workplace practices

I’m in recovery and my office just moved above a bar

A reader writes: I recently quit drinking and I am four months sober. It’s been going well for the most part, but my job has just relocated to an office space that is directly above a bar. Upon signing the lease papers, our very small office (less than 10 people) went down to the bar […]

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my boss goes overboard for Halloween

A reader writes: I’ve worked six years for a man who goes way over the top with Halloween. Our office becomes a haunted dungeon with spooky lighting, a disturbing soundtrack, gothic pictures and dust covers, and toys that use sensors to jump out at people and make loud noises. For reasons I don’t understand, my […]

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should I ask my employer to take down a Blue Lives Matter flag?

A reader writes: I am a C-level employee at a multi-state company that has more than 50 but fewer than 100 employees. Recently, we started a social media campaign to show all the amazing things our coworkers do outside of the office — side businesses, hobbies, etc. One of our employees makes beautiful, wood-crafted American […]

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Boss’s Day is a crock and we need to kill it off

Boss’s Day is tomorrow, and it’s time to kill it. Sorry, bosses. But the day is a crock. Here’s why: 1. The power dynamics are all messed up. It’s not appropriate to solicit recognition from people below you, especially when they feel it’s obligatory! Plus, many offices have started doing celebrations that involve money – […]

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your lunch might be stolen from your office fridge today

Office lunch thefts plague offices everywhere, and  no one has found a good solution yet. One survey found that 18% of workers admitted to eating someone else’s lunch from the office fridge – that’s nearly one in five of the people sitting in your next meeting who might be plotting to waylay your Lean Cuisine. Lunch […]

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my coworkers make orgasm sounds while I’m on the phone

A reader writes: My office prides itself on our fun, casual culture and how we are all a “family.” I’m not a fan of this, but I’ve been working there for almost three years and it’s been okay, if slightly annoying at times, until now. Two and a half months ago at an after-work happy […]

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my company says we’re dog-friendly — but we’re not

A reader writes: My office just published an updated handbook, and one of the major changes was the addition of a pet policy. Background: A coworker had been bringing her extremely well-behaved and well-trained dog into the office several days a week for about a year, and the dog (who I’ll call Mr. Goodboy) had […]

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