The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 24, 2013

Career Coach Q&A: Handling a full- to part-time move, rumors of layoffs


Setting boundaries

Q. My partner is a new hire at an international company and is pretty high up on the food chain. Because of schedules, he often has calls at strange times and many calls are set up at the last minute. He doesn't seem to see a problem with this, but I think it is very unprofessional for co-workers to be so "on-the-fly" and not have any boundaries. But of course, my partner is still new and wants to make a good impression as well as handle things that are truly emergencies. Any tips for this situation?

A: You partner may just have a very different style of managing or working with others. Some people are very spontaneous with calls, meetings, etc., while others are very organized and set things up in advance. Perhaps a candid conversation will alleviate the issue.

Aloof boss

Q. My boss/supervisor is extremely aloof. I have more work than Superman could handle. I have been doing editorial work at a nonprofit a couple of years and really like my job. How can I get my workload reduced and get a pay increase if I can't effectively communicate with my boss?

A: If your boss is aloof, then your boss may like seeing things in print more than via face-to-face. If this is the case, you might want to document everything you do and then think about what you most want to do (which tasks) and what tasks you would like someone else to do. Also, think about it from your boss' perspective — what would it take to reduce your workload? Think about (and script out) what parts of your job you most want to do and what parts someone else (either currently there or not) can do, and how much that might cost him or her. To "solve" your issue, you may need to also solve his or her issue.

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