Agony Aunt on how to deal with Professional life problems

Breaking silence

I am working in this company for the past few years and the turnover of the company is pretty good. However, I feel like as if I am paid very minimally and I should have a hike in my payment. Everyone is roughly paid the same and I feel like our bosses are eating a lot of the profit that they get because they are hiring cheap labour. I really want to voice my opinion and I think it is wrong because we are being exploited by our seniors and it is not that we are not educated. How do I go about it?

Ans: If every person in your company is paid less, then that’s the way you company has adopted to the wages to be for all and it will stick to this policy as far as the company gets someone efficient to work with this kind of salary. A lot of times people’s priority is of keeping the job even if means the salary is less. If you have come to the feeling that for you it is important that you make more money, at least up to your efforts and efficiency, then you should take a call and decide if you are okay to move on. You cannot expect that they change their laws for you and if other employees are settled with the salary they are offered, and then you must make the necessary changes that are hampering your growth in your career. You can choose to leave this job as you have banked in enough experience and now look for better paying jobs. If you get a higher opportunity you can move on to that giving your resignation here and earn more but if you feel there is no opportunity and the market suggest that this is what you will be paid even elsewhere then you may feel accepting of this situation.

Dealing with the downfall

I am 55 years old. I have a family of 4 young children and a wife to support and I am the only breadwinner of my family. I have been very hardworking and dedicated towards my office work. However, the other day I was sacked from my company for reasons unknown and now I am jobless. I have a family to support and I am too old to get another job. I am close to depression as I feel that I am useless and unable to support my young children. What hurts me the most is that I have given 15 years of my life to this company and I have probably even missed my kid’s?

Ans: As it is said acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune, if you keep feeling remorse about the whole situation you will only feel worse, rather look on the bright side, you have got tremendous experience and you may be just being pessimist thinking you will not get work, probably you may if you try, as with your experience, a company will prefer to hire an efficient person like you. If that does not work out you can think of probably starting a small business, probably managing your finances, seeking loan or financial partnership, as your skills and practice will help to run a business very well and this can also be an opportunity for you to develop good work-home balance. Don’t get de-motivated with this one hurdle in your life, you need be affirmative in this situation as your falling down will also affect your family, you stand tall and plan instead of panicking and you will achieve your goals, just treat it as a bad phase and try to leap out off it.

Difficult choice

I’m a 26 year old male and I have recently got a job offer at a company. The work profile is perfect for and there are a lot of benefits working there. The only drawback which is also a big concern of mine is their policy about tattoos. I started getting inked when I turned 18 and have continued over the years. The tattoos weren’t a problem in my previous job. I can cover most of my tattoos except the ones on my hand and neck. The company insists that I get them removed but not only is the procedure expensive, I don’t want to get them removed as I am very proud of them. I also don’t want to let go of this job and thus I am feeling stuck. What can I do?

Ans: You seem to be fixed between two choices that are both difficult to let go off. Well but you will have to make a decision and get going with the choice you made. Either way you are going to feel sad about letting go of something you really wanted, but it’s what you decide is more prior to you at the moment, your job or your tattoos. Also think of what loss can be mended faster and with less negative consequences, your job if lost, can you get another one with similar opportunity back or if you get rid of your tattoos can you replace them with an alternative ornament or probably think of it has a change of personality, taking it up as a fresh start. Whatever make you feel less upset and better and getting over with you can go with that solution. Another option is that you can buy time from your organization stating you are trying to get yourself to remove those tattoos and starting with the procedure soon, meanwhile you can start the work but at the same time keep looking for another job so that you can be safe at both ends. You can decide for yourself what is more prior to you, keeping in mind, your long term goals.

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