I got chastised for taking initiative, coworker secretly plans to quit after maternity leave, and more

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I know my coworker secretly plans to quit after her maternity leave. We have a temp coming in to transition her work during her leave from June to October. I think taking months of maternity leave pay and benefits, knowing you are going to quit shortly thereafter (within 2 months), is robbery and a truly bad thing to do. That said, even if you told HR, they can’t deny her the ability to use her leave, so her plan will go forward anyway.

Baby On Board! How To Job Search While Pregnant

Career Realism

How To Job Search While Pregnant. Job searching for two? As a pregnant job seeker, you’re likely experiencing a myriad of emotions – excitement, happiness, fear, and stress. Taking on a job search while pregnant can be a challenge. Baby On Board!

2016 83

Ace Your Next Job Interview

Career Alley

When it comes to feeling nervous during a one-on-one conversation, interviewing for a new job ranks up there with going out on a first date. Part of the reason you might feel nervous during job interviews is the fact that you generally don’t know what to expect during the interviews.

2015 190

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

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January 6, 2011 A reader writes: How do I determine where the line is between enforcing policy and being a jerk? Example: my workplace (a restaurant) has no policy for smoke breaks. However, you also want to make sure that it makes sense to have that policy in the first place.

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Interview Traps to Identify and Avoid

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Ace Your Next Job Interview. When it comes to feeling nervous during a one-on-one conversation, interviewing for a new job ranks up there with going out on a first date. Learn how to identify interview traps and you can make the job interviews more relaxing and economically rewarding.

2012 173

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Working At Nike

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In fact, according to a study by Opinion Research Corporation , 66% of those surveyed felt more productive as a result of the summer hours policy at their companies. Not everyone has the luxury of leaving the office early to enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer months.

2019 83

7 Things Dads Should Ask About Before Taking The Job

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So you’re looking for a job, any job. If you want to avoid at least some of the stress of combining work and family obligations, set up a time with the human resources office before taking the job. Paid Paternity Leave. Job Search career homepage ticker

2013 114

employee can’t afford our team lunches, a frequently pregnant senior leadership team, and more

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This is unlikely to happen and even if it did, it would take at least a year to change the policy. And while it’s easy to think that at his salary level, he should see it as a cost of having a job similar to having to buy, say, a business suit, ultimately you just can’t know what someone else’s financial situation is. The board has tried multiple times to put systems in place to prevent crises during maternity leaves, but we aren’t getting anywhere.

2018 63

my coworker gets angry when we chew, peer interviews, and more

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Our workplace is all for accommodations when prescribed (and we do have policies around accommodations), but again, this is an undiagnosed condition, and she is not being asked to do anything to help alleviate her reactions. You might also point out that “no one eats around the person” isn’t one of the accommodations that the Misophonia Institute or the Job Accommodation Network suggest workplaces use.). Applying for an internal job on FMLA.

2019 62

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

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I’m kind of confused about a new policy at work and was hoping to get some perspective. My work (a large specialty teapot maker owned by an even larger general teapot maker) informally rolled out a new badge policy with promises of a full explanation of the changes to come. The new policy is we all must wear our badges on a lanyard around our necks, which is fine, but permanent hired staff and contracted/temp staff have different lanyards.

2016 58

parents who call in sick for their kids, interviewers who ask questions already answered on your resume, and more

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Similar to the advice I gave recently about being contacted by parents job-searching on their kids’ behalf , you should refuse to engage. Why do interviewers ask me about jobs that are already described in detail on my resume? For prescreening calls and at interviews, whoever I’m talking to always mentions they’ve read my resume and they then ask me to briefly tell them about what I did at the jobs listed on my resume. It’s five answers to five questions.

2014 72

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Keyword Search HCX for your Favorite Author / Content. HCX Jobs. Search. Justice Department Sues Nation’s Largest Mortgage Insurance Provider for Discrimination Against Women on Paid Maternity Leave. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleges that MGIC required women on paid maternity leave to return to work before the company would insure their mortgages. Prepare for Your Job Interview Questions With a NEW Free iPhone o.

why won’t anyone eat the last cookie, former employee still logging into database, and more

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Diana didn’t leave on the best of terms, but it happened because she’d found a better-paying job, not because I had her removed from the building. I can’t imagine where this came from, but I can assure you that Diana resigned voluntarily when she found another job, and we certainly never had her removed from the building! During that time, a coworker with whom I’d collaborated closely left for another job. I also have an MBA, a master’s in Policy and a BA.

