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Don't Rock the Boat

Q. When my husband lost his job last year I asked my employer if he could possibly move me from part -time independent contractor status to full-time. He said the budget wouldn't allow it because he'd have to create a new position and have that approved by the board, which would be difficult in this climate. But he did arrange for me to join the company's health care plan as long as I pay for it myself. I've been working longer hours and no one has complained. In fact, during the last year, I've just about doubled my hours and income. Do you think that now, a year later, I should ask him again for a full-time job? I can tell he really likes me and is very pleased with my work.

Ans. As they sang in "Guys and Dolls"- " Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat." If you have doubled your salary, gained health care, and are pleasing your boss and are happy in your work, don't do anything to jeopardize that. This is not the time to "nag" at the boss about a subject he feels he's settled. If times improve, and profits at the company increase, and you see a way to expand your activities to fill a full-time job in the board's eyes, then make that move. Not before.


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