advice about your coworkers

I bit my coworker

A reader writes: So I bit a coworker yesterday. Obviously, I’m mortified. I work in an incredibly dysfunctional office. The tone is set by our office manager. He’s in his fifties, has always worked in an office setting, and is difficult. Things are right if it’s in his favor and wrong if anyone else does […]

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how can I get out of chauffeuring my coworker everywhere?

A reader writes: I am hoping for some advice on how to politely get out of a carpool arrangement with my coworker. She discovered that she lives just a few minutes away from me and asked if we could start carpooling to work together because she and her boyfriend share a car. She gives me […]

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my coworkers constantly joke around when I need work answers

A reader writes: I have two coworkers who tend to go off on joke-tangents, and it tends to draw out meetings and discussions longer than they need to last and sometimes makes it hard to get things done or get information. It’s pretty irritating. Like, none of the jokes are offensive in and of themselves, […]

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a coworker anonymously left breath mints on my desk

A reader writes: I honestly am not sure how to handle this. I work at a small and generally friendly office. When I came into work this morning, someone had left a small box of Tic Tacs on my desk. We have a culture where people will frequently leave candy or other small gifts at […]

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my coworker used a racial slur at our boss’s home

A reader writes: I work in a solo physician’s office — doctor and 12 employees. We have all worked for him a long time and our office is casual, informal, and friendly. We (the staff) are all friendly outside of work as well. The doctor is quite outgoing and friendly, and his wife is more […]

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how to deal with a loud coworker

A reader writes: I have been at my job for a month and a half. My coworker plays music at her desk, and I find it to be very annoying. I really wish she’d use headphones, or better yet, turn off the music, but I’m not sure how to ask her to do so. A […]

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