Need objective advice in the workplace and co-worker situation.

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    Dec 08, 2009 9:04 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I am writing this topic - in hoping to receive some positive objective advices on a current job/work and co-worker situation. Here is the DL.

    * I've been working at this company for a while as a contract/temp employee - since April/May of this year and lately - I felt like I'm very burnt out emotionally.

    *Basically, the company kinda reached my 4 strikes rule. First, they unnecessary delay some of the projects that was supposed to start around summer then - the project started in late Sept. Second, on one of the day that I had my best production, one of the supervisor subtracted my time because I went into overtime mode - where I should haven't been - so I got punished a little bit because I worked too hard for them? It doesn't make sense. Third, they rehired a guy, younger person - who quit the current project we're working on - like 3 days into it - and now he's back & became one of the supervisor/monitor - including monitoring me and others who started the project at the beginning. It really bothers me (on the 3rd event) - that my 3 supervisors in the office have no idea what the hell they're doing. Why would they re-hire somebody who had shown lack of commitment into a management role? he's not even full-time while the position requires it. And 3rd, his bilingual language skill is probably worst than mine. And 4th, they pulled me back and forth on multiple projects which ruin my time schedule a bit in the past 2 months.

    * Does anyone have this happen to them? Your supervisor at your workplace hired someone outside and pass you (which you are more than qualified) for a promotion? I think I'm feeling a bit jealous and pissed off in general. (like my work & attendance are not being appreciated).

    * I think as of now - I do not like the work I'm doing any longer nor the people I work with - I'm searching for something new but it's still difficult in this economy. How should I deal with these current co-workers in the mean time? Should I even bring this pass-me-over promotion thing up in the office? The work we do in the office is market/government research.

    Thanks.
  • jgymnast733

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    Dec 08, 2009 9:44 AM GMT
    WoW, i know how it feels being underappreciated from past employers and it sucked..Use this unhappy experience to your advantage by reaching for something higher,maybe this is the universe's way of getting you mad enough to do something about it...Sometimes you've gotta get ''Sick and tired of being sick and tired"...
    I know your concerns with the economy keeps you stationary and safe but still pursue a bigger option, sometimes we dont think big enough and fail to reach our true potential...SO THINK BIGGER!!!!!!!!!!
    Always take the high road, remain calm and professional, let your haters be your motivators and look for something bigger and better...
    Years ago,
    I was mistreated at a job by co-workers and a supervisor, they even took my check and blamed me for starting trouble when i asked for it,lucky for me i got another job with a better company...Exactly 3 weeks later the supervisor was let go and guess who came looking for a job at my new place. I told my boss's what occured and he was sent on his merry way, God dont like ugly afterall.!!!!!!! Keep your head up....icon_exclaim.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    SexySwimmer saidHey guys, I am writing this topic - in hoping to receive some positive objective advices on a current job/work and co-worker situation. Here is the DL.

    * I've been working at this company for a while as a contract/temp employee - since April/May of this year and lately - I felt like I'm very burnt out emotionally.

    *Basically, the company kinda reached my 4 strikes rule. First, they unnecessary delay some of the projects that was supposed to start around summer then - the project started in late Sept. Second, on one of the day that I had my best production, one of the supervisor subtracted my time because I went into overtime mode - where I should haven't been - so I got punished a little bit because I worked too hard for them? It doesn't make sense. Third, they rehired a guy, younger person - who quit the current project we're working on - like 3 days into it - and now he's back & became one of the supervisor/monitor - including monitoring me and others who started the project at the beginning. It really bothers me (on the 3rd event) - that my 3 supervisors in the office have no idea what the hell they're doing. Why would they re-hire somebody who had shown lack of commitment into a management role? he's not even full-time while the position requires it. And 3rd, his bilingual language skill is probably worst than mine. And 4th, they pulled me back and forth on multiple projects which ruin my time schedule a bit in the past 2 months.

    * Does anyone have this happen to them? Your supervisor at your workplace hired someone outside and pass you (which you are more than qualified) for a promotion? I think I'm feeling a bit jealous and pissed off in general. (like my work & attendance are not being appreciated).

    * I think as of now - I do not like the work I'm doing any longer nor the people I work with - I'm searching for something new but it's still difficult in this economy. How should I deal with these current co-workers in the mean time? Should I even bring this pass-me-over promotion thing up in the office? The work we do in the office is market/government research.

    Thanks.


    The work place has never been and likely never will be about fairness nor proper rewards. That's one of the myths of capitalism: if you bust ass, you'll win. Often, that's simply not the case, and many deals are made on golf courses by incompetent folks. It's the way of The World, however.

    The answer to your question is simple. If you're not happy, move on. Find another job. If you're not unhappy, then, live with it. You really can't change what's going on around you very much. You can only control you.
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    Chucky's advice is right on.

    I'd add to it a question for you - are you acknowledging your own role in the problem(s)? I've worked in HR for years and have heard your story a thousand times, and 999 of those times, the person coming to me complaining about unfair treatment or politics or whatever was completely oblivious to the things he/she was saying on a regular basis that contributed to the situations involved.

    We think that the things we say and do (our attitudes, little jabs/complaints that we drop from time to time) go unnoticed or that they're justfied by poor treatment from others, but I can almost guarantee you that you're doing or saying something that is contributing to how others are treating you. Very rarely, if ever, do people get treated like shit when they're always behaving like perfect angels.

    If you fail to see your own contribution to this type of situation, you're probably going to repeat it elsewhere if/when you do move on to a new position. Better to tackle that now.
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    Yeah. The saying goes, "You get a lot more flies with honey than vinegar." For some of us, that's something we have to remind ourselves of from time to time.
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    Dec 08, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    Move on. Just keep your job search discrete and give your 2 weeks notice when you find your new job.

    I would advise against addressing your concerns with your boss or HR or whatever. Based on what you've given here, I get the feeling you will get canned if you make a big fuss about this.

    For the time being, just play along. But don't waste your time doing work you won't get recognized for. Just do what is required and nothing more. Because you already got screwed out of the overtime pay. Which I'm pretty sure is illegal.

    I've had to deal with a similar situation many years ago. It sucked. But I was able to find a job that was much better. Just keep looking.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 09, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    Supervisors are there to supervise.
    They don't have to know anything about the actual work, except to make sure that the work is getting done.

    If you're not supposed to work over time, don't.

    Ask your supervisor why you were not promoted.
    It could be that he/she didn't know you were interested.
    It could be because you are only temporary.
    It could be that you don't show the kind of attributes that they are looking for in a manager. Many times they want a heartless ass hole.

    In this economy, be very grateful that you have a job.
    But, since you are very unhappy there, go to a Temp Agency and apply for a new job with a different company.
    Just don't quit your old job until you get a new one.