workplace practices

is it time for me to ask for a promotion?

A reader writes: I’ve been in my job for 1.5 years. Most people in my department get promoted around 2-2.5 years. Because of the timing of reviews/promotions, if I was to get promoted this year, it would happen right before my 2-year mark. Speaking with other people at my level in my department (on different […]

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my assistant quit because of St. Patrick’s Day pinching

This letter was originally part of a five-short-answers column, but it’s getting enough interest that I’m making it its own post. The other four letters that were originally bundled with it are now here. A reader writes: This past Friday, the office I work at got into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day. We were […]

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my boss’s boss keeps asking me where she is

A reader writes: I work on a temp contract in government. Recently there have been some restructures in my department as well as a machinery of government change, and there is a new executive director (new to my team, not new to the organization). She’s taken on our area as well as directing two others, […]

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I suck at role-playing exercises — can I get out of them?

A reader writes: I’m hoping you can help me with a development situation I have encountered recently. At a recent annual divisional meeting, my company had account managers give a faux-presentation to directors regarding one of our products. We were to pretend the directors were our clients and deliver the canned (leadership-approved) presentation to them. […]

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cable news plays in my office all day, and it’s killing me

A reader writes: My office runs cable news on TVs visible from all break and work areas during work hours. There is no business need for this news; we’re a software development office in an industry not directly related to politics or activism. I’ve previously spoken to my manager and cited them as a distraction. […]

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the psychology behind the office candy dish

The Washington Post has a pretty fascinating piece about the psychology behind the office candy dish, centered around their own two-month experiment tracking one candy dish in their office. An amusing excerpt: The most fascinating part was watching how people behaved around the jar, which sits on a cabinet less than three feet from Kevin’s […]

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I won’t be considered for a promotion unless I promise not to leave if my coworker gets the job

A reader writes: I work at a very small organization. Over my time here, I’ve steadily taken on more and more responsibility. I’ve tried to negotiate raises on several occasions, usually just after being assigned a new responsibility. In my opinion, when my job description and level of responsibility change significantly, I should have the […]

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do I really have to be on camera for my job?

A reader writes: So, I have been at my job for two weeks now, and am in the middle of training. Things have been going great and I really like the job. There is just one problem. Almost every day since I have started, my supervisor has had Skype meetings with people from corporate, our […]

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