Most people would say that, from time to time, they feel frustrated with their jobs. This is totally natural and is just a normal part of everyday life. After all, if a job were always easy, then it wouldn’t be called work. However, there are times when that shifts towards something a little more significant and potentially problematic. If you start to feel as though your time at work is very unpleasant every single day, then that could well be a symptom of a much larger and more serious problem. This is especially true if you start to feel as though the negativity in your job is coming directly from your employer. Dealing with colleagues who are unpleasant is never fun, but at least it’s direct. The feeling that your employer is perhaps taking advantage of you or is having a direct hand in making your time at work unpleasant is often one that most people don’t want to confront since it can feel as though it’s a problem that’s so big that you couldn’t possibly deal with it yourself. However, your wellbeing when you’re at work, and the happiness you feel in your career are too important to let them fall to one side. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to help you deal with an employer who seems to be trying to take advantage of you.
How can you tell?
One of the toughest things about being taken advantage of by an employer is that it can often be incredibly difficult to be aware that it’s even happening. A lot of the time the methods that employers use are so subtle that a lot of employees don’t even notice, outside of a vague feeling that they are unhappy with their job. But being able to recognize the signs is incredibly important. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself in order to figure out if your employer is taking advantage of you.
Are you being forced to work overtime?
Every so often, a business will get to the point where things are so busy that people are required to start working some extra hours. This is a pretty standard practice, and it’s hardly a human rights violation. The important thing is that overtime is rare, compensated, and, most crucially of all, voluntary. You should never have to work beyond your contracted hours if you don’t want to or your personal life makes it impossible. However, there are employers who will try to make their employees take on overtime against their will. Sure they can’t explicitly say that they will fire you if you don’t take on overtime, but that just means that they methods that they use are generally more subtle than that. They will do things like denying you overtime when you do ask for it. Or offering benefits to those who take overtime and not offering them to you. These things are subtle, but they send a very clear message to anyone who doesn’t take on extra work. “If you don’t tow the line, then you’re not part of the team.” Employers also make a point to encourage peer pressure among colleagues. They will say that you not taking on overtime makes everyone else’s lives harder, setting up an unpleasant dynamic in the workplace.
Are other people getting paid more than you?
People are often incredibly reticent to discuss money with each other in modern society. The problem is that employers can often take advantage of this to get away with paying people unfairly. Despite the fact that it is against the law, there are plenty of occasions where there’s a pretty significant wage gap between different employees. Get into the habit of discussing your wages openly with one another. Instead of getting angry at each other for getting paid more or less, get angry at your employer for attempting to underpay certain people for doing the exact same work as everyone else. By being open with each other, it makes it that much harder for your employer to pull the wool over your eyes.
What can you do?
Even if you are aware that your employer isn’t treating you fairly, that doesn’t mean that your problems are automatically solved. A lot of people really struggle to figure out what they can do about it. This is often because employers like this tend to bank on the fact that you feel like you have no power while they have all of the power and control. The most important thing for you to understand is that this isn’t true. As an employee, you have rights that need to be respected. If your employer isn’t respecting those rights, then you are definitely in a position to push back against them and confront them about it. It can be scary to stand up to your employer, especially when you’ve spent so long being treated so poorly, but it’s important to stand your ground. Here are some of the things that you can do in order to deal with being mistreated by your employer.
The first thing that you should do if you feel as though you’re treated unfairly is to try and deal with it in-house. Speak to the HR department at your workplace and discuss what you feel is happening and they ways in which you feel like your rights are being violated. They will be able to guide you in the right direction and help you understand if there is anything happening that it in violation of your contract. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should storm into your boss’s office and demand better treatment. Being aggressive is only going to put your employer in a position where they can frame the whole situation as your fault. The important thing is to express the facts calmly and rationally and to go through all of the relevant channels so that you are as fully protected by the law as possible.
