advice about your coworkers

my coworker won’t stop badmouthing my new boss

A reader writes: I’ve recently decided to take an offer from a new company. It’s a great career step. However, after I announced my resignation at my old company and discussed my new opportunity, one of my current coworkers at the job I’m leaving has been loudly telling me about how her partner previously worked […]

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my coworker is trying to do all the work

A reader writes: I started working in my current position after my now-coworker, Betty, was promoted to a higher position in the same office. I am in her former position. We’re part of a larger department, but our office was just three people: me, Betty, and our supervisor, Wilma. Wilma left our department a few […]

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my coworker acts like the food police

A reader writes: I’d like to ask some advice about what to do regarding a coworker who I think is TOTALLY crossing personal boundaries. I work in an office that’s made up primarily of women, but the issue is with this one man who will not keep his thoughts about everyone else’s food choices to […]

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my coworker is cc’ing his mother on work correspondence

A reader writes: During a recent disagreement between my coworker and me, my coworker cc’d his mother on some emails going back and forth between me, him, and our board of directors. In my last email to all of them, I asked why his mother was being cc’ed, and asked whether she was a consultant […]

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my coworker overheard me trash-talking her

A reader writes: I talked badly about a coworker behind their back and unbeknownst to me, she overheard and now I feel terrible. I was complaining about her work ethic, and the coworker I was complaining to had the same complaints. It was things like “She’s done that to you? OMG she has done that […]

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my coworker’s butt crack is always on display

A reader writes: There is a time and a place for everything, right? Not really. There is no place for butt cracks and certainly not at work. Our offices have an open floor plan, and groups get rearranged from time to time. We recently had a new team moved in next to us. The noise […]

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