workplace practices

my boss told me to stop wearing headphones at work — but I wear them to drown out my coworker’s noise

A reader writes: My coworker and office mate, Jane, is an older woman who enjoys listening to either audiobooks or the radio while she’s working — specifically listening to audiobooks with some questionable content (nothing overly explicit, but they have moments sometimes, along with a few instances of language) or talk radio that focuses on […]

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what’s the deal with write-ups?

A reader writes: Frequently in your questions, people will mention getting written-up as a negative consequence for something at work. This reminds me of the “this will go in your permanent record” threat from junior high and movies. Really, what is supposed to be the result of getting written up? It’s basically a formal warning, […]

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some men in my office refuse to be alone with women

A reader writes: I work for a mid-sized private company that, while not a religious organization, does have “Christian values” as one of its organizational tenets, and has many Christian employees (of which I consider myself one, but more on the liberal progressive side). Generally, they treat employees well, have flexible workplace policies, and overall […]

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our office won’t tell us in advance when people leave – and sometimes won’t confirm or deny if someone still works here

A reader writes: I wanted to reach out about something I perceive as “odd” in our workplace, but, this is my first full-time, professional office job so I wasn’t sure if I’m just not used to a normal practice! Our office generally has a unique culture, because we are almost like an “outpost” office attached […]

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