work habits

am I the office jerk?

A reader writes: First, some background: My manager is pretty terrible. She’s very loud, rude, walks up to you while you are talking to a customer and just begins talking over you, and doesn’t have any idea what her direct reports are doing. It’s crappy, but she’s definitely not leaving any time soon. Her boss […]

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can I knit during work meetings?

A reader writes: I work in a federal agency. I’ve been in my current position for about five years, but have recently taken on some responsibilities that require me to be in several all-day meetings per month, some with coworkers in my office, and some with collegues from other state and federal agencies. I realized […]

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can I tell clients that I don’t talk on the phone?

A reader writes: I’m a freelance graphic artist. I work with some regular clients, but a lot of my work is one-off projects for small business clients. I’m always open to new clients, though I also have a steady stream of work, enough to be comfortable. I get some of my work through a freelancer […]

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how much do deadlines really matter in your field?

A reader writes: I’m an English professor, and I would love some advice from you and your readers about how to prepare students for deadlines in the work world. My colleagues and I have a disagreement about this. My back story is that when I was a procrastinating college student, I got into the habit […]

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chill out with the bone-crushing handshakes

A reader writes: I’m wondering if this is something that I am out of touch with or if this is something that is bothering others worldwide. I recently finished a few months of interviewing for various positions and attending close-out meetings for my previous job. About 99% of the time when I shook someone’s hands, […]

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how do I hold it together at work during a personal crisis?

A reader writes: I’m looking for some advice on how you effectively manage a team while you’re drowning in personal issues. In the past year, I’ve had what can only be described as a Series of Unfortunate Events that honestly seem almost comical in their frequency and severity: I had emergency abdominal surgery, had to […]

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how to be happier at work

How happy you are with your job can have a significant impact on the amount of happiness in your life overall. And yet for some people, work is a major source of unhappiness and dissatisfaction. If that’s true for you, it might be because you’re in the wrong job. But sometimes you make yourself much […]

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