I have a boss who won't go above & beyond for me or our dept. How do I overcome this?

I am blessed to have a great job so hate to sound like I'm complaining so I would like to think of it as fine tuning or improving. The co. that I work for currently gives only 2 weeks vaca., not competetive with the industry which gives 3 wks. My boss has always told me this is not negotiable. A person was recently hired in another dept. who negotiated more than the 2 wks vaca. the same dept. manager also negotiated higher raises last year for all of his dept. My boss simply doesn't make these same kind of appeals & if he asks anything, he goes through his boss, not through HR which is where the other mgr. is getting these things accomplished. How can I get my boss to start working more with HR on these issues & if he doesn't can I go to HR myself?

Asked By: COblonde - 5/28/2007
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Go Above & Beyond yourself... More
Answered By: JEDI Master YODA - 5/28/2007
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Go to the competitor and work if you want the extra week.
Answered By: b - 5/28/2007
hmmmm... More
Answered By: emagidson - 5/28/2007
Sounds like he won't change especially since you already mentioned the vacation and he said it isn't negotiable. Have you thought about why? Maybe he doesn't want you guys to be off for three weeks and have to hassle with it... More
Answered By: Charlotte, NC - 5/28/2007
It sounds like we work for the same person. Recently workers in our department have started going to HR with complaints about our manager for the sames reasons you mentioned. The life span of a department manager where I work is about 3 years and he has used 2.5. We are hoping he will move on soon. There is one... More
Answered By: Storm - 5/28/2007
Dear COblond, if I were your boss and you went to the HR behind my back I would be Pi$$ed, so don't do that... More
Answered By: Great Deal - 5/28/2007
You said everything in your first sentence above, "I am so blessed --- hate to sound like I'm complaining---". I'm reminded of a childrens story that stuck with me through the years. A playful litte puppy dog joyousily munching on a bone walks across a still water bridge. He stops to notice the reflection in the water... More
Answered By: kenny613taylor - 5/28/2007
You can do what you think is right for you, but unless you are stuck in a deadend job I would suggest you work on getting promoted. You sound as if you have the right attitude and drive. The first step to being a great leader is to care for ones people...forget about fighting for scraps, get promoted and then make... More
Answered By: Larry - 5/28/2007
Whatever the reason that your boss does not fight benefits for your dept, let it be.. Since you mention that you are enjoying a great job, I guess that your manager is treating you well... More
Answered By: yamlim_ng - 5/28/2007
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