The company I work for was acquired recently and a new team took over. I now hate my job, my boss, my co-workers. I can’t afford to quit. Would it be too risky to ask my boss for a severance package?
I am sensing here that you are unhappy at work, am I right? I have this uncanny ability to read people and their emotions. I know you’ve got this all worked out as rational and on one level it is. But think about what would happen if every company paid unhappy people to leave? Most would have to declare bankruptcy. However, when there is a merger, there are often layoffs with severance packages to employees who volunteer to leave. This opens the door for all employees to safely inquire about a package without jeopardizing their job. My advice is to keep your unhappiness to yourself and use the management change as an opportunity to inquire about any severance arrangements, whether they would consider you, and what the terms would be. Just make it crystal clear that you are not resigning. Failing that, sounds to me like you need to spend some lunch hours going on some interviews — and soon.
I recently put a workplace violence complaint in against a co-worker. To date, no one has done anything. I have gone to the director of HR, my union and my EEO representative. I have gone into therapy because of my issues and I don’t know where else to turn. Do you have any suggestions?
I’m sorry to hear this. While regular readers of my column know that I try to inject some humor into my responses, this is too serious to take lightly. The workplace must be and feel safe, without any compromise. It sounds like the next step is to document every detail of the situation — who, when, where and what you did to try to remedy the situation. Then, get a doctor’s note about your condition. Familiarize yourself with the company’s paid leave policies and follow the policy for that. Then write a letter to HR, your boss and the union explaining everything. If this doesn’t solve your problem, I would recommend getting a lawyer.
Gregory Giangrande is a chief human resources and communications officer in the media industry. Email your career questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande. His “Go to Greg” podcast series is available on iTunes.
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