If you have ever suffered through depression and anxiety, you know first hand how difficult it can be to simply show up for your life. Even in these days of Covid-19 when many of us are working from home, depression symptoms can still make it difficult to “show up” even virtually. Add to that all of the many Zoom and Google meetings where you have to be “on” (on camera, on topic, on attention, just...on), and it can seem like you have to draw strength from every cell in your body just to plaster on a fake smile and blink away tears until the meeting ends. Do you ever find that some days you just can’t do it? What do you do when you just can’t focus, can’t meet that deadline, can’t get on that 3rd conference call of the day? Although I believe we (meaning society) are trying to get better at talking about depression and anxiety so that there’s less of a stigma, for many people depression still feels like a very private struggle especially if you’re like me and you try hard to separate personal from business. But the fact remains that sometimes depression has its moments when it’s hard to manage and it interferes with managing your life and day-to-day responsibilities. How comfortable are you disclosing your struggles to a trusted person with whom you work so that people are not assuming that you’re just slacking off when you find that you just can’t show up? I’d be interested to hear from HR professionals as well – what are the protocols for working with employees who have mental health struggles so that their jobs are not in jeopardy? Can you share what policies are in place that protect employees from punitive action if mental health challenges prevent them from meeting certain professional responsibilities?
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You never know which recruiter you'll get
i had multiple interviews so I thoroughly prepared by researching and creating my scripts.
1st interview: The recruiter was welcoming and asked all the questions I prepared.
2nd interview: The recruiter read the job description again and gave a brief history about the company before asking my availability to meet the hiring manager.Script wasn't needed but still great that I made it
3rd interview: Recruiter was invisible because I was ghosted?
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I recently started a new job and it is fantastic. My boss is great....to a fault. He is very open to my ideas and really respects my opinion. However, I can tell he is just bursting at the seams with a desire to overshare about his past, his ex-wife and stuff like that.
I have a lot of respect for him, and because of that, I really don't want to know this stuff. I think a therapist would be better. When he starts bringing it up, I try to change the subject or not respond.
Sometimes I just want to tell him that because I respect him I think talking with someone outside the workplace might be better. Has anyone gone through this - what has worked and what were the results?
Thank you Fairygodboss community!
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how should I proceed with the irresponsible and disrespectful employer?
I got hired for a contract job 2 weeks ago. The first impression was already horrible, they sent me the contract to fill out and send it back, in return they would send me the training materials and the login info for the actual job. I filled out the contract and sent it back in less than 5 minutes from receiving their email (they also required to fill out my DOB and last 4 of SSN). I didn’t receive the response for 4-5 hours and I sent a simple follow-up email just asking for a confirmation that they received my contract. The next day I got an email saying thank you for the application but we are not onboarding any more contractors. I called the company and talked to the manager saying that I already received the Congratulations email and signed the contract !!!!! Of course, after my frustrated speech about the contract and my personal info given to them, they said it was a misunderstanding and sent the training material etc. I worked on the project for 10 days, absolutely horrendous communication with them, no replies to my questions and requests. Yesterday the CEO sent me an email accusing me in lying about my geolocation and using VPN to falsely show that I am in US and they were sure I wasn’t (when I am indeed in US in my cozy house). I called and was disrespectfully told that I shouldn’t call and communicate via email only. They asked for a link of my profile in one of the social platforms for jobs and didn’t get a response from them. They are supposed to pay me today, but I haven’t received anything yet. What should I do?
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I have been asked by my full date of birth as an application identifier by several prospective employers.
This is in addition to the last 4 of my SSN
Is this legal? And isn’t this asking for having your identity stolen?
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How do we get rid of toxic teammates?
I joined this team a little over a year ago, and unfortunately, I think we’re going under. We have two problem people on our team. The first one, I’ll call Bob, and the second one is his manager, Sally.
Bob appears to have no specific accountabilities, which results in him being all over the place and having his hands in others’ accountabilities (in a sneaky way). He has been given feedback about this behavior from nearly everyone on the team, and most of us really dislike working with him. Additionally, Bob does not actually execute any work. He talks, talks, talks - but no actual execution can actually be attributed to him.
The problem is, his manager is the same person, and they knew each other from a previous role which is why he was hired. His manager will not correct his behaviors, and his manager spends most of her time competing with other team members at her level.
We will be going through a reorganization soon, and not only am I terrified of losing my job, I’m terrified that somehow Bob and Sally will come out on top.
Is there anything that can be done?
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I'd love to hear about the worst job interview experience you've ever had!
I'll start. I had an interview as a VP for a very "corporate" company. I dressed in my usual black suit, white shirt for this interview (this was pre-COVID) and headed out on the subway to Manhattan. I took off my jacket, folded it over my lap, had a seat. After about 15 minutes on the train, the train kind of lurched and the man standing in front on me swayed and spilled his coffee down the front of my white shirt. (he felt bad!)
My typical luck. I didn't want to be late for the interview so I got off the train and looked around for something, anything to buy quickly (I only had about 20 minutes). I found a NYC gift shop, ducked in and found a pretty decent looking white woman's t-shirt that had a great round neckline. I thought I could put it on under my jacket and it would be a good look. The only thing was, it said "Suck it, I'm a New Yorker" on the front. But with the jacket buttoned up, you couldn't see it. I bought it, the owner let me change in his bathroom (a miracle in NYC) and I got to my interview 5 minutes early!
I interviewed with 4 people over 3 hours, and I was feeling pretty good about it! The final interview was with the COO and he wanted to take a walk from one building to another, which we did. It was summer and probably 90 degrees. When i got to the other building 4 blocks away, I was sweating bullets. Instead of going IN the building, he wanted to sit outside in their courtyard and talk more (schmuck). I had a napkin in my pocket and was wiping my face when he started pressuring me to take off my jacket. I kept declining and he seemed to be angry, so I explained about the coffee and the change of shirt. He still pressured me so I took off the jacket and he saw the shirt.
Many people would have found my initiative a good thing and laughed at the shirt. He did not. Interview over.
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