we’re supposed to forfeit all our vacation days if we’ve worked from home

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A reader writes: As an HR person for a small employer, I take to heart a lot of your advice and work hard to push the management here to do better. Their rationale is that working from home is like being on vacation. After all, WE sent our office staff home!

2020 91

Email Examples Asking to Work from Home

The Corporate Con/noisseur

Email Examples Asking to Work from Home. Although you may not be in a full-time work from home situation, more and more companies and business are allowing their employees the option to work from home on an as needed basis.

2020 52

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does working from home look less dedicated, boss wants me to offer a ridiculously low salary, and more

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My dad says continuing to work at home makes me look less dedicated. My office has been working remotely since March, but a new plan was recently introduced to optionally allow people back in office on a careful schedule. One partner does work there full-time.

2020 68

working from home is driving me nuts – can I take a break?

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A reader writes: I’m a full-time copywriter, and I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home during these times. My company has been clear and generous with us about our work and our job security. You’re doing your assigned work and meeting your deadlines.

2020 94

How to Re-open Your Business

Evil HR Lady

Working from home has saved the jobs of millions during this world-wide shut down, with 98 percent of companies implementing work at home, according to a survey by Challenger, Grey, and Christmas.

2020 188

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e17 – Crocs and Compensation Strategy in a COVID World.

HR Capitalist

In episode 17 of The HR Famous Podcast , long-time HR leaders (and friends) Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett come together to discuss Crocs, compensation strategy, Facebook’s new location based salary adjustments, and the return of the MLB. Is your house a shoes on or shoes off home?

2020 71

my employer doesn’t pay us for time spent waiting for assignments

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Since we’ve been working from home, we’ve been told that we are to enter into our timesheets only the amount of time we work on tasks. You’re on duty, just waiting for work to be assigned. A messenger who works a crossword puzzle while awaiting assignments. •

2020 77

we have to live within 100 miles of our director, company said paying me more would be “unfair,” and more

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I work for a small nonprofit that went remote for a trial period last year. This year the board approved a permanent move to remote work, with the restriction that we all live and work within a 100-mile radius of the executive director’s home.

2020 69

Is Computer Science a Good Major?

The Corporate Con/noisseur

Over the past two-months alone, we have received dozens of emails from readers and students alike asking us whether or not majoring in computer science is a good idea. Secondly, computer science graduates can expect to have large leeway to where they work.

2020 52

it’s your Friday good news

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Thought I could share – I’m an avid reader and have used your advice to handle more than a few sticky situations at work. After an annual review that consisted of 3rd person accounts of my work and habits that completely crushed me, I started applying for jobs.

2020 70

my coworkers rant about hating kids, I can’t wear a mask, and more

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I’ve been working at a small company for about a year and a half. It’s my dream job, and I’m working for a great boss. I also now feel like I would be seriously risking my career to have kids while working for a company where so many people look down on parenthood so strongly.

2020 80

I sacrificed for my boyfriend’s business and might get nothing, renting a house from my boss, and more

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I brought lots of knowledge and unlimited hours of work, which “paid off” because the business is successful. To that date, nothing has been done, just promises and a slight increase of salary. Now, both work and love relationship are really getting out of hand.

2020 84

here’s a real-life email from an employer that’s managing its re-opening well

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As some companies start to figure out what bringing people back to work will look like, here’s a real-life example of an organization that’s doing it well. “We have been working from home since mid March,” their COO, Ann Updegraff Spleth, told me. “We are in a hiring and promotion freeze and have had a modest across the board salary cut. At home, working from home, not going out, being safe.

2020 74

can I Zoom from my patio, coworker is violating shelter-in-place, and more

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Can I Zoom from my patio? Weather in my area has been very nice recently and I enjoy working outside when I don’t need my full monitor. I have furniture outside to work on. My coworker is violating shelter-in-place and we work in a hospital.

2020 82

the end of open offices, I keep missing meetings, and more

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I suspect, though, that we’ll see a lot more openness to letting people work from home — and a lot more pressure from employees to allow it. My spouse and I, both working full-time from home, employ a full-time nanny for our toddler.

2020 74

updates: the coworker pajama party, lying about layoffs, and more

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season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. Predictably, she used ambiguous language about my leaving that implied it was my choice to “move on” from the company.

