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Old 07-03-2019, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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So how does one answer that question? It's a nice position to be in but "Nah, I'm good." or "I dunno." seems like a dumb answer.
You can always say that you appreciate working for a company that cares about employees as a whole person, and a boss who keeps the lines of communication open.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Bosses ask that? Not in my world.
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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Thanks! I was just asking because My friend thought I was nuts for not asking for more, lol. I made it very clear that I loved my job, was grateful for it and was happy to have him as a boss. The changes I would ask for to make life perfect are no plausible, but it’s good to know I have some capital if any thing comes up. Once I make some changes to my house, I may want to ask for some office equipment (like a standing desk) or something.

And yeah, I know how lucky I am. This was never a job I expected to love, but I totally do.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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This is not the time to ask for perks or office equipment, he's putting it out there to ensure you're as equipped mentally, physically and emotionally with everything you need to perform your job at the highest level, which reflects positively on him to his managers. Maybe a good time to suggest a process improvement like "Hey, rather than having 5 people submit separate TPS reports, could the lead submit one request and have the other 4 simply sign off on it via Salesforce?"
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Said no boss ever.......
Maybe you work for the wrong employer.

I have had Directors and VP's ask me what would make my life better at work. I also love what I do and love how things are working within our organization. I remember years ago after maybe a couple years working for the company, the CEO asked me if there was anything that would make my work more productive. I told him I needed a new key machine as we were still using one that was over 30 years old. At the time I was the Hospital Locksmith. He approved the purchase on the spot.

As recently as January I had been asking for an office space. I was sharing a portion of a maintenance shop with two other people. I had a new position, a nice increase in pay, and no office. I was offered an office by my boss.
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Old 07-03-2019, 04:21 PM
 
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Since you already have flex time & work remotely in place, is there any education/course/workshop to take or professional membership to have-- that would benefit you?
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:07 PM
 
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Since you already have flex time & work remotely in place, is there any education/course/workshop to take or professional membership to have-- that would benefit you?
Not really. They already pay for that stuff. But maybe I will ask to go to an additional conference this year. Working from home, my networking is sadly lacking. I'll raise it with my boss on Monday, but when another coworker and I pushed to go to an event earlier this year that would have cost very little, we were told there was no budget for that. So... Who knows?
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I had my review today. My boss was very complimentary and emphasized my importance to the team. Then he asks me (as he does at every review) what he can do to keep me happy in my work. TBH, I love my job. I make 6 figures, work from home, and can ditch out to take care of my father or run an errand any time I need to. I take a lunchtime nap almost every day. I work with a GREAT team of people I genuinely like and look forward to talking to, and I adore my boss. My job can be a bit boring with occasional highly stressful moments, but it had a lot of variety and I'm finding it pretty doable after more than a decade. I told my boss all of this.

My friend was like "Ask for flex time or a paid sabbatical" but I already really have flex time and can't seem to use up the more than 30 days of vacation I already have. And I know what our corporation is willing to do and what it's not willing to do - paid sabbatical is not something in its repertoire. And "more money" is something I know isn't going to get corporate approval - as it is, I'm pretty sure the management is very fair in how it doles out bonuses. I can't ask for more responsibilities as I'm pretty maxed out, and I don't want a title change.

So how does one answer that question? It's a nice position to be in but "Nah, I'm good." or "I dunno." seems like a dumb answer.

If I were to be completely truthful, my answer would be, to stay out of my sight and never talk to me.
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:32 PM
 
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"As your boss, what can I do to keep you happy?"
Gee. The railroad's down at the end of the street; why don't you jump out in front of the next moving freight train, imagines me at virtually every review when this crap comes up.
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:02 AM
 
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I know my chain of command, I know DAMN well who butters my bread/who signs my paycheck, so just LINE me out, let-up on the reins a little & leave me the hell alone, to do my job.


(but keep the door open, in case I have questions)
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