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  • Where does an HR person go when they have work incidents with their manager? I was told by higher ups that they were offended when I brought issues to their attention.

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    Tags: Career advice, Inappropriate situation, Management issues
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    I work in HR and recommend that you speak with your HR peers within your organization. They can often assist/intervene.

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    I'm not in HR but I would think you should go to your manager's manager if you are not assigned your own generalist HR contact who you think might be an impartial arbiter -- at least that's what I would do if I had an issue with my own mgr (i.e. as someone not in HR I woudl go both to HR and to my mgr's manager)....don't know why anyone would be offended??

  • My significant other is in the military and is stationed on the east coast, while I am currently in the Midwest. My company says they are flexible with working remote options, but I'm not sure of how to ask for one week remote a month to spend time with him. I would like to gradually build that up before he deploys so I can see him and maintain my job but I'm nervous to ask because I'm not married so I'm not sure if they would see that is a good reason. I always work longer hours when I'm remote and am more productive but the perception from colleagues is not positive of remote workers. How should I frame up the request to hr and manage colleagues who have comments?

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    Tags: Career advice, Work-life balance, Flexible working
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    Good idea to start the arrangement now. Leave out your "why" and get approval based on the merits of the business proposal. Present remote work as a business strategy that benefits them. (Double-digit productivity increases are typical.) Get more strategies at "http://www.workoptions.com/flexible-work" under the Telecommuting heading.

  • Hi all,

    I'm currently at a crossroads in my career where I have already been looking to leave the company, and I was suddenly told that my team would be merged into another dept and I would be expected to continue with my management responsibilities in this new dept, for only a very small salary bump. I'm thinking this is a great time to leave the company as my team transitions over the next few weeks, and I was told I should try to negotiate a "layoff package" wherein I am not only laid off by the company so that I may collect EI benefits (Canada), but also receive a small severance package. My question is: Has anyone done this before? What should I ask for?

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    Tags: Career advice, Salary negotiation, Negotiation
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    If you've already decided to leave then I think you should try to negotiate a layoff package. I'm in the US but think the principles would be similar. I would make a list of what you want/expect/would give: eg severance amount, last day, transition period where you train your replacement, etc etc and then tell your mgr and hr person about this. You may not get everything you want but if you make sure you cover what you would give in return (e.g. sign a non-compete, etc etc) that might help you get what you want. GOod luck!

  • Anyone have issues with a boss/superior not respecting you after you return from maternity leave? I'm having issues with a male boss not respecting my needs to pump and doubting that I'm putting in the hours, even though I bring work with me into the pumping room and work through lunches.

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    Tags: Inappropriate situation, Work-life balance, Discrimination
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    Research whether your company has policies on pumping while at work (many do) and also whether your state has laws that could protect you (some do). These can help you greatly. You can also speak with HR to get their advice/input.

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    How is this manifesting itself? I guess I'm only asking b/c I was worried about the same thing until I talked to someone who was close to my manager (not in my line of reporting) and they basically assured me that I was the one worrying about it....but assuming that you're not just imagining it, perhaps you just need to have a straight up talk with him about it and tell him you're committed and just want to make sure that he knows that...I mean, I would prepare for this conversation by bringing proof, listing data about things you've done since your return, etc so that it doesn't come off as just sounding defensive

  • I have a colleague (female) who is very close to the owner of the company. As a result she gets away with working any kind of hours, coming and going as she pleases. She has about 20 people reporting to her and all of them are complaining that they can't have a conversation with her or get some kind of direction from her. If they make a decision they get yelled at for not running it by her. If they don't make a decision they get yelled at for not doing something. When she does have a "conversation" it is all about yelling and cursing and how she has to do everything for everyone . HR is pretty ineffective because of this person's relationship to the owner. The person right below the owner also doesn't care because he wants to look good to the owner and tells anyone who goes to him that if they are not happy then leave. What does one do in such a situation.

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    Tags: Other, Management issues, Colleagues
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    You can either start looking for another position or you can wait the situation out. Either way, you will not be able to affect change due to this person's relationship with the owner. Ultimately, you will have to decide whether this situation is tenable for you.

  • "...or just a long week of trying to be skinny+successful+super-mom/friend/daughter,..."

    This quote from your post about the discussion boards is really unfortunate. Why on Earth would you list skinny as first in the list of aspirations women should have. What year is this? Haven't you heard of the eating disorders/body image epidemic??

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    Tags: Inappropriate situation, Women not helping women, Work-life balance
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    Sorry if we caused offense! It was meant to be a "stereotype" of what stresses many women out (not an approval of that way of thinking, eg. "Super mom" is also not something we think is necessarily healthy/realistic) and we should have been more clear about that....
    - G+R

  • I'm in my early 50's and looking for a job. I've been an Executive Assistant at the same company for many years, and am in the process of getting my degree (but not close enough to mean anything yet). It seems to be difficult to find a place that is actually hiring for a higher level EA (most companies seem to promote from within). I am hoping to get any guidance or suggestions on what might be other administrative positions I could consider, whether there are skills I should develop, or, well, just any helpful advice.

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    Tags: Job search, Career advice
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    Have you thought about remote assistant positions? It's so hard to job search when you've been at the same company for so long but there's a whole new wave of digital personal assistants. They may not offer the same salary or benefits you're looking for though...another idea is to look for office manager positions. I'm not sure if a degree is that relevant, quite honestly. Good luck!

  • I just got the big promotion I've been hoping for...but now my peers and friends are going to be reporting to me. I'm feeling nervous that we won't be able to be friends anymore, and also that they'll resent me for having been promoted. Any advice on how I should handle?

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    Ooof. I can totally relate to this feeling but you CANNOT let your worries crowd out your clear thinking on this. You can still be friendly but your relationship is going to change and that's awkward but something you're just going to have to try to handle professionally. If the stress gets to be too much, you might ask a fellow mgr (maybe not your boss since it'll make you look less professional) for advice / thoughts on this.

  • How does a consultant negotiate a higher compensation?

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    In my experience with freelancers, they have often approached me to say that they were increasing their base hourly rate for all clients, and then they would state their new expectation and that they would be negotiable on the rate in order to continue with the work for my company. I would suggest going along the same lines, assuming the company you work for doesn't think they're your only client. As always, ask for a slightly higher rate than you want up-front in case they negotiate you down.

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    In some ways it's easier than being salaried - after all, nobody knows your rates and you can simply say "This is my hourly rate." Not sure tactically it should be too different than any other kind of negotiation

  • What do you do at work when someone older and wiser outmaneuvers you for their own benefit?

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    Tags: Career advice, Inappropriate situation, Women not helping women
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    Sit down with someone you trust and use the fresh perspective to reframe the situation to your advantage: often times, when someone attempts to use you for their own benefit, they're relying on your abilities to do good work. Make sure you add their "success" as a win in your column: "I spearheaded this project for [Manager So-and-so], and it led to [this great outcome for him/her]." This behavior is often passive-aggressive, and when someone confirms your participation in this successful project, the Manager will usually be so surprised that you dared to highlight your involvement that they will just confirm your participation without thinking.

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    If it is men, then follow their lead and get the duties done and over with. Overtime, they will understand the work ethics for females. Don't be too naive and besides men think we are too naive anyways. Just be honest and be yourself. If it gets our of hand, ask a female supervisor to separate you to be with women.

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    Learn from the experience!

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