advice about your coworkers

my boss wants me to collaborate with my awful coworker

A reader writes: I have a coworker who started a few months ago. He and I are responsible for similar types of projects, but we rarely collaborate because the projects don’t readily lend themselves to teamwork. Occasionally, we may consult each other if we hit a technical snag with the software. For some reason, my […]

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did my intern frame my coworker for credit card theft?

A reader writes: This past summer, the section I supervise had some interns working here. All of them were offered jobs here once the internships were over. However one of them has created a situation where she lied to the police, but my boss and HR have still decided to offer her a job. A […]

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my coworker is ruining her relationship with our boss

A reader writes: About two years ago, I was promoted to an executive role in my company – I am a department of one. Six months ago, Lisa, a former peer, was promoted to head a department that I work closely with. Lisa moved from sales to operations and is handling it well, but is […]

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I moved into our admin’s office and she’s unhappy about it

A reader writes: I have a situation that’s become awkward very quickly. I recently received a very welcome promotion, and as part of my new role I was given a private office (this is a first for me). Our department is currently constructing a new building, but until it is completed (2019 at the earliest), […]

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my coworker keeps asking everyone for loans

A reader writes: Since last holiday season when my office hired Cersei, she has quietly hit up almost everyone in our small office for various short-term personal loans. I personally have always been firm and apologetic with her when saying no for myself. Saying no was easy because it seemed really inappropriate, and because of […]

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how to tell someone “this is your job, not mine”

A reader writes: I’m an admin assistant at a Fortune 500 company. I assist a lot of people and teams, so I’m always busy with a full workload. Sometimes people try to foist work on me that isn’t part of my normal workload. When this happens, I will sometimes loop in my boss to clear […]

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my coworker keeps asking his wife for input on our projects

A reader writes: I work in a sales organization in an industry that is fairly conservative and reputation-driven. I work in marketing and interface with sales staff quite often. There is a salesperson who is fairly new to our organization and industry who does a couple of odd and, I think, unprofessional things that I […]

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