Stop Trying to Be the Office Superhero

Human ResourceAdvice for navigating the modern workplace. Send your career-related questions to humanresource@lifehacker.com.  You’ve become the “go-to” person in your office for a slew of tasks that nobody else can (or will) do. Good news: You feel indispensable. Bad news: You can basically never take a vacation. Here’s how to get out of this mess—or, better…

Human ResourceAdvice for navigating the modern workplace. Send your career-related questions to humanresource@lifehacker.com.  You’ve become the “go-to” person in your office for a slew of tasks that nobody else can (or will) do. Good news: You feel indispensable. Bad news: You can basically never take a vacation. Here’s how to get out of this mess—or, better yet, avoid it in the first place. Dear Human Resource,How do you avoid being/becoming the go-to-guy (or girl) for every complicated task that no one else wants (or is able) to do?I started at my current (nonprofit) organization a few years ago as an administrative assistant. Through a process of layoffs, resignations, and reorganizations, I now wear many hats… office manager, tech support, HR department, webmaster, building/facilities liaison, event manager, landlord/coordinator to outside renters and more. Every time my job description is rewritten, more responsibilities are added. After eight months of meetings, reviews, arguments and negotiations, I finally began receiving a fair wage and was allowed to hire an administrative assistant. Still, the phrase “Dana Can Do It!” has practically become the organization’s motto. (Dana is not my real name, but you get the idea.) It’s nice to be needed; being indispensable is always good for job security. On the other hand, I have not been able to take a vacation in over two years, being the only one on staff who can complete certain tasks, which must be done from week to week. Lately, as I approached burnout, I have begun to politely refuse tasks that are outside the range of my job description. I ended up having a kind of mini-nervous breakdown. A co-manager and supervisor has reprimanded me for my “bad attitude,” and for supposedly taking too many sick days. (I am still within my allotted number of paid days off for the year). I am investigating my options, but meanwhile am gradually teaching my assistant the basics of my job so that the office would not grind to a halt without me, and I’m still saying “no” to new tasks when they could be delegated. But I worry about losing my “indispensable” status. Where is the middle ground? What can I do to improve the situation? I’m also interested in any advice you might have for managers that see this sort of th
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Economic Report: ADP says 156,000 private-sector jobs added created in July

The private sector of the U.S. economy created 156,000 new jobs in July, ADP says. The numbers: The nation’s businesses created 156,000 private-sector jobs in July, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, showing that companies are still willing to hire despite stiffer headwinds for the economy such as the ongoing trade spat with China. Economists polled…

The private sector of the U.S. economy created 156,000 new jobs in July, ADP says. The numbers: The nation’s businesses created 156,000 private-sector jobs in July, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, showing that companies are still willing to hire despite stiffer headwinds for the economy such as the ongoing trade spat with China. Economists polled by Econoday had forecast a gain of 155,000.

Some 112,000 private-sector jobs were added in June, according to revised figures. ADP originally put the increase at a seasonally adjusted 102,000. ADP is the country’s largest processor of paychecks for thousands of companies and millions of workers. Its report, produced with the help of Moody’s Analytics, helps evaluate the health of the U.S. labor market. What happened: Big companies added 78,000 jobs, mid-sized firms took on 67,000 new workers and small businesses hired 11,000 people. Professional and business services led the way by creating 44,000 jobs. Employment also rose by 35,000 in health care, 27,000 in transportation, 26,000 in leisure and hospitality and 15,000
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ADP: Private Employment increased 156,000 in July

From ADP: Private sector employment increased by 156,000 jobs from June to July according to the July ADP National Employment Report®. … The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. … “While we still see strength in the labor…

From ADP:
Private sector employment increased by 156,000 jobs from June to July according to the July ADP National Employment Report®. … The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

“While we still see strength in the labor market, it has
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Uber fires 400 people in restructuring and Lyft sees a shake-up

Uber laid off one-third of its marketing team — or 400 employees — as the company restructures months after its disappointing initial public offering (IPO). Separately, its rival Lyft reportedly lost a key executive as both companies struggle to answer to investors who want to see a profit. Interested in Uber? Add Uber as an…

Uber laid off one-third of its marketing team — or 400 employees — as the company restructures months after its disappointing initial public offering (IPO). Separately, its rival Lyft reportedly lost a key executive as both companies struggle to answer to investors who want to see a profit.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced a new centralized structure for the company’s marketing team internally, including news of the layoffs on Monday, a company spokesperson said.

