workplace practices

Is your office normal? Workplace practices can be wildly different from office to office. Here’s a reality check on yours.

my boss removed me from a work trip because I’m a woman

A reader writes: I work for a government organization that is a subset of county government. In this organization, very rarely, employees may be sent on trips to pick up items that cannot be mailed. These trips vary from one hour to eight hours round trip. Last week, my department had one of these trips, […]

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my coworkers were fired … am I next?

A reader writes: For the last three months, I’ve worked at a small company doing a job I love. But there’s been some weirdness lately that makes me worry about my job. Here’s what’s going on: multiple people have been fired in a three-month period. They were all “not good fits” for various reasons that […]

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my employer gives extra perks to thin people

A reader writes: I’ve just learned that my new employer gives extra perks to people who meet certain health metrics. BMI is one of the health metrics they use to determine if you receive the extra perks. Everyone gets a certain level of discount on the company’s products. But if you meet a certain level […]

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my male coworkers are insisting on taking “period leave”

A reader writes: I’m a manager in an overseas office of an American company. About two-thirds of our employees were hired locally, with the remainder (mostly managers) having relocated from the United States. Under local law, women are allowed one day off per month to care for menstrual symptoms. Women wishing to use this benefit […]

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what kind of leave policy should a small business offer?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve only ever worked at small businesses with less than 25 people. During my time as a manager, and now as a small company owner (consulting/professional services type firms), I have struggled to come up with fair policies on things like PTO and family leave that […]

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can I push back on my company’s Mother’s Day activities?

A reader writes: I’m a woman who, like many, has experienced infertility and pregnancy loss. It’s made me sensitive to things like work baby showers, certain family-centric holidays, and pregnancy announcements in general. While I realize I have to deal with, well, life and the world around me, I was pleased this year to receive […]

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Administrative Professionals Day is weird

Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, and it’s time for it to go. If it were used to draw attention to the need for administrative support staff to be paid fairly, that would be great. But too often it’s a day where admins receive flowers and lunch, then return to jobs where their contributions are undervalued […]

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