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Old 08-25-2012, 06:10 AM   #41
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I had a casual conversation with my immediate boss and got my immediate goal, which was a break from the bulk of the travel for the rest of the year. I decided not to pursue the travel schedule for next year as a topic of conversation.
Wise decision to leave next year's sleeping dogs lie. Getting things resolved - even if initially just for now - with a casual conversation is ideal.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:48 AM   #42
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I had a casual conversation with my immediate boss and got my immediate goal, which was a break from the bulk of the travel for the rest of the year. I decided not to pursue the travel schedule for next year as a topic of conversation.
Bravo!!! Congratulations. A great first step and you'll have time to ease into the rest of the conversation over time. Good luck.
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Bravo!!! Congratulations. A great first step and you'll have time to ease into the rest of the conversation over time. Good luck.
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A good omen for the next conversation.
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Wise decision to leave next year's sleeping dogs lie. Getting things resolved - even if initially just for now - with a casual conversation is ideal.
My buddy I work hand in hand with is seriously thinking about moving on, so I might have a lot more leverage if that comes to pass. Might as well wait until they are in a panic to keep me.
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I had a casual conversation with my immediate boss and got my immediate goal, which was a break from the bulk of the travel for the rest of the year. I decided not to pursue the travel schedule for next year as a topic of conversation.
Congrats.

After scanning your comments in this thread I'm left to wonder whether you've possibly arrived at a more permanent solution than you realize. I get the impression that your workload up to this point is at least partly due to your willingness to quietly "take one for the team" - a situation that has now been corrected.

When faced with managing a group of workers, some of whom b!tch about everything and others who get the job done without complaint, the natural tendency is to load up the competent non-complainers. Partly that is due to the manager's desire to limit his own pain. But it's also due to the fact that the manager doesn't know you're being worked too hard unless you tell him.

Sometimes all it takes is a little communication to fix such problems.
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Two "turning points" in my life resulted in the statement "you have two options - the front door, or the back door".

In both cases (the latter, pertaining to much travel over many years) I made the decision to take either door.

I feel that I'm responsible for my happiness in life - no one (or no organization) is.

You can either accept what is offered, or reject it and go on (through a door); that option is up to you.

BTW, both "exits" in my case resulted in a much better outcome, in the long run.

Just my simple POV on the subject of the thread...
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Congratulations Brewer. The problem has been temporarily addressed and if there is to be an increase in your travel later it will have to be with your agreement.
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Assuming you have negotiated the travel issue to your satisfaction there is no need to look elsewhere. However, always keep your exit options viable.
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Assuming you have negotiated the travel issue to your satisfaction there is no need to look elsewhere. However, always keep your exit options viable.
That has always been my watchword and countersign. I never understood the motivations of employees who did not maintain their potential mobility and make sure their employer recognized it.
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Outstanding. You kept your options open and got the reduction in travel you were after. Now you can let your bennies vest and see the family more in the meantime. Happy to hear the outcome was good for both parties for now at least. Well done!
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Yippee!
I think Gone4Good's comment above is about what my thought process was, but he stated it better than I would have.

Now the next stage should be to very gradually make sure all your co-w*rkers know how you feel about the travel.
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I had a casual conversation with my immediate boss and got my immediate goal, which was a break from the bulk of the travel for the rest of the year. I decided not to pursue the travel schedule for next year as a topic of conversation.
Good news Brewer. Hope you enjoy more time with your family and set aside time to take care of yourself. I've followed your story and know you tend to put yourself last behind all your other responsibilities. A very admiral trait, but you can't be there for everyone else unless you're healthy and happy.
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I had a casual conversation with my immediate boss and got my immediate goal, which was a break from the bulk of the travel for the rest of the year. I decided not to pursue the travel schedule for next year as a topic of conversation.
Whew. Glad that worked out.

Now you have a few months to pull a Tom Sawyer on the co-workers: "Aw, man, I'd really like to make this trip, but the boss says that I have to train someone else to do more travel. Dammit."
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