ask the readers

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

how do you network in the era of Covid?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I live in an area with a lot of rules around the pandemic still — masks are mandated for indoor public spaces, many orgs are (wisely) still offering many things online, universities and such are mandating students and staff be vaccinated to come on campus/ […]

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let’s talk about drama over office supplies

One of my favorite types of office drama is drama over really small things — like the 18-month coffee debate or people who get really territorial about office supplies. Some of what we’ve heard about the latter over the years: “I have to order three different kinds of paper towels because people prefer certain ones […]

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how do I not feel jealous of my wealthier coworkers?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I grew up in deep poverty with an extremely dysfunctional and abusive set of parents. It was not the “money and food were tight sometimes, but we always had love” kind of poverty. I ultimately aged out of the system when I was 18 and […]

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how do I manage an unmanageable workload?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I work in Big 4 Accounting, in tax. This industry is notorious for long hours during busy season and lack of work/life balance. My firm has flexibility, good benefits, and nice people; so, despite the hours, I’m reasonably happy. While I dream of taking a […]

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how can I ease the transition back to working from the office?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: As many offices start to bring employees back, what do you recommend employees do to ease the transition back into the office? Both for themselves and their colleagues? I miss the office, but I’ve gotten really settled into my 100% telework life and I know […]

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how do I transition from a corporate job to non-office work?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers.” This week we’ve got two questions on similar themes. Letter 1 I am a young woman in my mid-20’s who by most accounts has followed the path to success. I graduated with a dual degree in less than four years, I got a steady job in my intended industry […]

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