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?? How To Evaluate New Job Offers


We make the decision that it's to time leave our current employer and look for another job. Once you've started your job search, you've cut the emotional ties and now it's just a matter of time until you get the right job offer and then you are on your way.

2019 52

my new job doesn’t give raises — ever

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A reader writes: I recently accepted my dream job. They offer a small, variable, annual bonus depending on company performance instead of cost of living adjustments or merit raises. I’m happy in my position but have no growth opportunities aside from lateral transfers, which don’t interest me because I like my work and love my team. But I already enjoy ample PTO and a generous work-from-home policy.

2019 76

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my former employee lied to get a new job, paper turkeys, and more

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My former employee lied to get a new job — should I do anything? Recently I became aware that a former direct report of mine had landed a new job with a new employer. But the job he got is well beyond his abilities and experience, by about 10 years. He has, in essence, made it sound like he was doing my job. He completely exaggerated his role and responsibilities and taken credit, not just for my work, but for all the work of his former coworkers.

2019 46

?? How To Clearly Explain Losing Your Job To Kids


The best way to tell your family you lost your job. I would leave for work early and come home as they were getting ready for bed, or later. We just told the kids that I would working from home from now on and they took it in stride.

2019 52

don’t drunkenly email your boss this St. Patrick’s Day

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She was working from home that day and I tried to call her but she didn’t answer. You get tired, but you pull another beer from your purse. Someone offers you a whiskey shot. and caravan to Newport, where Susan has so generously offered to host us, yet again. In preparation for St. Patrick’s day … a reader writes: Back in 2010, I sent the most horrifying email to my boss (by accident!) and I thought you might get a kick out of it.

2019 78

my coworkers keep praising my work bully, emergency bathroom use during interviews, and more

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How reasonable is it to ask my teammates to stop praising another employee from a different department who was a bully? I am okay with speaking about this person in a working manner (“Petra suggested this on the budget issue, so let’s go with it.”),

2019 60

updates: office parties with secret destinations, the sarcastic junior coworker, and more

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Here are four updates from people who had their letters answered here in the past. Thank you again for your advice and for the thoughts a advice from the commentariat regarding “Patricia.”. Patricia returned from 8 weeks FMLA leave in late June. Prior to that, our boss decided to move her to another area within hour department where her job would entail more “grunt work” and less creativity and responsibilities. This is Jane, your manager from Promotion Company.

2019 56

I can’t trust the snacks from my coworker, large employee won’t use heavy duty chair, and more

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I don’t think you did anything wrong to get to this point — you were trying to be understanding — but you do need to be more direct now and say something like, “We don’t have the equipment budget to replace chairs this frequently, so I need you to use the new chair I’m purchasing. I can’t trust the snacks from my sort-of-vegan coworker. I’m newer to my current job so this hasn’t yet happened but will very soon. Taking another job with a boundary-challenged ex-manager.

2019 68

remote work bait-and-switch, changing clothes in the office bathroom, and more

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My boss said I could work from anywhere — but keeps telling me to come into the office. I started a new job about six months ago. When I was hired, Jane said she didn’t care where I worked from as long as things got done, which was great as I prefer working from home. In reality, Jane has been limiting my work from home days to twice a week despite being impressed with me and all of my work.

2019 60

update: should I take a job working for my dad?

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer wondering whether to take a job working for her father ? It definitely made me reconsider how quick I was to jump on this job offer, and I spent several days hashing out those concerns with my family. I’ve really enjoyed learning a new skill set, and I LOVE the flexibility of working from home.

2019 44

updates: the no motivation, the allergies, and more

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Here are four updates from people who had their letters answered here in the past. I have no motivation to do my job. I didn’t see the email from Alison saying she was answering my question because I’ve been so busy at MY NEW JOB and generally being social/seeing my friends and not fretting about spending every moment of free time I have applying for jobs (because, sigh, is that exhausting on top of working a job you hate).

2019 47

employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work, seriously ill employee who’s making mistakes, and more

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Employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work. I manage an employee, who does good work. This is fine in principle as our company has no policy on dating coworkers and they work in different departments. Over the past two months or so, my employee has been late for work nearly every day, by up to 20 minutes. We work in a department where certain tasks have to be completed by certain times, so it’s important employees are on time.

2019 53

new hire was in jail on his first day, I’m drowning in work, and more

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New hire was in jail on his first day. My company hired a new person on my team. The rumor around the office was that his flight home that weekend was canceled, but he didn’t notify our boss of it until minutes before he was expected in. He claimed he was pulled over on the way to work for a traffic violation, then found out he had an outstanding warrant from a traffic ticket mix-up over ten years ago. I’m drowning in work.

2019 48

my boss keeps suggesting I move, does “let me check” make me look incompetent, and more

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My new job said I wouldn’t have to move — but my boss keeps bringing it up. I recently started a new job (less than a month ago) and my manager has already asked me three times if I’d be willing to relocate. The job posting I applied for was based in city A but I asked during the interview process if I would be able to remain in my current location (city B, about a three-hour train ride from city A). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2019 57

my coworkers are joking I’m pregnant when I’m not, sharing a gym with coworkers, and more

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The company I work for is really small and we tune into the same local radio station every day. I’m a woman in my mid-20’s in 2019 and can’t even believe I’m having to write this at all. What should I wear to work out at the same gym as my coworkers? I’ve recently switched to a new gym that is a much better fit for my exercise needs. Turns out, it’s also where 90% of the guys from work go.

2019 67

it’s your Friday good news

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While my husband had the offer and visa sponsorship through his work, we really needed my employment to make the decision make sense financially. But as you have noted, getting a job from a different country can be so much more difficult.

2020 63

updates: the sick leave pressure, the overload of vacation time, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers. Based on the advice I’d been given, I decided to knuckle down and focus on getting another job – any other job. Anyway, it turned out to be really lucky I was looking for other work, as at the start of May (not even a month after I sent my letter!) It’s “where are you now?”

2018 53

updates: the self-deprecating employee, the car-borrowing boss, and more

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time at Ask a Manager, where I run updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers. It did not go all that well — she agreed to work on those issues, but also raised a lot of new complaints about how she felt we didn’t value her (which was really just the negative self-talk in new clothing), and at first nothing really changed. So I started a job search.

2020 48