workplace practices

my coworker abuses our office IM program

A reader writes: I have a problem that is a minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is really starting to get on my nerves. My office uses an instant messaging system, in addition to email, to communicate since 95% of the team works from home. It’s a pretty standard system with […]

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bitterly fought office coffee wars: share your stories

On a post last week about coffee wars, someone left this amazing comment: Without thinking hard, I recall the coworker who made herself a fresh pot every morning then dumped the contents so no one else could have any. The coworker who charged people for coffee the company supplied (she kept the money). The coffee […]

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can I show armpit hair at work?

A reader writes: I have a strange question for you and your readers: how appropriate is body hair in professional offices? I’m a woman in my 20s who prefers to keep my underarms unshaved, though they’re tidy and unobtrusive. (I have light hair, which makes it less noticeable.) In general, I think sleeveless blouses can […]

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where’s the promotion I was promised months ago?

A reader writes: When I was hired, my new boss-to-be and I discussed promoting me in one year. Shortly after my year anniversary came around, I set up a meeting to discuss the promotion and we started rewriting my job description, etc. My boss’s boss okayed the promotion, and she got verbal approval from HR. […]

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my office is moving … to my boss’s house

A reader writes: I work for a small company with two full-time employees, two part-time, and a weekly bookkeeper. My boss is wealthy, mercurial, and often out of the office or traveling. Recently, he announced that he has decided to move our office from our (already small) space into his duplex apartment, which is supposed […]

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