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coworker’s Fb is crammed with gross imagery, custodian says now we have fleas however we don’t, and extra — Ask a Supervisor


It’s 5 solutions to 5 questions. Right here we go…

1. My coworker’s Fb is crammed with gross imagery

I’ve simply began a brand new mid-level skilled job at a big firm. One among my colleagues (“Michael”) appears to have taken a shine to me and to be sincere we take to each other in a piece context. I’m not overly eager on socializing with colleagues exterior the workplace quite a bit, however he’s pleasant and now we have a chat most mornings.

He has simply sought me out and despatched me a buddy request on Fb. I had a have a look at his (public) Fb account and what I noticed was disturbing and weird. He’s fully obsessive about vomiting. About three quarters of his posts are about vomiting, characteristic hand-drawn cartoons of individuals vomiting, or are images of celebrities the place he has drawn on vomit popping out of their mouth. The rest of his posts are about demons, exorcism, and screaming monks. I all the time thought he had fairly a wierd humorousness, however I’m now nervous that I’ve befriended a possible serial killer who’s obsessive about vomit. His profile image is a photograph of himself however he has drawn vomit on utilizing Microsoft Paint. Do I ask him about it? Do I not point out it? Do I begin avoiding him or do I fake none of this has ever occurred?

Eeew! He’s almost definitely simply somebody with a really gross curiosity who lacks the sense to consider that earlier than sending coworkers Fb requests … however why?!

You’ll be able to (a) ignore the buddy request, fake this by no means occurred, and proceed chatting with him at work should you nonetheless wish to, (b) ignore the buddy request and pull again on chatting with him at work, or (c) say to him, “What’s up with all of the vomit in your Fb web page? That was actually gross to return throughout with out anticipating it.” Any of these are affordable choices, and it simply is dependent upon what you’d be most snug with. (Personally I’d in all probability go together with the final one as a result of it might all the time bug me in any other case … though clearly his reply to that’s removed from assured to make you extra snug with him and actually has a excessive probability of doing the alternative.)

2. Our custodian says now we have fleas however we don’t

I handle a library, and now we have a contract with a small native enterprise for custodial work. Our custodian, who works for 2 hours or so each morning earlier than anybody else is within the constructing, has instructed me repeatedly this week that he’s being bitten by fleas whereas in our library. The issue is that nobody else — together with individuals like myself who’re within the library for 40 hours every week — has reported any flea bites. We’ve got an exterminator who frequently visits and sprays for pests. We additionally verify for pests and pest exercise in supplies returned by our patrons.

This case is additional difficult by the truth that our custodian isn’t excellent at his job. He continuously doesn’t present up for work with out letting me know, and his cleansing leaves a lot to be desired. We’ve got spoken with him about these items, and if we had an alternative choice for cleansing companies, we’d cancel our contract with him and go together with another person. We’ve got speculated that maybe this “flea drawback” is an excuse for him to not be in our constructing so he can keep away from working.

Our custodian is the one one who thinks there are fleas within the constructing. He has talked about that he has a canine; how do I politely and professionally inform him that maybe the fleas are coming into the constructing with him?

Be easy! “We’ve investigated this and nobody else has reported any flea bites or flea sightings. We’ve got an exterminator who sprays frequently. We’ve not discovered any proof of fleas within the constructing, so it’s doubtless that your flea bites are from one other location.”

Additionally, although, if issues are on the level that you simply suspect him of creating up the flea drawback to keep away from working, it appears like it might actually be value on the lookout for different cleansing choices! If this man went out of enterprise tomorrow, you’d presumably discover another; no matter you’d do then, are you able to do it now?

3. My coworker used an offensive phrase

I began a brand new job at a really massive company just a few weeks in the past, which I bought via a really shut household buddy. Everybody on the workforce has been completely beautiful to work with to this point, together with a coworker I’ll name Sam.

