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. All of the librarians are expected to work some evening and weekend shifts, which are divided up equally according to a schedule created by a colleague. 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 want to quit my job but my CEO is offering me a new position.

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. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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manager is on maternity leave and I’m overwhelmed, a company told me they’d call the police if I contact them again, and more

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My manager is on maternity leave and I’m overwhelmed. My boss just went on maternity leave and I took over her duties in addition to my own. If I continue like I have been (working 10-12 hour days just so I can get all the “priority” work done), I know I will end up in a hospital due to fatigue and general stress-related things. A company told me they’d call the authorities if I contact them again — should I show up in person to talk face-to-face?

my company is sticking us with part of the hotel cost on business trips, workload while boss is on maternity leave, and more

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My workload will plummet while my boss is on maternity leave. I am quite concerned about what this means for me and my position. Considering this, I do not want to quit and find a new job; however, I cannot afford to work part-time for six months or longer. I do not want to seem like I only care about what her leave will mean for me when I realize she probably has a lot on her mind already, but I am concerned. Should I give up completely on this job?

my boss won’t let me quit, treating people like adults while enforcing high standards, and more

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Yesterday was my last day — but my boss won’t let me quit. That and a few other things are what made me quit. I finished up projects and did everything they asked of me while remaining professional and providing a smooth exit. However, after it was time to leave I was “forced” to make edits to projects and that resulted in six hours worth of overtime. Once he showed up 45 minutes late and still took an hour and a half lunch.

2017 30

interviewers didn’t leave me any time to ask my own questions, my boss wants to sue me for quitting, and more

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My interviewers didn’t leave me any time to ask my own questions. To put them in my follow-up/thank you email? Is now a good time to do that, or would it make sense to set up a separate call?”. My boss is threatening to sue me for quitting. I quit my job without giving prior notice because I tried quitting before but the boss doesn’t accept it. ” Then he threatened to sue for losses due to me leaving.

2017 22

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

JobMob

3) People who've always wanted to work with you – over time, people may have said “if you ever need a job” or “if you'd ever like to work together, let me know” Now is the time to follow up on those suggestions. Draw up a list and start researching each one. 18) Local craigslist discussion forums – look for profession-related questions that employees would typically manage for an employer, respond and leave a job seeker’s signature.

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? It’s entirely up to you, but it makes sense to base it on what you think the impact will be on the rest of the office during those two weeks. 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. Would you recommend bringing it up or should I just take what was given?

2013 55

employee opened everyone’s paychecks to see what they make, asking why it took so long to be interviewed, and more

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The employee who told was upset about it and didn’t quite know how to “break the news” at first. Should I really put up flyers at local spots advertising our job openings? I love your advice to job seekers about not cold calling companies and not just showing up to apply for jobs. ” (That said, large companies sometimes have great maternity leave policies — if you’d be open to the switch if they did, it might be worth hearing them out.).

2014 60

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Working At Nike

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For her, growing up, they were synonymous with fun, freedom, and family. Summers were a chance to put the books down and change it up for three full months. This extra free time has an amazing domino effect on our lives that we can’t quite quantify; it does so much good!”. Not everyone has the luxury of leaving the office early to enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer months. The support was tremendous that day and during the following weeks.

2019 64

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I stayed with his company for 6 months before leaving (for a great new role). How to follow up with a contact now that I’m job-searching. Email him, including your resume, and tell him that you’re now beginning a job search in earnest and that you’d love any advice he has, and would love to be considered if he has any openings coming up. I have been planning to leave my current position for quite some time. leaving).

2013 55

returning to work after 10 years as a “kept woman,” should I let my manager know about my crippling anxiety, and more

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Over the past two or three years, I seem to have developed a crippling case of social anxiety in certain work situations (namely, talking in meetings) to the point where if I’m asked to share an update with the group or even introduce myself, I have a panic attack, start trembling, quite literally can’t speak, etc. Three months ago, I made the critical decision to leave my “husband” for good. Should I follow up and request an interview?

