July 2021

my new hire quit after his first day

A reader writes: I am a fairly new manager and have the opportunity to build out my team, which is a step in my career that I’m really excited about. I currently manage one person and just went through the hiring process for another. This was my first time hiring at this company and we […]

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my remote employees say our in-office perks are unfair

A reader writes: I manage a team of nine, and we’ve given people the choice of whether to return to the office or not. My team has split pretty evenly, with about half deciding to return and half staying at home. This is fine with me! The problem is that the employees who have chosen […]

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update: someone keeps farting in important client meetings

Remember the letter-writer who was concerned that someone kept farting in important, high-level client meetings? Here’s the update. Thought I would give an update on the farting in the boardroom story of a little while back as the issue did not go away and things turned out a lot differently than how I expected. So […]

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the people who’d rather quit than give up remote work

We’ve heard rumblings for a while now that workers are quitting, or threatening to quit, if they can’t continue to work from home. That’s because for many people remote work has been great—the lack of commute, flexible schedule, and more casual dress have provided a massive quality-of-life boon, to say nothing of the productivity increases […]

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a manager scolded me for having a cold sore on my face

A reader writes: Is it unprofessional to go to work with active cold sores on your face? I occasionally get them and have never considered it to be a big deal until recently when someone at work commented on it. Last week I had a cold sore in the middle of my lower lip. It […]

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