make use of the office space we're leasing"). Only thing is no one gets their own space. You have to reserve a desk. Which means hauling everything in and out again every day you're there. It's unclear if they expect us to come back every day or not.
That being said...no. I do not want to go back. They indicated SOME people are unhappy. So let them go in, right? They have hired many people who are scattered throughout the country who will never go into an office, so they're really just saying "you happen to be near an office, so you get to uproot your entire life to be dragged into the office."
How do I go about refusing to return? I have some physical issues that make working from home easier (I am hard of hearing and find it super distracting to be in the office because I have to concentrate very hard to hear people on the phone, and I have tendonitis issues that mean having a bunch of specialized things like keyboards and stands and wrist rests). Couple that with the fact that my job involves communicating with remote technicians, none of who are in the office ever as they live hours away from it. So going in changes nothing for me except to make me miserable and take away the work/life balance I have managed to achieve by working from home. Including starting a side business that often means being out on the weekend (photography) and I only do that because I'm home during the week and so see my husband and dogs all day.
My manager agrees I shouldn't have to go in. So do I just let this quietly slide until someone says something and then tell them my manager approves? I'm just not sure the best way to go about this. I don't want to lose my job. But I also cannot go back to an office permanently. The thought of it makes me physically ill. I will resign before being forced back. I have been with the company a long time and so may have SOME leverage as I am the only one who works in my position and I know more about the company and how things work than most people.
As you can imagine, I am feeling angry and betrayed by the company. More than once I've mentioned how happy I am that they've continued to let us work from home and then THIS.
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I recently joined a company and appreciated my direct reports honesty regarding the situation.
I've tried making changes but SLT blocks me at every turn.
One of my favorite reports announced she's leaving and it would take 3 employees to match everything she's doing. I completely understand why she's leaving, wish her the best but it puts me in a difficult spot.
HR and SLT are not concerned about replacing her any time soon and I feel like the department is crumbling. As its lead I feel powerless to change things. I even suggested using some of the budget for support staff or interns and they refused.
I feel like I'm being set up for failure. I've spoken directly with HR, SLT team, heads of the company and they won't approve any new hires but three people left before I started and they didn't replace them. It's not new hires it's filling the gaps of an already small team that the rest are ready to leave. Do I need to move on and will applying for positions so early after I started be considered a red flag?
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What are some tips for first time leadership opportunities?
I work at a non-profit in program development/education. I had a bad case of comparing myself to my coworker who has more popular programs/events and is given outside leadership opportunities. And I want to show that I can lead in a mission driven way that will show off my skills/talents. But now a leadership opportunity came up. My department restructured ,and we work on a committee system now. I am excited but realized that this is first time I’m in an official leading position. I have managed interns in my previous position and the ones before didn’t give me an opportunity to lead. My big boss wants me to display my leadership skills, but after being in jobs where I had to suppress myself or invisible, I’m a little apprehensive.
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I was interviewed for a promotion at the end of March. I was told they would have an answer by April 31. My manager told me and most in the warehouse I was the new manager. I was being congratulated for a few weeks. My reply was simple thank you but I haven't heard anything. Well we are into June. I have been carrying the weight of this same department manager for almost a year and I'm tired this was one reason I wanted out of the department. I have been offered a position at a new company and I don't know if I should ask upper management if they made a decision or just resign. I'm told upper management wants me to be promoted but they don't want to upset operations because he has a friend he wants to be promoted.
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