ask the readers

Looking for crowdsourced wisdom? Here are reader discussions about life at work.

starting a new job when you’re working remotely

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve just accepted my very first job offer and should be starting in a few weeks’ time. The job will be 100% remote due to COVID and I’ve been informed that the office won’t be re-opening until January at the earliest. Do you and/or your […]

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how can I stay organized when I’m working from home?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m an analyst, and we’re working at home during Covid. In the office, I used a lot of physical space to stay organized: white board wall, sticky notes, task lists, and I kept a lot of it in my head. Now that we’re at home […]

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let’s talk about public service fellowships (AmeriCorps, etc.)

On last month’s post about the value of public service fellowships (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Peace Corps, etc.), there was a lot of interest in having service corps alums share their experiences, for anyone considering the programs themselves. So, if you’re a service corps alum, please share your experiences in the comments: What did you like, not […]

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do you miss your office?

We often think of working from home as a perk (you can work in sweats! with a cat in your lap!), but with so many people switching to remote work because of Covid, lots of them have discovered they don’t much like it. Part of that is because of the circumstances, of course: we’re in […]

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I get emotional when customers yell at me

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I recently got promoted to assistant manager at an apartment complex and I feel pretty confident that I can do the job well. However, I know that whenever we have residents call in with complaints or we have people coming in and yelling, the calls […]

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what is your company providing if you’re working from home?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I was interviewing recently via Zoom for a remote role and the woman interviewing me (who is only a few months in at this company herself) had such a nice headset that I said something like, “Wow, that’s a great headset. I need to look […]

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how is your company supporting employees with kids right now?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: In this time of Covid and virtual school, what are your readers’ companies doing, if anything, to help with childcare issues? I work in HR at a manufacturing facility and our production workers are essential. We are trying to come up with creative ways to […]

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