workplace practices

people are freaked out about going back to their offices

Many workplaces that went fully remote last year are starting to set timelines for bringing people back to the office, and their employees are not happy. As reopening initiatives gather steam, I’ve been flooded with letters from people viewing these plans with deep suspicion — largely, I suspect, because in the past year, we’ve had […]

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HR questioned me for hours about a sex injury

A reader writes: This happened a few weeks ago and I’m hoping it’s resolved, but I’m at a loss as to what I could have done differently. In my personal life, I enjoy BDSM. I keep it out of my work life, obviously. I don’t ask anyone to call my partners master or wear obvious […]

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the plastic-wrapped office, the fake brownies, and other pranks at work

Let’s talk about pranks at work, given the date. I’ve learned from writing this column that pranks at work are far more controversial than I realized! Some people really hate them or think they’re inherently mean-spirited. But there are plenty of offices that enjoy a well-intentioned prank. For example, here are some that readers have […]

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how to deal with meetings that never end on time

A reader writes: Something that has always been a little frustrating about my office but has started getting worse: 90% of our meetings go over the scheduled time, sometimes significantly (30 minutes or more). If I actually have another meeting or there aren’t higher-level people there, I’ll excuse myself at the stated end time, but […]

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has Covid killed work-life balance?

When Covid sent much of the country into lockdown last March, most workers whose jobs became remote overnight figured they were in for a few months of working from the kitchen table; few of them expected they’d still be doing it a year later. Yet here we are, with kitchen tales across the nation still […]

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Captain Awkward and I answered some letters

A year ago, right before the lockdown, Jennifer of Captain Awkward and I met up for drinks and ended up collaborating on some letters. A year later … maybe with the end of the pandemic in sight? … we’re doing it again, minus being in-person and minus the drinks. Our topics this time: A boss who keeps […]

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