work habits

is reading books at work ever OK?

A reader writes: My husband works as a bank teller at a local bank. Even before COVID, he worked at a very slow branch. He was assured when he started that though they had very little lobby traffic, the bank made plenty of revenue from local businesses, so his job was secure (they need at […]

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how do I adjust to not being the boss anymore?

A reader writes: I recently made a transition from being the executive director of a nonprofit and responsible for everything (very stressful) to middle management at a much larger government entity, with better hours, pay, benefits, etc. and I’m no longer in charge. This is a good thing overall and a good step for my […]

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can you be spontaneous when you have a full-time job?

A reader writes: Can you still have a spontaneous personal life when you work full-time? My husband and I have conflicting schedules: he works nights and weekends part-time, and I work a traditional full-time job 9-5 weekdays, so we often don’t get to do much together socially. My husband is off work for the next […]

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when you’re inexperienced, how can you know if something is worth complaining about or leaving a job over?

I’m off today, so this is a reprint of a post from 2013. A reader writes: If one is unhappy at their work, whether it’s due to their actual responsibilities or problems with their bosses, coworkers, clients, etc., how would one then determine whether it’s a legitimate grievance that grants the right to action, such […]

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should I really bother with taking vacation time this year?

A reader writes: Is it a bad idea not to take all of one’s allotted vacation time? Abe, my one partner (I’m polyamorous), feels strongly that I should use all my time, but I don’t really see the point. I can’t travel, do things, or see family/friends; I’d just stay home and be in the […]

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how can I stay organized when I’m working from home?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m an analyst, and we’re working at home during Covid. In the office, I used a lot of physical space to stay organized: white board wall, sticky notes, task lists, and I kept a lot of it in my head. Now that we’re at home […]

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am I being too self-deprecating at my new job?

A reader writes: Over the summer, I landed a new job during the pandemic, thanks to your guidance on your website and your book. It was a significant increase in pay over my last position, I like my boss and coworkers, and I realize now I was previously in a more dysfunctional workspace than I […]

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