my boss wants me to hang up on elderly callers who can’t hear me, asking to work from home with a new puppy, and more

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I work for a small not-for-profit organization which deals with a variety of clients, including the elderly, low-income, and disabled. The problem is that at least three times per week, I receive a call from someone who has hearing issues or bad enough cell reception that I need to raise my voice in order for them to hear me. Also, when I have hung up, we’ve gotten complaints about being “unfair, mean, nasty, and unwilling to work with those who need help.”

2019 29

4 things to negotiate before accepting a job offer

Ms. Career Girl

The post 4 things to negotiate before accepting a job offer appeared first on Ms. We all know that amazing feeling when you get a call from a recruiter with a job offer, saying that you got that awesome job you’ve wanted so badly!

2016 167

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update: can we delay payroll if someone isn’t turning in their hours on time?

Ask a Manager

Remember the letter-writer working as an office manager for a small company and wondering how to handle payroll if someone didn’t submit their hours on time (#5 at the link)? The payroll issue was just one of a larger string of issues that made the entire job pretty intolerable. Then he would call demanding to know the status of each job being worked that day, how much money we had made each day, etc.

8 Ways the Workplace and Workday Are Different Due to Covid-19

Ms. Career Girl

If you kept your job throughout the pandemic thus far, you probably experienced a few changes to the way things work. Here are eight ways the pandemic is changing work. Working from home enables them to keep their doors open without squeezing multiple employees into cubicles.

2020 141

How HR Technology Can Help Build a Motivated Workforce


Finding a way to learn more about payroll systems and modern human resource information systems (HRIS) is beneficial. In fact, nearly 43 percent of all American employees now work from home. Show Employees You Appreciate Their Hard Work.

2019 182

Looking For Job in 2017? Find Companies With These Hot Employee Perks

Ms. Career Girl

Whether you’re in a rut with your current job or just starting out, look for companies that offer a few perks in addition to a great salary and traditional benefits such as health insurance, dental care and a 401(k) match. Can’t bear to leave your pooch at home while you’re at work?

2017 180

Understanding the Use and Evolution of the Modern HRIS

Corn on the Job

For many companies, HR work is time-consuming administration that takes up resources. This will include aspects such as employee records, payroll, onboarding documents, and much more. Another significant factor is that using automated HR processes allows you to offer more remote work.

2020 52

I was told to ask more questions, recommending high-priced products at work, and more

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I’ve had this feedback before from previous employers, and I’m concerned I’m giving off the impression I’m not interested or am worrying them somehow. Is it tacky to recommend exorbitantly priced products at work? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2020 34

Creative Ways to Cut Monthly Business Costs

Telecommuting Journal

You might think what works for households won’t work for your small business. Your mobile number still works independently too, so any incoming personal calls will still be routed directly to you. Danielle on and Finding Work Leads Commute 20 minutes per day?

2010 141

Starting A Business? 4 Ways To Capitalize On Economic Trends

Career Realism

economy, based on such areas as stock prices, payroll, sales and production, unemployment and inflation. You will find many opportunities to start your own business with a franchise that has a strong history of success and offers good training and ongoing support.

2015 109

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Your Own Boss?

Career Realism

It could also include you – if you have what it takes to work for yourself. ” A small business can encompass anything from a corner store to a coffeeshop to an online T-shirt catalog. Not everybody is cut out to work for themselves.

2014 103

my boss won’t do anything about a coworker with attendance problems

Ask A Manager

Part of my job is to keep attendance for payroll. She was a successful salesperson and she did most of the work to acquire one of the company’s most profitable accounts. She is consistently late for work. I even offered her a different work schedule of 10 am to 6 pm but she is still late. When he is out of town, she does not show up and emails me after lunch, telling me something came up and will work from home.

2012 53

can we ask our roommate not to take a job, my boss says I can’t quit if she gets a federal loan, and more

Ask a Manager

My husband and I moved about five hours from our hometown just over a year ago, and while we’re loving it, we’re really missing our friends and family. Do we have a right to ask her not to work in such a publicly exposed job right now? It’s your home.

2020 32

my employer wants me to come back at half my pay, coworker posts awful things on Facebook, and more

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My employer wants to bring me back to work — at half my old pay. They’ve asked me to return to a 40/hour work week at a reduced rate of $13.50/hour (nearly half my prior wage), stating I’ll lose unemployment benefits if I turn them down. I work closely on a team of five.

2020 38

we’re laid off but still getting work emails, coworker accused us of laughing at her, and more

Ask a Manager

We’re laid off but being “strongly encouraged” to attend work webinars. Assured us “we still have a job,” but where I sit, if I’m not on the payroll, I don’t have a job. But just … work suggestions? No pay means no work expectations. It’s six answers to six questions.

