my intern’s academic credit was revoked, boss keeps emailing on maternity leave, and more

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I just found out that one of my unpaid interns is not going to get academic credit for the 100+ hours he worked for us this semester. And you should definitely make sure the intern knows you will bend over backwards to be a reference, etc. My boss keeps emailing from maternity leave. However, she’s recently been sending work emails out and messaging us on Skype a fair bit from her maternity leave. It’s five answers to five questions.

I’m being assigned “make up” work before maternity leave, coworker is pushing prescription pills, and more

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I’m being assigned “make up” work before my maternity leave. Knowing that I’m going on maternity leave in three months, he asked me to cover their shifts, on top of my own, in the two months preceding my leave. I know that my being on leave will be a burden to the rest of the librarians, so I’m afraid to look like I’m not being a team player. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

my boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave, watching what I say around a coworker with financial worries, and more

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My boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave. When I was brought on, I knew that my new manager would be leaving for maternity leave about four months in to my new position. But I figured when she got back from leave we would pick up where we left off. Her maternity leave has been over for almost three weeks now and she still isn’t back to work full-time. Is it normal for people to take extra weeks on top of 12 weeks of maternity leave?

giving a negative reference for a nightmare employee, I don’t want to come back after maternity leave, and more

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The worst part was that, as soon as he was on board, people came out of the woodwork to tell us what a nightmare he was. You definitely can’t give a reference that leaves out the worst parts. I don’t think I want to come back from maternity leave. I am about to have a baby in a few short months, and I am starting to panic and have second thoughts about the plans for leave that I originally made with my boss. It’s five answers to five questions.

I keep getting work questions while I’m on maternity leave, telling new job about a counter-offer, and more

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I keep getting work questions while I’m on maternity leave. I’ve seen a couple of questions on your blog addressing answering questions after leaving a position. I am currently on maternity leave and arranged with my employer that after a few months, I will be working part-time from home with a flexible schedule on only one piece of my previous job. If she’s emailing you at your work address, stop checking that; you’re on leave.).

questions about resigning — while your boss is on maternity leave, when your boss is hard to find, and when your coworkers are leaving too

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Should I resign while my boss is on maternity leave, or on her first day back? My boss is set to return from maternity leave in two weeks, and I’m trying to decide how best to time my resignation, mulling over what you wrote here. But is telling her on the last week of leave too much of a jerk move? I am extremely eager to leave, but I don’t want to be unprofessional or insensitive. But that doesn’t mean that you should definitely tell her.

should I take the blame for my manager’s mistake, CEO wants to reimburse us for political contributions, and more

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Should I tell my supervisor that I realized it was definitely the ones I gave back to him when I email him an update on my progress? CEO wants us to make political contributions that he’ll reimburse us for. He doesn’t want to make a contribution in his name or our organization’s name, but instead has asked each of us to make individual contributions that he will reimburse us for. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

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Work-Life Balance – It’s an Inside Job


Unlike other industrialized countries, where work days are shorter –with more vacation and time off, and even paid “year-long” maternity leave — the vast majority of Americans are working longer hours, sacrificing more of their personal time.

2014 168

From Finance to Bags

Career Shifters

I often thought about leaving, but the only opportunities I could see were doing the same thing at another company." I was Global Technology Learning Manager, managing a team of 26 people based in the UK, US, India, Japan and Hong Kong. Yes, definitely.

2016 177

can you work from home while caring for small kids, presenting with a coworker who swears, and more

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She has told me he has told her he thinks she should be able to continue to work from home managing a toddler and a preschooler (after maternity leave). I’m not sure if my colleague really understands the status of this group because she didn’t even know what it was until I explained it to her (this is a very large organization and they’re in a totally different part of it from us, but a super important one). It’s five answers to five questions.

2019 66

updates: the friend-boss and more

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I took your advice and decided to wait and see what happened, whether she would pull us back into a boss-employee relationship, whether she would bring up facebook, how things would work now that she was supervising me. Both of us having to learn the ropes of a new work place at the same time was an interesting experience, and it was kind of nice to have someone to go to to say “hey, this thing the office does—weird, right?”

