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ask the readers: times when work warped your thinking

One of the most toxic parts of dysfunctional workplaces is that they warp your thinking about what’s normal — you can start thinking truly weird stuff is normal or okay. That often means that you end up staying at that job longer than you otherwise would, which of course compounds the problem. It can also mean that […]

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ask the readers: when depression gets in the way of work

I’m throwing this one out to commenters to weigh in on. A reader writes: What does one do when their depression is getting in the way of work, despite treatment? Should people like me just be fired? There is unlimited sick leave at my current job, and I find myself needing to call off frequently […]

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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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