advice about your coworkers

my coworkers seem to wish I were my predecessor

A reader writes: I’ve been in an academic department for almost nine years now: four years as undergrad, three years as grad student and instructor, and the last two I have been the administrative support person. I took the job two years ago when the previous admin, “Delilah,” was still working here and I trained […]

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I work with a mansplainer

A reader writes: I’ve been at my company for five years, in various roles with increasing responsibility. A few months ago, I was promoted to train the rest of a team that I was formerly a member of, with responsibility for both onboarding and continuing education (we’re in a medical field where there is a […]

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my coworker is angry that I photoshopped her staff photo

A reader writes: I am the marketing/communications assistant at a small nonprofit (around 30 people). We recently had new staff photos taken for our website, and the lighting was terrible. The lighting, combined with the location we shot the photos, made everyone’s teeth look horrifically yellow and sort of washed everyone out. Since I am […]

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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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