2014 57

hiring a candidate with controversial political views, my boss doesn?t like it when women curse, and more

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The candidate was purely professional during their interview and didn’t bring up their stance on the issue. And I expect that any professional will leave their strongly held political beliefs at home. Or, “Are you serious or joking?” … followed by, if he says he’s serious, “I’m baffled — the men on this team curse regularly.” The few times I’ve cursed — and it’s been quite mild! — Responding to questions about an employee who’s on maternity leave.

2018 27

my boss isn’t doing his work, coworker won’t stop calling me a silly nickname, and more

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Part of my job is answering phones and emails, interacting with customers, and following up on projects that the rest of the team is working on. I’ve begun following up with him to see if he has followed through with projects. Your boss has pretty clearly told you that he want to handle this stuff (or not handle it, more accurately) on his own, and that he doesn’t see it as your role to follow up on this type of thing.

2014 68

55 Hidden Job Finding Tips WITHOUT Using Social Media

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Draw up a list and start researching each one. 17) Local craigslist discussion forums – look for profession-related questions that employees would typically manage for an employer, respond and leave a job seeker’s signature. Are any ex-employees very recent i.e. they quit or were fired? 33) Follow industry news – many things can impact local hiring trends such as natural disasters somewhere else, local discoveries of new natural resources, law changes, etc.

is my old boss ghosting me, no one will tell me what my promotion is, and more

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I chalked it up to her being busy in her new, more responsibility, role. If you’re tempted to contact her again now, resist that — you’ve made your interest in being in touch known, and following up again so quickly risks coming across as pressure that she doesn’t have room for right now.).

2020 29

mini answer Monday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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She started a position at the end of last year and while our industry is pretty accepting (tattoos, piercings, casual attire), I’m nervous about her only being junior level and needing to take maternity leave in the beginning of 2014 when she will only have been on board one year and only a college grad for two years. Can I ask for a pro-rated bonus when I’m leaving? Preparing to leave a job to move in a few months.

2013 53

client accidentally said rude things about my team in a voicemail, what happened to thank-you notes, and more

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She had called to notify me of a mistake made by my department, but at the end neglected to hang up her phone properly before commenting on my team’s lack of intelligence and other similarly unflattering remarks. Of course I plan to follow up with her on a course of action to address her initial complaint, but should I make any mention of the end of her message? Quitting while my manager is on maternity leave. It’s five answers to five questions.

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I just recently returned to work from maternity leave. Now, however, I feel quite differently about it. I’m not ready to just quit, but I am aware that broaching the subject might lose me my job. Should I follow up? You can certainly follow up with them and ask about the timeline for next steps on both positions. We’re in tourism/hospitality and gearing up for our busy season.

2013 53

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Did I wrap up this phone interview rudely? The interviewer would have wrapped up if she needed to; you didn’t need to worry that you were being rude by keeping her on the phone. of a company and have been working there for two months while someone is on maternity leave. They had indicated that there would be a salary increase, but they have been quite vague about it in terms of a specific figure.

2012 50

asking for a chance to process things before responding, taking a two-month vacation at a new job, and more

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I know myself well enough to know that I almost always come up with better answers when I’ve had time to process things. Should I bring my vacation up if I get the offer? Is it professional to politely quit and tell them I truly hope they’ll have an opening for me when I return? You typically have to have a lot of capital built up to get an employer to agree to that, and if you’re just getting started in your field, you’re very unlikely to have that capital.

2018 27

short answer Saturday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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My old employer was really sad to see me leave and valued my work, so I feel like they would consider me if they had an opening. And of course I would just ask them to let me know when they hire again (which they do at least once a year, or as people leave). My replacement is still asking me for help, six months after I quit. They became rather dependent on me in the time that I was there and I expanded the duties of the job quite a bit.

2013 54

the person who referred me for a job was arrested, overly long bathroom breaks, and more

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We keep things pretty professional, but friendly in the office, and usually only cross paths when we come in in the morning and leave at night. I followed up but never heard back. I am returning to the same company but a new position after a one year maternity leave. Can I back out now or do I need to work an acceptable amount of time before quitting? It would be far better to back out now than to let them train you, work a few months, and then quit.

