work habits

are two-hour commutes normal?

A reader writes: I recently moved to southern California from New York City. In New York, my commute, door to door, from Soho to Bushwick was about 35-45 minutes, which included a 20-minute subway ride. Here in California, I recently (2.5 months ago) accepted a new job as an EA for a great company that’s […]

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are senior execs too busy for spelling and grammar?

A reader writes: I’ve been working at a small company (~30 employees) for almost a year. I am the lowest on the food chain, just above the interns. We have a few offices, and I work in the same office as the COO and work closely with him often. He is easily one of the […]

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everyone interrupts me — am I somehow causing this?

A reader writes: I’ve been dealing with a weird problem in my work relationships for a long time, and it’s happening again in my new job. I was really hoping you’d have some advice on how to make it stop. The gist of it is, people occasionally talk right over me, in the middle of […]

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my boss keeps doing my job, and I’m worried I’m the problem

A reader writes: I’m a mid-life career change professional in the accounting world. I’ve been in my current position as a staff accountant for almost a year at a small regional retail company. This is my first accounting job after my career switch, after my post-BA certification and returning to work after raising a child. […]

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I’m afraid to show any weakness at work

A reader writes: I’m a director at my company, responsible for four staff members and my own department. I have been in this director role for about 16 months, and prior to this I was an assistant director responsible for two people … but I had someone above me who shaped the department and basically […]

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I slept through an entire day of work

A reader writes: I started a new senior position in a new city about two months ago and I was killing it. It was just such a great fit of the job matching my abilities- I moved several integral projects forward and took some business trips in my first few weeks. Everyone was saying it felt […]

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I’m hypersensitive to criticism — how do I fix this?

A reader writes: I am currently working as a receptionist for the next few months until I complete my schooling. I have been dealing with what I can only describe as hypersensitivity when it comes to feedback or criticism about my work. When I hear that something was done incorrectly by me, I panic and […]

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