workplace practices

the Leap Day employee finally gets her birthday off this year

It’s Leap Day on Saturday, and that means we must revisit this letter (and its update) about an employee born on Leap Day who isn’t allowed to have her birthday off except every four years. Telling an employee born on Leap Day she can’t have her birthday off (the original) One of the perks provided […]

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how can we stop people from coming to work sick?

A reader write: What can I do about loose sick attendance policies in the workplace? In my office, people frequently come into work very obviously sick and many times get other people sick. Most people do not have the ability to work from home, so that isn’t an option for the masses. The director of […]

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ask the readers: how can we help gender transitions at work go well?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m a leader in my company’s LGBT employee group, and we are working on a set of Gender Transition Guidelines to be used by transgender employees who transition while at our company, as well as their managers, coworkers, and HR to ensure a positive experience. […]

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I’m upset about my anonymous peer feedback results

A reader writes: Our division consists of eight teams, each with their own manager. Each team manager reports into the division head, Alexa. I am the manager of one of these teams. About three weeks ago, Alexa started a peer feedback exercise over email. This was a request to answer five behavioral-type questions (what they […]

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how do I know when it’s okay to leave work for the day?

A reader writes:  How do salaried jobs work? I’m early in my career and until now have been paid hourly. While part of being hourly sucks, it’s also nice because you know exactly how many hours you have to be there and how long you have to take lunch. But I’m currently job searching and […]

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my boss tapes people’s mouths shut during meetings

A reader writes: I recently started my first “real” job in a small office (eight people). We have strategy meetings every morning for about 30-45 minutes. My boss is REALLY intolerant of bad ideas. She keeps a tape dispenser on the table by her chair and whenever someone suggests something that she thinks is dumb, […]

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the reason remote work can go spectacularly wrong

Remote work is increasing, and that’s a good thing – mostly. It means employees are regaining time they used to spend commuting, fewer drivers are on the road, companies are better equipped to attract and retain employees for whom remote work is a significant draw, and more people can work in sweatpants with cats by […]

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our boss told us to camp in tents when we travel for business

A reader writes: I started on staff at a small environmental/conservation nonprofit. My coworkers and I are PR, fundraising, and outreach staff. All of us are brand new due to turnover. Today we received an email from our boss that says: “When we are traveling for work, we try, when possible, to stay at a […]

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