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Facing redundancies?
posted on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:05

Dear Doctor Career,

I joined my current company for exactly 2 years this month.  I had an excellent working relationship with my MD boss (expatriate) but unfortunately he left due to business reasons.  Now in about 2 months time a new person (Chinese) will take up this position.

I feel that my job is in threat and second, the job market out there is tough.  I possess 4 degrees, BA, MBus, LLb, LLM. Aged around mid-forties.  My law degrees are earned from reputable universities in London and HK through part-time studies and I work in the supply chain/logistics indistry; currently doing process improvement, quality, loss recoveries and contract reviews.

What possible options are there for me?


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Posted Friday, 07 May 2010 12:52 PM

Don't you know it's the word "change" that made Obama the first African American President of the United States? Why are you so worried and upset and only assuming and presuming that this change will have nothing but a negative impact?

When you're emphasizing the nationality of the two bosses, I have the feeling you don't like Chinese bosses. Is that the major reason why you're feeling so uncomfortable and insecure?

Your old boss was once "new" too, remember when you first joined the company 2 years ago? Who could predict and control what's happening next in our lives?

After all change might not be bad, don't know what industry you're in, but whatever it is it's got to have something to do with the China market. A Chinese boss may be more helpful - speaking the same language and knowing both the culture and market.

On second thoughts, your expat boss must have trusted and relied on you in so many ways since he's an expat. Your new boss won't have to rely on you as much, that's what you're worrying about, is that really the case?

Whichever the situation and whatever the case, stop wasting time worrying, but stay focused in doing your job the best you can. Demonstrate your capabilities and your sincerity in building rapport with your new boss.

If you like your job, it's worth at the very least to give it a shot, right?

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Posted Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:44 PM

Okay, so I see. Your fear may be unfounded.

Just sit tight, do as you have always done, be professional and don't make assumptions about the new boss. Impress him/her with your work ethics and abilities and make yourself an invaluable asset to the company. Good luck!

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Posted Friday, 30 April 2010 06:01 PM

Thanks for your comments. Well, it's understandable that some of you feel "confused" because I can't tell everything in the public domain. I believe I do have some reasons for the worries. Change can be unsettling especially change of direct report. Nationality counts, and to me it's significant due to different work styles. I have some edge but as some of you rightly pointed out, the new boss may find me too "pricey" to keep. Working in China is an option but I've lost most contacts since I switched work focus and I don't think I have the courage to ask for opportunities via personal relationship. Job-hunting the traditional way from newspaper and website are what I am doing now.

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Posted Friday, 30 April 2010 09:33 AM

I am confused by what you said. Your post's title is Facing Redundancies?. Is your job under threat because of redundancy or because of office politics? If it is the former, it seems that there is nothing you can do about it. But if it is the latter, as other suggested, try to build up good relationship with your new boss. However, whether or not you will succeed in doing so depends on your skills and how your new boss positions you.

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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2010 04:47 PM

For supply chain/logistics industry, if you are in this area for a long time, you will have connections and can easily land on another job, provided that you are willing to station in China.

Politics is severe in all companies, and normally VPs and directors will bring in their brothers (legacy team). It will not be surprised he will let you go even if you are performing well in the job. If your new boss is not a local HKer, you better look for a new job now as alot of Chinese from abroad consider HKese overpriced.

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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:15 PM

I don't think you should give yourself pressure and anxiety worrying about something that may not materialize. Most HK people like to work for expatriate and not their own kind (Chinese) because we have a general perception that the Chinese as more demanding and harsh. No two persons are the same and your new boss will have different ways of working. Learn to work with your new boss in his ways. This will require change and adaptation on your side. That's the way for us to grow, isn't it? Best wishes to you and hope your anxieties are unfounded.

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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2010 05:33 AM

Not sure if your fear is founded but you are right the job market out there is competitive. It may be better to build up a good working relationship with this new boss and see how things go. He/She may be just as good as your previous MD, one can never tell at this stage.

You may be enjoying your current job and it is a waste and high risk to contemplate looking for another job just because of your fear. Your fear may be totally unfounded and you may like the new boss, hopefully.

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