2020 80

boss freaked out when I used bottled water in the coffee maker, manager is buying supplies with her own money, and more

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I do admin work for a small firm with two bosses: Isabella (who recruited me) and Ferdinand (to whom I directly report). Area B, where I work, is on a different floor and has a coffee maker, full fridge, and a sink. Yeah, she shouldn’t have to spend her own money on work supplies.

2020 68

is it weird to vape on a Zoom call, should you go to grad school to avoid a bad job market, and more

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I am one of the many students whose classes have all been moved online for the remainder of the semester, but I am in grad school, so many of my colleagues (including me) worked for a time before coming back to school. They’re trying to make it work, and they don’t have a lot of options.

2020 86

I’m pregnant and my new boss is the dad, coworker wants to keep us all connected in cutesy ways, and more

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We have a perfectly normal working relationship; nobody would ever even know based on how we act. I am currently working mostly from home, but some people are still working from the office. She either is not as busy or just gets lonely being at home all day.

2020 89

can I talk about my boyfriend’s other girlfriend at work?

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We decided to collaborate on answering a few questions together, and this is the first of two posts from that joint effort. . Can I talk about my boyfriend’s other girlfriend at work? We aren’t really into any sort of “polyamory scene” sort of thing; this is simply an arrangement that happened because it’s what works for us and our happy little family. And do you want to do this at work? .

2020 86

The Guide to Being a Great Interviewee

The Corporate Con/noisseur

A lot of work goes into an interview from both the employer and the applicants end. From the employer’s perspective, they must go through a list of applicants, setup initial phone screens, and then setup time for an in-person interview. The Guide to Being a Great Interviewee.

2020 65

my boss wants me to make DIY disinfecting wipes to mail to employees, company won’t reimburse my plane ticket, and more

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Plus I have other work on my plate. If that doesn’t work, I’d seriously consider asking a lawyer for help. I work in academia and currently have a non-tenure-stream appointment. You don’t even really need to “ask” for it — you can just say, “Would June 20 work as a start date?”

2020 70

I saw my coworkers’ private messages mocking my weight, my coworker has permanently borrowed my laptop, and more

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I recently hosted a Zoom call for my work team. We’ve grabbed drinks outside of work and exchanged holiday cards last year. message from Natalie. I had a family member pass from Covid-19. I also want the option of being flexible where I work.

2020 77

HR won’t let me see job descriptions for my staff, standing my ground on social distancing, and more

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I am a new manager and am about to get a current employee reassigned to work under me. I work out of a specific office for a large international company. Is it likely to all work out and I can keep my job (but honestly I’m not inclined to trust them anymore even if it does!)?

2020 74

my employer wants me to come back at half my pay, coworker posts awful things on Facebook, and more

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My employer wants to bring me back to work — at half my old pay. They’ve asked me to return to a 40/hour work week at a reduced rate of $13.50/hour (nearly half my prior wage), stating I’ll lose unemployment benefits if I turn them down. I work closely on a team of five.

2020 76

should I move in with coworkers, should managers not use a “busy” status, and more

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I am a 20-something in my first job out of grad school, and because of the low-paying industry I work in plus the high-cost-of-living area, roommates are a must. The three of us know each other from grad school, and they lived together before Stevie got a job at our company.

2020 72

updates: the interrupting boss, the surprise criticism, and more

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season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. Criticism in my annual review came out of the blue — and it didn’t come from my boss. It’s a special “where are you now?”

2020 65

company wants us to suggest which coworkers to lay off, new boss won’t speak to me, and more

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His department’s schedule is two 24-hour shifts over an eight-day week (one day on, one day off, one day on, five days off), so everyone has five days off in between shifts and many have side jobs that they work on those off days. So I’ll answer from a management perspective instead.

2020 79

8 Jobs That Don’t Need a Resume

The Corporate Con/noisseur

As an independent agent, your salary will be tied to your own ability to find work and close deals. A bill collector is someone who pursues a payment or debt from individuals or businesses. Bill collector salaries average just over $36,000 a year. Home Care Aid.

2020 56

my coworker insults me when I ask questions, talking to my boss about ADHD, and more

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As a precaution, everyone who works with that client (almost half the team) was instructed by the owner to quarantine at home, and would be informed when the test came back or when they could come back in. People were potentially exposed via work, and work ordered them to stay home.

