workplace practices

if I work in HR, can I have friends at work?

A reader writes: I recently got a new job in HR at a small (under 100 people) company. This is my first job in the HR field, something I’ve been wanting to get into for a while. I’m excited that I finally made it. This company has a lot of employees who are much older […]

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my office got us turtles to take care of and bring home on weekends

A reader writes: I work for a nonprofit and Covid has been very stressful for us. We are understaffed, overworked and underpaid, like many nonprofits. But recently our president announced something that is suppose to “bring staff together”: they got every office a turtle to keep and take care of. A little back story: our […]

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should I have to go to happy hours to get a promotion?

A reader writes: I work for a nonprofit organization. My department is a very close-knit one, with lots of talk about being “a family” and always being willing to help people out on projects even if it isn’t in our job description. I work in a very small offshoot of the larger department and my […]

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my company is requiring us to travel because “they miss us”

A reader writes: My company’s headquarters are based out of a city where the Delta variant is currently climbing rapidly, and where travel restrictions have recently been added as a result. I am a remote employee based out of another part of the country, and over half of our department is remote as well. I’ve […]

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can I refuse to do a self-assessment?

A reader writes: I work at a university where the staff is more or less divided into Professional or Technical/Clerical. I’m a long-time technical/clerical worker, which means I’m in the union. I have no real feelings about my union one way or another — I see both the good and the bad. One of the […]

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