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Are You Being Treated Poorly At Work?

Unfortunately, this is a situation that many people find themselves in every day. What’s more, it doesn’t really look as though it is an experience which is in any way abating at all, and in fact it is only going to continue to be a problem as long as the culture doesn’t change. In the meantime, the best thing we can do is to try and ensure that we know what to do as individuals when we are at the hands of mistreatment at work. Part of the problem is not knowing how to respond, because there are just so many kinds of mistreatment that you can’t easily give advice for all situations. However, there are some general rules which are worth following, and which could help you to get out of that situation much more smoothly and easily.

Source – CCO Licence

Report It

The most important thing you can do is to make sure that you report the experience. Whether it happens once or many times, you need to make sure that it is known that it happened. This is something which can be extremely difficult in itself and even, depending on the situation at hand, frightening to do. But if you keep quiet, then it is much less likely that the situation will be resolved, and that the perpetrator will be punished in any way. You need to make sure that you are reporting your mistreatment to the right people, of course, which will depend on the nature of it. Look around for the specifics of your situation and who to go to to report it. This is a vital thing which you can’t overlook.

Claim Compensation

On many occasions, you will be able to claim compensation for what occurs, and that is something that you will definitely want to consider in order to ensure that you are getting what you deserve from the whole scenario. Let’s say that you have been injured, for instance. In that case, you are well within your rights to go to lawyers like Hupy & Abraham and see if you can get some kind of compensation for the experience, and in all likelihood you will be able to. This is not about the money, so much as it is about receiving some kind of apology for what happened at the hands of somebody else. It’s really important that you get what you deserve as best and as soon as you possibly can.

Source – CCO Licence

Encourage Openness

Finally, remember that each individual can do something to make the workplace a little better by being open and honest, and confronting one another about poor behaviour. This is something that you should make a part of your daily interactions with people as best as you can, and if you do that you will find that it really does lead to a considerable change in atmosphere. That in itself will probably mean that fewer people suffer, so it is certainly worth it for that reason.

8 Tips for a Smooth Departure on Maternity Leave

Author: Ines Marinho

Everything related to pregnancy can be a challenge to woman, especially if it is the first born. All is new and a bit of a scary world. The woman’s life changes completely, and every detail must be thought and planed.

As human beings, we all have flaws and no one is made of iron, so for that reason, here is a guide to help all the future mommies to prepare for the maternity leave.

From six to three months before the due date, there are a few steps that should be considered in your work.

  1. Telling your boss or work responsible

It is not new that pregnant women like to keep it a secret before the first trimester. After this period of time, it is good to start to tell people at your work, mainly your boss, that you are expecting a baby. This leaves you more time to prepare an effective plan for your leave and doesn’t leave your boss in panic to find alternatives for your absence.

Showing in your working place that you care about how the responsibilities will be spread and how much you want all to go smooth and handled professional will be a plus to your career attitude. Asking your supervisor what the main concerns about your time are, since you will be away from the working place, is also a good suggestion to make clear you are involved in finding solutions.

  1. Finding a day care

It is not soon to start finding a kindergarten or day care to your kid. Usually, some living areas have the day care centers full and guaranteeing your baby’s place is a must!

By taking the time to find the best day care during this trimester, you can spend the whole maternity leave focused only on your newborn.

Two months before the due date

  1. Creating a timeline for departure

Reunite with your boss and create a plan of how and when things need to be accomplished. Check together if an action plan can be created so things go smoothly during your leave. It is certain to have a more positive outcome when you have a plan for what will happen before, during and later upon your return.

  1. Relying on documents

Create notes and guideline documents to outline the systems you use and all of your daily tasks. This will be a major help for whoever will come to replace you within the next months. Guidance is always a plus and keeping track of how things are done during your leave.

One month before the due date

  1. Meeting the people who are taking your place

Meeting the people who are taking your responsibilities it is important in a way that they will take care of your job. Guide them, train them and advise them so the best results are achieved. Supervise them while they take tasks on their own, so they feel confident in the future to take all the work.

  1. Open the possibility of your replacement contacting you while you are home

Take the time to plan how can your replacement people contact you during your leave. Also, discuss what kind of issue would be important enough for someone to contact you while you are out.

If there are still meetings or events you would still like to be involved in while you are on the maternity leave, you should previously discuss the matter. Maybe there is the chance you can participate by phone, video conference or some other ways.

You can also ask your boss or work responsible if taking your child to work is an option. Some workplaces are adapting to having mother’s and even father’s bringing their babies to work. Do you know that even baseball teams high ranked in the odds to win the World Series, like the Red Sox and the White Sox, allow athletes to bring their children to work? Of course, you should see if your child is cooperative and if he or she doesn’t get startled by your workplace – it also depends what is your occupation. Anyway, give it a thought if you think it is a possibility.

Right before the maternity leave

  1. Take action towards your absence

Set up a clear stated ‘out of the office’ answer for your emails and business voicemail. On these, clarify who they can contact instead of you and when is expected for you to be back. In case of you needing to access your work while you are away, create and learn about the company’s remote login process.

  1. Thank people

While you are away, your boss and co-workers will take an important part related to your absence. It is important to acknowledge their flexibility and show them some appreciation. For everyone involved, showing gratitude is something that has no price, so just do it.

After, you can take all of your time without worries and focusing 100 percent on your baby and yourself.

Rejection Sucks

Alternative title: Why I’d Like to Close the Curtains and Eat Cheese Toasties in My Pyjamas For The Next Week…

Let me set the scene:

In she walks, well dressed but professional. Her hair and make-up are well done but not so immaculate that she looks over the top. She’s confident, you can tell by her stride that she knows what she’s doing. She exchanges banter in the lift with the girl who’s been sent to bring her to the interview room and she takes in her surroundings, wondering if she’ll become more familiar with them in the near future.

“Come through, please”

She walks into the room, smiles, shakes three hands and waits to be told to take a seat.

Questions, questions, questions.

She answers most of them with confidence, but admits that there are one or two questions that she’s found tricky.

She makes her presentation.

They lap it up. 

They laugh in the right places, they clap, they ask if they can use her material for their own campaign in a ‘jokeybutkindofserious’ way

They’re all smiling.

One of them offers to show her back to the lift.

“You were great” she offers.

The woman tells her that she came across brilliantly, that she’d be perfect for the role, asks what’s her availability in terms of start dates?

She almost skips to her car.

“I’ve nailed it!” she thinks.

She goes home.

She waits.

And waits.

Waits.

 

Email.

“We regret to inform you…”

“Bollocks”, she thinks.

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