October 2017

should I show how angry I am when I resign?

A reader writes: Three months ago, I applied for a short-term contract position in order to get my foot in the door with a company in an industry I had previously worked in and missed immensely. Shortly before my interview, my resume was shared with a separate department in that company and I came in […]

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my coworkers keep talking to me when I’m trying to work

A reader writes: I need help knowing how to politely say “go away.” I frequently get trapped in work conversations and can’t find my way out of them. Blame it on a lifetime of being a people-pleaser. Can you please give me a script I can use to extricate myself? Here are some recurring examples: […]

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have you ever had a spooky experience at work?

Did you ever work somewhere haunted? Feel the ghost of your predecessor marooned in your office? Encounter an evil spirit lurking in the copier? A couple of years ago for Halloween, I asked people to share stories of spooky moments at work. There have been calls to do it again, so let’s go for it […]

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weekend free-for-all – October 28-29, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak. A 1980s coming of age story involving computer games, petty theft, and an obsession with Vanna White.

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update: my boss is unavailable and it’s driving us all mad

Remember the letter-writer whose boss was constantly unavailable? She was his assistant and could see it was driving his team mad. Here’s the update. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question on your website. Your feedback (and most of the commenters’) was extremely helpful in first easing my mind that […]

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