Of course, there are always going to be situations where you simply can’t deal with these things within the workplace. This could be because the issue is so severe that you need to go straight to legal proceedings, or it could be that the HR department of your business is refusing to acknowledge a legitimate grievance. Either way, taking things to court can be an incredibly intimidating and complex process for a lot of people. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney as early on in the process as possible. This is because trying to wade through pages upon pages of legal jargon by yourself can be incredibly difficult and confusing. Of course, not everyone can afford to pay legal fees. If you’re in that position, then you should check out this guide from Thrivest that can help you understand lawsuit funding, something that can help you afford many of the fees involved in a case against your employer. Once again, the most important thing is to be as rational as possible. Remember, the law is on your side.
One of the hardest things for a lot of people is the fact that they might never get the justice that they need. Sure, you can go through all of the right channels but even then there’s a small chance that your employer will be able to get away with treating you, and anyone else, very poorly. A lot of the time the only real way to deal with this is to walk away. If you leave the company, then you’re going to be in a position to take back control of the situation and to go and find somewhere that will treat you better and value you more highly as both an employee and as a person. Even if you do manage to get justice against your employer, there’s a pretty good chance that the entire situation left such an awful taste in your mouth that you’re not going to want to deal with your employer anymore no matter what. When that happens, then you can simply walk away, safe in the knowledge that you’ve potentially created a safer and more supportive environment for anyone who comes in to replace you. You’ve let your employer know that they can’t get away with treating their employees badly or taken advantage of anyone ever again.
Even when you’re fully equipped to face them, dealing with an employer who isn’t treating you fairly can be an extremely daunting experience. The most important thing to remember is that, as long as you’ve done your research, there’s a good chance that the law is on your side. As long as you stay calm and express yourself openly and clearly, you’ll be able to fight against your treatment and, whether you stay with that company or not, you’ll be able to come out of it being treated much better overall. It’s important to remember that it doesn’t matter how big the company that you work for is, each and every individual within that company has rights, and those rights need to be respected no matter what.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Truck Accident While Traveling
Any vehicle accident can potentially cause a lot of damage, not only to the vehicle itself but also to the passengers. One of the most fatal type of accident on the roads is an accident involving a truck. No matter where you are traveling to, or from, it is important to know the steps to take should you be involved in a truck accident. We are going to look at those steps in this article.
Step 1: Say Nothing That Admits Fault
After an accident, you may be required to speak to the police and Highway Patrol. While it is important to be truthful and answer any questions they have, you don’t want to elaborate or provide too much information. If you have any questions about the other party, you should limit yourself and just ask if they are hurt. No matter what you do, don’t apologize, don’t speak to the other driver, and don’t say anything like “I didn’t see you”. All of these things can come across as an admission that you are at fault. It is unlikely that fault can be determined at the accident scene, and you don’t want to risk jeopardizing your case by saying something you shouldn’t.
Step 2: See a Doctor
It’s wise to see your doctor immediately after an accident, even if you feel fine. Many people do feel okay after an accident, but they still have injuries that need checking out. Not only will this help to ensure your personal safety, but you will also have any injuries you sustained on record, should your truck accident lawyer need them when building your case.
Step 3: Notify Your Insurance Company
Your insurance policy should detail the steps you need to take to report a claim. You might also want to review your policy to see what kind of coverage you have, and how long you can expect to wait to receive a payout. Your insurance company may need extra information regarding the accident so be prepared for this.
Step 4: Contact an Attorney
Delay and procrastination can lead to a lost claim, so as soon as you have seen a doctor and notified your insurance company you’ll want to contact a truck accident attorney. Every state has different limitations regarding the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, so it’s wise to do this as soon as possible. If you were traveling out of state when the accident happened, you may need to speak to an attorney based in the state where the accident took place.
Your attorney will be able to look at the evidence you provided, as well as your medical records, and let you know whether you have the basis for a claim. The first meeting is usually free, too, so it’s always worth finding out if you could claim compensation. Whatever you do, don’t bow over to the trucking company’s lawyers, especially if you couldn’t have done anything to prevent the accident.
Have you ever been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault? Let us know what happened in the comments.
GESAB, innovation and design with 25 years of experience
GESAB is a company with the guarantee of the future based on its basic pillars: ergonomics, innovation, design and technology on which GESAB develops all its projects for centers and control rooms.
GESAB, has more than 25 years of experience offering solutions for control centers. An experience identified by always being at the forefront of innovation and design, whose mission will be to offer all its customers solutions with the highest quality and functionality.
