workplace practices

my new office has a no-humor policy

A reader writes: I’m an analyst at a small (25 employee) firm. I applied here mostly because of the great reputation this place has for putting out good work in my industry, and started this job about three weeks ago. It’s my second job after grad school, so I have a little experience under my […]

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did Covid kill office dress codes?

Lots of people got used to working in sweats and slippers this last year. Will they really go back to business casual (or business formal) as offices reopen? At Slate today, I looked at how people who went remote last year are feeling about returning to collared shirts and pants with zippers — and argue […]

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when out-of-office messages go wrong

A reader writes: The question last week about “thanks in advance” had me wondering about your thoughts on this person’s manager’s out-of-office reply in this video. I found it to be super condescending and way too much. What do you think? Would be interested in readers’ out-of-office messages. First, here’s the out-of-message for people who […]

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my company’s leadership program for women excludes men

A reader writes: The large company I work for has embraced inclusion, equity, and diversity. That’s a good thing in my books, but one of the campaign’s company-wide programs helps women grow in leadership and explicitly excludes men. I’m a male. The program offers guest speakers, panel discussions, and learning modules to help women improve […]

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will office dress codes relax permanently after Covid?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: Could you talk about how the change to work-from-home has changed dress code (formal or informal) in the short-term, and if you think that some of that will continue on after offices reopen? For example, I notice that even when people are on Zoom calls […]

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does working remotely harm your chances of advancement?

A reader writes: I graduated from college about four years ago and have been working full-time since. Over this period of time, I’ve worked my way up the ladder. About one year ago, I started a position in my field that I’d been trying to get for about two years. I started this position remotely […]

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