I have been working at my job for many years. Last year we changed the management and since then things have been in disarray. Four of my coworkers over the age of 65 have been fired or resigned. I feel like I’m going to be next. I can’t go to HR because they are involved. What advice can you give me?
Just because several of your colleagues of a certain age have quit doesn’t mean something nefarious is happening. It can only be voluntary. Some companies offer buyouts instead of laying off people, so your coworkers may be opting out. That said, it is wise to protect yourself. Document what happened – names, dates and conversations you’ve had about your performance. Despite what you may believe about HR’s involvement, you need to file your concerns with them, if for no other reason than to document what you did. In the meantime, don’t create a situation of self-fulfillment. Stay positive and do well.
There is a position that I want to work for my former boss, but there is a non-illegal agreement that prevents him from hiring former employees for another six months. Can my employer stop me from taking a job?
most likely yes. If your former boss has agreed to a contract that prevents him or her from hiring any of his former employees for a period of time, your boss and their employer may be subject to harsh penalties and even fines. An injunction can also put a hold on your rent. To avoid potential litigation and a bridge burning, you’re better off explaining to your current employer that there’s a good opportunity with your former boss that you want to explore. Tell them that they have informed you that they are unable to hire you without a release from the company, and ask professionally if they will give their approval. Your employer will appreciate the respect and transparency it can provide. It can also be a catalyst for a conversation about what they can do to keep you. Worst case scenario they say no, and you wait until the non-hunting period is over, provided your boss can wait or there’s another role for you.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as Chief Human Resources Executive. Listen to Greg on Wednesdays at 9:35am iHeartRadio 710 works, E-mail: [email protected] to follow: GoToGreg.com And on Twitter: @GregGiangrande