2015 29

terse answer Thursday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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A networking contact recently put me in touch with a past coworker of his who is starting up his own firm. A couple of hours later, I saw a email pop up that was emailed to the entire office — all my coworkers and other managers — with the dates I was going to be gone on vacation and why. I have an interview set up at a recruitment agency next week. Would you offer up your guess? My boss is leaving a smallish (20-30 people) organization.

2013 57

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. That seemed odd, so I followed up saying that I hoped that I hadn’t offended her in some way. I applied, found a contact, met up and asked some general questions about the work.)

2016 20

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. Instead of a congratulations, he acted quite petty and put out, saying he knew I was pregnant because he could hear me and my coworkers discussing it, and he was hurt that he was the “last to know.” Some departments, including mine, ended up split between the two locations. And then from there, leave it in her court.

2016 21

I don’t want to take 2 weeks off, coworker has a “food emergency” every other day, and more

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She is tenured and very high up in the department hierarchy, while we are fairly replaceable and on the much lower end of the pay scale. Our corporate culture is quite friendly and probably errs on the side of us all being too much up in each other’s business. ” It was followed up by a visit from my boss’s boss (the CFO equivalent) to my office. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2018 34

employee goes into emotional spirals, interviewers who ask if you’re applying to other companies, and more

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She’s opened up to me about her difficult background, and I really do empathize, but I wasn’t prepared for how hard her anxiety would make balancing her with the other people I manage, let alone my own daily duties. I want her to do well and don’t want to let her go, but I need to find a way to do it in a way that doesn’t leave me this emotionally exhausted. I just returned from maternity leave, and he has made a few comments related to breastfeeding that make me uncomfortable.

2019 29

new coworker keeps asking if I hate him, dinner with coworkers on business trips, and more

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This questions pops up at least every other week in different formats and I dodge it as best I can, because quite frankly I do. With the constant repeating of trivial questions, ask him what’s up: “You’ve asked me that a few times.” “Do So I sent a follow-up email after a few days thanking them for the opportunity and asking when I should expect to hear back from them. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. New coworker keeps asking if I hate him.

2015 20

giving a job interviewer a free sample from my Etsy shop, who owns what I created at work, and more

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When a question came up about personal success, not work related, I mentioned my love for beading and my shop success on Etsy due to my excellent customer service and genuine care and concern for the quality and customer satisfaction of my product. I said yes and as we were walking to the front desk, she was quite interested in what kind of jewelry I made and what a cha cha bracelet was! Or can you be more up-front because your manager knows you and your work?

terse answer Tuesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager terse answer Tuesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions February 15, 2011 I got lazy this weekend and skipped Short Answer Saturday, so I’m making up for it with Terse Answer Tuesday. Unless the value of the work that you’re providing goes up significantly, you’re unlikely to get a raise just because you finish your degree. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise?

2011 54

mother bought me plane tickets without asking me if I could get.

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Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months. Generally you accrue a certain amount per pay period, which means that after working half a year, you’d have accrued half of your annual leave (five days). Now, at some workplaces, when you need time off but don’t have enough accrued leave, they’re willing to advance you some leave or let you take those days unpaid. Ask for it off and if you don’t get it, quit.

2011 54

is allowing smoke breaks unfair to non-smokers? — Ask a Manager

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However, many managers (including myself, up until now) have allowed smokers to go outside on short, informal breaks (5 mins or less, on the clock) to smoke if its particularly slow, if they ask to. Mainly it’s just tough because 1) we’ve allowed them up until now, and 2) I know I’ll feel like a jerk if I say no, because people only ask when we’re slow or just got out of a big rush. It was often 15 minutes or more extra they took each time, which adds up!

2011 70

short answer Sunday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

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I ended up saying that I think I am equally intelligent but we sometimes have differing opinions on the best course of action or recommendation, which is largely accurate. What should I do if they bring it up? I ended up working in this department for about six months, including about a month after they had hired the new employee to help her transition into her new role. Do managers frown on those who pass up positions? what should I say/ask as I leave my internship?

2011 54