My son was diagnosed with ADHD. I am taking advantage of my benefits to the fullest extent possible. FMLA for time off to handle appointments and issues at school, flexible work schedule, mental and health benefits for specialists, and my wife and I are talking to a counselor through my employee assistance program. My manager is flexible when I take time off for my son, so I’m lucky.
I feel like I have to go to Human Resources and tell them what I’m eligible for instead of the other way around. If I have to look out for myself, can you tell me what I’m missing out on? What else can help me and my family?
Dad Who Is Trying
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I’ve been trying to write a post on how I feel about unemployment, daytime television, and my employment prospects with a career in Human Resources and an undergraduate degree in English Literature with a minor in Comparative Religious Studies.
This about sums it up.
I once worked with a woman who hated her photo ID picture so much that she cut out a picture of Eva Longoria and put it on her badge at work. The security guards never noticed, so my colleague started rotating celebrity pictures on her ID. It was great: she was Beyonce, J.Lo, Britney Spears, etc.
Of course, her actions violated the terms & conditions of our site access policy!
My solution? We should have hired graphic designers with Photoshop skills in our Corporate Security department. Life would have been so much better for me, that’s for sure. My former work IDs needed some professional airbrushing!
Before And After: Celebrity Retouching
There are telltale signs when you have reached the pinnacle of your career at an organization and it’s time to start looking for a new job:
- You start justifying why it’s okay to come into work after 9AM.
- Working from home is just the excuse you use to stay home and catch up on your laundry.
- Your wardrobe consists of the same black pants every day of the week.
- Coworkers start referring to the local Starbucks as your new office.
- You take naps in your car during lunch.
- You don’t smoke but you find yourself going outside with random colleagues for smoke breaks.
- It doesn’t take much to find an excuse for a mid-day run to Krispy Kreme.
- The phone in your office is automatically forwarded to voice-mail so you don’t have to listen to it ring.
- Most conversations with coworkers are held via instant message instead of face-to-face.
- Flip flops are embraced as business casual.
- Your favorite words at work are whatevs, yo.
- You stick the latest People Magazine into an old copy of Fortune and read it at your desk.
- You browse the internets for cheap airfare and plan vacations that you’ll never take.
- When someone schedules a meeting on your calendar, you decline because it conflicts with a segment you want to hear on NPR.
- People suspect that you’re the person who is leaving
I finished my MBA at University of Phoenix, and I spoke to my Manager about a promotion & salary increase to match my new degree. It turns out that my company doesn’t have a policy that gives me a better title or more money when I complete my graduate degree.
My Manager talked to my Senior Director, and the Sr. Director talked to Human Resources, but they won’t budge (of course). The policy is firm.
The Sr. Director was disappointed on my behalf, but she tried to be nice about the whole thing. We had a food day and my co-workers brought in a cake, brownies, cookies, and other treats. It was a nice gesture, but I’m really bothered by the fact that my hard work isn’t recognized in my bank account. I’m thinking about looking for a new job, but I don’t want to betray my Manager. What should I do?
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