Am At A Standstill

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion: I want to give new ideas and my opinions because I believe it is what makes me the leader I am, but I do not know how to go about this in the right way; or if I should speak my mind at all.

My work place is a pub and eatery, so basically a restaurant that has a full bar. I am a server at this pub. I greet tables, fill drinks, order food, clear off tables, and make sure the pub quests are happy and well served. I have worked at this pub for seven months now. At my workplace, I am one of the top leaders and trainers. I have earned this by being consistent, being positive, having knowledge about the menu, and having energy.

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Pay Vs Other’s Pay

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about asking coworker about her/his pay: What should I say?

A co-worker, who’s been on the job longer than me, has been passed up for a position which I got. Now every time I see him he wants to know how much I’m making.

Signed, Annoyed

Dear Annoyed:

This sort of thing is not unusual; to have one who’s been in a job longer to be passed by another to get the job he wanted. Nor is it unusual for coworkers to compare pay and to think they should be paid as well as or better than others. Pay is usually considered private and not announced. Yet, pay differences are used to motivate. Only a few companies make pay common knowledge. So how have you replied to your coworker?

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Overworked and My Boss Doesn’t Care

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors regarding a lazy c0-worker:

“I’m  overworked and things are getting worse, but the boss doesn’t do anything about it.” 

Question:

Background: I have worked for this production based company in the printing industry for almost 6 years. I started as a customer service rep. I learned a little production work and helped out when it was busy. We’ve had some layoffs (I was victim to one, and was asked back 6 weeks later when they realized it was a mistake and that they needed me).

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Demoted for Personality Conflict with Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about  pushed out: She writes harsh comments on my work and says she is doing this to push me to get to the next level.

I was working for an attorney in a specific area of law and I was the only assistant who had any experience in that area although I only had a limited amount of experience. That male attorney, whom I assisted, left the firm and they hired a woman lawyer and made me her assistant. I set up her practice and got her familiar with the files she inherited from the man who left. After a few months I was too busy and they promoted the floater in our firm (a much younger woman than me with very little legal experience and no experience at all in the lawyer’s area of practice) to assist me and the lawyer.

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Bonus?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a bonus: Can she learn from this dashed hope of a bonus?

My girlfriend gets a yearly bonus based on sick days. Her practice manager informed her a few weeks ago that she could not take any more than 5 days. To date she has took 3.5. One of the owners said to her that’s you now lost your bonus. She replied that she had only taken 3.5 days and he says you only get 3 as you are part time. The practice manager said don’t worry I will speak to him and sort it out.

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Can Health Care Be Taken Out Of My Check?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about health care: Can I also tell my boss I don’t want health care, even though it’s not offered?

I work for a family owned company that has a total of 5 stores throughout the Chicago area and suburbs. I work about 25-30 hours a week and I do not have any dependents. I get 15% off my check for taxes. I see that some of that 15% says for medical care but my employer does not offer us health care. My sister said she told her boss she didn’t want health care so they are not discounting health care from her pay, though she works at a large company. Can I also tell my boss I don’t want health care, even though it’s not offered? Can it even be possible to take health care and not offer it?

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Can I Be Forced To Flex My Time?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about flextime:

Can a full time worker be forced to flex time?

Signed, Timed Out

Dear Timed Out:

Unless you have a legally binding contract about your working hours your employer can establish any kind of time schedule that works effectively for the business. A flexible schedule (Flex Time) can refer to a schedule in which the employee picks the hours he or she works, within a given time frame. Or, it can refer to a schedule in which hours and days vary according the needs of the employer.One thing that can help an employee in such a situation is to not assume that a proposed schedule is the only one available. Sometimes there can be some negotiation about a schedule. Even an hour either way can make a difference. Best wishes to you with this situation.

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Want A Raise Without Sounding Like A Blackmailer

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about money: How can I drop hints that I’m looking for new opportunities,without actually going for a interview?

I have been working for the company for 6 years and am part of a department of about ten people. However the job I do is very specific and I and another girl are the two that have the qualification and experience to carry it out. It’s a very important part of the company structure. She is leaving in 4 weeks time to take maternity leave and they are trying to recruit a temp to cover her for 9 months, (I’m more senior than her and earn £21,900 per annum. They are having great difficulty in finding someone with the skills and experience to take on the role. They are offering the job at £20k, however I heard they might now be willing to up this salary to try and get someone. The job is very busy and you need two full time people. If they don’t get someone in soon they will be in big trouble.

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Getting A Raise To The Market Rate

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion: My boss wants to keep me and said a raise will come with an eventual promotion (but I don’t know when that will be).

I’ve been in my current job coming to a year. I like my team (we’re HR), my colleagues, company and I love my work. Very often, I’m the one who takes on more assignments, projects and helps out in areas which should, by normal circumstances, be other people’s work. I had interviewed for a Senior Executive job but was offered a Manager’s role, but paid at an Executive level.

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Should I Train Others Before My Contract Expires?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about training: Training people was not in my job description. What should I do? Should I train them? Is this even right or legal? Should I quit?

I am a contract worker who has led many initiatives the company. in the beginning I was somewhat promised a job, but with new management this has changed. Now my boss wants me to train old employees for things that I have learnt through my $30,000 education. After that he wants to let me go. Training people was not in my job description. I am a recent grad in a field that is forever changing and my coworkers do not have the knowledge that I do. They last went to school over a decade ago. I have five weeks left in my contract. What should I do? Should I train them? Is this even right or legal? Should I quit?

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