2017 49

my employee listens to every conversation around her, I don’t want a promotion, and more

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Plus, stopping to listen will hurt your productivity — and if you end up answering questions that were actually addressed to someone else, it can make all of us less productive, because you might or might not have full context that’s needed for the answer. I feel like I would leave a really bad impression with HQ if I am selected for the job and declined the offer. I haven’t actually spoken to anyone from there in the past 6 months of my maternity leave.

2015 62

when customers speak to each other in a foreign language that I understand, my boss asked me to vent to her, and more

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She explained that she knows that I am not a venter but that my coworker (there are two of us who do the same job but on different days) vented to her, and she shared one of my coworker’s vents that was about me. It had to do with differences in the way each of us was trained. My boss was not employed with the company at the time that we were being trained but does know the person who trained us. It’s definitely a red flag if the answer to that is no.

2016 59

Top 4 Tech Companies People Will Kill To Work For

Career Realism

Other perks are seriously impressive and beneficial, such as five months of maternity leave and salary benefits to your spouse/partner for life if you die. Five months of maternity leave at full pay.

another four reader updates

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Unfortunately, all the overtime caught up to my colleague, and they ended up on almost a month of stress leave. They are back at work now, and have definitely taken a step back. My CEO wants us to wear pants with the company logo on the butt. I even ended up with a partially paid maternity leave. Four more updates from readers whose questions were answered here this year — 1.

2014 62

???? 61 Hidden Job Market Secrets Without Using Social Media


Recently, the hidden job market definition has expanded to also include jobs that are poorly advertised in places where they’re not likely to be seen. And you send it by U.S. For example, mothers don’t always return from maternity leave. Tell us in the comments.

a coworker (knowingly?) walked in on me while I was pumping breast milk

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A reader writes: I’ve recently returned to work from my maternity leave, and as I am still breastfeeding, I need to take breaks to express breast milk throughout the day. I had worked it out with my manager that I can use her office unless she is on a call and can’t leave, in which case I would use the supply room (where our large printers and copy machine are located) and put a “Do Not Enter” sign on the door. Whoa, yeah, that’s definitely not okay.

2017 60

cooking fish at work, unusually long layoffs, and more

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But definitely don’t get into anther spat with him about it — that’s going to weaken your case and reflect badly on you if either of you ever escalate it (and to anyone who overhears). Or you could just not get in touch with the birth info; they’ll know you’re out for maternity leave, but there’s no requirement that you alert them once the baby arrives. As I’m new to the department, I don’t want to talk about career steps every month, since I’d look like I’m eager to leave.

2019 52

List of things I hate #3 | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Maternity leave It’s not that I don’t like the topic. Take paid maternity leave no matter what. So even if you quit when maternity leave is over, take paid leave. The US makes women earn maternity leave. Talking about it is part of the process of letting other people know us as well. I can't leave work to do something I want to do, while still getting paid, while you, on maternity leave can. [ie.

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coworker uses icebreakers in every meeting, is it wrong to fake enthusiasm in a job interview, and more

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I’m considering leaving my current job and have been sending out job applications to get a feel for what is out there. Unfortunately, though they are generally good employers, they aren’t very supportive in this area – employees at my level earn them LOTS of money, so they basically want us to work as much as we can, and they’d happily have me work from noon to midnight (which I do from time to time) every day of the week. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 59

how to thank a new boss who’s been super understanding of a hard time in my life

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I work for a major finance firm in the U.S. that has a generous sick/leave policy to begin with. I had coworkers bring dinner to our house, continuously ask if they could do anything for us (bring groceries? I feel as though my work quality and attention to detail has slipped, and although I do not start my maternity leave for three more months, I’m still anxious about how this is going to affect his view of my work and dedication to the job.

2018 55

asking junior staff to speak for their generation, doing well in panel interviews, and more

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One way to do it: The next time it happens, you could jump in and say, “I don’t think any of us can speak for our entire generation, but I’m interested in hearing Jane’s take as just herself.”. The company I work for would benefit from providing flyers to the organizer of the race because we’re having a similar fundraiser this fall (when I will be out on maternity leave). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2019 47

my boss thinks a board member kept the money from a baby gift collection

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I recently had a baby and I’ve been out on maternity leave. She told me that at the first meeting they had while I was out on leave, they decided to send me a baby gift and took up a collection. I definitely don’t think you should send a thank-you note for a gift you never received. A reader writes: I have a weird etiquette problem. I’ve been at a nonprofit for over eight years in a position that works very closely with our advisory board.

