ask the readers

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

ask the readers: how can we help gender transitions at work go well?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m a leader in my company’s LGBT employee group, and we are working on a set of Gender Transition Guidelines to be used by transgender employees who transition while at our company, as well as their managers, coworkers, and HR to ensure a positive experience. […]

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how do I build a professional wardrobe when I’m just starting out?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m (she/her) going to be graduating and beginning work next year. I’ll be working in a more professional environment than I have in the past, and I’m thinking about building up my wardrobe. What are good pieces to have? I’ve been buying blazers and button-down […]

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dealing with stress about the Australian fires at work

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. This week, it’s two questions, similar topics. Here’s the first: I have been living and working overseas for five years, but my hometown and family are very near to some of the fires that are currently burning in Australia. My colleagues are generally aware of this and someone […]

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the swingers, the fist fight, and other stories of holiday chaos

Earlier this month, I asked you to share your funniest office holiday stories. Here are eight of my favorites … in addition to, obviously, the greatest office holiday party story of all time. (Note: Some of these are mildly NSFW.) 1. The laps “First proper job, aged 18, in the UK where the drinking age is […]

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the best office holiday party date story of all time

Earlier today, I asked people to share their funniest office holiday stories. I love this one with all my heart and hereby present it to you: When I was fresh out of college, a dude in my social circle invited me to his fancy work Christmas party. He was a teacher, so I’d kind of […]

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