work habits

I’m the smelly coworker

A reader writes: You’ve had several letters about how to tell a coworker or subordinate that they have noticeable odor. Well, yesterday I was on the receiving end of that conversation. My manager told me that multiple people have mentioned it to her, and she has noticed it as well. I’m mortified. I shower every […]

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how do I get over losing out on a promotion?

A reader writes: I’m struggling to deal with my emotions after my teammate was chosen for a promotion ahead of me, and I was given vague feedback. I’ve worked for my company for two years. I’m on a team of two, and recently we both interviewed to become the lead of our team, because our […]

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how can I brace myself for my toxic new job?

A reader writes: After searching for over three months, I finally received a job offer. I accepted and will start in a week. While I am happy to have the offer and will take the job, I am a little wary. Since accepting the offer and letting a few friends and family members know I […]

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I showed up drunk to a work event

A reader writes: I’m a college student who has struggled with alcoholism for about a year now. Around the time I started to abuse alcohol, I had just finished a year-long internship at a small company. Throughout that internship, I made valuable connections with staff members, all who said I left a great impression and […]

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more people cry at work than you think

If you’ve ever cried at work, you probably felt mortified – and you might not have realized how far from alone you are. While we tend to think tears have no place in an office, the reality is that a lot of people cry at work at some point in their careers. That shouldn’t be […]

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how can I write warmer emails without resorting to emojis?

A reader writes: What tips can you offer to “soften” the tone of business emails without the use of emojis? I tend to be direct in real life interactions, possibly erring on the side of blunt. Putting niceties in emails to others feels like a waste of their time, but some feedback I’m getting across […]

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do I have to teach my coworkers my hard-earned skills?

A reader writes: I am the go-to person in my office for managers and coworkers for all things Excel. I am a senior data analyst. I have taught many of my coworkers (other analysts) many things about Excel and have helped them out with their own deliverables that require spreadsheet expertise. I have gotten a […]

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