work habits

what if I can’t succeed in the world of work?

A reader writes: I’m a professional in my late twenties. I spent my twenties getting some degrees and doing fellowships, internships, and various contract jobs. Through all of that, I landed a great full-time job – not my dream job, but maybe 60% my dream job. Coming in, I knew it would be a bit […]

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men compliment my handshake

A reader writes: I’m hoping you can shed some light on the phenomenon I describe below. It doesn’t bother me in any real way, it’s just so recurrent and increasingly out of place that I’m curious if this is a common experience shared by professional women, young professionals, or all people with a good handshake. […]

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don’t make these 6 mistakes at work this month

Holidays at work can present some etiquette landmines if you’re not careful — like taking way too much interest in the date your coworker brought (or didn’t bring) to the office holiday party, or inadvertently assuming other people share your religious faith. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about six mistakes that […]

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my work clothes are revealing more than I intended

A reader writes: I’ve been working at a large, well-known company for about six months now. It is my first job out of college and I’m eager to make a good impression on my colleagues since I am one of the youngest members on my team. The company as a whole is pretty buttoned up […]

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how do I get less emotionally invested in my work?

A reader writes: I’m a programmer who is in my eighth month at my current job. I’m a woman in my late 20s and have never held a job for a full year before–while most of the jobs I’ve had have been internships or temp/contract jobs, I’ve quit one that made me miserable and been laid […]

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