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Now I realize that the Director's wife will be getting the larger office with the executive furniture...
April 2005, Article 4
I work for a non-profit organization. About 8 months ago
our staff was told that we would not be getting our 3% raise or cost of
living raise for an entire year. I just had my year anniversary in August
and will not receive another raise until next August.
Dear Shoved Aside,
Above all, our goal is to protect you from moving from "Shoved Aside" to telling the wrong person to "Shove It," since that could wind up with you being "Shoved OUT." Our advice comes in a few areas, all having to do with ways to control YOUR part of the relationship and none of which involve leaving. After all, we have no idea about many variables that impact the "right" strategy.
INDIVIDUAL UNFAIR TREATMENT
Let's assume that you personally are receiving more than your fair share of being blocked from just rewards. That is, if you are also being held back more than others or denied perks like nicer offices, it might be that you would benefit from our next two areas of suggestions: (1) Getting on the Director's Good Side and (2) Making Sure You Are Not Being Blackballed.
We frankly believe there is nothing wrong with reframing your job as partially being to make your boss look great. That does not mean it is done at your own expense or in ways that hurt the broader organization's interests. And we certainly don’t advocate supporting a manager who is harming the company, behaving unethically, or committing illegal acts. Here, ignore all we’ve said and figure out what whistleblower channels there are if the misconduct is so great you feel out of integrity. Naturally, it’s vital to also have one’s lifestyle and economic house in order here, since there could likely be career-changing implications, the cost of doing the right thing.
TO LEAVE OR NOT TO LEAVE
We sincerely hope this little manifesto doesn't overwhelm you, or convey
that we don't trust your slant on the issue. It's just that we wanted
to present a balanced response. We're sending lots of good wishes for
your welfare and for you to fare well!
Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph.D., Co-authors
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