2019 72

job candidate talked non-stop, expecting an employee to pick up lunch for others, and more

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Our strongest job candidate talked non-stop. In six months, I’m going on maternity leave, and then am transitioning to a completely different part-time position. For reference, this is a job that typically takes 6-12 months of training to be self-sufficient. She was at her previous position for three years, leaving only because she relocated. That’s pretty unworkable in most jobs where she’ll be dealing with or even sitting near other people.

2018 62

manager ordered me to get along with a coworker, handling work when a family member is on trial, and more

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He put me on something else for the rest of the day, but as I was leaving informed me i could “deal with it or quit.” The way you describe the conflict, it sounds two-sided — in which case it’s not unreasonable for your boss to tell you to find a way to get along if you want to stay in your job. But my gut is telling me, they’ll be like the people who’ve already turned their backs on me and brush me off as someone incapable of the job at hand.

2013 64

my manager wants me to marry a stranger, exit interviews in toxic workplaces, and more

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If you haven’t had any attendance or reliability issues, then I’d say something like, “Have I done something to make you doubt I’d be anything other than honest with you and responsible with my job?” The good news is that I’m going to be giving notice at the beginning of next month, leaving a toxic, paranoia-inducing corporate culture. How do I give as little information as possible as to why I’m leaving?

2014 69

getting a friend fired, employer is controlling workers’ LinkedIn accounts, and more

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My husband is unsatisfied at his job for too many reasons to name here and I’ve been encouraging him to give LinkedIn a try to reconnect with former colleagues and assist him in his job search. His concern is that if it doesn’t come to his email account (or even if it does), it might be a red flag that he is job searching. I have been unemployed (or on extended maternity leave) for four years. I left my previous job four years ago.

2015 69

tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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It’s a pretty silly policy though — it’s a good way to make people feel nickel-and-dimed while not saving the organization very much money at all. We all keep hearing from Jane how John also applied for Jane’s job and that he might have hard feelings. These are grown-ups and this has nothing to do with you (in fact, it’s hard to imagine something that has less to do with you), so you should stay out of it and leave them to resolve it on their own.

2013 61

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? Despite our abundance of lawyers, we do not have any formal employee policies or handbooks.

2013 57

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I just recently returned to work from maternity leave. My job requires me to sometimes travel, and these trips are generally two night stays, though occasionally just one. I had no problem complying with that part of my job description. Travel is part of my job description, I’m just not willing to do it at this point. I’m not ready to just quit, but I am aware that broaching the subject might lose me my job.

2013 53

short answer Sunday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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The store had a black-out period where nobody could request time off for November and December of last year (for the busy holiday season), but on top of that, they have been told they cannot get time off from January-April because her manager will be on maternity leave. She has also tried contacting her HR department several times but gets a machine, leaves messages, then never gets a call back. Why do recruiters ask where you are in the job search process?

2013 67

short answer Saturday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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It was my first job out of college and I was feeling really tied down and restless and wanted to try a new environment, so I switched from a consulting firm to working in an internal corporate role. I’m basically miserable at my new job. I liked my old job better and feel like I had a little quarter-life crisis and case of the grass is greener. I left a temp job about 6 months ago. When I told them I was leaving, they offered me a giant raise, which I declined.

2013 58

wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Last week, my new manager came back from maternity leave, and while she is nice enough on the surface, I can tell we are going to butt heads a lot, or I’m going to be biting my tongue more often than I’d like. Overall though, my job makes me miserable and I am well past my breaking point here. I wanted to update it, but since I’ve already interviewed for the position, I sent the same version that I did when I initially applied for the job.

2013 64

terse answer Tuesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Someone getting superior ratings who’s been turned down 12-15 times by his own employer — he’s either applying for the wrong jobs or something else is going on. Is your job description changing? Three weeks later, we moved to Canada for my husband’s job.

2011 77

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. I am scared of my boss on a good day and terrified I will lose my job for asking for this much time off so early in my employment. Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months.

2011 70

short answer Sunday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

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I suspect that they have no idea what they hoped to accomplish with it, or how it would help them evaluate you for the job, and instead they’re just throwing out random questions because they don’t really know how to interview. Is 8 months long enough to stay at a first job?

2011 75