work habits

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 be tough 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. Here’s the best way to respond when you disagree with your manager’s feedback on your work. Don’t react right away. […]

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how can I be more assertive at work?

A reader writes: Every since I was a small child I’ve been praised for how nice I am, how likable I am, how good I am with people. In many ways, this is a positive thing. I think of it as a skill that takes effort, but is very useful. However, as I’ve started working […]

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how not to be the annoying new person at your new job

Starting a new job is tough – you’ve got to used to new work, new colleagues, a new boss, and new office culture. Sometimes people try so hard to be at home in a new office that they end up inadvertently alienating their new coworkers. Don’t be that person! At U.S. News & World Report […]

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coworkers keep commenting on how quiet I am

A reader writes: I have always been a quiet person, especially when I’m new in an environment and trying to learn about the culture before diving in headfirst. I know when I don’t know things and would much rather listen to those smarter than me and bury myself in my own work so I can […]

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I get angry when my coworkers make mistakes

A reader writes: I’ve got a question regarding how much “mistake tolerance” is expected in the workplace. Just to give you some background, I’m a (tech) team lead, which, in my case, means my daily job is not very different from that of other team members, except for the part that I get to make […]

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