I used to be chatting with Sam over the cellphone the opposite day (all of us telework), making an attempt to work out find out how to register for a web based instrument that our workforce makes use of. The instrument is extraordinarily poorly designed and Sam mentioned it was “retarded.” This actually stunned and offended me, though I’m optimistic it wasn’t mentioned maliciously. I figured possibly it simply slipped out as one thing maybe he used to say (as numerous us did again within the day), and was inclined to let it go, however then he mentioned it once more inside a span of two minutes in the identical context.

Our firm actually emphasizes range and acceptance and has a coverage the place you report any situations of this to a selected HR group. I actually don’t need him to have this on his official report, however I’m not okay with what he mentioned both.

What ought to I do? It’s value stating that the corporate as an entire skews in the direction of the older aspect. I’ve two coworkers underneath the age of 40 and most others (together with Sam) are 50 or older, so I truthfully assume this can be a case the place he hasn’t discovered this isn’t an acceptable phrase to make use of anymore (not that it ever actually was).

If he says it once more, say one thing within the second! For instance:
* “Whoa, that’s a slur now — you won’t understand.”
* “I actually hate that phrase and would respect you not utilizing it.”
* “Hey, please use a distinct phrase.”

In concept you might return and say one thing now with out ready to see if he says it once more, however as somebody who’s new to the job, it in all probability makes extra sense to only converse up within the second if it occurs once more. (My recommendation could be completely different if he’d used, say, a racial slur.)

4. How do I ask for my bonus?

I work for a small personal firm as the pinnacle of finance. After I was supplied the job, the CEO structured the supply to incorporate eligibility for a bonus within the first yr if I met key efficiency aims as outlined in my job description. I’ve simply accomplished one yr right here. After I began, there was a part-time HR individual, however their contract has ended and I’ve assumed fundamental HR duties. The CEO is probably going the one different worker who was conscious of my bonus settlement, and he has lengthy since forgotten about it.

How do I increase the topic with the CEO about this settlement? It’s in my signed job supply, however could be topic to his analysis as as to if KPOs have been met (a few that are a little bit little bit of a grey space since strategic enterprise selections had been made that made them inapplicable). To make issues extra uncomfortable, firm money is tight and I’m one of many few who is aware of simply how tight it’s (due to my function), so it feels awkward to ask for a bonus. Nonetheless, if we nonetheless had an HR individual, I’d have been in a position to take it up with them and take away a possible battle of curiosity in that means. Any recommendation?

It’s in your signed settlement! You’re not doing something incorrect by elevating that. Say it this manner: “After I got here onboard, we structured the supply to incorporate a doable bonus based mostly on my efficiency after a yr. Since I’ve simply hit the one-year mark, I wished to speak with you about it.” If firm money is simply too tight to do it, let the CEO let you know that — don’t determine it for him.

5. Freelancer administration firm needs data that appears extreme

I’ve freelanced for a corporation for a very long time. They introduced a change to payroll and partnered with an organization I’ll name ZYO that manages freelancers and mentioned nothing was altering. ZYO has wished a number of data that felt intrusive — one among which was to “show” we’re freelancers, they wished us to ship paperwork of shopper contracts with the shopper title and date on it. If we refused, to be able to stay a freelancer they require us to pay for an LLC and get enterprise insurance coverage with a minimal of $1M legal responsibility protection OR we will develop into staff of ZYO and receives a commission with W2 and “contract” with the unique firm.

Is that this shady? Supposedly it’s to ensure the OG firm follows legal guidelines with freelancers however one thing about this doesn’t sit proper.

This has gotten extra frequent with freelancing now: the federal government has cracked down on the principles for who qualifies as an impartial contractor versus an worker (particularly in California, which handed its personal extra restrictive regulation), and consequently some firms have elevated what documentation they require to allow them to “show” you’re actually a freelancer if it’s ever questioned. A technique to do this is to point out that the freelancers have a number of purchasers, not simply them. (I’ve had a couple of shopper ask for precisely this.) You’ll be able to typically black out the delicate data although, like charges.

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