studying at work, mendacity about leaving, and extra — Ask a Supervisor


It’s “the place are you now?” month at Ask a Supervisor, and all December I’m operating updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered up to now. Listed here are three updates from previous letter-writers.

There shall be extra posts than regular this week, so maintain checking again all through the day.

1. Is studying books at work ever OK?

I wrote in about my accomplice who was penalized for studying a textbook at work. I like replace season, so I hope others discover this satisfying as properly.

As with a lot of jobs on right here, the studying snafu was simply the tip of the iceberg of dysfunction. When he reached out to his supervisor to try to get some clarification, she insisted that she had by no means allowed him to learn. This employer does have a inflexible “2 write ups in 6 months and you might be fired” coverage, and with the studying on his document, he was not eligible for pay raises or promotions.

My accomplice ended up transferring to a special department with a extra “don’t ask, don’t inform” coverage. He might learn his textbooks so long as he didn’t point out it, it didn’t intervene with clients, and his new supervisor might deny that he ever allowed it. He stayed on the financial institution whereas finding out for 2 years. All through that point, even with optimistic evaluations from his supervisor, clients, and colleagues, he conveniently would obtain a write-up (as soon as for his laptop malfunctioning) a pair weeks after the earlier write-up would fall off.

However, as a fortunately ever after, he has graduated and was capable of go away the financial institution to just accept a job in his new discipline. Whereas historically an underfunded discipline, he’s already making extra and genuinely enjoys his work on daily basis. He additionally retains being stunned when his colleagues say thanks or point out he’s doing a very good job.

In your recommendation, you talked about that he ought to watch his supervisor for perception on what he must be doing throughout downtime. To reply that, she would learn. On the teller line. Normally bodice-ripping and trending spicy romance novels. In entrance of consumers. So, it actually was only a crappy office.

Thanks to you and the commentariat to your recommendation and encouragement!

2. My employer needs me to lie about why I’m leaving (#2 on the hyperlink)

My scenario has turned out in addition to potential, given the circumstances.

I took your recommendation and continued to be matter-of-fact with households when requested why I used to be leaving. Over the summer season I accepted a brand new job the place I really feel rather more appreciated and revered. Many former college students/households have stayed in contact, and I nonetheless get to see them often. After many months, I’m lastly carried out grieving the lack of my previous classroom. The method of leaving was terrible, and plenty of tears have been shed, however the supportive recommendation from AAM and readers that I had carried out nothing improper by being trustworthy was very useful in maintaining issues in perspective.

So in abstract, all’s properly that ends properly!

Fortunately,
No-Longer-Unhappy Trainer

3. My new job is scolding me for my hours (#3 on the hyperlink)

Once I was employed, I used to be cross skilled (with my permission) for each the place I had been employed for (let’s say teapot manufacturing) in addition to a place that had been a single-person division for fairly awhile (elements ordering) as a result of they felt ordering was quickly going to be a two-person job.

Shortly after I used to be employed, the proprietor of the corporate introduced the manager director was let go after 15 years on a Friday and a brand new government director was introduced within the following Monday. It was just a few weeks into her new reign that I used to be warned about my day off requests for physician’s appointments. A number of weeks after that, the manager director approached me about shifting to the ordering division. I used to be capable of talk about my day off points straight along with her, and she or he mentioned a lot of the concern had come from her, as she questioned if it made sense to have part-time positions or if all positions wanted to be full time. She mentioned I used to be getting good suggestions from coworkers and that she truly thought it might be a greater match to have a part-time worker in ordering anyway.

Fortunately, the transfer has been nice. My supervisor, the unique ordering individual and first-time supervisor, units clear expectations and so long as I can get them carried out within the time I’m there she is pleased. She provides good optimistic and constructive suggestions, is an effective communicator, and has demonstrated that she has my again. If I do have to take day off for appointments, we have now labored out a system the place I work additional hours from residence through the week. That’s one other good thing about being in ordering now, I can simply earn a living from home and am in a position to take action two days every week whereas I’m in workplace the opposite two.

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