advice about your coworkers

how should I handle questions about my age at work?

A reader writes: I want to ask about workplace etiquette relating to a person’s age. I work in digital media and have done well for myself in my career. Recently, I was attending a conference with my boss and presenting on a project to a group of his peers from other companies when one of […]

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my coworker keeps coming to my office and interrupting my work

A reader writes: My coworker works in a building across the street from my building, but has frequent interactions with employees in my building. The structure of her position is such that she needs to get information or make requests of people in my department and other nearby offices on a daily basis. Her preferred […]

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is it okay to hang target practice sheets up at work?

A reader writes: I work for a large multinational company, and recently an executive made a visit to the office I work in. She held an informal Q&A which everybody in the office attended, and which took place in a section of the office I very rarely visit since the department that works there does […]

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if you’re thinking of asking a coworker on a date…

Mixing work and romance has the potential to get awkward quickly, but plenty of people do date and even ultimately marry coworkers. That’s no surprise — after all, we spend an enormous amount of time at work, and when you work closely with people, it’s human nature that you might end up romantically interested in one […]

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am I patronizing the admin?

A reader writes: I work in a small office. Fergus and I are at the same level, working under the boss, Wakeen. We have a support staff of a dozen or so — mostly analysts, whose work Fergus and I direct and oversee, plus our receptionist and admin assistant, Sansa. Sansa is new to our […]

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my incredibly mean coworker has cancer

A reader writes: I have a colleague, “Briana,” who is a truly awful person to work with. While we are based in different cities, I recently took the lead on an important project that involves her location and requires her direct input. If successful, this project could directly benefit her financially. But instead of being […]

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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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