ask the readers

what are your best Excel and Word tricks?

A few years back, I asked people to share the coolest Excel tricks they knew. By reader request, we’re doing it again — and this time we’re including Word too. So: in the comments, tell us your favorite Word and Excel tricks. And if you have a question about how to do something in either, […]

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have you ever had a spooky experience at work?

Did you ever work somewhere haunted? Feel the ghost of your predecessor marooned in your office? Encounter an evil spirit lurking in the copier? A couple of years ago for Halloween, I asked people to share stories of spooky moments at work. There have been calls to do it again, so let’s go for it […]

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spectacular resignation stories: share in the comments

Usually quitting a job is relatively mundane — you might be nervous about it, but it generally won’t involve yelling, profanity, or other fireworks. But occasionally a resignation is truly spectacular. For example, there was the flight attendant who, “upset with an uncooperative passenger on a just-landed flight … unleashed a profanity-laden tirade on the public […]

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what mistakes did you make as a new manager?

I wrote last week that for new managers, the first year of managing is usually one long string of mistakes. Among the most common: not addressing problems early and instead waiting until they’re bigger and more serious … not thinking through work before you assign it and then frustrating everyone by swooping in late in the game […]

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how many hours are you expected to work?

A reader writes:  I’m asking this question semi for my husband, but more as a general inquiry. I’m curious about how many hours salaried employees are reasonably expected to work, and when those hours are. (I’ve always been an hourly employee.) My husband, “Cory,” is salaried and works for a manufacturing company. He has fairly […]

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