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What your manager says is nonsense. What he apparently wants is "bums on seats". A nice quote from some top manager at Microsoft: "You can make people stay in the office 80 hours a week. You can't make them work more than 40 hours a week". Working more than 40 hours a week decreases productivity, and not productivity per hour, but productivity per week. ...


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Therefore, if my new salary is between A and (A+$950), should I request (A-$0.01)? Assuming you are able to request raises, it would seem to make a lot more sense to request (A+$1300). You can use your argument about the net loss due to higher insurance costs to bolster your request.


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Talk to your academic adviser. That is a person in your home department who is responsible for helping students progress. Come prepared with: initial scope of work timeline / schedule / something that says initial scope of work is almost finished email from your manager saying "hey, there is more work, and I know that's a lot, but you can finish it from ...


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How can I convince my district manager to let me fire my assistant manager? I think your best bet is to build up a written paper trail of each occurrence, where you sit down with the asst. manager and have them sign it. Be sure its clear what the issue was, and what your expectations are going forward. Make the improvements measurable when possible. Do ...


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Based on your statements in the question, I'm going to write the answer(s) How to cope with this situation? If you want monetary benefits, shift your priority to produce quantity rather than quality. If you can manage to retain same quality as of now, without burning yourself out, that's added benefit - but focus should be on quantity. Reason: You said ...


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Are they allowed to force me to do overtime at no extra pay? This really depends on your local laws, your employment contract, and your status as an employee, none of which can really be determined here. Your best bet, should you really want an answer for this, is to consult a lawyer. What is more concerning is that your employer appears to have no concern ...


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"...in the meetings, my manager wants everyone to be 'me'..." This is a vital detail that should be the lede in your question and not buried in a comment to an answer. This is the one thing that distinguishes your question from all the other complaints about unappreciated extra effort at work. It is also the one thing that you can use as leverage. "Our ...


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Update your resume and start putting it out as a defensive move. Then ask your manager for specific areas to improve, and get cracking. Germans have a saying: Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unforgivable. Make that your motto and you won't have any problems with future tardiness. What concerns me is the gap in how you did and how you ...


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Get this straight - A review is not a criticism. It also captures the success stories - more importantly, which actions lead to success for certain person / scenarios. Remember, all feedback are constructive: Negative feedback provides us with the action points to work upon to improve Positive feedback recognizes the efforts that went in and sets examples ...


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Last time that happened at my company, we have negotiated to officially raise the salary to A - 0.01, but keep track of the intended salary C (being A < C < A + 950), so next raise would be based on C instead of A - 0.01. That way, the affected employee kept the best salary they could, as the company couldn't pay A + 950 or higher, but the employee ...


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Float the idea of a Performance Improvement Plan by your boss. Ask if you two can decide on a set list of goals and progress improvement areas for the AM. When/if the AM fails to improve those things listed in a set amount of time, then you and your boss agree the AM should be removed from duty. If your boss outright shoots this idea down, perhaps freshen ...


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I would set up a meeting with your manager to discuss this. I would be point blank: Boss, I am working and meeting all the demands expected. I complete all the assigned tickets/tasks on time and in completion. I am not clear on what you mean that I should work more than 40 hours. I am meeting expectations and do not believe I need to do more than 40 hours ...


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I'm sorry, but your boss is a jerk. It is valid to provide feedback on "soft" skills. However, it needs to be actionable like: "You tend to interrupt your peers in meetings. I need you to make sure you wait for people to finish their thought before jumping in." or "Your emails to clients are too technical for them to understand. Can you start just giving ...


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The best managers help their direct reports to become their best workers If you want to convince your boss that this person needs to be let go, show her that you have done everything you can to try to help solve the problem. Show her that there is nothing that can be done to salvage this person, by trying your best to salvage this person. Identify the ...


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Consider that the raise is forever. If you get 1% less salary this year (and are happy about it), you will also get 1% less salary next year, and the year after, and the year after that. You gain a bit this year, but you will lose out all the following years. Take the raise that you can get.


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Your company has a perverse incentive in place, and it would be a more constructive response to lobby for it be changed than to engage in shenanigans that simply perpetuate it rather than addressing it. You're proposing responding to one form of dysfunction with more dysfunction, which is bad for the company and likely for you. If you really can't get the ...


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Canada is a big place, your province and city matter a lot. Since your overall employment situation most likely vastly exceeds the minimums required by law it is unlikely they are actually violating any labor regulation. Culturally, in private sector, in software, definitely someone who always locks their workstation stands up and hits the door at 3:59:59 ...


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You are employed to do "your day job" ie the work within the team. So, you will have to talk to your manager or, if necessary, his manager as well so that the work on T gets recognized. If that cannot happen then you have to focus on the day job and don't work on T until they realize that they need it and find a solution.


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Your employer has made clear where their priorities lie and gone so far as to set up incentives to make sure their directives are followed. It is admirable that you take pride in your work, but that isn't what your employer is paying you to do. They want more, not better. In the eyes of your employer, you are an under-performer. Your choices, thus, are as ...


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I see this as a failure on the part of your manager as much as yourself. Your manager should have been discussing this with your long before you got to end of year reviews. That said, the other advice about being on the defensive is good, but doesn't address your concern 'steps I can take to make sure I can spot this earlier in the future'. You need to be ...


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This co-worker's weakness is they tend to over-explain problems and use a lot of words when few are required. Although they want to provide full context and lots of precise language, the message tends to get lost in the verbiage. Being this is a co-worker, and my feedback is not anonymous, I want to express this concern in a tactful way I would word it as ...


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As the saying goes, "Politics is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' while looking for a rock" The only way to avoid the issue is to just respond with positive feedback on everything until you can find employment elsewhere. From what you've posted, they are unwilling to work with you, unwilling to address anything you have brought up, and are generally being an ...


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In most places, performance reviews are confidential between employee and their line manager, so not available....


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I have received a super negative feedback from my team lead which i was addressed such as false-promising, deceiving, rude, and untrustworthy We know that a manager in your current company found out that your previous employer doesn't like you, and asked your current team lead to give you a verbal beating. First off, both the manager and the team lead are ...


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Let it go. If this 4 jobs and many years ago, no one will care or ask. References have a significant "time constant" to them: the more recent, the more valuable & relevant they are. If there is 4 more recent jobs to chose from, no hiring manager will go to them for input. You can partially control this too: Put "references available on request" on your ...


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Great reviews are balanced (address both strengths and potential growth areas), specific (address specific behaviors, not general attitudes), and include evidence (anecdotes of the behaviors discussed). Part of your job as a reviewer is to identify opportunities for your manager to improve, even if minor behaviors. Everyone could always do something ...


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How should I proceed in this situation? Start asking the boss questions again. It is better to have a problem of asking too many questions instead of having the problem of not asking any questions. If you feel that the boss could help by answering a question then you should at least ask the question. Remember that asking questions is never pointless ...


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Health Premiums are pretax. They (a) reduce your tax liability, and (b) do not affect 401k contributions. Because of the effect on your tax liability, you will pay less in taxes in trade for more premium cost. The $1,300 more to your gross means you'll be saving more retirement, and get a larger matching 401(k). Even if it may seem outrageous upfront, it ...


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