Q: Our veterinarian brings her infant to work every day. Our team lags behind with our work because if the baby starts fussing we have to drop what we're doing and take care of the baby. What can we do?
To prepare for a meeting with your veterinary team manager, write down your thoughts. State the problem in one or two sentences. Next, list two or three specific examples with approximate dates and times. Finally, offer a positive solution. "Fire Mary" isn't what most managers want to hear. Bosses want constructive steps that can help heal your team. Start your conversation with a request that respects your manager's time:
Q. Illinois law states that I receive time-and-a-half for overtime, which is more than 40 hours in a work week. But when I work 35 hours one week, then 45 hours the next week, my boss doesn't pay me overtime because it balances out to 80 hours in a pay period. What's right, and what should I do?