workplace practices

is it weird to have your spouse visit you at your office?

A reader writes: I recently got a job running a research facility at a university. A few months into the job, my soon-to-be wife mentioned she’d like to come in and see my office. I, however, find this kind of weird. I don’t see anyone else’s spouses or friends dropping by. Also, as a new […]

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how to have better relationships with other departments

If you’ve ever felt the frustration of being stymied by another department’s lack of action on requests from your team, or ever known the feeling of not being able to move forward until your counterpart in another department does her piece of a project, you know why it’s important to have good relationships across teams. […]

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if you think a PIP always ends in firing, you are wrong

Whenever performance improvement plans (PIPs) come up here, people always declare that they’re only ever used as a way to push employees out and that a manager who puts someone on a PIP is just covering their own butt while gearing up to fire the person. This is absolutely, 100% not universal. It’s certainly true […]

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how much time can I take off when a pet dies?

A reader writes: I am a pet lover and pet owner; I have a cat and two dogs who my husband and I love as if they were our own children. We’ve recently had to have a lot of hard discussions due to the fact that our 11-year-old cat is sick and treatments are not […]

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do I really need to schedule my wedding around work events?

A reader writes: I got engaged in May of 2016. In July, we chose a venue and date (January 2018). When I told my boss the good news, the first thing she said right after congratulations was (in a panicked voice), “But that’s right before our Annual Teapot Gala!” — to which I didn’t know […]

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