ask the readers

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

what can I do in my current job to help the environment?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m wondering if anyone out there has experience with successfully uniting their mundane job with fighting for the environment? I work full-time in tech, want to stay here, and really love my job —but at the same time, I feel a constant, deep pull toward […]

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ask the readers: let’s talk about unions

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: It looks like we’ll be setting up a union collective at our institute to help the overall union push for better conditions this bargaining cycle. On one level, I’m keen and I think it’s long overdue — for example, I’ve been in this industry (academia/research) […]

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let’s talk about your mortifying moments at work

It’s almost time for Mortification Week 2022, and in preparation we need to hear your stories of mortifying experiences at work — yours or other people’s. Maybe you mistakenly emailed your lengthy romantic story to a colleague instead of your husband … or gave a person two noses in an interview Photoshop test … or […]

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coworkers and clients won’t stop commenting on my arms

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I am a program director for a very public-facing, often-busy, and somewhat-high-profile mobile health services program. Half of my day is spent mostly outdoors at rotating pop-up sites for which I have long-term relationships with the host, and half of my day is spent in-office. […]

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I love running my own business but it’s killing me

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I have been running my own brick-and-mortar business for the past seven years. This business was a dream of mine, and I am lucky enough to say that it has been successful. We currently have two part-time employees to help with the growing number of […]

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I’m supposed to be a superstar, but I don’t know how

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: After over a year of utterly fruitless job-searching post-graduation (shoutout to my fellow Virtual Grads, Class of 2020), I landed a job, thanks in no small part to your fantastic resume, cover letter, and interview advice. It was not what I pictured myself doing, but […]

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how do office relaxation/recharge rooms work?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve convinced my boss to dedicate a spare office to a recharge/relaxation room, to give employees a place to unwind, get away from their cube mates, meditate, make a private phone call, stretch, etc. It would also serve as a private location for nursing moms […]

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should I let my parents help me network?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: My question is about networking and family. My parents and I are in the same field, and I definitely was helped from the very beginning of my career by their experience and connections. Now that I’m finishing graduate school however, I feel that I want […]

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