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Walking Taller at Work

Published on April 20th, 2011 by Alan L Sklover

Note: One of our most popular Newsletters is entitled “Resigning from Your Job – The 21 Necessary Precautions.” We recently received this positive report of someone who followed our suggestions:

Dear Alan:

I’m so thankful for stumbling upon this article on your blogsite while searching for a way to resign!!

I will be giving my resignation on Friday due to a very unruly boss and co-workers who will do anything to stay on his “good side” (if there is one!). I can’t take it anymore, as it is affecting my health and life at home.

I don’t know that I would stand a chance in hell for any type of severance, but am thankful for the confidence to resign in person and know there may be something I can do.

Clearing off your desk a little at a time is something everyone should think of . . . I cleaned off my PC a couple of weeks ago. The only things left are my photos on my wall and those will have to wait.

Good luck to anyone and everyone out there in my same situation!

Charity
Happy – and Now
Ready – to Move On

Dear Charity –

I’m also glad you stumbled upon our blogsite, and that you found our article on the things to think about and do before resigning.  It’s only because so many of my clients have made mistakes over the years that I am able to share with our “blog family” the lessons they’ve learned “the hard way.”

As to your chances for getting severance, may I suggest you consider reviewing our articles, newsletters and videos on the subject of severance negotiation.  Many people are able to negotiate severance far more successfully than they had expected. Hey – you have nothing to lose!

Thank you so much for your great “Walking Taller” feedback. Good luck to you in regaining your health, and on your next job. 

Best,
Al Sklover

© 2011 Alan L. Sklover, All Rights Reserved.

Walking Taller at Work

Published on January 19th, 2011 by Alan L Sklover

Note: One of our most popular Newsletters is entitled “Over 50? – Eight Ways to Remain Employed and Employable.” We recently received this positive report of someone who followed our suggestions:

Dear Alan:

I actually did something similar to what you suggested: (a) examined my best skills, and (b) made myself needed and necessary to the “powers that be.” Boy, did it work!

I love training and realized that my company could use training (sales, tech, business, marketing, IT, etc.) to gain greater market share for our new product. I “sold” myself, and then worked hard to make my skills make a difference.

Result: Our company gained 1500 net new systems sales, 200 new and loyal dealers, and – yes – because I did a bit of promoting my value, everyone in the dealer group understood why our company did so well.

I was in my mid-50’s when I did that. Not only did it keep me employed, but it turned into a great “launch pad” for even more far-reaching efforts  involving new products, dealer loyalty, and sustaining annual profit growth.

Yes – absolutely! Use your skills, experience, savvy and go become “important” to your company. It’s up to you, and – no – do not expect others to do it for you! You are your own best advocate.

Neil L.
Now a Bit Older – and
In My Own Business

Neil – 

You are an inspiration!! Though, to me, you are a “youngster,” I admire your self-reliance, your self-awareness, and your positive spirit. Thank you so much for your great “Walking Taller” feedback.

Best, Al Sklover

© 2011 Alan L. Sklover, All Rights Reserved.

Walking Taller at Work™

Published on December 29th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover

Dear SkloverWorkingWisdom,

No question at the moment. I just used some of Sklover’s thinking to back a request I made for severance and wanted to let Sklover know that his blog is most awesome!

In addition I received a counter offer to my written offer in less than 14 hours. The funny thing is that I had really wanted to pay an attorney to write it, but I didn’t find an attorney that was interested, so I did it myself, and it worked!!

I have sent links to three of my closest friends a few minutes ago.

L.G.

Mebane, North Carolina

Dear L.G.,

You – and your experience – are the reasons we write this blog. And you – and your experience – are the reasons we keep writing it: to use your own words, “It works!!”

Thanks for visiting, thanks for writing in, and thanks for sending links to your friends.

Before you know it, we’ll have started something pretty good for everyone, because we believe when employees feel they are treated with fairness, they are more productive.

And we all know that there’s a lot more “repairing” to do in this world.

Thanks, again.

Best, Al Sklover

© 2010 Alan L. Sklover, All Rights Reserved.

Walking Taller at Work™

Published on December 15th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover

Note: On October 2, 2010, a SkloverWorkingWisdom reader submitted this question:

“Is it a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to be denied a full raise based on my FMLA-approved absences?”

In response, we told her that she should send a letter to her company and respectfully stand up for her rights, and suggested what it should say. To view her complete question and our answer to her [click here].

Dear Alan:

I just wanted to let you know that my request for a retroactive merit increase based on perceived FMLA retaliation has been successful. I appreciate the guidance you offered and believe that “You are not alone, at work, any more” is a valuable service to workers in any field at any employer.

My letter was slightly different from your suggestion, but achieved the desired results.

Thank you again for making individuals feel empowered and for offering support; sometimes that’s all that’s needed to allow/nudge an employee to stand up for themselves.  

Rachel

Shreveport, Louisiana

© 2010 Alan L. Sklover, All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday’s Walking Taller at Work™

Published on December 8th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover

Dear Alan:

I sent you a question in January, that you kindly answered, about my concern that I was being retaliated against for complaining about my boss’s harassing me. Like probably most people I didn’t know what to do, and I was afraid to lose my job, let alone my reputation.

Your suggestions worked out great. I followed them, and did everything in writing, totally respectfully, and straightforward. Most of all, I let HR know I was not going to be intimidated, and that I would rather not hire a lawyer, unless that became necessary.

Because of what I did, two other women decided they could do the same, and they did. I was just promoted. My boss was just fired. Thank you so, so much for your blog. It taught me a lesson I wish I learned many years ago. But better late than never.

Name Withheld
Wichita, Kansas

© 2010 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved


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Alan L. Sklover

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for over 35 years

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