advice about your coworkers

my nosy coworker keeps joining my conversations

A reader writes: My nosy coworker (“Nancy”) and I both joined the company at the same time and sit in neighboring cubicles at the office. There are walls to our cubicles, but the walls are short. Whenever another coworker come up to my cube to chat about anything at all (work-related or not), Nancy pops […]

Read the full article →

ask the readers: helping a coworker who’s grieving

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I work in an office with several other women in the same late 20s-early 30s range. We all get along well, but we don’t spend time together outside of work. One of these coworkers, Sarah, is recently bereaved. Nine months ago, her 34-year-old husband was […]

Read the full article →

how do I handle questions about my religion at work meetings?

A reader writes: I’m still Monday morning quarterbacking my response to this one in my head, I’d love your opinion. This past week, a colleague (let’s call him Samwise) and I traveled to visit a vendor out of state. The first night, the vender’s (super enthusiastic and talkative) head of sales, Bilbo, took the two […]

Read the full article →

my coworker brings her five kids to our work meetings

A reader writes: I work from home, for a start-up. My only coworker has five kids, ages one to 11, and very little access to childcare (husband thinks she’s doing just swimmingly at this SAHM+working-parent thing and doesn’t want to pay for a nanny). This means she brings between one and five kids to all […]

Read the full article →

my coworker says her husband died — but he didn’t

A reader writes: I have a coworker who mentions her deceased husband fairly frequently in conversation. It’s been several years since he passed away after a protracted illness. (He had lupus, and she says that they knew it was coming for seven years, so he was able to put away money to provide for her.) […]

Read the full article →

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. […]

Read the full article →