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Posts Tagged ‘Boss’

March 16th, 2012 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

How to Say No to Your BossWorkplace politics are always tricky. Who can you trust to give you helpful advice without making it seem like you don’t know what you’re doing? Is it okay to vent to one coworker about another one? What about going around or over the head of someone that you don’t work particularly well with? But one of the most challenging experiences has to be figuring out how to tactfully tell your supervisor no when they request something of you.

Is their request even possible? The last thing you want is to tell your boss that something can be done when you know it can’t. It can be hard, but you are far better off being honest with them; many bosses will even respect you more for your knowledge about something if you are confident in your answer - even if that answer isn’t what they want to hear.

Do you have the bandwidth? Even if you’re juggling 20 tasks and the boss asks you to take on another one that you know you won’t be able to do, it can be hard to find the strength to say no. Here’s a great tactic, though: “Sure, I can do that, but I’ll have to put X project on the backburner till next week.” This will show your boss that you are conscientious about your duties and willing to prioritize based on his or her needs.
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December 23rd, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, On the Radar

Should You Ask for an End of the Year Bonus?Whether or not to ask for a year-end bonus is one of those questions that’s probably always going to plague us. On the one hand, that extra money would be really nice, and we feel like we’ve done a pretty good job over the past year - why shouldn’t we get a bonus? On the other hand, isn’t asking a bit presumptuous, especially in this financial climate? Could asking actually make the boss annoyed and hurt our chances at getting the next big project or promotion?

All of these things are valid questions, and you really need to think it through before marching in there to ask your employers to shell out extra money for you. Here is a list of things to think about ahead of time.

Are yearly bonus checks common? If the answer is yes, you need to get to know the typical schedule for when they come out and plan your request in advance to make your case. If the answer is no, you asking for a bonus might be a big deal, and will likely blindside your boss. In a case like this, you probably want to be laying the groundwork for having this discussion in advance by offering up persuasive evidence for why bonuses are a good idea at a company. Don’t know what the bonus situation is at your company? Well, you should definitely find out, however…
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December 20th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace, On the Radar

Your Guide to Gift-Giving at the OfficeIt can be a tough thing to navigate the murky waters of giving holiday gifts to coworkers - or even worse, your boss! Is it okay to have some cost more than others? If you bring a gift for one person, do you need to bring something for everyone? If your company has a gift exchange, what kinds of gifts are appropriate?

If you want to avoid making a major faux pas at your workplace, read on!

Know the rules. It may seem to simplify things if your company has a gift exchange or policy, but you still have to know the rules. Is there a dollar limit? Follow it. Are certain kinds of gifts actually forbidden? Avoid them. What’s the date? You’d better not miss it if you sign up. Also, think about the kinds of gifts that have been exchanged in the past (or if you’re new, ask a work friend) and try to get something along those lines.

Don’t gift the boss. While there are exceptions to this rule, gifting in general should work the way trickle down economics is supposed to: the people at the top buy gifts for the people at their level or below them, not the other way around. Getting a gift for your boss can make it seem like you are trying to curry favor with them or have a more personal relationship than is appropriate.
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Office RomanceIs it the close proximity? Camaraderie from shared frustration with management? All those long lunches and dinners? Maybe we’re just living out Jim and Pam fantasies from watching too much of The Office or one of the many other shows and movies where coworkers get together. Whatever the reason, office romances happen all the time.

Unfortunately, real world office relationships have far more obstacles than their fictional counterparts seem to. It can be difficult to balance the personal with the professional, but there are ways to make it work - or at least things to be conscious of when you enter into an office romance.

Learn the company dating policy. Some companies have incredibly strict rules and might require one of you to quit or change positions or locations if they discover you are in a relationship with a coworker. Make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Practice discretion.

New love (or lust, as the case may be) can make you feel euphoric and giddy, especially when your new guy or gal is just a cubicle over. You might find yourself tempted to talk about it with your coworkers, but keep the teasing and giggling to a minimum or you’ll risk being seen as less than professional.
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August 16th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace

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This is one of those situations where there’s no easy answer. You don’t want to give in because you’re genuinely not interested, but you also fear saying no and risking your boss retaliating. However, it’s definitely not something that you can ignore, and waiting only makes the situation worse. Here are a few suggestions on things you might try based on your comfort level and your relationship with your boss.

I’m in a relationship. One of the simplest methods to get a would-be suitor of any kind to back down, saying that you’re already seeing someone is a nice way to reject your boss’s advances without hurting their self-esteem and making them possibly want to get back at you.

I don’t get involved with coworkers. A version of the first technique, telling your boss it’s a flat-out rule for you that you don’t date coworkers is another way of putting the onus on you and preserving their pride. If you’re going to use this one, though, you’d better be sure you actually don’t date a coworker in the future.
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