January 2017

how can I stop being so helpful to coworkers?

A reader writes: I really need help putting some feedback my boss has given me into practice. This isn’t once-off feedback — it’s ongoing feedback over a period of months. I understand and agree with the reasons, I want to do it, and I know that it’s affecting my employment prospects. I just struggle to […]

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my incredibly mean coworker has cancer

A reader writes: I have a colleague, “Briana,” who is a truly awful person to work with. While we are based in different cities, I recently took the lead on an important project that involves her location and requires her direct input. If successful, this project could directly benefit her financially. But instead of being […]

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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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everything you need to know about job references

When an interviewer asks you for a list of references, are you confident about the names you hand over? Do you wonder what kind of questions they might be asked, or whether you’ve picked the right people? Are you supposed to list your current manager, or is it okay not to? At U.S. News & […]

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weekend free-for-all – January 28-29, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school. If you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Recommendation of the week: Unmentionable: The […]

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my boss may be insinuating I was fired

A reader writes: I recently accepted a job in a different division of my company, and so I resigned my current position with a decent amount of notice, at a time when our department is going through substantial transition (both supervisor and super’s supervisor got promotions out). Supervisor and boss are only allowing me to […]

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