workplace practices

my employee came to work with blue hair

A reader writes: I have a sweet, younger employee who came into work having dyed her hair from brown to black with blue/purple/green highlights that change with how the light hits it — think peacock feathers. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but it just doesn’t fit here. Our policy is specific about nails, […]

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bosses are panic-buying spy software to monitor remote workers

Well, this is a terrible indictment of employers’ utter lack of understanding about how to manage remote workers: I’m quoted (in part, questioning how these managers are getting any work done themselves). Also, note it’s by Polly Mosendz, the reporter I’ve asked people to contact if their employers are behaving badly in relation to coronavirus.

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the person who had my job before me won’t go away

A reader writes: How involved should a former employee be in current work? My predecessor, Gaius, had a terrible run in the director position, did a nightmarish job for 20 years, and finally retired two years ago. He neglected his duties, never finished projects, and left a disaster zone (literally, the fire marshall cited the […]

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employers can’t expect business as usual right now

The coronavirus has turned millions of office workers into remote employees overnight. Companies are sending workers home with laptops and a prayer that business will be able to continue as usual, but things can’t be business as usual. Employers will need to adjust their expectations of how much can truly get done in these circumstances. […]

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what to do if your company isn’t handling coronavirus well

I am getting a lot of mail about coronavirus, and one common theme is employers who aren’t acting with any urgency at all — not having people work from home where they can, not canceling travel or events, etc. Here’s some advice if you’re in that situation. • One of the most effective things you […]

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