work habits

I’m terrified of making mistakes at my first job

A reader writes: I am a big fan and long-time reader of your blog. I am thrilled to say that after following your tips I have been able to land my first real job! I am very excited as I am just about to graduate from college (tomorrow!) and I couldn’t imagine a better position […]

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how to shut down gossip at work

A reader writes: My workplace is a generally nice place, but there is a lot of gossiping and complaining. Voices carry and we have a lot of people coming through, so there’s a risk that if people are gossiping, other people could end up overhearing colleagues talking about them or someone they know. It doesn’t […]

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I’m the boss who’s always late

A reader writes: I’m part of the senior management of a small nonprofit organization (about 25 employees). I’ve been with the company for several years and have consistently been a stellar performer, which is why I’ve been promoted several times since joining the company. I do have, however, one major flaw — I am always […]

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I think my bad personality is sabotaging my good work

A reader writes: I just had my one-year anniversary at a company I love, doing a job I enjoy. To say the road hasn’t been bumpy, though, would be an understatement. I work remotely (they needed a person to be in the city I’m in), so I’m often a little stressed about what’s going on […]

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is it unprofessional to show accidental cleavage at work?

A reader writes: What do you think about unintentional workplace cleavage? Unprofessional or innocuous? For context, I work at a tech company with a fairly casual culture, in a large, non-conservative city. I happen to be the only woman who works from this office (though we share space with our sister company, which has a […]

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my boss says I’m too much of an “open book” emotionally

A reader writes: I work at a medium-sized pharmaceutical company. I have direct reports and also work with associates who don’t report to me, but carry out work I create. I have had problems with Lola, a talented associate who can be (by many accounts) thin-skinned. She has a way of speaking as though she […]

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should I pretend to be bad at work I hate?

A reader writes: My partner offered me some surprising career advice the other day and it’s been weighing on my mind since. I had been venting about a bad week at work. I have ended up with a really tiresome and time-heavy task that has nothing to do with my actual role in the business […]

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