workplace practices

our company is making us do unreasonable things to accommodate a coworker’s mental health

A reader writes: My coworker, “Casey,” has worked at the same company as me for just over two years. Casey has mental health issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder (self-acknowledged and openly talked about) that have gotten progressively worse as time goes on. Casey is on medication and currently in therapy, but it isn’t enough any more. […]

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my boss and coworkers all say “I love you” to each other

A reader writes: Several of my coworkers and my boss regularly say “I love you!” to each other. This makes me deeply uncomfortable. As you may have guessed, there are some underlying issues with professional boundaries which impede our effectiveness as an organization (there are lots of friendships between “levels” in the company), but I […]

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I want to have an indigenous spiritual ceremony for my team

A reader writes: I am a research manager in a university setting. The projects my team engages in are varied, but focus on one specific health problem. I specifically manage one of the large projects on the team that works with indigenous communities across the country. I supervise a team that is 90% women (this […]

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your workplace holiday disasters

Some of my favorite highlights from last week’s post asking people to share their real-life office-holiday-related debacles: 1. “This year, my HR department sent a mass email about the company holiday luncheon and ugly holiday sweater day. The clipart chosen to decorate this missive was chosen in haste and not closely examined. At first glance, it was […]

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should you ask resigning employees to leave immediately?

A reader writes: If an employee puts in their notice, should you always let them work through the end date they have given? I think it’s fairly common for an employee to be walked out if they are going to a direct competitor. However, what if the concern is that they will be a distraction […]

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when a “sick” employee is spotted around town

A reader writes: Should an employee who has called in sick to work and is seen out shopping lose that day’s pay? I am the employer. I answer this question — and four others — over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and […]

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I wasn’t invited to the company Christmas party

A reader writes: My company is a medium-sized company that has grown through (peaceful) acquisitions, so we have branches and offices in multiple cities and states. They consider the company to be very tight-knit, and I am on friendly terms with everyone up to the CEO/majority owner. The main corporate headquarters is in a city […]

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I’m afraid that I don’t deserve my promotion

A reader writes: I work in a technical program where change is very, very slow to occur, if it occurs at all. Most positions have one or two promotions built in to them, with the next step being management. However, management roles are typically only open due to retirements, so they don’t happen often. Most […]

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