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Did I make a mistake accepting this job?

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    MaltaKano

    So I have a slightly different take. I work in a situation where the way my direct boss sees my job is different than the way Grandboss sees my job. And that has created some problems/awkwardness. Grandboss has some unrealistic expectations for what my position can do, while Boss and I are on the same page about my responsibilities and workflow. Usually it’s fine – for the most part I’m doing the job I signed on for – but it does create tension when Grandboss gets ahead of herself and I have to draw boundaries. It would have been easier if I’d clarified my role more during the hiring process. If reading through almost all of AAM’s archives has taught me anything, I feel like Alison would suggest a follow-up with your direct boss. “I just want to circle back after that conversation the other day – it sounds like Jane is thinking my position could include more/international travel. Is that something you think might happen down the line? Of course I understand occasionally something may require me to travel a little more in a given month, but I just want to make sure I’m signing on for the general travel schedule we discussed.”

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    cdobbs

    i have to travel a little bit with my job too and i hate it….but what i can never understand in this day is why don’t most meetings just be held either by teleconference or over the internet (skype, etc)…..it seems like such a waste of money (plane tickets, hotels) when you can just talk things out over phone/internet

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    Ange

    As someone who has worked remotely from their head office for years I really dislike meeting over phone or Skype. Conference calls are notoriously hard to hear, Skype or other meeting apps often freeze and once the meeting ends a lot of times other important details are hammered out by people who forget you aren’t privy to these casual but crucial conversations. For big projects I believe being there in person for at least part of it is essential. I always come away much better informed and confident from meeting in person.

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