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 coworker won’t volunteer for any of our work

A reader writes: I work on a team of three – Fergus, me, and our manager, Lucinda. Fergus and I both have the same role. I have been with the company for about six years, and Fergus joined just before Covid hit and we all switched to working from home. We both mostly work on […]

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my coworker cried and called me militant

A reader writes: I was wondering about your opinion on a strange situation I was in a few years ago that I don’t know how I should’ve handled. I had a coworker, Jane, who had just turned 50. I was in my mid 20’s and in my first professional setting in my chosen field. Jane […]

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our new entry-level coworker thinks he’s our boss

A reader writes: We’ve recently added someone to our team who is a project manager. At my workplace, this is an entry-level position, usually filled by people just out of college. They manage the projects, setting deadlines and sharing client feedback. It’s not an unimportant position by any means, but it is sort of at […]

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a friend of my ex-boyfriend verbally attacked me at work

A reader writes: I have been working for a large corporation for a few years now. Recently, Joe started a new job here; he is a friend of an ex-boyfriend I recently broke up with (and who is still bitter about the breakup, although I’ve moved on). I got a new office space today and […]

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my coworker won’t stop poking me

A reader writes: Where do I begin? I have been lucky enough to work for a great, family-owned accounting firm doing invoicing for over a year now. I love my job, I love the work, I have flexible hours, and my boss is great. It’s been a really good work environment. However, there is one thing […]

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my coworker treats me like a child

A reader writes: I have been in a new job since March and receive good feedback from the company on a regular basis. I have past experience in a similar role, in the same industry for seven years, as well as being in supervisory positions for 10 years before I was laid off. Basically, management […]

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my coworker tells others I’m going to be overwhelmed

A reader writes: First, some background: I (f) am an engineer in shared services in new product development. This means that I do not report through R&D, but I do support their teams on a dedicated basis. I am considered a team member for the duration of a project, which can last several years, and […]

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