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by Vault Careers | March 10, 2009


Last week we asked:

" If you could change one policy at your company, what would it be and how would you change it?"

You responded:

"It would be to have the ability to work flex time, set my own hours. take lunch when i want to, etc."

"I would change the number of paid holidays our company offers. We now offer only the basic six-New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I would like to see us offer several more, perhaps including the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and President's Day."

A move to more flexible working hours, depending on workload and type, would sit well I believe, with different people's working habits and body clocks.

Based on status we do not charge officers for medical coverage, but we do charge family coverage for clerical employees. I think it should be the other way around!!!

If I could change one policy where I work it would be to change how my boss treats me unfairly compared to the other Account Manager in our office. We are a very small firm, just the 3 of us which my boss is one of the three. My boss allows the other employee to leave for the rest of the day with NO notice what so ever. He will ask "I am going to leave is that all right?" My boss replies "Sure not a problem." At another time, the employee called in to take the day off, which again was fine with my boss.

One day I called in & let my boss know I was going to take a vacation day. I left a number where I can be reached in case he needed me to come in. I received no phone call. I assumed everything was fine. You know what "they" say when we assume! The next day when I came in to work I got my butt chewed out for calling in. My boss told me very loudly "we don't do things like that around here." I explained how he let the other employee do it & its fine. I also told my boss it's not fair. He admitted that he wasn't being fair but the other employee "does a lot that you don't know about." Yes he does, HOWEVER, I do too. I work through lunch all most everyday. At that time of this blow out I was staying late almost every night. I stayed until 7:30 a few nights, this is never noticed so why even go the extra mile when it is unnoticed? The remedy I have come up with to change this situation is to do nothing. I sit back remember, & count the days. Besides I don't know what to do.

~We only give three days for immediate family members, and only one day for Grandparents and the like. It's a shame. A lot of people are close to their Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles and one day for this is not enough, especially if travel is involved.

I would change my company's vacation policy that everyone automatically got 3 weeks vacation in their 2nd year of service, instead of their 4th year.

Give management employees 3 weeks paid vacation per year and decrease our annual 20 sick days to 10.

If I were to change one policy I would change the policy of petrol reimbursement. For it is very well proved that when ever an employee works, successful or failure the amount or expense behind his petrol remains the same.

Hence I believe instead of paying for the petrol on the success ratio, there should be a flat reimbursement paid for the petrol, considering the efforts behind the call.

Also for the outstanding performers, there shouldn't be any fix resistance towards his achievement.

Competing with mgt.(owners) at the same level as employees. At a 100% commission paying job. Where they receive 50% of our fees and also take another percentage if we place one of their candidates.

I would change the policy that we have no policies!

Most employers will not hire people without degrees in engineering to do engineering work, regardless of experience. The exceptions I have found, surprisingly enough, have been NASA contractors.

An engineer is paid to take responsibility for engineering output, whoever produced it. In today's economy, where production is restricted by availability of labor, a company should be allowed to hire anyone who can to do the work and assign its engineers to leadership, supervision and verification. People who learn engineering on the job should be allowed to gain progressive certifications and eventually to qualify as engineers through examination. The costs of these examinations should be shared by the employee, the employer and a public entity such as a state engineering extension service.


Filed Under: Workplace Issues