ask the readers

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

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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I’m struggling with working at home during COVID-19

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. This week, it’s two questions on the same theme. A reader writes: What suggestions and recommendations do you have on staying productive and proactive while working from home with COVID stress? To give context, I’m incredibly fortunate to work for a company that has remained profitable and revenue […]

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how can I be less emotionally invested during my job search?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I am about a year into my job search and it’s really wearing on me emotionally. I finished grad school about a year ago in a STEM-related (but not lucrative) field. I am trying to stay in the area where my partner lives and it […]

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am I in the wrong about my employee’s COVID exposure?

A reader writes: My husband and I own a micro-business and have 1.5 post-Covid employees. Our full-time employee reported a possible exposure last week. He is considered essential so we reinforced precautions based on CDC recommendations for those who have unconfirmed exposure. The person he was exposed to was his girlfriend. The next day after […]

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how do I change to “they” pronouns at work?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m considering starting to use “they” pronouns for myself at work. I’m sort of flailing on how to request that people switch pronouns (particularly when it doesn’t fit the standard he or she pronouns), as well as wondering in my mind how much it would […]

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