ask the readers

ask the readers: when you’re the chronically sick coworker

Last fall, we had a letter from someone frustrated with a coworker, Jane, who was constantly out of the office and had taken far more personal and sick leave than anyone else in the office received. The letter said, “I find it incredibly unfair that Jane is given so much lenience … I’m having a […]

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fighting “out of sight, out of mind” when you work from home

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’d like your input on excelling as a remote worker. I’m a full-time employee working from home in a state that differs from where my department is located. For the past few years, I have been working in this capacity for a large, multi-national company. […]

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what should I be planning for professionally as a single parent?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers.” A reader writes: I’m going to try to start getting pregnant soon and unless I meet the woman of my dreams tomorrow, it’s likely that I’ll be a single mom when baby is born. I live in California which has a bit of maternity leave. I’m looking for pointers on […]

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ask the readers: reply-all horror stories

You’re at work and get an email about yet another team-building event and write back “kill me now,” intending to send it to your work friend, but accidentally hit reply-all … and now your whole team has it. Or you email your manager the many reasons why you disagree with a new process decision but […]

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I feel unsafe in the neighborhood I work in

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I am a woman in my late 20s, and work for a nonprofit in a mid-sized city. I grew up in a bigger city than this one, and went to college in a city with a higher crime rate than where I am now, but […]

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how can I make my first business trip go smoothly?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: What should I expect from my first ever business trip? In terms of lodging, meals, travel, the really basic scheduling stuff that may seem obvious after one or two of them but would surprise a first-timer — I just want to get a mental lay […]

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how do you avoid burnout when your work is under-funded and emotionally draining?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m in my tenth year of working in an elementary school, not as a classroom teacher but in a role that is still certified and student/teacher/parent-facing. My school and district serve a suburban community of mixed income…we have some very white collar, professional families, as […]

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how do I stop my desk from looking like a tornado hit it?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I have never been someone who is good at keeping tidy. I have what many refer to as “an organized mess.” I know exactly where everything I need is, but my desk is by no means orderly. I’ve noticed that my coworkers are all able […]

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