advice about your coworkers

our best employee may quit over holiday time off

A reader writes: I have a colleague, Garnet, who is the highest performer in her department. She is a joy to work with and great at all she does. Many years ago, when she and I were both in different roles, I was her supervisor and she was just as great then as she is […]

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how to deal with a coworker who’s rude to you

When a coworker is rude to you, it can be hard to know how to respond. Because we’re expected to maintain good relationships with colleagues, you might be tempted to pretend the rudeness didn’t happen. But when someone is rude over and over, and you’re required to deal with the person as part of your […]

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my coworker’s kids are running wild in our office

A reader writes: I work at a large company that values working moms and dads and offers generous benefits for families (like health benefits, flexible schedules, and time off). My department shares our floor with a department led by a very nice guy who I will call Clive. Clive is friendly, smart, and as highly […]

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how do I work with someone I can’t stand?

A reader writes: My question is regarding an irritating coworker, who I will call Karen. We both report to the same supervisor and work in the same suite, but are on separate teams. I have struggled with our relationship since we began working together five years ago. Karen is not the brightest bulb in the […]

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my assistant thinks she’s my peer

A reader writes: I’m a (relatively) recent grad who has been working at my company for six months. After working here for around two months, my direct superior left, and I took over all of her work. This has been challenging, but I’ve enjoyed having so many responsibilities when I’m still new to the workforce. […]

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should I tell my boss that my coworker’s work sucks?

A reader writes: I work as a web developer on a small team of four people, and we often collaborate on projects. It was just three of us for a while, and we recently hired a fourth person. He was hired primarily as a back-end developer, but also to do front-end work (mainly HTML and […]

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