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.

my awful coworker is also my roommate

A reader writes: Six months ago, I started a new job at a big tech company and needed to move for work. I made the decision to move in with a coworker, Sansa, who happened to have a room open up at her place shortly after I was hired. Sansa and I work in different […]

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my coworker wants “pawternity” leave

A reader writes: I’m a middle-aged woman who works in an office with other women in the same age range as myself. Half of our office are parents, the other half are not. One of my coworkers is fairly open about being and remaining child-free. She’s spoken about donating to abortion access funds, and in […]

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my coworker hates me

A reader writes: I started at a new position a few months ago, and mostly it’s going really well! I like the people, the work, and the hours. I have a good relationship with all of my other coworkers and superiors. I’ve received great feedback, and I have several years of experience in my field. […]

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is it worth mentioning to my boss how irritating my coworker is?

A reader writes: So I’ve got this coworker. He’s a perfectly nice guy, basically, but he’s also driving me out of my entire damn mind, and I’m not alone in that. The basics: – He always wants to chat and can’t seem to walk past some people’s desks without thinking of something (neither work-related nor […]

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my coworker saw the Excel sheet I use to track his sick days

A reader writes: I made a mistake and a coworker saw the Excel sheet that I was using to track his repeated absences. I’m not his supervisor, but I’ve been flabbergasted at the amount of sick days he takes. It started immediately when I started working here 14 months ago, but I started tracking it […]

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how should I talk about my cancer diagnosis at work?

A reader writes: I am a young professional in my job of almost six years. I have good relationships with coworkers and management, and as we are a direct human services agency we are working in a culture that promotes healthy work/life balance, trauma informed care, etc. I recently confirmed a cancer diagnosis. I’m doing […]

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