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ask the readers: weirdly dramatic responses to mundane office changes

There’s something about work that can make people have weirdly strong reactions to relatively mundane changes in office policies or practices — like the guy who throws a loud temper tantrum when I.T. makes him change the password he’s used for the last three years, or the angsty drama greeting an announcement that people can’t […]

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my coworkers all stopped going to lunch with me

A reader writes: I started working in this company four months ago. At my previous job, I had a very bad office climate with a horrible boss so I appreciated the relaxed climate here. Also, at this new company I am acquainted with quite a few people because we went to college together, so I […]

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what niche job boards do you use to find job openings?

A couple of weeks ago, I published a question from someone asking what niche job boards are. My answer: They’re really just industry-specific job boards. If you have a professional association for your field (e.g., the Public Relations Society of America if you’re in PR, the National Society of Professional Engineers if you’re an engineer, and […]

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how much do deadlines really matter in your field?

A reader writes: I’m an English professor, and I would love some advice from you and your readers about how to prepare students for deadlines in the work world. My colleagues and I have a disagreement about this. My back story is that when I was a procrastinating college student, I got into the habit […]

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ask the readers: how to refuse to share your salary history

A reader writes: I wondered if readers could share stories about successfully refusing to share their salary history. It’s advice I hear all the time, and that makes sense, but having just been hired by a sizable corporation, it’s hard for me to imagine getting companies to go against their own policies. Aside from simply […]

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