Rapid City, SD
Wichita Falls, TX
I'm the only part-time employee at
a small organization. The employee manual states that full time
employees are eligible for benefits that include health
insurance and paid time off.
After two years of employment, I
have not had a performance review or a pay increase. I spoke to
my supervisor four months ago and expressed my interest to work
30 hours per week to become eligible for benefits. After a
month, I followed up in writing.
She sent an E-mail, copying her boss,
stating that the vacant position I had asked for would not be
filled. My reply apologized for the confusion, explained that I
hadn't asked for that position and restated my request to work a
few extra hours each week to become eligible for benefits. I
mentioned my duration of service, cited some positive
contributions I've made, and requested that it be considered. I
did not hear back, and have followed up twice (copying her boss
each time) and no one has responded.
During this time, my supervisor has become distant and struggles
to make eye contact with me.
would really like your advice on next steps for handling this in
a manner that makes everyone is comfortable.
insurance is so expensive, it's understandable that you
would want it provided by your employer. It's also
understandable that an employer will try to avoid paying it for
a position that can be filled on a part time basis.
This is not an ideological or political matter, it's just simple
It's time to move on and find
another job with another company. I know people in Baltimore and
contrary to what the media may try to tell you, there's plenty
of opportunity there for someone who's willing to work.
Thanks for your
question and good luck in your new job search.
- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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Sniechowski, a dear friend who was also the best man at my
wedding, says that people try to rationalize their situations by
building castles around themselves.
He calls them
"Rational Castles", and says the smarter the person is, the more
brilliant the Rational Castle is.
(Jim is a psychologist
who was recently recruited by LinkedIn and moved to California
to coach their young executives as the company's explosive growth
He is so right about that, and it is so
unfortunate that so many people build these castles.
of the most common is “Little Man Syndrome”.
people see themselves as small fish that don’t stand a chance of
getting ahead in a big sea. Comments such as “The little man
can’t get ahead” become a self fulfilling prophesy.
a financial and career standpoint, most people are
small when compared to someone like Bill Gates. But just because
someone starts small doesn't mean they have to stay small.
John Schnatter was small when he began making pizza in the
broom closet of his father’s tavern near Louisville, Kentucky in
Because Domino’s already had over 1,000 stores and
Pizza Hut had over 4,000 at the time, the odds were
overwhelmingly against him.
Had he told anyone that he
was going to take on Domino’s and Pizza Hut, they might have
told him "The little man can’t get ahead”.
But he was so
convinced that anyone can get ahead that he sold his 1972 Camaro
Z-28 to buy $1600 worth of pizza equipment.
By the late
nineties, his company, Papa John's, had become so popular that
Pizza Hut co- founder Frank Carney began buying Papa John’s
Too many people sabotage their own success
by viewing their companies as all powerful and themselves as
powerless. They think they’re at the whim of the company, and
don't realize it’s actually the other way around.
Companies have no power without good employees. Lee Iacocca said
“All business operations can be reduced to three words: people,
product, and profits. Unless you've got a good team, you can't
do much with the other two.”
Some people are so
entrenched in this thinking that they develop a “we versus them”
mentality. I’ve met people who actually believe managers enjoy
Managers get no pleasure from firing
people. They’re often overwhelmed with feelings of guilt,
failure, and sadness. Managers fail when employees fail. Your
boss wants you to succeed.
An engineer from San
Francisco who sat beside me on a flight to Dallas argued that
her boss couldn’t care less about whether she succeeds. She
claimed that he was a lazy jerk who didn’t care about anyone but
himself and wanted her to fail.
She missed the big picture. He
doesn’t want her to fail even if he is as she described him. Her
failure would mean more work for him. He needs her to succeed at
her job so that he won’t have to do the job himself.
matter where you are in your career, no one can hold you back
but yourself. There are no "little people", just people who
To Your Success,
P.S. In 2009,
John Schnatter found and bought back his old Camaro for
$250,000. He celebrated by offering Fr** Papa John's pizza to
anyone who owned a Camaro.