workplace practices

how can we convince our employer to allow nose rings at work?

A reader writes: I work for a nonprofit that provides mental health services. I am writing in regards to a dress code issue. Several of my coworkers and I have small nostril rings (not studs). Our managers were informed by someone else that they had noticed that several on our team have rings, and that […]

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let’s talk about differences in office culture by country and region

A reader write: On a recent post about interrupting coworkers with headphones, I was charmed by some UK readers’ accounts of their offices’ tea-related rituals. I thought it might be fun to have an open thread about idiosyncratic aspects of readers’ office cultures and any differences people have noticed between one country/region and another. One […]

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how much detail do you have to share when you call in sick?

A reader writes: We recently hired a new manager for our admin/support staff, and in her first team meeting she told us that when calling in sick, “Don’t just say ‘I’m not feeling well.’ I don’t want to hear that.” Apparently she wants a specific reason we are calling in sick. In an attempt to […]

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is it wrong to expect employees to work on snow days?

A reader writes: Could you speak to snow day behavior? My staff is half on-site and half remote. We are all expected to be able to work remotely if needed, and snow days fit that bill. I’m happy to accommodate people spending time on family care and snow removal on these days. But, I also […]

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my company reads every email we send and put cameras in our offices

A reader writes: I recently switched jobs, and I’m a bit concerned that my new employer may be a micromanager. I left a very informal office environment for the same role in a much more conservative industry (for better pay), so I’m having trouble deciding whether some of the behaviors that are making me uncomfortable […]

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