- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2017
Hey bees. I’ve mainly posted on here for wedding advice, but have been in need of some outside career advice.. and thought why not see what my bee community can offer.
I work a few different jobs, with my main Monday-Friday one being a contracter copywriter. I started out doing amazing with the company I work for. I was positive, my boss loved my work, things were great. 3 months in, I was told I’m already being considered for full-time work. I have a 12 month contract so that means I’d either be taken on fulltime at the end of it, or somehow before it ends. Good news all round.
The past 2 months, things have slipped.
My boss doesn’t seem pleased with my work at all, saying my writing isn’t as strong (she basically said it’s bad) and I seem distracted and don’t communicate as well.
I’ve been tasked with 2 major projects since I started and in the past 2-3 months they ramped up massively. Long hours, unclear direction, misleading information, etc. Designers and other writers who have been on portions of the projects have raised the same concerns, making me feel I’m not crazy or seeing it differently.
I’ve had some issues with the projects, a key one being helping with enhancing brand guidelines. To help with this, I’ve met with people whow orked here longer, did research of my own while reading other people’s research, going to meetings that discuss goals for my company. Somehow though, my work still isn’t working for my boss.
This comes to the recent event that’s scared me a bit about my job security.
Our past few touchbases have been about the critiques mentioned, and she’s also brought up my wedding/personal life.. asking me if my wedding stress is distracting me at work.
And yes, I admit its stressful for me with my wedding planning. But I’ve done what I can to relieve it or make it not be an issue at work (asking vendors/family to not call during my work hours, leave messages/emails instead, etc.)
I am not sure how to proceed with my boss – who has asked me to meet with her again to go over her critiques of me. I feel some of her critiques make sense, because as much as I’ve tried to handle my stress maybe it comes visible at times.. but I stil feel I have worked the best I can, written the best I can, and worked to make solutions when issues arise.
My goal when I meet with her next is to try and stay positive, explain what I think I’ve done that’s been good at the company so far, acknowledge the issues she has of my work, and emphasize I love my job and want to contribute to the team and workplace as much as I can.
I would like to also bring up the issues I faced, and counteract some of her critiques of me… but I don’t know if I should, if that may seem like me being negative or me not taking her critique seriously.
Any advice as to how I maybe can improve my work to her, explain myself without sounding like I’m shifting blame or not acknowledging her issues, etc. I want to make this upcoming review fruitful, especially since I have my wedding coming up and don’t want to lose a job or have issues with it right before. =/