ask the readers

how do you throw a great office holiday party?

I usually publish a lot of questions about holiday parties in between Thanksgiving and Christmas — which isn’t always enough time to change anything for that year. So here are two early questions about holiday parties as this week’s “ask the readers” questions, in the hopes that it’s early enough that the advice can be […]

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I’ve let my CEO think I’m engaged to a woman but I’m not

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” post. A reader writes: I am a junior employee at a relatively small firm. I am in a same-sex relationship, but am uncomfortable openly sharing about my sexuality in the office. My fiance has a gender neutral name. This coupled with the term “fiance” rather than “boyfriend” has let […]

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ask the readers: how accurate are Glassdoor reviews?

Glassdoor is one of the few places you can go to really get the inside scoop on a company … but how much weight can you truly put on their reviews? Some companies have clearly padded their reviews with fake glowing assessments, and some companies pressure employees into leaving positive reviews that aren’t in line […]

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let’s talk about functional workplaces

A reader writes: I was hoping you would ask the readers to describe what their functional workplace is like and examples of how it functioned in a good way. For examples, what happened at these functioning workplaces when… A supervisor was treating people badly A coworker was causing problems Someone was under-performing Someone in leadership didn’t communicate […]

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my roommate doesn’t understand what it means to have a job

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” post. A reader writes: I am sure that you aren’t the right person to ask about this, but my new roommate recently graduated from college and began her first full-time job. Every night, she comes home and complains about her work and her bosses and their unreasonable expectations. The […]

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tell us your weird summer intern stories

There was the intern who gave another intern a tattoo in the office conference room; the intern who told a horribly offensive joke at an external meeting; the intern who set up a cot for himself, complete with pillow shams; the intern who was blown away by an electric stapler and thought dragons exist; the intern […]

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