2016 62

my coworker/girlfriend might get fired soon, employee wants a second paid month off for her dissertation, and more

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This is not a standard policy/practice, and many of us were upset with what we considered unfair treatment. She is also pregnant, and will take 16 weeks leave this coming fall/winter. Keep her maternity leave out of it though; that shouldn’t be a consideration, and it’s legally iffy to make it one.). So, a little awkward but definitely not as awkward as if you hadn’t been hired! It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

2019 55

55 Hidden Job Finding Tips WITHOUT Using Social Media


Recently, the definition of hidden or “unpublicized jobs&# has expanded to also include jobs that are poorly advertised in places where they’re not likely to be seen. And you send it by U.S. For example, mothers don’t always return from maternity leave.

should resigning employees be asked to leave immediately, my raise was short, and more

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Should resigning employees be asked to leave immediately? If you tell people to leave immediately and don’t pay them for their notice period, you’re setting yourself up to have other people not give notice at all when they leave. I didn’t get a bonus when I was out on maternity leave. I had a baby in early December, and I was on (unpaid) maternity leave for a few months.

2013 59

should I do mediation with my incompetent boss, recruiter said she felt used when I turned down an offer, and more

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The teapot manufacturing field is harsh and over half of new people leave, get fired, or squeezed out in five years. Both of us slackened our professional filters since neither of us thought we’d ever work together again. It’s definitely not my computer messing up files, as I opened it using my coworker’s laptop and the same “Captain Picard” author name was there loud and proud when saving the file. Should I alert anyone to this, or leave it be?

2016 59

my employee uses constant jargon, unpleasant coworker wants to have lunch together, and more

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I’m now feeling guilty that I’m leaving her on her own for four days a week, and the “what are you doing for lunch?” There’s definitely no cause to feel guilty when you’re already eating with her 20% of the time. For some background: While I was on maternity leave a few years ago, she constantly texted me asking if I’d had the baby yet, which made me feel rushed to come back to work. So I’m taking that topic off the table for us.”

2018 55

How To Inadvertently Sabotage Your Job Search

Career Realism

Several decades ago, clear employment laws were put in place in the U.S. This is such a key position though, I would hate for whoever we hire to go out on maternity leave because we wouldn’t have anyone to fill that role. Could you be sabotaging your job search ?

2013 83

boss shares personal info with the whole office, holiday parties outside work hours, and more

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My boss shares people’s sick leave info with the whole office. You definitely need to invite her! We don’t offer maternity leave or short-term disability even, and I have not decided if I will continue to work or become a stay-at-home mom. If you wait until you’re eight months pregnant to announce both the pregnancy and that you’re leaving, it’s likely to come across oddly to your boss that you didn’t say something earlier. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 53

updates: the pregnancy paranoia, the helicopter aunt and uncle, and more

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My boss is paranoid I’m going to get pregnant and leave. Before I had a chance to approach my boss about this, she actually announced she was leaving to take a new job. I’m also encouraged by the number of young mothers at my new organization and the amount of support for women on maternity leave. My work were lovely about it – I took the first week as leave and then we agreed I could do a work from home hybrid that eventually wasn’t needed.

2017 53

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

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Jane also told me that they were hiring for this position because the employee who normally filled it was out on maternity leave, and they did not know when/if she was coming back. Jane apologized again and said they wouldn’t be needing me after all, so the only thing I could do was leave. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My team is flipping out and thinks a colleague didn’t deserve to attend a thank-you lunch.

2018 71

I got in trouble for a Facebook spat outside of work, boss complained he was “the last to know” I’m pregnant, and more

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I’m five months pregnant with my third, and now that I’m starting show I finally told my boss that I’m pregnant and will need maternity leave soon. I think his response was immature, and it’s my body and I could’ve waited as long as I felt comfortable with before telling him (obviously with enough time to prepare maternity leave coverage.) He’s also wrong about that amount if you’re in the U.S. And then from there, leave it in her court.

