March 2008

boss secretly meeting about me

A reader writes: The other day I was looking through coworkers’ schedules on our office’s Outlook calendar to set up a meeting. Looking at my boss’ calendar, I noticed that earlier in the week he had an appointment with a coworker “Karen” entitled “Karen on Chris” (I would be Chris). Looking at the time of […]

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required attendance at weekend event

A reader writes: My organization is planning a large anniversary party that will be held on a Saturday (non work day). Employees are expressing concern if it is mandatory they attend, as there is another event in town occurring that night many have already purchased tickets for. Can our president make it mandatory employees attend? […]

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instant credibility

Here is a way to gain instant credibility with your boss: Tell her about a mistake that reflects poorly on you. People’s instinct is so often to hide or soften this kind of thing, but in fact the more blunt you are, the better you will come across. Just say it: “I really screwed something […]

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confession: I used to suck at firing people

Unfortunately, I’m pretty competent at firing people, having had to do my share of it. I’ve written in the past about how firings should be done — and believe me when I tell you that that’s learned from hard experience. Hard, awful experience. In fact, one of the first times I had to fire someone, I really messed […]

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fired and then asked back by higher-ups

A reader writes: A new, young manager recently lost his temper with me over a disagreement that we were bickering about. In the heat of the moment he fired me, sent me home in the middle of my shift, and called the other girl who does my job to “tell” her (not ask, by the […]

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telling an employee she has body odor

A reader writes: Two new secretaries in my office have body odor. The other staff have asked me to talk to them about it as the acting manager. How should I tackle this? I do not envy you. I’m interested to hear advice from others too, but I think the best approach is to think […]

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how long does negative personnel info stay in your records?

A reader writes: Is it true that negative information is suppose to be off an employment record after 5 years and if so how do you go about getting it removed? Nope, not true. Companies can keep employee files for as long as they want. (In fact, government regulations require that employers keep them for […]

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offering to consult after resigning

A reader writes: Pending a job offer, I’m looking to leave my current organization, a non-profit, where I have been for over 5 years. During this time, there has been a tremendous amount of growth – when I started there were just over 30 full-timers, now there are well over 200. While there, I launched […]

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more on cover letters

A reader writes: I’m a college graduate, and like so many others, I’ve been looking for some jobs. I’m left a bit confused on the cover letter, though….. which, I understand can almost be more important than your resume! I understand that I have to relate my experience to why I am perfect for the […]

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