Return to work?  

rm_RocknRoxie 49F
296 posts
4/18/2006 4:28 am

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6/4/2006 5:49 pm

Return to work?

I have a good job with an ok company. The benefits keep getting worse and costing more money for fewer benefits each year. The pay is good.

I love the people that I work with, the job that I do and the prestige of the position. I have fun doing the job that I was hired to do. I go above and beyond my job title and take it upon myself to make sure that everything is done to the fullest. I make sure that my customers receive 100% satisfaction.

The problem is the management, they brought in new management back at the end of the year and they are making so many mistakes and causing everyone extra work, frustration, and even telling the employees that management is changing the policies and procedures. The problem with them changing the things takes an act of congress. You follow the rules and don’t change them to fit your ideas.

Now it is to the point that 13 original positions has had 3 people quit, 7 people transfer out of the dept and a total of 23 employees filling the 13 positions over the past year. 3 employees have been out on sick leave. Stress is the reason that the 3 have been off on leave.

To me that turn over is something that rates up there with a fast food restaurant. Management does not see it, as there is too much stress in the workplace. They do not see it as a management problem. It is all of the bad employees. It does not make any sense to anyone working in the dept. The same employees that have been doing the jobs for many years are the problem employees.

So, I am asking for some help making a major decision in my life. I have 12 years with this company. Do I stay or do I go? Please leave me some comments as to what you think that I should do.

qship52 63M

4/18/2006 7:36 am

Been there, done that.

You cannot control bad management.

It will take its toll on you until you cannot take it any longer. Already your job is less and less fun.

New management often has to make changes to justify itself. Ask yourself why the old management was changed to start with? Why are benefits being cut? This is a sign that the company either is in some sort of trouble, or the owners want to milk it for more money. Either way, the employees are in trouble.

It's amazing how fast a culture can be changed (for the worse) by new management.

My advice is to get your resume up to date and start keeping your eyes open for other opportunities.

rm_rareview 40F
568 posts
4/18/2006 7:46 am

i would need a couple of additional details.
1. Was the last balance sheet positive?
2. Is the CEO driving the changes or the Board and the shareholders ?
3. Are you flexible in a long term political game ?
4. Do you have any ego problems with the new management ?

If the balanve sheet was not postive then the change is necessary.
If so try to be part of the change even if the new management is failing. They will not stop until they achieve their goalsrofitability.
Can you participate and demonstrate to them where they make mistakes without lifting a mirror infront of their faces ?
Can you play for the long run ?

My suggestion instead of being part of the problem try to be part of the solution


rm_deepdreams 55M
2 posts
4/18/2006 3:50 pm

Two cents.

Turnover is a sign of something being poisoned. The environment, the benefits, the work, the customers, the entirety of the situation. Something is deeply wrong.

So, let me ask, do you see a future that fits your needs there? There's a time to be selfish and and time to 'grin and bare it'. (So to speak). If you can see a future, can visualize it, and thrive on trying to realize it, then stick it out. If not, then your options are closing, and the time may come when it's not your choice anymore.

Advice: test the water, look over the fence, take a look, explore your options (insert cliche here). Don't wait for someone else to decide, because, in the end, they won't be considering you at all.


rm_NormalTxGuy 56M
4 posts
4/19/2006 5:58 pm

I agree with deepdreams's advice 100%.

If management was giving any thought to you and the other employees, you would not even be asking.

look4love2005 47M

4/20/2006 5:58 pm

you can tell them to shove it up there ass i was working 60 to 100hrs a week because we were short handed for the last 2 yrs because management sucked you were a number and not a person finally came to the point of making me work sat insted of asking so i told them to take this job and shove it they think if they pay you good money your suppose to put up with it but u know what. if they really value u they wont let you leave anywaystook two weeks off and found a new job same good money but with more respect if you want to talk you will have to email me with your # im only standard member john

siamsammy135 45M
33 posts
4/21/2006 7:27 pm

i just read your stay or go question. in college, i was told that the average person is expected to change careers seven times. most of those changes, i imagine, are forced changes.

in your case, i would think the key measures, happiness, stress and security. since you are married, i presume you are a two income family. that gives you a little more options; and of course, i am just some nut case who doesn't have the full picture. with such in mind, i say seek out for something that you think might make you happy. few if any people stay with companies for very long these days; and life is too precious to stick around where one is not happy. but don't go jumping off the deep end and quit without a good plan in mind.


ShishVenomLowly 53M
2 posts
4/23/2006 11:15 am

Mortgage business by chance? It sucks here in the metroplex. I'd start looking around for something else, but there is not much. Career change?

rm_coathanger1 48M
859 posts
4/23/2006 11:39 am

I had to make a simular decition about 7 years ago. I'm glad I left.

I wish I could give you useful advice but there are way too many unseen variables. I wish you the best of luck no matter what you do.

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