the stolen toilet paper, the fake committee, and other petty moments at work

Ask A Manager

“I…once made up a non-existent ‘change management committee’ to avoid this kind of thing (endless requests for minor changes). When I started telling them there was now a change management committee for the internal site, no one questioned it, and the requests disappeared after we introduced a form (we still fixed and improved things, just stopped swapping fonts every week). We even held committee meetings, which were really a extended coffee break.”.

2019 85

should I become a subversive wellness committee member?

Ask A Manager

They are also looking for volunteers from all levels and departments to form a wellness committee, to serve as “role models” for other employees’ healthy behavior and brainstorm ideas for the wellness initiative. Would it be ridiculous for me to volunteer to join the committee, so that I can basically say, “The wellness initiative is kind of a joke.

2013 57

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a hiring committee accidentally included me when discussing my qualifications with each other

Ask A Manager

One person from the hiring committee emailed me back, while cc’ing what I am assuming is the rest of the committee. All of this is fine, but then today I got a message from another member of the committee, and after reading it, realized that it should not have been sent to me. My first instinct is to send the committee a good-hearted “oops!

2015 58

work travel expenses with a baby, required to be on the “fun committee,” and more

Ask A Manager

Required to be on the “fun committee” When my company’s current CEO came onboard about three years ago, he inherited an office culture that was in serious need of rehabilitation. As a result of the poor morale, eventually he created a “fun committee,” comprised of 8-10 staff members who were expected to plan office events throughout the year as well as the company holiday party in December. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2017 50

my new employee applied for another job and I’m on the search committee, and 4 other questions

Ask A Manager

My new employee applied for another job, and I’m on the search committee. Also, the hiring authority has now asked me to serve on the search committee for the position, so my employee will eventually realize that I know she applied for the position when she sees me attending the interviews. I’d say something like this: “I’m not sure if you know that I’m on the search committee for the X role, and they’re actually part of our department.

2017 53

4 more reader updates: blue hair at a job interview, subversive wellness committee, and more

Ask A Manager

Should I become a subversive wellness committee member ? I wrote asking about being a “subversive” wellness committee member. I did end up joining the wellness committee, and we’ve had two meetings so far. So I hope that helps the committee focus on doing things people actually want. Here are four more updates from readers who had their questions answered here this year. I want to thank you and your commenters for being so helpful and supportive!

2013 57

am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

Ask A Manager

Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process. Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process.

2011 84

This Dutch Grocery Store Asked Their Employees to Strip Down to Their Underwear and Take a Picture

Evil HR Lady

The BBC reports that after they began the trial in one grocery store, they had to cancel it due to outrage from, well, everyone but the committee that approved this. Pop Quiz: You want to change your employee uniforms and need to know which sizes to order do you. Ask your employees their sizes. Ask a clothing manufacturer to deliver uniforms based on population statistics. Ask your employees to take a picture of themselves in their underwear and upload it to an app.

2019 138

Pete vs. Amy: It's the Conference Room Dust Up That Becomes Legend at Your Company.

HR Capitalist

You’re on the committee that oversees border security. You’re on the committee that does trade,” Buttigieg said, turning to face Klobuchar just to his left on the stage. Regardless of your politics, the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas on 2/20/20 was must see TV. Because of policy?

2020 71

Cisgender Straight White Males Need Not Apply

Evil HR Lady

The Democratic National Committee is hiring new IT people. However, Madeleine Leader, the Democratic National Committee Data Services Manager, added a very illegal request to her inhouse email: I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, since they’re already in the majority. That’s normal and probably good, given their computer problems over the past while.

2017 134

Career Solvers Resume Specialty Certifications

Career Solvers

These specialty credentials were awarded after preparing dozens of resumes in each of these fields and presenting an extensive portfolio to an international review committee.

Managing Your Personal Brand

Workology

Keep in mind that your character is on display for all of the other committee members; and as we all know, actions speak louder than words. If you are leading a committee meeting, it’s a great idea to spend some time in advance working on an agenda.

2014 131

Do Your Employees Trust Your Company’s Workplace Investigation Process?

Evil HR Lady

You want your employees to be whistleblowers — not to the press or Congressional committees — but to you, so you know what is happening. Your employees are happy, right? Turnover is low. The parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. You’ve gotten almost everyone’s RSVP for the upcoming holiday party! So, whew! A great employee experience all around.