Globally, the company currently employe
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Layoff Watch ’19: It’s Citi’s Turn To Cull Its Traders

Everyone else is doing it, so now Michael Corbat is too.If you’re working a Wall Street trading desk these days, count your lucky stars.After substantial layoffs at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, BMO, and most European banks, it’s become pretty clear that traders are a hunted species in contemporary finance. And Citigroup traders are not immune…

Everyone else is doing it, so now Michael Corbat is too.If you’re working a Wall Street trading desk these days, count your lucky stars.After substantial layoffs at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, BMO, and most European banks, it’s become pretty clear that traders are a hunted species in contemporary finance. And Citigroup traders are not immune from that reality:Citigroup Inc. is preparing hundreds of job cuts at its slumping trading division as m
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GM braces for attacks from Democratic presidential candidates in Detroit debates

WASHINGTON General Motors is bracing for attacks from Democratic presidential candidates in televised debates at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday and Wednesday from Detroit’s Fox Theatre near GM headquarters. The largest U.S. automaker preemptively released two fact sheet…

WASHINGTON General Motors is bracing for attacks from Democratic presidential candidates in televised debates at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday and Wednesday from Detroit’s Fox Theatre near GM headquarters.
The largest U.S. automaker preemptively released two fact sheet…
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What it’s like to get laid off in the games industry

(Image credit: Epic Games) It’s easy to see game layoffs as a tragic but disconnected event. 150 people lost their jobs, but that’s easy to reduce to simple numbers. What does it mean? For many developers, it can be anything from the confusing loss of a dream job, to the sudden absence of treasured friends…

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It’s easy to see game layoffs as a tragic but disconnected event. 150 people lost their jobs, but that’s easy to reduce to simple numbers. What does it mean? For many developers, it can be anything from the confusing loss of a dream job, to the sudden absence of treasured friends and colleagues. According to one person who requested anonymity—I’ll call him Jason—it meant a $25 Amazon gift card.“In 2013,” Jason begins, “I got a job at one of the three largest third-party game publishers as a PR employee. It was my first real job in the games industry—a dream job to me. I was immediately blinded by how ‘honoured’ I should be to work for said brand. So much so that I didn’t notice obvious problems from the outset. About five months in I was already burnt out. The hours and the pressure to perform got to me and my manager could not deal with the emotions involved with that level of stress. He put every small mistake I made under a microscope and every task was being micromanaged. There was no trust involved. If coverage of a game wasn’t positive it was my fault. Period.” In the spring of the next year, Jason was escorted into a room, and without warning told that the company “didn’t have time” for him. His contract would not be renewed. He was given a $25 Amazon gift card and pushed out of the building within a half-hour. This lack of warning isn’t atypical. Larz Smith has survived multiple layoffs as lead gameplay programmer at Daybreak, and can attest to the uncertainty that comes with a round of layoffs. “In many cases,” says Sm
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Uber Only Has 800 Marketing People Now

Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty)On Monday, Uber announced it had laid off a third of its marketing department. According to the New York Times, an internal email said the team had “grown bloated.”Now its just 800 or so people.Previously, Uber’s marketing team was more than 1,200 people.1,200 people, marketing.At the end of last year, 22,263 people…

Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty)On Monday, Uber announced it had laid off a third of its marketing department. According to the New York Times, an internal email said the team had “grown bloated.”Now its just 800 or so people.Previously, Uber’s marketing team was more than 1,200 people.1,200 people, marketing.At the end of last year, 22,263 people worked at Uber. Around 5 percent of them used to work in marketing.Today, that number is closer to 3.6 percent (
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Some Deutsche Bank Severance Packages Even Included Keeping Your Old Email For A Few Weeks

The Deutsche Bank layoffs are going as well as we thought.Welp, it looks like Deutsche Bank fired so many people at once that it couldn’t keep track of who was still using their company email account.Per FT:Deutsche Bank has launched an investigation into whether confidential client data were compromised after it failed to deactivate the…

The Deutsche Bank layoffs are going as well as we thought.Welp, it looks like Deutsche Bank fired so many people at once that it couldn’t keep track of who was still using their company email account.Per FT:Deutsche Bank has launched an investigation into whether confidential client data were compromised after it failed to deactivate the accounts of dozens of fired staff when it closed its global equities business earlier this month.Wow, even for Deutsche Bank, that’s embarrassing. But don’t worry, it wasn’t like the worst possible group of disgruntled financial services employees accidentally had access to their Deutsche Bank email accounts for a few weeks there…Around 50 traders in the London and New York offices were still able to access the bank’s systems and the
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