I just received a job offer, starting in two weeks and working remotely. I am concerned about leaving a secure job right now. I’m also unsure about having to resign over the phone and not seeing my boss or colleagues in person before I leave. Any thoughts?
The easy part of your two-part question is how to resign. If you and your boss ordinarily worked in different locations, you would resign via phone or video conference anyway, so you can do that now, too. Your boss will understand, and you can always see your colleagues when we are all through this crisis. The harder part is assessing the risk of making a job change. While your current job may feel secure, are you sure that it really is, or will continue to be given the economic impact this crisis is having on so many companies? How secure is your new employer in comparison? And how secure will you be — as the most recent hire — if the economy doesn’t recover soon? Is it possible for them to keep the offer open until the future is more clear? Weigh all of these issues so that you are making a fully considered decision.
My boss insists on video conferencing while we work from home and wants us to leave our camera enabled all day. I’m not comfortable with that. Do I have to comply?
That’s just weird, Big Brother-type management. It’s as if the manager is creating a voyeuristic reality show. You don’t have to comply, and you shouldn’t, particularly in your home setting. Most people are setting up a workspace wherever the Wi-Fi is strongest and just hoping the dog or kids don’t bomb the shot, but even if you have a home office, it’s still intrusive and inappropriate. Given how stressful this time is, managers shouldn’t be adding to it by making such a silly request. Video can have benefits, particularly when isolated from colleagues, but only if you’re comfortable with it. Perhaps you can tell your boss that you would be comfortable attending a video meeting on a specific day and time, which at least you can prepare for. Otherwise, explain that you are always available via phone, e-mail and text.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com, dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work.
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