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.

how to get coworkers to stop texting after-hours

A reader writes: I originally wanted to take a position at my current company because it seemed like a friendly work environment. And it is. But I regularly receive multi-recipient texts after work from my coworkers! Sometimes it’s about work, but never anything urgent, and often it’s purely social. I’ve never had this problem before, […]

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my coworker sent a snotty message about me on a Zoom call

A reader writes: I was on a Zoom call recently with the president of our company and two junior staff members. My position is above theirs, but I do not manage them directly. I made a comment during the meeting, and suddenly a snarky Slack message about me from one of the junior members of […]

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my coworker accidentally fractured my arm

A reader writes: I recently started a new job as a courier who delivers essential supplies to several businesses and industries. I am very fortunate that my job has not been affected by Covid-19 due to how important our services are, especially now. I’m currently being trained by a woman named Melissa. She is teaching […]

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my boss’s son constantly yells at him in the office

A reader writes; I work for a family-owned company. My boss (let’s call him Rob) employs both of his sons and his daughter-in-law, and they all get special treatment within the company. For instance, his daughter-in-law comes in about five hours a week and is paid for 40 and his son was gone for more […]

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our coworker came to work when his family had COVID-19 symptoms

A reader writes: I work in a small department of six that is family-like. One of our coworkers, “Claude,” is nice enough but he tends to do things that offend. He always grabs the first donut, or jumps to the front of the line during office potluck or pizzas. Afterwards, he disappears and doesn’t offer […]

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my coworker is trying to manage me — and she’s not my boss

A reader writes: I’ve been working in the same department since I graduated college four years ago. Due to a few sudden departures amid a restructuring, I was promoted much more quickly than is typical at my workplace. (I went from the department assistant to an “associate manager” within a couple of years, though I […]

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