2020 74

can my company make me stay home with a cold, leaving a job for grad school, and more

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Can my company make me stay home with a cold? Yesterday my office sent out an email saying that with the new CDC announcement on the imminent COVID-19 outbreak, anyone who’s sick should stay home (we are in a very large city so I guess there’s a bigger chance some cases might happen here).

2020 83

updates: the counteroffer, the bullying, and more

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season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. I wrote to you back in January about resigning from a job when I had taken a counteroffer from them six months prior. Yes, I did get a salary increase etc.; but new company guidelines rolled out after the 2020 new year essentially took away my additional PTO, and other perks.

2020 55

my coworker is breaking her paid quarantine, company expects people to keep working after they quit, and more

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The place I work at still needs to be open despite the pandemic. The work cannot be done from home. Our managers are doing what they can to make me and my coworkers safe even though we can’t work remotely. I was home for the second delivery.

2020 77

updates: friends at work, the higher-earning male coworker, and more

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Here are three updates from past letter-writers. Am I allowed to have friends at work if I work in HR? (first update here ). I was doing work way above my title/pay grade (think director-level responsibilities on an entry-level salary). My boss was giving me stellar reviews but there was zero growth opportunity and the culture was really really wrong for my working style. I’m starting my new job on Monday and I’m just so excited to get back to work.

2020 51

it’s your Friday good news

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I’ve never asked you for advice, but I was unemployed for 17 long months after my position (which I loved beyond measure) was eliminated at a company I had worked for 25 years. I noticed right away that my team (two others plus my supervisor) seemed very engaged with their work … even on the evenings and weekends. Here is where my success, and all the things I learned from reading your posts, comes in.

2020 60

should I expand my job search outside of my industry, my coworkers aren’t working, and more

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My professors and mentors always told me they were confident in my ability to make it work in journalism, so I made a promise to myself that I’d only apply for journalism opportunities (no marketing, PR, technical writing, etc.). How do I tell my boss my coworkers aren’t working?

2020 66

Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere!

Corn on the Job

Photo by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay – CC0 Licence. Or whether those ads you see cropping up on your screen telling you that you can earn $5000 in a day by working from home is just a marketing ploy to suck you in. Did we mention you can work anywhere?

2020 52

I’ve been accused of abusing sick leave when I have coronavirus symptoms, joking about age and weight, and more

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I work as a lab tech for a hospital that employees tens of thousands of people and I’m essential and cannot work from home. I experienced shortness of breath a while back so I immediately called off work. Do those days work on your end?”.

2020 63

it?s your Friday good news

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In November, I was laid off from my work where I had been happy and successful for eight years. Luckily my boss allowed me to go home for the rest of the day. After crying a little and reaching out for support from my TeamMe, I immediately found two job postings that sounded perfect for my qualifications. So I updated my resume and wrote smashing cover letters, following advice from AAM. Any deviations from those expectations are not my fault. -My

2020 53

difficult ex is my new coworker, taking video calls in a coffeeshop, and more

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Today, my ex (mom of our two kids) showed up for orientation at the hospital were I work (without any heads-up). I prefer not to work the same shifts in order to avoid conflict and embarrassment, especially since she will resent that she must defer to my directives (doctor vs nurse).

2020 68

my boss wants me to hire his daughter, manager refused to say goodbye on my last day, and more

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This is the first time we have had an opening since his children were of working age. And if you have HR or someone above your boss, bring them into this — he needs to hear from someone else that this is a terrible idea. I resigned from my job a week before the end of January.

2020 71

employee wants to take high-risk vacation, my job is about to be outsourced, and more

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We are working remotely for the time being so we don’t risk exposure to other team members, but our policy prevents anyone who contracted the virus from returning to any work duties until they have a negative test and a doctor note. I work in IT and am the only IT person on staff. I think if they are going to outsource my job, it’s only fair I know in advance so I can work on securing another role somewhere else first.

2020 54

I was hired as the expert but no one will listen, I accidentally shared a list of my personal debts with my team, and more

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My main project right now is to clean up the data in the application and get everyone in the organization “rowing in the same direction” so we can get good insights from the info captured by the application. He said he wanted to hear back from every person.

2020 62