HR people of Metafilter: my brother has been having trouble at work and had a meeting with HR yesterday where he was put on probation. I’m trying to understand the situation better. Is probation usually just the final formal step a company has to go through before firing someone? Is it possible to be put on probation and still keep your job? [more inside]
So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department... [more inside]
I've suspected that there have been errors on my paycheck for a while due to a new book keeper, and I confirmed this on my last paycheck where they shorted me nearly half of my hours. I want to ask them to pull and audit the last 6 (if not 12) months of my paychecks, especially the ones since the new book keeper took over and started using their new internal Quickbooks system. [more inside]
I'm worried that my inconsistent performance in the office is going to be cause for action by management in the not so distant future. I want to inform my employer that I am suffering from bi-polar disorder as a means to protect myself while possibly reassigning me a manageable workload. [more inside]
I'm trying to learn the ins-and-outs of satellite operations. Assuming that i.e. a weather satellite is launched by NASA, what would be the key roles on the responsible team? Does responsibility for day-to-day operations stay at NASA, with a team monitoring the satellite, or does this get transferred to another agency? [more inside]
I was fired from a job like 5 years ago, and I am thinking of just saying that I was laid off if I am asked “why I left”. I am not planning to give any references from that company but I heard that sometimes they will call the company and fish around for a reference without you knowing. [more inside]
You are not my lawyer, or tax preparer. I have been working at the same company for a few years. In September of 2014, I moved. I asked my employer what I needed to do to make sure my file was updated with the correct address, and was told to add the new address to the HR portal, which I did. A couple of weeks ago, my W2 forms were sent to my old address. Fortunately they were returned to the office. I asked HR if I can get updated forms and was told "you don’t need a corrected W2 for an address change. You will be able to file your taxes without an issue with the address and enter your own address for your return." [more inside]
Our small business is getting ready to offer health insurance and it is a bit overwhelming trying to come up with a way to keep up with the new hires and when to offer them the insurance after 90 days and when to start taking it out of their check. How do company HR Departments do it? I could just use a calendar book but is there another way that would be better/easier (preferably free) and maybe even help with other reminders too?
I'm an archivist at a large university in the USA. I've been at my current job for a few months now and it's my first archives job since I finished my master's degree. I am the first degree-holding archivist they ever hired. Before very recently, all the archivists at my department had been part-time students in the master's degree program here. One other archivist stayed on for a few months after she graduated last year. Whenever she finished her degree, she was given some kind of promotion or reclassification because of it. She was still a part-time hourly worker, but was being paid twice as much as the rest of us. What could that mean for me? [more inside]
I am a trans man and I am legally changing my name and gender marker in 2 weeks. I have still not come out at work. I am extremely anxious about this and want to hear other people's experiences. Preferably from the trans person perspective, but also HR or managers of trans people, especially in white collar environments. [more inside]
This past week I was preparing for an international business trip when I realized that I had made a mistake on my visa application. I was able to re-apply and rush things through and get on the plane. If I hadn't, it would have cost $1,000-$3,000 in change and cancellation fees for flights. My boss said that, 'most places would make the employee pay that.' Is that true? [more inside]
Are there any networks where HR firms, employment agencies, and screening companies share tips and info? This could be Facebook or LinkedIn groups, even trade type organizations.
I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
I posted this question a while ago. What I failed to mention there is that my ex-friend was also a coworker. I've since moved on to a new job that I love, but now I hear that my terrible ex-friend is thinking about applying for a job at my new company. This has sent me into a panic. [more inside]
I work for a small, but somewhat prominent in its domain, company that has issues. These issues are not entirely apparent from the outside due to the company's excellent PR and HR offices. I don't want to leave the company right now for my own reasons, but I also find it difficult to try to convince people to work for the company without stretching the truth further than I'm comfortable with. How do I handle interviews when I believe that the company will fail? [more inside]
Why in God's name, in 2015, do recruiting websites still insist that you cut-and-paste the resume you just spent dozens of hours format-tweaking into a web page that changes / strips my hard-won formatting perfection? Why can't I just upload a Word or PDF or even RTF file, the file formats everyone in the rest of the known universe uses? [more inside]
Would love to hear feedback from someone familiar with municipal HR practices. Yesterday I interviewed for a position with a city department. The interview was set up by someone from city HR, but was I was actually interviewed by people in the department. At the end of the interview, the contact from HR told me I could not contact the interviewers, but I could direct questions to her (the HR contact). I believe this is all because of various regulations regarding city hiring. When I've been interviewing for other jobs (private companies), I have sent a post-interview "thanks" email to the interviewer. Since I can't contact the people I interviewed with, is it appropriate to send a "thank you for organizing the interview" email to the HR person who has been my point of contact so far?
