I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off

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This post, I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. I read the article you did with the New York Times about companies that say they’re “like a family.” layoffs work habits

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how do I get out of my office’s toxic positivity meetings?

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I have lost family members due to COVID. You could use language like, “I have lost family members to Covid and I am not in a place where I can participate in a discussion of what’s good in the pandemic. This post, how do I get out of my office’s toxic positivity meetings? ,

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my employee got vaccinated ahead of high-risk people, my boss says you can’t negotiate salary, and more

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When I talked with my boss about it, we spoke briefly about navigating it and he said in each case every hire is individual and it’s up to everyone to decide if it will work for their family.

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start-up founder with no work experience, my boss says I killed the business, and more

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What if you had a family emergency and couldn’t give any notice? I’m aggressively job searching right now due to potential layoffs.

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my employee told me “I prefer not to” when I tried to give him a new project

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We’ve been up-front that we can’t adjust compensation at the moment — but again, all of our peer institutions have gone through multiple rounds of layoffs, salary cuts, and/or furloughs, and no one is being underpaid for the field. Maybe his family has an intense blood feud with the family of the person he’d be collaborating with.

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is this resume writer shady, telling my boss I’m sober, and more

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The second seizure happened at family home, while on a Zoom with my work mentor. During the time I was gone, it was an official layoff. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Is this resume writer’s price worth it?

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do I have to cover self-harm scars, boss resents that I can work from home after having a baby, and more

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Maternity leave was both great and hard — I loved spending time with my baby, but it was hard not getting any additional family support due to the pandemic. I’m sorry your layoff was handled that way.

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mixed messages after layoffs, called back to the office but I’m a single mom with no child care, and more

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I am still employed, and while I serve on the leadership team and was consulted on how the process should be handled, the communication about the layoffs came from our executive director. If that’s not an option, I’ll need to take the paid family leave provided by the new FFCRA law.

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it’s your Friday good news

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Recently I connected with a potential student whose family set off A LOT of red flags. So I gave it some thought and decided to politely and professionally disengage from the family. It took me a while to be mentally okay with walking away from a good chunk of money, especially because my spouse and I want to buy a house, but no amount of money or house is worth the stress this family would have caused me.

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