GESAB has a large team of architects, engineers and designers, which makes it easy to cover the project in a global way and offer a multitude of solutions. It is worth highlighting its integral projects developed in a unique and exclusive way to satisfy all the needs of the client, surprising them in every detail. In addition, the GESAB team develops lighting, design, interior design and ergonomics studies to look for a better performance in the work starting from the humanization of the means to produce it, that is, to give the control rooms the maximum functionality and character of their own.
The control centers developed by GESAB provide the integration of the most advanced technology. All its designs and consoles are unique and personalized, created for each client, working from comfort to project execution to ensure maximum quality. GESAB guarantees compliance with its basic principles of design and ergonomics within the control centers. Its design is the beginning of the renovation and technological update; its layout of room, visualizes the best workstations; its indicators and controls, facilitate the interaction with the design of the hardware and software of the control panel; its evaluation will review the components so that they are to the maximum performance and its environmental requirements improve the luminous, acoustic environment…
GESABs technical furniture complies with the highest standards in ergonomics and safety at work. Fantastic design and quality are present in all GESAB control consoles, to ensure maximum functionality and performance in this type of crucial environments.
These workspaces available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week place GESAB consoles on an operators main axis. GESABs work is carried out in conjunction with the customer, allowing the development of fully customized and adapted control rooms. From technical furniture, through ergonomic chairs, audiovisual equipment, design, technical flooring, ambient lighting or acoustic panels. GESAB is able to face small and big challenges all over the world, looking for complete and innovative solutions that are not only limited to operator control consoles, but also include ergonomic solutions and the most advanced technology.
In addition, all GESAB components are based on a safety principle in their products. These include the personalized control panels that include the switchboards and synoptic panels, all for the most sophisticated and technical environments, where precision is key, taking a further step towards innovation. GESAB has already had many success stories, and are related to all sectors, whether energy companies, civil protection, security, systems management, finance, telecommunications, traffic control or airport due to the advantages it offers for companies such as increased productivity and energy efficiency.
GESAB has developed the new generation with a revolutionary solution that puts the operator at the heart of the action through the management, administration, control of equipment and information sources bringing visual ergonomics to a new dimension.
The Sweet Caroline of Dogers Owner
Mark Walter is a billionaire and CEO at Guggenheim Partners LLC. Is he driving Guggenheim towards the beginning of the end? Are the owners of the L.A. Dodgers being dodged???
Guggenheim has established its name and a tradition of innovation in the past decade. It has emerged as a new player in the financial markets focusing on mergers and acquisitions, insurance and wealth management and has over $300 billion in money management.
Guggenheim has become known as the “New Goldman Sachs”. It has become a renowned recruiter of the best talent in the industry (including Bear Stearns CEO Alan Swartz). Guggenheim continually makes the cover page in most financial papers, including The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Lately, Guggenheim has been appearing in the press for all of the wrong reasons or for the LA Dodgers making it to the World Series.
But the tide is beginning to turn on Walter and Guggenheim. The news now regularly includes information on CEO Walter and his relationship with Alexandra Court (a South African citizen, former corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance and who also did stints with UBS and Credit Suisse)
Ms. Court’s hiring and promotion has seemingly created power struggles within Guggenheim and in-fighting with its brilliant Chief Investment Officer Scott Minerd.
The current situation seems to be nothing new for Walter. He has previously clashed with founding partners including Morley, Curcio and Boehly – all of these individuals left Guggenheim with extremely generous (nine-digit) severance packages. More telling is that only six managing partners remain. New information is coming to light every day. It is no wonder that Ms. Court is trying to negotiate her departure and is reportedly asking for $100 million severance and a mansion.
Walter has his allies – ABS Capital Company (an offshore company and owner of Walter’s Malibu estate); a number of Latin American sophisticated agents; and another blond female “Caroline” working now at Guggenheim. Do these allies recognize that their reputations and jobs are on the line with the investigation and questioning of the origins of the dollars through the sophisticated insurance structures.
The latest theory is that Walter will walk out. Looks like it could be a larger blow than we actually think. Do not blink or you will miss something.
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