workplace practices

I wasn’t given the chance to apply for a promotion I really wanted

A reader writes: I am a full-time, home-based worker (since before Covid) for a large national firm. The company provides excellent benefits and despite being home-based, I really saw myself growing into another role eventually, which would be a promotion from my current role. Earlier this year, the company announced some restructuring and refocusing plans […]

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my colleague wants to fire a domestic violence survivor

A reader writes: I work for a midsize office in a building that houses multiple businesses. We share reception and security, but little information flows between different businesses, as you would expect. Recently, there was a terrible incident where the ex-boyfriend of one of my reports, Sansa, got into the building by booking a job […]

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when is it OK to go over someone’s head?

A reader writes: I’m a millennial who spent most of my life believing everyone in the working world is hyper-competent. Silly me! I do administration work at a nonprofit, and we’re currently counting on another nonprofit to give us some grant money they’ve promised us, by contract. I have been trying to get in touch […]

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our employees won’t keep the office kitchen clean

A reader writes: We have a small office of 12 employees. Our company provides coffee, cereal, sandwich stuff, and snacks for the employees. We have a microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. We developed a “kitchen duty” schedule that schedules someone to provide basic housekeeping for a week on a rotating basis. This includes trash […]

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my company charges us PTO when we work from home while sick

A reader writes: I work at a small employer (under 100 employees) that, while dynamic and forward-thinking in its work, can be quite behind-the-times when it comes to administrative policies. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my employer made all of us sign an addendum to our work policies/procedures, saying that if we are sick and […]

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