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How to say "No"
posted on Saturday, 01 January 2011 07:54

Dear Doctor,

I work hard for my job but my boss thinks other way round. He said my performance cannot meet his expectation. And he has a plan. He is planning to shift me to do other jobs and relocate me to a subsidiary of my present company. But the subsidiary is just a shell company which belongs to a sub-group of the present Company. We discussed about this and I agreed the change of job nature as long as I still belong to my present company.

Now he got back to me and said the HR insisted my contract has to change to that "no-body" company. I am afraid of losing job so that I promised the transfer. And the contract has not yet signed. Doctor, Can I say "No" again (He already e-mailed other key persons said I agreed to join the small company). I would not like to transfer to the small company as I think it will affect my resume if someday I left this group company. It is because now I work for a well-known company but the small co is just a no-name company. How much power do I have? What is your advice?

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Posted Thursday, 06 January 2011 06:26 PM

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Posted Thursday, 06 January 2011 02:07 PM

Talking about "power", you mean "bargaining power" right? At this point/stage, you have none! But this isn't the end of the world, you can still fight your way back, if you do perform not just up to, but exceeding your bosses' expectation, and be so good that he can't afford to lose you. Know what I mean?

When you say you've been working hard and your boss has been complaining about your poor performance have you tried or at least have the interest to find out why it is so? Meaning all your hard work meant nothing but all astray? Useless and meaningless?

And it doesn't appear to me that you have no communication with you boss, he kept you informed and in fact asked you upfront his transfer plans. I really can't comprehend all the times you haven't asked him what you can do to be able to meet up his expectations? Simply say, what you can do to improve your performance?

Forget about the company's name issue, subsidiary or what, you're still working under the same group. And even if it's not, so what? It's you and your experience future employers have an interest in, OK?

People so very often are afraid to face change, cause no one knows what's going to happen and what challenges to face, but does it have to be nothing but negatives? While it's hard to step out of one's comfort zone it's only by stepping out that we can grow and excel, and be able to learn more.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself! Rather than wasting time worrying and changing your mind every now and then, stay focused to the core of your problem please! Do you know what is it exactly, can you tell me?

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