advice about your coworkers

the person who used to do my job won’t go away

A reader writes: A year ago, I replaced “Marnie,” who, after two years on the job, left for one she perceived to have better opportunities. Marnie was given the opportunity to change her mind after she announced her resignation, but ended up leaving anyway. She landed at a toxic workplace and, unbeknownst to me, departed […]

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my coworker keeps doing my work for me

A reader writes: I work on a team of three (plus our manager) as a supporting associate for two salespeople. I like my role and have no problem doing what other people might view as menial tasks, such as data entry and filling out form letters, in order to free up the salespeople’s time so […]

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my coworker is rude to Uber drivers

A reader writes: I work in a small nonprofit. I work closely with another coworker, and our jobs require us to take Ubers and car services together on a regular basis. The problem is, the way she speaks to Uber drivers (and honestly, all service industry workers) makes me crazy. She was raised in a […]

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my coworker has terrible imposter syndrome

A reader writes: Someone who I work with, let’s call her Sonja, seems to suffer from an awful case of impostor syndrome, and I’m looking for advice on how I can best support her as a colleague. We’re friendly, but not friends, and we have not worked together on a project before now, but we’ve recently […]

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should I tell my employer about my boundary-crossing coworker?

A reader writes: I have a coworker who continues to cross professional boundaries and I’m not sure when/if I should escalate this to my manager, his manager, or HR. I work at a regional office of a medium size company. I transferred from another site and have been working at this location for about six […]

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