2020 34

my coworkers keep praising my work bully, emergency bathroom use during interviews, and more

Ask a Manager

How reasonable is it to ask my teammates to stop praising another employee from a different department who was a bully? I am okay with speaking about this person in a working manner (“Petra suggested this on the budget issue, so let’s go with it.”),

2019 30

my boss is having an affair, client pushes religion on me, and more

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I work in a small company without HR, in a department of only three people — our manager, my colleague, and me. Our work used to be balanced, but now everything goes to my colleague. I’m going to run out of work soon and she’s going to be overloaded.

2020 37

my employee asked me to be a job reference, interpersonal issues and HR, and more

Ask a Manager

They leave when it may not be convenient for us, and it can feel like a gut punch to hear someone is about to leave when we’d been planning work around them. My previous thoughts were that HR helped with payroll, insurance, etc. I understand that projects can be stressful and lead to some passive aggressiveness (we are midwest-based), but there have been moments at work where I’ve considered going to HR for interpersonal reasons. Working from home has been a godsend!

2019 22

my coworker is breaking her paid quarantine, company expects people to keep working after they quit, and more

Ask a Manager

The place I work at still needs to be open despite the pandemic. The work cannot be done from home. Our managers are doing what they can to make me and my coworkers safe even though we can’t work remotely. I was home for the second delivery.

2020 39

employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work, seriously ill employee who’s making mistakes, and more

Ask a Manager

Employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work. I manage an employee, who does good work. This is fine in principle as our company has no policy on dating coworkers and they work in different departments. Over the past two months or so, my employee has been late for work nearly every day, by up to 20 minutes. We work in a department where certain tasks have to be completed by certain times, so it’s important employees are on time.

2019 27

can I ask a new hire to use a nickname, manager asks for money for food and gas, and more

Ask a Manager

We work in a small office with less than 10 people, but we utilize over 300 volunteers, most of whom are 60+. And when you suggest that, it’s possible that she’ll volunteer that she sometimes goes by Mandy and would be happy to do it at work, but you’ve got to let that come from her. I am the supervisor of the payroll department of a medium-sized organization. Depending on her response, you could offer to connect her with resources to help with food or other support.

2018 26

new coworker is horrible, my boss does 6 performance evaluations a year, and more

Ask A Manager

We have no HR and no assistant director, so while the public service managers and staff are on the floor dealing with the public and their everyday demands, plus trying to figure out how to work around his performance issues, he is functioning as her sounding board. She made him salary, and he is allowed to come in whenever he wants as well as work from home. If neither of those work … well, you’re looking at the damage a bad manager can do.

2013 56

short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

This is a sensitive issue for me, because while I did somewhat poorly in the beginning of college, I really worked hard to bring it up. I just lost my work-at-home job and now have to look for another. Wait until you have a job offer, just like you would if you needed any other kind of accommodation. At that point, once they’ve decided that they want to hire you, you’ll be in the strongest position to try to work out an accommodation.

2013 57

Lesson from LeBron James: How to decide when to relocate.

Penelope Trunk

About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog Lesson from LeBron James: How to decide when to relocate Posted to: Fulfillment | Quitting July 9th, 2010 This is his home, his support system, and his roots. or from interestingness?

2010 108

my coworkers say I’m not fast enough, going to work after being sprayed by a skunk, and more

Ask a Manager

My boss did some sleuthing and found that the Sansa on Company A’s website was indeed the same Sansa that we interviewed, and she had only worked at Company A for one week at the time of her interview with us. For all we know, she could have applied with you before she got the job with them, started work there and discovered that she was seriously mismatched with the work, the boss, or the culture, and jumped at the chance to talk with you when your interview invitation came in.

2017 22

Why men should give women flowers | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

The act of giving flowers elicits a r eal smile (as opposed to a fake, oh-that-was-nice smile) more often than other gifts of similar cost, according to research from Jeannette Haviliand-Jones , psychologist at Rutgers University. Men give flowers at work, too. This seems like a good time to link to the post about when I got flowers from Marc Benioff, CEO of That said, I do love getting flowers from my men-friends. Offer to arrange them for the wedding.

2009 87

Obama. Wow. And one thing about work. | Penelope Trunk's Brazen.

Penelope Trunk

And one thing about work. There were other people who had offered to take the job. As it was, he was the most marketable fit for the political machine, which drives both the Democratic and Republican parties, that really doesn't change anything other than the faces in power and on the Federal payroll who qualifies for the Federal pension system while regular people see their earning power shipped offshore. My family and friends are outside of work.

2009 62

how can I get employees to use vacation time? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

January 19, 2011 A reader writes: I have recently begun supervising a small team on a university administrative staff where employees are allowed to carry over a portion of their unused vacation time and can cash it out if they leave/are laid off from the job. Offer to buy them back.

2011 69

short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

Ask A Manager

I was not working for her (or the organization) at the time; however, via conversation with her, I know of the date. If you send your documents as plain text in the body of the email, make sure that you re-format them to work in plain text.) What does this email from an employer mean?

2011 74