workplace practices

my office banned email — we can only use Slack and all messages disappear after a few days

A reader writes: I’m one of several part-time workers for a growing start-up. We all work remotely, so I communicate with my managers and coworkers entirely electronically. I’m one of the higher performers in my department, so I’m trusted with more responsibility, but my position is pretty peripheral in the organization so I don’t really […]

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my office sticks women with all the party-planning

A reader writes: I’ve noticed in my office that nearly all of the holiday planning responsibilities fall to women. This is in a traditionally male-dominated industry where there has been progress in hiring/promoting women, but we’re still generally underrepresented. However, in the party planning efforts, usually all, or all but one, of the representatives are […]

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meetings are awful — why do we have so many of them?

Chances are high that you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in meetings at work this week — and you’re probably not happy about it. Is there any other single work activity people are so universally united in loathing? The animus makes sense: Poorly run meetings are far more common than the elusive productive […]

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can I use sick leave to take my cat to the vet?

A reader writes: I know this is a silly question and expect to be told I am insane, but I am curious about your opinion! I recently had to take my cat to the vet for for a urgent but not life-threatening issue. It ended up taking about four hours during the work day. I […]

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severance pay: who gets it and how it works

Over at New York Magazine today, I’ve written about severance pay — the payment(s) you might get if you’re fired or laid off. I talk about what it is, who gets it, why companies offer it, how to negotiate for more, and everything you else you need to know. You can read it here.

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how do I learn what is and isn’t okay at professional jobs?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m in high school, and I recently discovered your blog, and I was reading some posts. One of them was the infamous “fired for circulating a petition for a lax dress code” post. If I were in the shoes of one of the OP’s coworker-interns, […]

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