December 2017

update: I bit my coworker

Remember the letter-writer who bit her coworker? Here’s the update. So I don’t have an update I think anyone will like. Going through Alison’s three suggestions: #1) Find a new job. I applied to the perfect position the next day, interviewed within the week, aaaaand bombed the interview. Nerves? Lack of practice? I do have Alison’s […]

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don’t make these 6 mistakes at work this month

Holidays at work can present some etiquette landmines if you’re not careful — like taking way too much interest in the date your coworker brought (or didn’t bring) to the office holiday party, or inadvertently assuming other people share your religious faith. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about six mistakes that […]

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do I really have to wear high heels to a job interview?

A reader writes: I am a college student employed through work-study. Once a month, my employer holds a training session for all student assistants to update us on new procedures, etc. Our most recent meeting focused on employment after college, because many assistants graduate this year. This training included mock interviews accompanied by an evaluation. […]

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employee is torturing her office mate with constant questions, sending a holiday card to your job interviewer, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My employee bothers her office mate with constant questions I manage two employees who share an office. One is a long-term employee and stellar worker. She bit the bullet and volunteered to share her office because we needed the space. The other position is a […]

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updates: the small lies, the boundary violator, and more

Here are updates from three people whose letters were answered here this year. 1. My employee tells small lies but is otherwise good at her job Thanks again for your advice on this issue. As usual, it was incredibly helpful. As a side note, I was hired to manage two clinics with no formal management […]

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weekend free-for-all – December 9-10, 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: Prince Charles, by Sally Bedell Smith. This is the newest biography of Prince Charles and it’s fascinating and will make you more sympathetic to Charles […]

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updates: the friend-boss and more

Here are updates from three people whose letters were answered here in the past. 1. Boss, then friend, now boss again (#3 at the link) It’s been about a year since I wrote for advice, and I’m still not exactly positive about how to categorize our work relationship. I took your advice and decided to […]

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updates: the juvenile boss, the smelly essential oils, and more

Here are updates from three people whose letters were answered here this year. 1. My boss wants constant chit-chat and makes fun of us if we try to focus on work Thank you so much for featuring my question and providing solid advice, along with all the readers who were able to commiserate, offered solutions, […]

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