ask the readers

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

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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let’s hear your funniest office holiday stories

In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to hear about office holiday-related debacles. Did a coworker throw a tantrum when she didn’t win a raffle? Did your CEO send out an epic email demanding apologies for bad behavior at the company holiday party? Did your boss celebrate the season by offering poinsettias in exchange […]

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what do you wish new grads learned in college?

A reader writes: This might be an “ask the readers” question — what do managers (and coworkers!) wish new graduates would have learned in college? I teach a lot of first- and second-year college students, and I try to incorporate professional norms into my classes and course design. I begin each class period with a […]

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how to run a tiny business that isn’t an iceberg of dysfunction

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I was really interested by the recent discussion in the comments on your post about the small business owner who gave his “best bud” as a reference, and how very small businesses can be Icebergs of Dysfunction. It would be amazing to have more of […]

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has anything spooky happened to you at work?

Have you ever worked somewhere rumored to be haunted? Felt a spectral tap on the shoulder as you worked late on expense reports? Heard the clank of chains over the intercom or seen the spirits of managers past in the bathroom mirror? It’s Halloween, so let’s hear all your stories about spooky experiences at work. […]

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