Thu.May 21, 2020

Boundaries For Success ? What Are Yours?

Ms. Career Girl

Several weeks into working from home, many of us have discovered just how challenging it can be. Everyone in your household has needed to make adjustments. The more people under one roof, the more agendas, the more complicated it gets, and the greater need for boundaries. What is needed now is balance and to achieve that we have a responsibility to place boundaries around the sacred areas of our lives.

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BEST BOSS EVER Podcast: e3 - Pat Lynch and the State of Outplacement During COVID-19

The HR Capitalist

Welcome to Best Boss Ever , the podcast dedicated to helping you develop managers who build great teams. In this episode, Kris Dunn talks with Patrick Lynch , President of CMP’s Southeast Region, to talk about the current state of outplacement during COVID-19. Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts , Spotify or Google Play. Rate and Review if you like what you hear! On to the show (email subscribers, click here if you don't see the player below).

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how to respond when coworkers IM me ?hi? with no indication of what they need

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: At my work, we have an instant messaging system. A lot of people will send an initial message that says nothing but “IM?” or “hi.” ” In addition to making me irrationally annoyed (just tell me you want already!!), I always panic whenever I receive these because I have no idea what the appropriate response is. Is it “yes,” “hello name,” “what’s up”? All of these seem terrible. On a more general note, what is appropriate IM protocol?

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my friend got me a job and now I’m being used to push her out, team lead tried to sell us MLM products, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My friend got me a job — and now I’m being assigned work that will push her out. Six months ago, my friend recruited me for a job opening, working with her on a really interesting project at a great company. She and I have similar skill sets, and I was led to understand that there was a lot of our type of work to be done going forward. When recruiting me, she disclosed issues she was having with Grandboss.

2020 25

how do I manage my stress and stay (reasonably) positive in the face of impending layoffs?

Ask a Manager

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: My company recently announced that they’re looking at the possibility of significant layoffs in the reasonably near future (6-8 weeks). My industry has been pretty hard hit by the Covid-19 situation, and it’s not something I didn’t see coming, but it still wasn’t great to hear. I feel about as secure as I can in this situation, but that’s still not super secure.

2020 24

update: should I talk to my coworker about her off-putting behavior?

Ask a Manager

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer asking if she should talk to her coworker about her off-putting behavior , including yelling and interrupting? Here’s the update. In 2018 I became this colleague’s manager. It was/is my first managerial role. Managerial work is very much not my full-time job; technical work is still my main priority.

2020 24

can I ask my boss if layoffs are coming?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I am an admin at a large public university that has gone fully remote. Through the Covid-19 crisis, everyone is keeping their jobs with full pay, even if they can’t fulfill all their duties or find work for all their hours remotely. However, I am worrying about the fall, when the full economic impact of the coronavirus is felt, resulting in the possibility of fewer students enrolling. If significantly less students enroll, budgets may shrink and that may result in layoffs.

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