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Dear Bev,

I work for the investment arm of a much larger financial firm. Our parent company isn’t in the investment business; they have other lines that are more important to them.

We’re being asked to cut expenses across the board. In our world we have to take clients out to dinner and spend money to make money. I’m being told I have to stay in a Holiday Inn and get two signatures if I want to take a client to dinner and it costs more than $50 (for both of us!). This is ludicrous, but when I talk to my boss about it, she says that we don’t control the decisions coming down from on high. It’s like she isn’t even willing to fight for what we need.

Is there a way I can appeal to her so she will take some action on our behalf? I don’t see how I can continue to be successful if we have these constraints.