ask the readers

ask the readers: how do you bounce back from burnout?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: After a fair amount of looking and much encouragement from concerned friends and family, I left a thoroughly ridiculous job in late 2018. (Even though I had come from a similarly sized institution in the same field, I was doing the work that 2.5 positions […]

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navigating LGBTQ issues at work: an open thread

A while back, some readers requested a post where LGBTQ people could discuss work issues — anything from being out at work to advocating for transgender-inclusive health care coverage — and here it is. Straight people: our role in this one is to listen, not to take a major role in the discussion.

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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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