June 2019

how to write the perfect out-of-office message

When you’re out sick or on vacation, crafting a perfect out-of-office email message probably isn’t something you’re terribly stressed out by. It’s a simple message – how tricky could it be? Well, to that I say, have you ever paid attention to other people’s out-of-office messages? There are some weird ones out there. Some give […]

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our boss’s wife camps out in our office for hours at a time

A reader writes: I work for an accounting firm with about 40 employees. I’ve been there for about nine months now and generally enjoy it. However, the culture has been a bit difficult for me to adjust to. We sometimes have clients visit for meetings and because there is limited space at the office and […]

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kids at work doesn’t always end well

I’m not sure there’s any work topic I write about that’s more divisive than people bringing their kids to work with them. (Well, maybe dogs at work, but it’s close.) It’s a rare parent who wants to bring their kid to work, but some try to make it work when daycare falls through, a child […]

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I joked about a coworker’s slowness — and he overheard

A reader writes: I am the first-level manager of a small group of about half a dozen people. I sometimes work with non-management-level staff outside my group, one of whom is an exceedingly capable, but highly idiosyncratic, person, “Karl.” He is very focused on any work that he does, and will go far above and […]

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weekend free-for-all – June 22-23, 2019

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.) Book recommendation of the week: The Body in Question, by Jill Ciment, about two sequestered jurors drawn to each other during the trial they’re on. * I make a commission […]

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