Dear Coach: My company has hired a new plant manager who says he's going to get rid of all the maintenance employees and do the work himself...

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Dear Coach:


My company has hired a new plant manager who says he’s going to get rid of all the maintenance employees and do the work himself.

Why would he do this when he earns more than three times what we do?

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Is there any recourse for me? It sounds unfair.

Carol Kleiman:


He’s the boss and can do pretty much what he wants as long as he isn’t violating labor or anti-discrimination laws.

Even though he sounds a bit sadistic, at least he’s told you what he plans to do.

I would believe him and start looking elsewhere.

Dear Coach:


I’ve been involved in job interviews that are all-day meetings with several people.

When it’s all over, I have a hard time remembering exactly who said what and when.

I’d like to take notes but wonder how this might appear to interviewers. Any thoughts?

CK:

My first thought is that you should tell them, in a very professional way, that you’d like to take notes.

My second thought is please do not say you’re taking notes because you have a hard time remembering what is said!


Dear Coach:

I plan to retire next year. While I know two weeks’ notice is usual when you plan to leave a job, I feel a strong need to give notice several weeks earlier.

It takes a while to replace people at my level and my peers will have to pick up the slack.

Am I being stupid in thinking this way? My wife thinks doing it so early might be dangerous: My boss did let go one other manager immediately when he said he was leaving, but he was quitting to go to work for a competitor, not retiring.

Any advice?

CK:


You sound like the employee every business would like to have on staff. You’re considerate and professional.

Two weeks’ notice usually only applies when someone quits. For retirement, more time is needed, not just to replace you but for the paperwork involved.

Do what you feel comfortable with. You are an honorable person. Let’s hope your employers are, too.

E-mail questions to Carol Kleiman at ckleiman@tribune.com.

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