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 84

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 56

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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 57

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 45

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 47

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 55

Have a Concern? The Clock is Ticking

The Undercover Recruiter

For example, this morning you attended the executive committee meeting with your new manager. The health of a relationship, team or organization is a function of the average time lag between identifying and discussing problems.

2018 78

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 77

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 83

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.

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

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 122

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

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 146

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

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

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.

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”?

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

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 131

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 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

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 61

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 227

5 Job Interview Tips for Today’s Job Market

Career Alley

HR by Committee : It has become common practice for corporations to interview a candidate more than once and to do so with many participants. Interviewing with a committee is an entirely different dynamic than a one-to-one discussion. Once you’ve sorted out the professional roles for each member of the committee it doesn’t hurt to direct a knowledgeable question at one individual in order to get a dialogue going.

2012 227

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 212

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.

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

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 68

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 ?

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

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 161

Zappos and Holacracy: How to Negatively Recruit Against This Org Structure.

HR Capitalist

You say tomato, I say committee. Whether you call them teams, circles, whatever - the real name for the structure you have is "by committee". Where are committees that handle management decisions strongest? Every play the Zappos drinking game? Every time an HR person talks about Zappos, you have to drink. Get ready to drink a lot. In case you missed it, Zappos is making the move to to an org structure called Holacracy.

2014 64

Networking Time Wasters

Careers Done Write

Consider taking a leadership or committee role in one or two of the groups. Astute professionals know that networking is essential to career success.

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 204