My boss has been very short with me lately, and now it's bordering upon hostile. I can't think of anything that should have provoked this. How do I handle it? [more inside]
I was fired for what I (and several lawyer friends) believe to be a bogus reason. But what should I tell potential employers, given that I don't trust my former HR department? It's going to be long but the detail is necessary. [more inside]
I could really do with some advice on my rights for a phased return to work after absence due to work related stress, complicated by chronic fatigue syndrome. [more inside]
Had great first interview with partners. Had great second interview with operations manager. During follow-up call with HR, I mentioned that I was also interviewing at other places in a different industry. Did I screw up? [more inside]
In the latest in my several-year nightmare in negotiating with SSA about my work activity, this latest wrinkle came up. I work as an adjunct instructor. I am a contract employee. My pay stubs accurately reflect when and how much I was paid, but fail to reflect when I actually earned those hours. And because of this, I'm in danger of losing my SSDI benefits. YANML [more inside]
My employer is selecting a new financial adviser to run our 401K and I get to serve on the interview committee. My primary objective is to make sure that whoever we select offers a good variety of index funds to choose from (our current 401K offers none and I've been nudging HR about this for a while). But I'm wondering if there are other questions I should be asking too. Each firm being considered already is answering questions about fees, reporting, general investment advice. Any thoughts?
I've been working freelance from multiple sources while looking for a perm job. I interviewed at a company and they asked what I was currently doing. I said that I've been working on Project A and Project B from Company C. They seemed very interested in Project B, but I realized afterwards that that project is not from Company C like I said, but from Company D (who I haven't been able to contact since the project ended). I'm an idiot, and HR wants to check references, what do I do? [more inside]
I am considering hiring a resume writer. I have 10+ years of experience in a specific industry (industrial manufacturing related) and interested in branching out to different industries. I feel like I should be doing something different than the usual. Has anyone hired a resume writer ever? How was your experience with it? Any tips? My fear would be to get a canned resume that I could do better myself. Are there any personalized services out there that could really help differentiate the resume?
Was told by no less than 3 manager types, when I started my new job 4 months ago, that after a month of training and orientation, I should expect a bump in pay. Turns out, they meant other people are to expect the pay increase, not me. [more inside]
I work for a rapidly growing company that has no HR staff and relatively few policies to speak of. I need to take extended leave under FMLA. Difficulty level: no one else can do my work. [more inside]
Do wrist-based optical heart rate monitors work on dark skin? [more inside]
There was a job advertisement to this effect about ten years ago. I don't remember if it actually said "a door", but there was a big picture of one in the middle of the page. I'm looking for a copy but so far it has defeated my Google skills. Can someone help a cube dweller out?
