ask the readers

let’s talk about differences in office culture by country and region

A reader write: On a recent post about interrupting coworkers with headphones, I was charmed by some UK readers’ accounts of their offices’ tea-related rituals. I thought it might be fun to have an open thread about idiosyncratic aspects of readers’ office cultures and any differences people have noticed between one country/region and another. One […]

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what items have made your life at work easier or more pleasant?

A reader writes: Last week’s post about the modesty panels on desks made me a) thankful my desk has a modesty panel, when I’ve never given it any consideration before, and b) think of a possible post idea. I would love to know what office supplies/office items commenters have purchased or have been given that […]

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how to talk about your job when you’re embarrassed by it

I’m throwing this one out to readers to weigh in on. A reader writes: I moved across the country when my spouse had a great opportunity, and have struggled to find meaningful work (I also switched fields). I was unemployed for about a year. Now I have been working at the same company for just […]

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ask the readers: weird job advice your parents gave you

Over the years, we’ve heard about some really weird job advice and other actions from parents. Some examples: * “My mom once tried to go into a job interview with me, when I was 23. I told her ABSOLUTELY NOT. (She did a lot of crazy things when I was that age, but I eventually trained her […]

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ask the readers: how do you know you want to be a manager?

I’m on vacation this week, so I’m throwing this letter out to readers to weigh on in. A reader writes: I am an attorney working in a non-attorney role in a relatively large organization. I am the high performer in this role and have kind of assumed an informal “ring leader” status among the few […]

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tell us your strangest office holiday stories

It’s once again the season of forced workplace merriment, horribly inappropriate gifts, holiday party disasters, and other seasonal delights! In the spirit of the season, I want to hear about office holiday-related debacles. Did a coworker throw a tantrum when she didn’t win a raffle? Has your party planning meeting ended in tears multiple years in […]

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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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