Thursday, June 20, 2024

how do I navigate being bare round staff in a locker room, and extra — Ask a Supervisor


It’s a particular “the place are you now?” season at Ask a Supervisor and I’m working updates from individuals who had their letters right here answered previously. Listed here are 4 updates from previous letter-writers.

There will likely be extra posts than standard this week, so hold checking again all through the day — there’s extra to return at the moment.

1. How do I navigate being bare round staff in a locker room?

It’s been nearly a yr since I wrote in and I’m proud of how issues have gone.

Whereas not an official coverage, I did communicate to my workforce about higher “studying the room.” Workforce member in a towel? Most likely not the very best individual that will help you repair that piece of kit. Generally widespread sense shouldn’t be so widespread, I suppose? But it surely’s labored.

I additionally appreciated everybody’s feedback round tips on how to personally cowl up whereas utilizing the locker room. Whereas it could sound tremendous apparent (once more, widespread sense isn’t all the time so widespread), I began sporting my garments into the bathe stall, hanging my health club bag on the skin door/hook, and simply altering there earlier than and after my showers. Straightforward repair, and it’s saving me time.

I additionally took a few of Jeff Fundamental’s recommendation by discovering allies within the office, as HR didn’t really feel just like the protected house I wanted on the time. And, coincidentally, a number of extra queer individuals have joined the management workforce throughout the previous yr, so I’m now not the one out homosexual individual. Having a various workforce feels good!

And eventually, as for that homophobic workforce member, he utilized for the very same position at one other one in every of our places a number of months after being let go. Unsurprisingly, the reply was no.

2. Negotiating a suggestion once you haven’t talked wage in any respect

Thanks in your response, and to the commenters who had been so supportive! I wasn’t capable of interact the day of your put up as a result of I used to be too busy at my new job!

I’m completely happy to report this ended properly. The decision the place I assumed they’d make a suggestion turned out to be the dialog we must always have had initially, wherein they shared their compensation construction for the place and requested about my expectations. As I suspected, my ask of $130s was on the prime of their vary. I acquired a suggestion a pair days later that got here shut, requested for a bit extra and was capable of get $130K.

After all, I ought to have simply requested earlier. I’m not early profession, I wasn’t determined for a job, and I do know that is positive to ask! However there was no recruiter, simply the hiring workforce, and I believe I used to be in a mindset the place I used to be so relieved that every interview was ending properly that I saved kicking the query down the street. Fortuitously, I like this job to date. As soon as I’ve been right here a minute, I’ll suggest that we embrace ranges within the postings.

3. Can I commonly take PTO for a crafting social group?

My boss had no issues with me taking the time and was truly completely happy that I used to be lastly going to be taking day without work commonly for one thing I take pleasure in (I advised him what it was for and after a five-year run I might need a special costume than Rapunzel for Halloween). For a wide range of causes (time blindness, snoozing the alarm to depart one too many instances, busy workload, emergencies popping up and I used to be the one individual on my workforce within the workplace, and so forth.) I ended up by no means going past the primary time. I’d get delayed to the purpose I figured the group could be leaving by the point I acquired there so I simply didn’t go.

I suppose technically I did take the recommendation about maintaining it versatile… After a number of weeks, the reminders simply made me really feel unhealthy so I eliminated the requests however am hoping to strive once more this summer time as issues decelerate for a bit. Hoping that constructing it in as a part of my schedule throughout a time I could make it occur helps it stick when the applying cycle/time period begin ramps up once more.

4. Telling a recruiter I don’t wish to change jobs proper now (#4 on the hyperlink)

I had written final summer time relating to a script for a (I imagine I referred to her as) recruiter that I had been working with. She was being useful, however on the similar time, my father was dying and I used to be having hassle telling her, “Not proper now.”

Utilizing your recommendation, I wrote to the recruiter and defined what was occurring. She despatched me a sort be aware again and inspired me to achieve again out after I was in a greater place to alter jobs. My instinct to remain the place I used to be had been correct; my father’s situation deteriorated rapidly, and I had flexibility to assist that I’d haven’t had in any other case.

Sadly, my father handed away on the finish of September. Within the aftermath, I selected to be affected person with myself as I targeted on my private targets. Once I felt properly sufficient, I began to ship out my resume. Once more, utilizing your recommendation, I used to be capable of land a greater job than the one I had interviewed with and was capable of negotiate a greater profit bundle. I had my first efficiency analysis with my new bosses at the moment and, whereas after all there may be room to enhance, total, it was a really optimistic dialog. I’ve learn sufficient AAM to know this might change, however proper now, I really feel strongly that this an employer I might develop in.

Thanks for taking the time to reply my query. I do know it was low stakes query, however in a summer time of a lot turmoil, I actually appreciated your sort, direct response.

Additionally, to everybody, if one thing doesn’t really feel proper/look proper, please it get it checked. There isn’t a remedy for ALS (what my father handed from), however he wasn’t feeling properly for a couple of yr earlier than the analysis. Earlier intervention might have saved him with us somewhat longer.

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