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how to vent responsibly (and win a free book!)

If you’ve ever worried you’re venting about your job too much, or secretly wished your friends or coworkers would vent a little less about theirs, you have a lot of company. People vent about their jobs! Sometimes a lot. And it often makes them feel better … until at some point it starts making them […]

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where are you now? (a call for updates)

We clearly need a special mid-year updates extravaganza to distract us from Things. So: If you’ve had your question answered here in the past, please email me an update and let us know how your situation turned out. Did you take the advice? Did you not take the advice? What happened? How’s your situation now?  (Don’t post your […]

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I’ve put a bunch of info on work and COVID-19 in one place

There’s now a “Work and COVID-19” link right at the top of the righthand sidebar, and in the top menu too. It’ll take you to a compilation of useful info you might be looking for, including info on the new unemployment law, the new paid sick leave law, where to report employers violating essential-business-only orders, […]

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my company’s bad decision got me yelled at online (and socially)

A reader writes: I’m a mid-senior level employee at an imprint of one of the big 5 publishing houses. Publishing, as you may have noticed if you follow the news, is an increasingly controversy-prone industry; over the past couple of years, especially, it seems like there’s a new kerfuffle or scandal happening every week. Sometimes […]

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here are your animal coworkers, part 2

With so many people working from home with animal coworkers, it’s obviously crucial that we see photos of your new colleagues. When I put out a call for pictures last week, I received more than 450 of them … so I posted half earlier this week and here’s part two. Click photos to enlarge. And […]

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how do you turn off a crisis management mindset after finishing work each day?

A reader writes: I am a manager deemed an “essential personnel” and have a lot of responsibility for other people. With crushingly short notice, I put together office sanitization routines, created and mandated a teleworking system for my entire group, created workflows that accommodate flexible schedules due to school closings and the like, solved logistic […]

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my favorite posts of the decade

It’s the end of the decade. Here are 20 of my favorite posts of the 2010’s. My favorites of the weird My coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her “master” Because come on. A coworker stole my spicy food, got sick, and is blaming me (and the update) Because total ridiculousness so rarely gets such […]

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