Re: Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests

Subject: Re: Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests
From: Chantel Brathwaite <brathwaitec -at- castupgrade -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:12:49 -0400

I agree with Craig. I pretty much let bygones by bygones unless the person really deliberately tried to do me, other co-workers or the company harm. Thankfully, I've not run into many people like this. In LinkedIn, you can also "unlink" yourself from someone without them knowing. (I guess they'd know if they try to visit your linked in page, but there would be no notification or no other way that they'd know that you unlinked them from what I understand - but I haven't tested this.)

<snip>However, I have recently gotten requests from several bosses at a previous job that went downhill fast. They brought in a bunch of people to do an almost impossible job, then had a mess of management, and began firing people left and right over the second half of the project to cover themselves and buying time.

A couple I liked but some others I thought did a really poor job of supporting the group and then removed people to cover their own mistakes, often calling them at home to not come in anymore, or meeting them at the door and walking them back out. No two week notice or even one day notices.</snip>

In this case, while this wasn't handled well, it doesn't necessarily sound to me from what was written like it was a personal thing. It sounds like the bosses were in a chaotic environment that might or might not have been of their own making - and that this affected the work environment. Sometimes people just become names on a spreadsheet when cuts come ... it is about salary vs. the bottom line. Sometimes in business managers think they can afford to keep people if x happens or if y happens so they keep people. Then, x or y doesn't happen and they end up having to cut; sometimes sooner or deeper than expected. So, if I were in that situation, I'd give the manager the benefit of the doubt and would accept the linked in request. I wouldn't go crazy and write a recommendation to say that they were the world's greatest manager or anything like that. But you never know ... some people are good workers, but are just in the wrong environment.

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Chantel Brathwaite
Technical Writer
Cole Engineering Services Inc.
Web: http://www.coleengineering.com
Email: Chantel -dot- Brathwaite -at- coleengineering -dot- com
Phone: 407-207-1773 ext. 4138

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References:
Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests: From: William Sherman
RE: Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests: From: Cardimon, Craig

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