workplace practices

my team overuses reply-all

A reader writes: My company has a friendly, welcoming culture, which is great — I love working there — but whenever there is a promotion or a new starter joins the team, I feel it gets taken just a little bit too far. Essentially, a manager will send an email to the entire department (about […]

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should we tell dating employees one of them has to quit?

A reader writes: In our organization of 25 employees, there are two sets of couples. Having couples on such a small staff is really counterproductive. The couples are always looking out for each other by way of trying to ensure they don’t have to take on extra work and having a counterproductive attitude to other […]

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someone sent our company revenge porn of our employee

A reader writes: I’m in a senior position for a large public organization, and deal with correspondence and sensitive HR issues. Today our office received an email from a throwaway/burner address about a young, relatively junior female member of staff. It contained screenshots of her on an app that allows you to make money by […]

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should I ask my employee to find her own coverage for sick calls?

A reader writes: I have an employee who tends to call out more frequently than all the others in the organization. We work in a small 24/7 clinical-based office where technicians can all manage one another’s duties, which sometimes include on-call responsibilities. When a technician calls out sick, coverage is needed in order for us […]

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my manager makes us do mental-health surveys every day

A reader writes: Recently, my boss started attending personal therapy (she shared this information with me unprovoked) and shortly after starting her sessions she discovered Brene Brown. Her interest in Brene has moved from simply showing a video during a group meeting to having us all read through one of her books. My concern comes […]

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I’m stuck in daily three-hour Zoom meetings

A reader writes: I could use some help trying to figure out how to best navigate the absolutely bonkers amount of meetings that my boss is holding. I work in public education and obviously we have been very impacted by Covid. I work on a small leadership team for a very large department. During normal […]

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do I have any chance of fixing my dysfunctional job?

A reader writes: I work for a medium-sized company that has recently exploded in growth. Our culture and history has always been to do things independently, and as a result, much of our staff (including senior executives, directors, and managers) is home grown, with little experience outside of this company. Perhaps you can already see […]

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my boss is discriminating against my pregnant employee

A reader writes: We have a colleague who has just left to spend a year working remotely (well, we’re all working remotely now!) so he and his wife can live near her family for a year. We needed to split his role into two anyway, so we hired someone, “Jane,” to take over his day-to-day […]

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