workplace practices

I asked for a lower-stress job and my workload got worse

A reader writes: I was transferred within my company earlier in the year to a very challenging role which was understaffed. I tried my best, but work-related stress and my pre-existing mental health issues got the better of me and I had to take sick leave as a result. On returning, I took my doctor […]

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our CEO won’t let go of a retired employee

A reader writes: I took a position with a small nonprofit last spring and have been immensely happy. It’s a great team, and was made even better in April when the one staff member I didn’t care for announced her retirement effective May 31. “Sally” had worked for this nonprofit for over two and a […]

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we have to be interviewed by a psychologist to get promoted

A reader writes: I am a senior manager in a division of a global corporation. Each of the divisions is actually a company that was acquired by the corporation. As long as the division continues to make a profit, they are pretty much allowed to operate as if they are still a stand-alone organization. Some […]

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my office makes us cook and eat lunch together every day

A reader writes: I am a frequent long-term contractor at a very small company. There are two owners, two full-time employees, and a handful of freelancers and interns at any one time. The owners are wonderful people whom I enjoy spending time with, but they have a practice that some coworkers and I feel conflicted […]

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how can I get my staff to talk in meetings?

A reader writes: I’m a new manager at a small nonprofit I’ve worked at for about 2 years. My role recently expanded to include managing a small team of two full time staff and an intern, who perform duties that were unfamiliar to me before. Overall, the transition has gone well and I have good […]

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I’m a recent grad and feel like I’m working too much

A reader writes: I just graduated college in May, and landed a full-time job in my hometown in the perfect field for me, thanks to your help with resumes and cover letters! However, this job has turned out to be very different from what I expected — namely, there is no semblance of work-life balance, […]

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