advice about your coworkers

how can I get my coworker to stop gossiping to me?

A reader writes: I work in a small office of five people. One of my coworkers holds a manager position, and is sort of a supervisor for everyone. She was here before me and is above me technically. She is constantly bad-mouthing and gossiping to me about the other employees, from personal (sometimes very personal) […]

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my coworker drops F-bombs all day long

A reader writes: My office has a loose, casual, wacky, mostly fun vibe. We’re in close quarters in one big room. Things can get raucous. Virtually all of us — including me — swear. We have a newish employee —I’ll call her Jill— and this is her first job out of college; she had zero […]

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I can’t keep helping my work BFF do her job

A reader writes: I started working as an executive assistant at a company I love this summer, and a couple of months later, another executive assistant – we can call her Tracy – started too. We are the only two executive assistants in the company, and a lot of our work intersects; although we assist […]

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my employee keeps adjusting himself while we’re talking

A reader writes: I have a male employee who will adjust his balls (over top of his pants) during most conversations I have with him. It’s distracting, a bit uncomfortable, and I have no idea if I should have this conversation with him or if so, how I would approach this issue in a respectful […]

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my coworker is rude and insubordinate

A reader writes: I am a manager in a unique position within my organization — I sit on the sales team, but work closely with all operations departments to coordinate requests from my clients. Essentially I straddle the line between sales and servicing, and work with almost everyone in my organization in some way. Luckily, […]

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