I am developing a new hire orientation for my MA-based, technology company that is expanding at a pretty steady rate. Our orientation right now is every two weeks, a number of speakers from HR, all PowerPoint, and about 4 hours long. I would like to cut down the length of the presentation, add a tour, and hit the high notes of what we do and how we do it. [more inside]
As part of my friend's job, she was asked to give a visual guess of a job candidate's ethnicity. She felt uncomfortable doing so, and has questions about it. [more inside]
I write documents and flowcharts, create training programs, conduct training sessions, oversee employee development, manage the intranet, maintain shared documentation, conduct process analysis, administrate process improvement, and do some project management on the side. Now it's time to move on and I'm sitting staring blankly at indeed.com, not quite sure what jobs to search for; knowledge management, technical communicator, training, process improvement? Is there a job which encapsulates these all? Or am I barking up the wrong tree - maybe these skills are pre-requisites for a position I haven't yet considered? [more inside]
It seems like FMLA leave doesn't account for bereavement time. What, then, do I do, after the person I'm caring for (my father) dies- just pack up and immediately fly cross country and go back to work? What about dealing with his estate? [more inside]
Hey Metafilter, I have a thorny question about who has the responsibility to redress an overpayment situation, I hope you can help! [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for simple software to assist our managers with doing their employee performance evaluations efficiently and timely. Our small company has about 20 employees, and we have previously used paper evaluations but would like to move toward software for this. I would like something where the manager selects a rating for a particular category, and the software auto-fills in some generic description text that the manager can then alter. Then the form can be exported to PDF. Integrated self-evaluations would be nice, but not necessary. [more inside]
So I tore my ACL and would like to have it reconstructed. I have been offered a job that starts late September that would offer superior health insurance. I would ideally like to be on that insurance when I get the surgery, how do I make that happen? [more inside]
I'm an assistant manager now. I want to be a manager, and there will be job openings in a month or so. What can I do to increase my chances of getting promoted? [more inside]
I am just a couple weeks from receiving my bachelor's degree, and thanks to my college career counselor I feel like I now know what I'm doing when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and the interview process. I'm applying for an administrative/HR position, and the company's online application has be concerned that I don't look like as good a candidate. Should I mail the resume/cover letter in, or deliver it personally, and ignore the online app? [more inside]
I was recently recruited for a mid-level role at a young startup (tech in development for several years; company has existed for about a year). My gut feeling about the product and the tech is that it's viable. The market is there, and I myself would use the product. This is not the case for 80% of startup products/ideas that I see. I'm not so sure how I feel about the founders or the results of the first interview. [more inside]
I have recently been hired as a product development manager in a new boutique retail chain. Another manager-level employee was hired around the same time as I was, and so far has been challenging to work with. Seeking advice on best practices before this turns into a Pamplona Bull Run on the floor. [more inside]
I recently gave notice at my job, after having received Metrocards in advance. The HR department says because of the Metrocards, I still have to keep working until my resignation date, but won't get a final paycheck and will owe them money afterwards. Is this either legal or normal? What should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
What should someone coming from outside the tech sector know about HR practices in dotcoms or companies of that ilk? (Specific questions about communication.) [more inside]
I walked into work today and was suspended with potential termination for policy violations, one of which does include the event that led me to ask this question. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
Resume question time. I am working on a full CV, with more or less everything, but want to know just how full it should really be... [more inside]
Had an argument with a colleague last Friday that had homophobic undertones. I want to report this to HR just to be on the safe side, what's the best way forward? [more inside]
I recently accepted a promotion. Awesome. The problem is, my old boss has subsequently put a moratorium on people leaving my current department for 3 months. We are desperately short on resources, so I am sympathetic to his predicament, but at the same time, I am very bothered by a few things: 1) Since I accepted the offer, he has piled more work on my plate that he expects me to finish regardless of how long it takes. This would include projects that spill over the 3 month moratorium. 2) I spoke to him about applying for this new position before he announced this policy and he never mentioned a thing. He always mentioned we would do a 'transition plan', which if you read point 1, doesn't sound like any type of transition plan. He announced this policy 1 day after I was extended an offer. 3) The promotion is a $15k jump in compensation. I will be seeing none of that for 3 months because of this policy. [more inside]
I have a staff position in academic research. I received a verbal job offer two and a half weeks ago for a higher position in a different lab, and I gave notice to my current PI (my boss) immediately. I haven't gotten the official job offer yet, and I think my PI might cause me to lose the offer... Also, I'm kind of just freaked out in general and need some fresh eyes. Am I freaking over nothing, or is trouble brewing here? [more inside]
How nice is too nice of an electronic use policy? [more inside]