Difficult Situation regarding Reopening During Covid-19
Law Office Administrator/HR Manager
October 7,2020 at 4:28PM UTC
I am the Office Administrator at a small law firm. Covid-19 has hit us particularly hard and our paralegal and support staff have been working half time and getting half salary since the end of March. Lately, the morale has not been great as there has been no sign from the partners that the paralegals and support staff will be returning any time soon. People are stressed, and understandably so. I have brought up the morale to the partners ad nauseum and it seems to fall on deaf ears. Now, I have been asked to review the office Covid-19 policy once again to allow for limited client appointments in the office. This, in and of itself is not difficult. However, one part is going to ruffle feathers. The partners want me to assign the responsibility of wiping down the plexiglass barriers in the conference room and other surfaces to the staff when the attorneys are done with their meetings. They have expressed to me that someone needs to be assigned that task. Honestly, I feel that whoever is using the conference room should clean after themselves. With the morale so low at this point, if I come out with a new policy that assigns paralegals to basically stop what they're doing to go wipe down surfaces in the conference room after the attorneys are done with their appointments going to look like an insult. I can't afford to have the morale drop any further. Is it wring for me to ask the attorneys to clean up after themselves? I know I'm going to get backlash no matter how I do this, but our staff is working super hard, trying to get 8 hours of work crammed into a 4 hour day. Now I'm going to ask them to be cleaning ladies for the attorneys? Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.
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My manager does not listen.
she will jump in and take the conversation in the wrong direction and provide wrong information.
I tried telling her the client had issues with something, she cut me off and said the contract is under review that’s why the issues. It sounded wrong so I clarified but she further explained the contract being in review. I know my information was clear therefore I believed her. During a meeting with my client I passed along the info and they had no idea there was contract issues and after they emailed my boss and I.
my boss responded that she was not aware of any contact issues. Now the client is confused why I told them there were issues and even questioning my abilities.
She has done stuff like this before, today in a different client meeting she made me look incompetent.
how do I address this with my boss or do I just ignore her when she does it? my worry is sounding childish and being a complainer but I also don’t care to look bad to clients.
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I would like advice since I was never born or raised in the US
I received a job at a company as a sales representative. They have a base pay but it is based on making presentations to people and not an hourly pay. The only person I am close to that understands the US systems is my boyfriend. He has made me feel bad about all the sales rep jobs I’ve tried to get and I listened to him because based on what he says they sound like scams. But this particular job I think is a great job. I can work from home, I can pick my own hours and all but even this one he says “it’s a contractor position” and that means it’s not good? I can’t find anything online about that not being good and it just feels like a negative thing for him to say. He was saying it seems too good to be true but once he found out it’s genuine he now says I will essentially not make much since I will be paying taxes as a contractor. I plan on getting a day job for constant income but making the sales job more like a side hustle. So before I commit to this I would like to know if he is right or not. He says that’s a bad idea, but I would love to know why he thinks this is a bad idea because I don’t under the US systems around this at all!
PS: the company is Vector marketing. I don’t know if I’m allowed to mention the company or not. If not, I’m sorry and I will delete the post.
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