Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on October 27th, 2014 by Alan Sklover

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“An itch is worse than a slap.”

– English Proverb

An itch goes on and on, and often gets worse with time. On the other hand, a slap sure stings, but the discomfort fades with each passing minute. At work, ongoing difficulties, continuing problems, and unresolved issues fester just like itches, and just like itches they cry out to be scratched. Dealing with ongoing issues without undue delay sure may sting, slap or shock, but the discomfort then dissipates with time to become nothing but a memory. The slap will heal; unless dealt with, the itch will make you crazy.

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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“Fired after I resigned; will it affect my open job offer?”

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by Alan Sklover

Question: Dear Alan: About a month ago I resigned from my job to join a different employer. A few days ago, I was terminated from my present job by my employer’s Surveillance Team for unknowingly emailing a private document to my personal email. I was told to turn over all of my company ID’s and take my personal belongings and leave the office.

I had planned to leave anyway, and had a job offer outstanding. I am scheduled to start that new job in about a month. Do you think what has happened is likely to affect my job offer?

Do help me.

Mumbai, India

Answer: Dear Sacked: I believe that the odds are that what has happened will not affect your open job offer. Here are my thoughts: Continue Reading. . .

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on October 20th, 2014 by Alan Sklover

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“Kind words will unlock an iron door.”

– Turkish Proverb

At work, and elsewhere, bear in mind the simplicity, value and effect of a few kind words. “You were thoughtful to do that.” “I appreciate your efforts.” “Your extra measure of care was both noticed and appreciated.” “Thanks for your help.” Simple, no-cost, and moving little phrases. Not only are they good for the person who hears them, and not only will they probably come back to you, but they just might just go “viral,” and reverberate to a world-wide audience.

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

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“You expect me to believe THAT??!!

Published on October 17th, 2014 by Alan Sklover

Craziest Reasons for Calling in Sick

New Workplace Benefit: Freezing Your Eggs

Earlier this year both Apple and Facebook began offering to their employees a new workplace benefit: freezing human eggs. The benefit is, quite naturally, offered only to female employees.

What’s behind this rather intimate – and some say intrusive – benefit? Company spokespersons have characterized it as providing assistance in what is often called “career planning and “work–life balance.” Skeptics see it as more of a self-interested attempt to have female employees put off motherhood until later years.

It would seemingly enable employers to retain the valuable services of valuable female employees for a longer period of time, as retention of valuable human capital is a prime goal of all employers, not just those in Silicon Valley. Also, if female employees leave for maternity and child-rearing, they just might not return, or might re-enter the workforce after maternity, but to a different employer.

Some say that this would require female employees to self-identify themselves as in “I am a future mother,” and thus might serve to discourage employers from investing in their training and education. Or it might unconsciously discourage even promoting these “future mothers” because, the fear is “Sooner or later, she will become a mommy. Let’s not put her on promotion track, but instead a different “Mommy Track.”

Time will tell if this new workplace benefit is popular, and how it affects employees and employers. For now, it is something new, and to be watched carefully, as it gets employers a good deal closer to knowing perhaps the most intimate of inner thoughts.

Who knows? They just might “share” that information with advertisers and marketers, something Facebook and Apple are both famous – or infamous – for doing, whether by design or by hacking.

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

“I am working way too many hours!! Any ideas??”

Published on October 14th, 2014 by Alan Sklover

Question: Dear Alan: I have been working for my company for three years and over that time my weekly hours have gone from 40 sometimes up to 75. Without a doubt it is now beginning to negatively affecting me, my health, my family and my sanity.

Do you have any ideas?

Cranston, Rhode Island

Answer: Dear Overworked: What you are experiencing is the “new productivity,” which is four people doing the work that nine people used to do. Many hours being required is not generally a violation of law, except in a few occupations where public safety might be affected, such as airplane pilots, truck drivers, emergency room physicians, and coal miners. Here are my thoughts on this all-too-common worldwide problem. Continue Reading. . .

Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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