advice about your coworkers

my coworker dumps emotions all over us and wants to be coddled

A reader writes: My coworker, Dionne, and I are struggling with our other coworker, Amber. We are all the same level, but in charge of different departments. Dionne and I are young to have the positions we have, but we’ve both worked extremely hard and actively pursue opportunities to address any skills gaps we have. […]

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my coworker tries to guilt-trip people

A reader writes: Advice to deal with a frustrating coworker who guilt trips people? In our office, there exists a coworker who finds ways to manipulate and guilt trip people on a daily basis. Let me provide a few examples… • She often works through her lunch breaks, then pulls the “poor me” card, expecting […]

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my coworkers won’t speak up about problems

A reader writes: I’ve noticed that my coworkers are reluctant to report or complain about workplace problems. Two things have happened lately that have made me realize this. A few weeks ago, our internet went down due to a severed network cable. Per company policy, all of our work is conducted online, so there’s very […]

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I want my coworkers to stop venting to me

A reader writes: I work at a large university. Professors here wield a lot of influence in academic and administrative decisions. Although I don’t always agree, I accept this is the way things get approved and done. I have two coworkers who must get permission for much of their work from professors. I hear about […]

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