workplace practices

my office is in chaos – and it’s all falling on me

A reader writes: I work in the Executive Office of a very busy, national nonprofit. I used to be half of a “dream team” supporting the two top executives, along with ”Anna.” Over the three years that Anna and I were a team producing excellent results, both of us were consistently given more responsibilities, at […]

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what does “culture fit” really mean?

A reader writes: What on earth does “fit” actually mean? At the beginning of my career, I was let go from a job after a few months because I just “wasn’t the right fit.” At that point I had only received positive feedback about my performance and was still learning how everything worked. I asked […]

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should our office have a policy on healthy eating at work?

A reader writes: I’m curious about how to institute a workplace healthy eating policy that is respectful and non-judgmental. The background: I work for a health charity that focuses on a single chronic disease. Our regional office in particular is on the west coast and is a little hyper-aware of being healthy leaders. We don’t […]

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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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