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 boss and I share an office with a volatile jerk

A reader writes: My boss, Ned, shares office space with his partner, Peter, in another business. It was made clear to me in the interview and repeatedly since then that I do not work for Peter, but to help Ned focus on our work I sometimes step in and assist with technology assistance and personal […]

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I flashed my entire team during a video call

A reader writes: I would love any and all advice on this because I’m sincerely lost on what to do. To preface this, I do have a privacy camera cover which makes this mistake even more avoidable. I work remotely and during a morning meeting with our entire team, I noticed an incessant knocking at […]

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my overpaid coworker is rude, rarely here, and calls us “uptight” and “slaves” for caring about our jobs

A reader writes: I have a coworker, Cersei, who is “politely” condescending. Her demeanor and tone sound nice, but her words are unprofessional and, quite frankly, rude. She is viewed very poorly by everyone in the department, which has led to multiple venting and complaining sessions, some with me included and others I’ve overheard. Some […]

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my younger employee doesn’t know professional norms

A reader writes: I’m a 30-year-old female manager. We recently hired a new employee who is 25 who came highly recommended and will be building out a role that we haven’t had filled in years. Despite the fact that our age difference isn’t large, I am kind of amazed by the generational difference between us […]

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dealing with domestic abuse in the workplace

This is a reprint of a post from 2012. Someone recently suggested reprinting it annually and I think it’s a good idea. In a post about what to do if an employee is being abused at home, commenter Marie left the following comment, which I thought was so powerful that I wanted to post it here […]

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