The Value of a Confidential Search BEFORE You Fire an Incumbent.

The HR Capitalist

You make a move (more gracefully known as an organizational change) and you open up the role. If you are really up for it, hold a F2F meeting after the change with the team! - -They like/love her. We've all been there.

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my coworker asked me to hide my breast milk because she doesn’t like seeing it in the office fridge

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I am surprised, really, that the issue has been brought up at this point in time. P.S. Initially I was unsure of she was bothered by taking up space in the fridge or the risk of milk spilling.

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should we let an employee resign instead of being fired?

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A junior employee in their first year (though with advanced education) has struggled to show up to meetings with other employees and clients. We were clear that not showing up on time to meetings was not okay and was a fireable offense if it continued.

2021 38

my boss bought me new clothes, couriers who don’t wear masks, and more

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I am open to constructive criticism but it took a strange turn when she said I was not up to the dress code. This was the first time she brought it up and I honestly cannot see a difference between my business casual style and that of my coworkers. It’s five answers to five questions.

2021 37

it’s your Friday good news

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” I agonized for some time on whether I should follow up with the outed student. It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time. I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for your amazing advice on adult ADHD.

2021 33

my team’s assistant is grumpy and impatient

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I am planning on following up with him later this week if he doesn’t return it.” A reader writes: My team’s administrative assistant, Olga, is incredibly impatient, and expects me to quickly complete things that I don’t have any control over.

2021 35

my boss is upset I won’t drive long distances, getting reimbursed for pole dancing classes, and more

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Last time the response was needed, I was the only one available, so I ended up taking my dad with me to help drive (I ditched him at the hotel, don’t worry!). How often does the need come up, and how will affect your standing if you just can’t do it?

2021 29

office won’t call me “lord,” everyone has ideas but won’t do the work, and more

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There are several others who serve on the board or committees who “contribute” primarily by generating lots of ideas for projects or approaches, but never step up to implement their ideas. It’s up to your employer to decide which honorifics they use across the board.

2020 56

we all need a good editor – and I’ve found her

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If you’re interested in working with Evelyn, fill out this contact form with details about your project and she’ll follow up with you to discuss your needs in-depth. She’s available now for small copy editing jobs and is booking slots for large projects into 2021. And now a word from a sponsor…. Early in my career, I didn’t much like being edited — my words, my beautiful words! How dare someone suggest they could be different or – gasp – shorter.

2020 28

updates: the married client’s mistress, the weird thank-you’s, and more

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After several months of searching, I recently accepted a new role outside of the company and will be starting my new job (making significantly more money, I might add) in early 2021. I wasn’t the only one with these conserns, but I was the only person speaking up which always looks bad.

2020 36

it’s your Friday good news

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I ended up getting promoted to running the whole function for the site and was finally feeling like my career was on track. That 2 years would have been up at the beginning of 2021. But my inability to move up sometimes started to have me questioning my abilities.

2020 33

muting your boss, lavish virtual holiday parties, and more

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Did I mess up by muting my boss? I think I might have messed up by muting my boss. My boss told me to “toughen up” about the election. Afterwards my manager sent me a message saying she was sorry for bringing it up. It’s five answers to five questions.

2020 41

it’s your Friday good news

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Add the personal and professional stress of the pandemic, and I was just spent, mentally exhausted, and feeling like giving up. This was supposed to be a step up in my career, and if anything, it was a step down having been a coordinator in my previous organization. I was only supposed to be a temp for a month and it turned into 6, even though I constantly followed up because I needed benefits. feedback, and I just got a full time offer for fall 2021!!

2020 25

job candidate read all his answers from notes, predecessor won’t clear out their office, and more

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I’d just be very matter-of-fact and direct about it: “I’m having trouble using the office as is, so could you pack up anything you want to take with you by (date)? I have twice replied politely but have not followed up on her multiple requests to catch up.

2020 36

it’s your Friday good news

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The job will be remote for the near future due to COVID-19, so my family will have some time to tie up loose ends and move sometime in spring/summer 2021. Once I changed my approach based on her guidelines, I started getting more follow up interviews and even a few offers (which, again thanks to AAM, I had the courage to decline because it was clearly not going to be a good fit). It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time.

2020 23

I accidentally sent my boss a message complaining about her, boss wants to know my long-term plan, and more

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My boss said not to worry about it, but she then told me not to join the call since it was almost over and that she could catch me up tomorrow. Do you think I should bring this up with her again, or is it time to let it go? So yes, I think it’s worth following up with her.

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