2020 109

Equal Pay Day is a Farce (and Demoralizing).

Evil HR Lady

“This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year,” according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. Today is Equal Pay Day and while it’s supposed to be a day where we focus on reducing pay inequalities, it also doesn’t represent reality. The problem is they are operating on assumptions that are completely and totally false. And when you put false numbers into your equation your answer will always be false.

2019 147

Executive Resumes

Career Rocketeer

Six-figure executives are well aware that they are judged by is their ability to interact with boards, business owners, oversight committees and fellow corporate executives. Since today is Presidents Day, it’s apropos to discuss Executive Resumes.

2014 63

The Future of HR: Managerless Companies?

Workology

This does not always work and Morgan says that associates then appeal to committees or even to a mediator. For example: Are sexual harassment claims investigated by committees? Do committees handle FMLA requests?

2014 130

Brand Building through Community Leadership

Careers Done Write

If you are not ready to take a top leadership role for your favorite organization, you can start with a volunteer project or serve as the co-chair of a committee.

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

Sure, we get bogged down with committees, frustrated with bureaucracy, and lost in organizations, but. “We’re all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make.” ” - Jerry Ellis. Oh, the power of working together, in coordinated fashion, toward a common goal!

2012 153

Wells Fargo Is Clawing Back Executive Bonuses

Workology

After the scandal broke and was investigated by a Senate Committee the bank agreed to pay $5 million in customer refunds, $185 million in fines and work on changing their banking practices.

2016 131

Workplace Negotiating Insight:

Sklover Working Wisdom

Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “Only the official Committee can make a motion at the meeting”? Who Limits Or Shuts Down Communications Fears The Truth. Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “Don’t put it into email”? Observe and Learn: Who is it that says “The discussion is over”?

4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged During Open Enrollment

Evil HR Lady

Ask employees what is important to them and invite a few to be on the committee that evaluates plans for the coming year. You’ve emailed your employees 37 times and put a sign up in the break room, but they still seem to miss open enrollment deadlines. It could be that they don’t understand why it’s so important. The result is that employees can end up with a plan that isn’t the best for them and their families. In fact, many people do, according to The New York Times.

2017 163

How Internships Helped Real People Succeed

Evil HR Lady

I spoke with lobbyists, made phone calls, took notes in committee meetings, and did a lot of internet searches on explosives. (I As part of my internship , way back in 1997, I got to testify before the Utah State Senate about the ease of finding information about making homemade explosives on the internet. It wasn’t what I saw myself doing when I applied for an internship to work for the Utah Legislature, but it sure was interesting.

2019 132

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

If you can’t get a raise now, perhaps you can consider seeking a better-sounding title, less travel, working from home one day a week, or appointment to a critical committee, none of which costs a dollar, but each of which may be “priceless” to you. “Victory is not won in miles, but in inches.

2012 141

A Seat At The Table

Ms. Career Girl

In 2012, she was appointed to President Obama’s Platform Committee. She later served on The White House Council for Women and Girls inaugural committee of community leaders. The post A Seat At The Table appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. The following is a guest post by Shonda Scott.

2016 275

Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions Executive Job Seekers Should Be Prepared to Answer

Boomers Next Step

You’ve re-done your resume, and repackaged your skill set to sell yourself to the search committees, HR directors, and recruiters. You’ve worked with an Executive Marketing Expert to create a successful strategy to find a new executive-level job or C-level position. You’ve been found. You’ve made it through the initial review process and have landed. Careers Interviewing Elevator pitch Job interview

2012 66

Are You Prepared for an Unexpected Job Offer?

Ms. Career Girl

That could be “sales growth”, “committees”, “leadership roles” and/or “testimonials” to combine into your own brag book. Let’s face it – most job offers pop up without warning.

2012 228

A Secret of Job Security

Sklover Working Wisdom

But no one is expected to volunteer to serve on a Committee, be a mentor to a new hires, or contribute to – or even help run – the firm’s annual charity fund. Secret of Job Security #26: Every once in a while, take an extra step to show you really are “On the Team.”.

2015 141

New Business or Side Hustle? Here’s How To Have a Network and Mentors in Your Pocket

Ms. Career Girl

Let’s face it: when you take the plunge and become an entrepreneur, there’s rarely a welcome committee. Most of us never receive an email from city hall explaining local laws, rules, and regulations.

