advice about your coworkers

Need advice about your coworkers? Here are answers to questions from dealing with a coworker who sings all day, to interrupters, to credit-stealers, and much more.

someone keeps farting in important client meetings

A reader writes: I work in upper-middle management at a large business and entertainment events company and recently we got back to regular face-to-face client meetings. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been having some intense and lengthy meetings in our office with a potential local client, which could really take our company to the […]

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my nightmare former coworker is now a superstar

A reader writes: A few years ago, I managed a long-term project that my coworker, Jane, was working on. Jane was tricky to work with. In terms of technical skill, she did a few things exceptionally well but her overall performance was slightly below what I would have expected from somebody with her experience. But […]

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my new coworker can’t handle our new-agey woo environment

A reader writes: We have a new project manager, “Dawn,” and she’s a lot. The company I work for is very emotionally oriented and feelings-driven so none of us have titles like “manager” or “director,” they’re like Imagination Collaborators for our design team or something like that so things are a little complicated because our […]

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my coworker is a talker and whines when I ask him to stop

A reader writes: I’m a mid-20’s woman and I share a tiny office with two coworkers who each have multiple grandchildren. My male coworker, Bob, is a talker. I have tried everything — the staring at my screen, typing furiously as he starts a conversation, the distracted “mhmm, ok”’s as he rambles, and straight up […]

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