2016 43

employee got pregnant to avoid working on Christmas, did I burn a bridge with a former manager, and more

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This new baby arrived a few days before Thanksgiving, and she’ll probably return from maternity leave around the same time next year. My friend thinks she should speak to this employee when she returns from maternity leave. I think she should leave it alone. ” I feel like if there were other issues going on with her performance, then that should definitely be addressed, but my friend is pretty set on speaking with her upon her return.

2016 40

updates: the boss’s baby, the stress exaggerator, and more

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Starting a few days after I sent my first letter, I privately asked Jane and Fergus to leave me out of the situation. I am very happy the rest of us were not dragged into what would have been an uncomfortable (and probably ineffective) mediation session. Here are updates from five people whose letters were answered here in the past. My coworker is pregnant with my boss’s baby. If it’s even possible, this update is almost as dramatic as the original post.

2017 53

my reference lied to make me look better, coworker sent me an alarming Christmas video, and more

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For some background, I have a two-year-old and am currently nine months pregnant with my second (this week is actually my last before going out on maternity leave). I definitely wouldn’t take personal offense — I’m sure she didn’t mean “this made me think of you because you are so cavalier with babies’ safety.” I usually just tell her it’s up to her and leave it at that. and then leave it there. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2018 55

5 reader updates

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I confirmed that there definitely was a major imbalance in the work and that I was frustrated with it, because I wanted to do more and it didn’t seem right that some people were far busier than others. So, with that, we had a meeting a few weeks ago where we looked at everyone’s responsibilities and shifted a few things around so that the workloads were more even – now my colleague is no longer staying here all hours while the rest of us leave at the normal time.

2013 57

someone took credit for my work, new coworker dresses much more nicely than me, and more

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of us have been in situations where it felt too late to speak up and then we felt ridiculous afterwards for not correcting a wrote impression. I’d like to tell the executive director and my boss as soon as possible so we can plan the capital campaign around my maternity leave. Definitely not. And definitely anyone at the top of the organization (C-level execs or a general manager) is above HR in terms of hierarchy. It’s five answers to five questions.

2016 60

my boss’s family comes to work with her, will employers care that I drop my G’s, and more

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The office environment is definitely casual, and I have socialized with Boss on occasion outside of work, (we are close in age) but having her mom in meetings with outside consultants cheerfully introducing herself as “[Boss]’s mom and secretary” is a little embarrassing. It’s true that dropping g’s is generally considered a less polished way of speaking (in most areas of the U.S.), It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2017 53

coworker sings and talks while we’re in the bathroom, acting supervisor gave me grief about teleworking during blizzard, and more

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And yeah, definitely don’t take it to HR.). How should my resume handle seven months of leave to play professional sports? In August, I took unpaid leave in order to play sports professionally in a European league (my bosses are very supportive of my sporting endeavours, and I play for my country in international competitions). How should I list my job and leave on my resume? The person who put us in contact was another networking connection.

2016 47

claiming reimbursements for fake expenses, rude interviewers, and more

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The pay for being a non-professional show is FANTASTIC, and they reimburse us for gas to and from rehearsals and performances, which is pretty unusual. The cast is four of us, and two of us (including me) have cars. It’s definitely a plus, but I accepted the job because I love performing and traveling. I’m very surprised that they’re able to pay us as well as they are. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2015 59

fired employee wants to attend the holiday party, rejected for going to school full-time, and more

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This employee most definitely burned bridges during their final few weeks of work — using four-letter words towards coworkers and calling us a “venomous” office, and did not finish their final tasks without informing anyone, leading to very late nights for the rest of the department to meet a tight deadline. I’d frame it as “hey, in light of your final weeks with us, it won’t make sense for you to attend the Christmas party.”

2015 56

Employee Engagement and Anthropology: A Dialogue with Jasmine Gartner

David Zinger

David Zinger: Could you tell us a little bit about your background, and anthropology and engagement, how do those two things fit together? [00:42]. Jasmine Gartner: Absolutely, yeah, that’s definitely true; it’s got to have a good culture. [03:09].

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