ask the readers

ask the readers: how do I get people to remember me?

Per Thursday tradition, I’m throwing this letter out to readers to weigh in on. This is an interesting one: How do I get people to remember me? Today, my colleague and I attended a meeting to finalize a work program we had negotiated with an external organization. The meeting followed six months on from an […]

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ask the readers: should I date my boss’s daughter?

I’m throwing this one out to readers to weigh in on. Here’s the letter: Last summer, one of my coworkers told me that she likes me. Unfortunately I was in the process of starting a (failed) romance with another woman so I turned her down. Well, that was half of the reason. Flash forward to […]

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bitterly fought office coffee wars: share your stories

On a post last week about coffee wars, someone left this amazing comment: Without thinking hard, I recall the coworker who made herself a fresh pot every morning then dumped the contents so no one else could have any. The coworker who charged people for coffee the company supplied (she kept the money). The coffee […]

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what are the strangest things you’ve ever seen on a resume?

I want to hear about the weirdest things you’ve seen on resumes. To kick us off, some highlights from past commenters: “The person whose description included only their entire astrological profile. I mean, sun sign, moon sign, rising sign, and midheaven sign. AND NOTHING ELSE.” “I received a resume for an IT Help Desk Technician […]

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knowledge swap! share your expertise with people here

Are you good at something and willing to share that expertise with others here? Here’s what I propose for a change of pace: 1. In the comment section below, name something you’re really good at that you’d be willing to answer questions about. It could be Excel, or financial planning, or make-up recommendations, or resolving […]

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ask the readers: makeup and work

Makeup and work: Do you have to wear it to look professional? How much is too much? Is a smokey eye inappropriate for work? Is it weird to apply it in the office bathroom on mornings when you’re rushed? Should you discreetly suggest your junior colleague stop wearing body glitter? The comments on this post […]

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let’s talk about differences in office culture by country and region

A reader write: On a recent post about interrupting coworkers with headphones, I was charmed by some UK readers’ accounts of their offices’ tea-related rituals. I thought it might be fun to have an open thread about idiosyncratic aspects of readers’ office cultures and any differences people have noticed between one country/region and another. One […]

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