advice about your coworkers

I want my coworkers to stop venting to me

A reader writes: I work at a large university. Professors here wield a lot of influence in academic and administrative decisions. Although I don’t always agree, I accept this is the way things get approved and done. I have two coworkers who must get permission for much of their work from professors. I hear about […]

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my coworker never stops talking — and I mean NEVER

A reader writes: I need some advice on how to deal with working with a coworker that drives me absolutely insane. This lady is by far the most annoying, rude, and unprofessional person I have ever had the displeasure of working with. You know how they say if a shark stops moving they will die? […]

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my coworker keeps pushing junk food on me

A reader writes: A few coworkers and I have been working really hard to support each other in adopting healthier eating habits. I am admittedly weak around tempting treats, so I don’t keep these things on hand at home or at work. Our company recently hired a very sweet woman who is acutely obese. She […]

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I google my coworkers — is that weird?

A reader writes: I was recently dialed into a large internal meeting. Due to a recent merger, this was my team’s first time interacting with some of the members of our sister company. In parallel, my manager (Luke), another coworker (Leia), and I were messaging in a private group IM. Luke asked Leia and me […]

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my coworker interrupts my work to ask why I look so serious

A reader writes: There’s a man in our office, let’s call him Jeffrey. Jeffrey works for our company but does not work for my department. We on occasion will work together, but physically he resides in our same seating space. For years, I’ve heard of and sometimes witnessed things he’s done and said that have […]

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our coworker has filled the office fridge with old, moldy food and refuses to toss it

A reader writes: While you’ve spoken before about coworkers who are hoarders, we have a situation at my place of work where the office fridge/freezer are just about unusable due to one coworker’s hoarding. Over 20 people share this full-sized fridge, which makes space issues that much more annoying. Everyone forgets stuff in the fridge/freezer, […]

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ask the readers: should I date my boss’s daughter?

I’m throwing this one out to readers to weigh in on. Here’s the letter: Last summer, one of my coworkers told me that she likes me. Unfortunately I was in the process of starting a (failed) romance with another woman so I turned her down. Well, that was half of the reason. Flash forward to […]

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my coworker’s kid disrupts our office every day

A reader writes: I started a new job a few months ago. Everything is great and I like my coworkers, except for one thing: one of my coworkers brings her daughter to work every day and it’s driving me crazy. Shortly after I started, we moved to a new office, going from individual office spaces […]

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