Mentor 205

Just How Do Keywords Work in a Resume

Jennifer Anthony

a proud member of PARW, CDI, AORCP, Erin also sits on CDI’s Credentialing Committee for new certification candidates and serves as a Mentor for CDI’s Member Mentoring Committee. By Erin Kennedy.

2011 164

Smart Tips and Real-World Training for New College Grads

Life@work

Alexandra Levit , well-known Workplace Author and Speaker, as part of her work on a committee to advise the Obama Administration on how to improve the competitiveness of American employees, worked with Business Roundtable to develop the 90-minute course, JobSTART 101 , which launched yesterday.

2010 138

Holiday Party Hang-up

Careers Done Write

There is probably a planning committee that spends hours finding ways to make it fun. Dear Debra: My company has an office party each year. It is at a nice hotel. They have a DJ and dancing. I usually go for the dinner and leave around 8pm when the music starts.

2012 164

Make A Good First Impression

Professional Resume Services

You must look professional, smile and be cordial with everyone-from the receptionist who greets you to each individual member of the hiring committee. Searching and applying for jobs is not enough to ensure land the job.

2012 176

Résumé Help: Career Change Strategy

Careers Done Write

She’s also skipped over the core of her actual professional experience and started with her role on a corporate diversity committee. Anna is aiming to shift from an analyst role to that of a corporate diversity program director.

Engagement, Extrication, & Light Saber Leadership

Workology

Employee Committees. Get them involved in an employee committee lead by their peers focused on something like actionables from the employee survey or a group focused on the company culture. The committee is volunteer/hand selected.

update: should being on reality TV disqualify a job candidate?

Ask A Manager

Remember the letter-writer in March who was on a hiring committee where a strong candidate had been a cast member on a reality TV show — and the other committee members didn’t want to hire her because of it? In the first five minutes of her next interview, someone on the committee asked her about it in what had clearly been a very rehearsed and somewhat accusatory question.

2018 74

Moving Overseas For Your Spouse’s Job? The Most Important Thing You Will Pack is Patience

Ms. Career Girl

I joined a committee focusing on women’s leadership in the business world.

2019 176

It Is Not Enough to Be Good at Your Job

Careers Done Write

Seek out opportunities to volunteer for corporate committees, task forces, and charity events. Do you ever feel like you work so much harder than your colleagues, but you are not getting the credit you deserve? That’s a common feeling.

2013 183

Proposed Increase in Federal Funding for School Counselors

Career Key

According to the American Counseling Association , the Senate Appropriations committee has preliminarily approved an increase in federal funding for school counselors; a $3.4 The ACA also reported: We are very pleased that the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations subcommittee chose to reject, for the eighth year in a row, President Bush's request to eliminate all funding for the school counseling program.

2008 100

Beefing Up the Resume vs. Hitting the Job Hunt Trail

The Job Quest

Serving on a committee or board of an organization. If your graduation date is looming or you are working to figure out the next step in your career, this post is for you.

2012 201

Engage Employees Through Lunch Networking

Workology

What I love about this story is the lack of process that went into the development- there was no committee created, no business requirements sessions- they actually never met… they just did it!) Looking for an innovative way to engage employees and drive innovation in 2013 ?

Enhance Your Family Life with Your Corporate Career

Ms. Career Girl

I sat in development committees where it was said, “Well, if we are going to move Marsha, we need to find a job for her husband Eric in the same location.” When I was raising my three boys during my career in Corporate America, some days I thought I would crack.

Family 205

my team is flipping out over a thank-you lunch, my new job told me they hired someone else instead, and more

Ask A Manager

There is a committee in charge of planning and all the logistics. A few people who were on the committee had retired or left for jobs at other places, and the committee was a bit short-staffed. One of the employees in my division, “Meghan,” was asked to join and she accepted (being on the committee is completely voluntary). Meghan was only on the committee for one month before the event. The committee members saying all kinds of nasty things about her.

2018 72

Changing the Bigger Picture for Long-Term Gender Equality

Ms. Career Girl

This grassroots movement works to address several women’s rights issues through various strategies, including supporting political action committees that fight for women’s rights, as well as other intersectional issues.

2019 188