work habits

do you say thank-you often enough at work?

A reader writes: I wanted to share a tradition with you that I started based on your advice. Every year I block off an hour in the couple days before Thanksgiving to send short emails to the colleagues who have done wonderful things in the past year, helped me out, or inspired me in specific […]

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is my workload too high or am I bad at my job?

A reader writes: How do you tell the difference between an unreasonable workload and unsatisfactory planning skills? I’ve been working in my first office job for just under two years. Our work is season based, and when we’re in season, it’s super busy. When we’re not, it’s super dead. Or at least it used to […]

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how should you decide which battles to pick at work?

A reader writes: I have a question regarding workplace conflicts. I am currently a junior staff member and much of my job involves writing. The thing is, such work tends to be very subjective, and lots of people claim that they have a good eye for design, taste, or writing. I always have this conflict […]

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my coworkers keep talking to me when I’m trying to work

A reader writes: I need help knowing how to politely say “go away.” I frequently get trapped in work conversations and can’t find my way out of them. Blame it on a lifetime of being a people-pleaser. Can you please give me a script I can use to extricate myself? Here are some recurring examples: […]

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how can I get over impostor syndrome?

A reader writes: I was wondering if you had any advice on how to conquer impostor syndrome. I’ve been working at the same job since I graduated college (about four years ago), and have been doing really well there (promoted almost every year, raises in every performance review, nothing but praise and minor feedback on […]

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I’m mentoring a know-it-all

A reader writes: I have been in my position for about two years now and have a “mentee.” There’s nothing official about this relationship; it’s just an informal setup our team does to help onboard new people who get hired. We are the same level and position. I am just a person who is more […]

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do I complain too much at work?

A reader writes: How can you stop complaining when you’re in a work situation that is frustrating and stressful? I work for an organization that is structured quite flexibly, and people are often shuffled to different project teams throughout the year. My main role is independent, but for a big, multi-month project, I’ve been assigned part-time […]

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what to do when you disagree with your boss’s feedback

It can suck to get critical feedback from your boss, especially when you thought everything was going well. It’s even tougher when you don’t agree with that feedback and think your boss is wrong. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about how to respond when you disagree with your manager’s feedback on […]

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