workplace practices

my boss wants us to stay on Zoom all day

A reader writes: My boss has announced that now that we’re all working from home, the entire company will now be spending the work day on a Zoom call with video. He framed it as being for our benefit and useful for “establishing a work life balance” and so we can “see our coworkers and […]

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am I asking too much of a flexible schedule?

A reader writes: I’m a young professional who recently started my second job post-grad. I live with multiple chronic illnesses and like everyone else have “everyday problems” too: car issues, sick pets, etc. My former workplace was incredibly lenient about salaried staff flexing their schedule or taking leave when needed. For years, I could easily […]

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my boss’s kids are incredibly distracting on video calls

A reader writes: My job went to 100% remote so I’ve been reporting to my manager virtually for the past few months. She has three kids, all under five years old. Sometimes all of them are home and sometimes it’s just one. At first, the kids popping up were cute in our video calls. Now […]

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what is your company providing if you’re working from home?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I was interviewing recently via Zoom for a remote role and the woman interviewing me (who is only a few months in at this company herself) had such a nice headset that I said something like, “Wow, that’s a great headset. I need to look […]

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how can we keep involving our laid-off staff in our work?

A reader writes: I work at a nonprofit organization that has recently (and hopefully temporarily) laid off most of its programming staff because social distancing requirements and the dangers of Covid-19 made it impossible to provide safe and meaningful experiences for our participants. Our budget has been dramatically cut because most of our income was […]

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should I use vacation time when my internet goes down?

A reader writes: My office is working fully remotely for the foreseeable future. Before this set-up, I had a very basic internet package that worked for me. I used this connection for months while working from home and even though it was spotty, it worked just fine for the most part. Well, it recently broke […]

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