workplace practices

when out-of-office messages go wrong

A reader writes: The question last week about “thanks in advance” had me wondering about your thoughts on this person’s manager’s out-of-office reply in this video. I found it to be super condescending and way too much. What do you think? Would be interested in readers’ out-of-office messages. First, here’s the out-of-message for people who […]

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my company’s leadership program for women excludes men

A reader writes: The large company I work for has embraced inclusion, equity, and diversity. That’s a good thing in my books, but one of the campaign’s company-wide programs helps women grow in leadership and explicitly excludes men. I’m a male. The program offers guest speakers, panel discussions, and learning modules to help women improve […]

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will office dress codes relax permanently after Covid?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: Could you talk about how the change to work-from-home has changed dress code (formal or informal) in the short-term, and if you think that some of that will continue on after offices reopen? For example, I notice that even when people are on Zoom calls […]

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does working remotely harm your chances of advancement?

A reader writes: I graduated from college about four years ago and have been working full-time since. Over this period of time, I’ve worked my way up the ladder. About one year ago, I started a position in my field that I’d been trying to get for about two years. I started this position remotely […]

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