workplace practices

saying “how are you?” feels inauthentic to me

A reader writes: Am I being unprofessional/unfriendly if I don’t engage in the “how are you/fine how are you/fine” interactions at my office? It feels deeply inauthentic. “Fine” is never the best answer for how I’m feeling, and it feels painful to say when in actuality I’m going through a rough time. When I ask […]

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this gross app wants you to flirt with your coworkers

This is a very, very bad idea: The dating app Feeld has introduced a Slack bot that connects mutually attracted coworkers … Here’s how it works: You tell the bot who you’re crushing on in your employer-sponsored Slack channel. Feeld promises to keep the information private unless said crush tells the bot that he or […]

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the dark side of “unlimited” vacation time

A reader writes: We’re thinking about implementing an unlimited paid time off program in my company, where if you need a day, or a week, you take the time and aren’t bound by a certain number of weeks you can take in a year. Certainly there are a ton of considerations in doing this. I’m […]

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my office is really into corporate lingo

A reader writes: I just started a new job and I’ve noticed that everyone is really into corporate lingo. It’s not the way I talk at all. But I feel an odd sort of pressure to start talking like everyone else, like I don’t want to be the expat who moves to France and refuses […]

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my boss and my coworker have heated arguments with F-bombs

A reader writes: I have an accounting/finance background, and I started a position about three months ago at a tech start-up with less than 50 people. Because it’s a small start-up, I am currently the only accounting and HR person. On top of that, I’m the only woman in the office and the rest are male. […]

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the rise of the Dark Knight workplace vigilante

The Guardian has a pretty funny article on “Dark Knights of the office” — or, as they put it, “lone vigilantes who police the workplace, ever watchful for heinous crimes that cannot go unpunished. Woe to those who step out of line and return from break two minutes late, leave food in the office fridge […]

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