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sad with modifications at work, asking to unblock a web site, and extra — Ask a Supervisor

It’s a particular “the place are you now?” season at Ask a Supervisor and I’m working updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered previously. Listed below are three updates from previous letter-writers.

1. When you’re sad with a change at work, must you convey it up earlier than you begin job-searching?

It hasn’t been that lengthy since I despatched my query, however I needed to ship an replace now that the state of affairs is no less than partially resolved.

First, I seen a number of folks within the feedback questioning in regards to the 10am-6pm hours of Jim’s office, so I needed to make clear that one of many main features of the non-profit he works for is working an after-school program, so clearly all of the workers working these packages need to have later hours. Jim doesn’t work with the children, and he’s not assist workers for the lecturers; he’s a database admin, which is why there’s not a lot purpose for his hours to line up with everybody else’s. There have been additionally some questions on whether or not Jim had introduced up feeling negatively about any of the modifications main as much as the working hour modifications, and so far as I do know, he hadn’t. Since he was one of many final folks to begin working from the workplace a part of the time, he didn’t really feel like he had a lot standing to push again on that, and it was extra an annoyance than a serious drawback, no less than till his hours had been altering. Anyway, onto the replace:

My fiance determined he appreciated his job sufficient that he needed to see if he may keep. We had been additionally proper at first of shopping for a home, so it wasn’t a perfect time to be altering jobs, which could’ve supplied a bit of additional motivation. The reorg initially occurred as a result of his earlier boss (and the one who had employed him for his position) left the group for a terrific alternative elsewhere, and Jim wasn’t positive how a lot of the issues he’d negotiated when he began had been issues he may count on to proceed as circumstances of his employment there, or whether or not they had been extra casual agreements that simply stood together with her. He ended up having a gathering with HR to get clarification, and so they advised him that given he’s the top of a division (regardless that he doesn’t have any direct reviews as a result of his division is just him), he has a good quantity of autonomy and may count on to maintain the issues he negotiated for until there’s a transparent and compelling purpose to alter them. So he went again to his boss ready to struggle to maintain his present hours, after which it turned out he didn’t need to. Apparently his boss had gotten confused about what Jim does and was additionally very confused about different features of the reorg, however had realized on his personal after a pair days that it didn’t make any sense to alter the hours of the few individuals who had been completely different from everybody else. So it turned out to be a fairly straightforward decision!

Besides… only a couple weeks after that, his boss, citing the stress from earlier, give up with out discover and with out a job lined up as a result of he was so pissed off with the management. So Jim is in the course of yet one more reorg. At present he solutions to the CEO who has an excessive amount of on her plate to actually be concerned together with his job day after day, so he’s right down to as soon as per week in workplace and mainly no matter hours he needs as long as his duties get completed. Additionally, apparently over the past couple months, the complete finance division has additionally left one after the other, and the management is scrambling to get these positions crammed. As a result of Jim collaborates with a number of departments, however is his personal separate division, he’s fairly remoted from no matter management issues are inflicting lots of people to depart and remains to be actually having fun with his job. There’s sure to be extra reorganization in his future since there are vacancies to fill and no one is certain who Jim ought to actually be reporting to, however he’s feeling much more safe in his place after that dialog with HR. Plus, he’s been right here longer than most different folks at this level, so he’s doing a whole lot of coaching newbies on the techniques they use and being very visibly helpful to the group, which supplies him a good quantity of bargaining energy after they can’t actually afford to lose extra folks proper now. He did simply get a tip-off from one of many board members that there’s a push inside the board to convey everyone again to the workplace full time, however now he is aware of that he has the standing to push again on that if he needs to. And, with our home bought and no extra main purchases in our fast future, he’s free to seek for a brand new job with no worries if he decides it’s time to maneuver on.

2. I’m not productive each single minute of on daily basis (first replace; second replace)

I simply needed to put in writing and say that the brand new job goes very effectively. I’ve been right here about two months now, and I’m having fun with it. Administration right here is much more constant and I’m a lot happier within the position.

The irony? They’ve a time monitoring system! We log our time in 15-minute increments and it wants so as to add as much as eight hours. However they’ve been very clear that it’s meant to be a reasonably tough estimate and that issues like breaks and psychological downtime ought to get rolled into the closest class. I nonetheless don’t love time monitoring, however they no less than have a very good purpose for it: the hours are used for grant reporting functions and having the ability to say how a lot time we spent on particular initiatives is efficacious to our funders.

The optimistic facet to the time monitoring is that they don’t need you to work greater than eight hours a day, and within the uncommon instances that I do work extra time, the time-tracking system is used to award time in lieu. Curiously, this even applies to administration, regardless of it not being legally required.

It’s been an excellent match to date, even with the time monitoring! There are a couple of little oddities, a part of working at a small non-profit, however no main pink flags. The general tradition is rather more relaxed and there’s a particular sense that higher administration cares in regards to the workers as folks, not simply productiveness robots. Lots of the different workers have been right here 10 and even 20 years, simply because it’s really a very good place to work.

Thanks to you and your readers for the recommendation, assist and encouragement. It helped me get by way of a really tough time, and I’m comfortable to be settling in on the new job.

3. Asking my workplace to unblock an “grownup content material” web site (#3 on the hyperlink)

I requested the IT man across the nook casually how onerous it could be for him to unblock a website and tried to be fairly matter-of-fact about it, with out saying Autostraddle’s title up entrance. The IT folks within the feedback had the subsequent half proper: he mentioned I’d have to put in a ticket and he’d need to escalate it to his boss (on the director stage). He mentioned it wouldn’t be an issue if I wanted it for work, I mentioned I didn’t, and we left it there. It’s undoubtedly not well worth the effort that might entail, although I’m contemplating bringing it up with HR as a DEI situation (as a result of, as many commenters puzzled, we don’t block every other remotely comparable content material). As an alternative, I’ll be saving articles – the clearly protected for work ones – to Instapaper to learn offline.


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