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"Looked Over "
a victim of downsizing I had been lucky to be able to sustain a living
until my current career came along. I had researched the company thoroughly
and had heard nothing but good things about it from people who knew
people that worked there. It was everything I was looking for. A company
that promised opportunity, believed in its employees and offered compensation
for being a top performer.
Frustrated Going Nowhere
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Dear "Frustrated Going Nowhere",
It certainly sounds like you have some legitimate grounds for feeling frustrated. You seem to have landed in a firm where Office Politics is played far too frequently.
Just writing this letter is an important step to have taken. When we are caught in a position where we feel victimized by management making arbitrary decisions and ignoring our contribution, the frustration that results needs to be ventilated.
Dr. John's column is one place you can take those feelings. But you might want to look at other places to go as well. Is there a trusted person you have worked with in the past who can act as a mentor in this situation. Someone who knows you may be able to offer some advice.
Another possible avenue is your companies Human Resources Department. You may have resources there that can be used to help bring your situation to the attention of management. Or there may be some things that H.R. can advise you on about how to get ahead, despite the poor management decisions made to date.
Finally you might want to look at another move. If this seems the best course of action to take be sure to get some counselling about how to present your short stay at this company when talking to potential new employers.
We have a lot of fun here at "Office Politics" with the counter-productive things that people do in the workplace. When you are caught by those sorts of activities and lose out on promotion possibilities there isn't much fun to it.
I wish you well. Thanks for writing.
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