Does your boss send you emails at all hours? Are you expected to respond immediately to answer work email at home — either in a clear “policy” way or in an unspoken, pissy-but-won’t-tell-you-why way? Do you try to draw a line in the sand and purposely not reply during certain hours, even if you get the … Read More about Answering Work Email at Home
Business Etiquette Advice
Business etiquette advice for the professional woman.
How should you respond when a coworker takes credit for your work? Reader N writes in with this great question: Surprised I can’t find this in the archives: How do you deal with a colleague (usually male) stealing your ideas, passing them off as his own in meetings with clients and/or repeating what you’ve said … Read More about What to Do if a Colleague Takes Credit for Your Work
Being called the wrong name at work can be embarrassing, frustrating, and — eventually — infuriating. We haven’t talked about the wrong name problem in quite a while, so let’s have a discussion today. (By the way, we’ve also addressed changing your name (or not) when you get married (and divorced), gender-neutral name problems, and hyphenated names in email addresses.) First of all, as someone with the … Read More about How to Handle Being Called the Wrong Name at Work
Pregnancy worries can run the gamut from childbirth to health issues to being able to conceive in the first place. Add in concerns about how your job will be affected by your pregnancy (to say nothing of parenthood), and you’re dealing with a TON of worry. But is it as bad as future moms might think … Read More about Pregnancy Worries and Your Job
If you want to be taken seriously as a professional, good grammar matters! Particularly for lawyers, where you get major points for knowing your Bluebook and local style conventions, there can be some serious grammar nerds around — and they will judge you if you use “none” as a plural or confuse further and farther. Even those of us … Read More about Five Grammar Rules You Absolutely, Seriously Have to Know
If you have a personal blog that’s not work-related, should you keep your blog a secret at work? When does your company need to know? Reader K wonders… As a fellow lawyer, I followed your blog closely back in my NYC law firm days. I now have a more flexible legal position. (I often work remotely … Read More about Should You Keep Your Blog a Secret at Work?
What are some “best practices” you should follow when it’s time to quit? Reader T asks about how to give notice when you leave a job… We’ve discussed in the past about how to know if it is the right time to move on to a new job, how to interview while working, and how to transition files … Read More about How to Give Notice When You Leave a Job
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on office holiday party etiquette, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette. I’m working on a monster post about what to wear to your office holiday party, and in the meantime found all these great articles about office holiday … Read More about Office Holiday Party Etiquette
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion of sending holiday cards to friends and colleagues, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette! Holiday cards: do you send them? To friends or colleagues or both? What kind of cards do you send, and do … Read More about Do You Send Holiday Cards to Friends and Colleagues?
What should you wear on a long flight with colleagues if you want to be comfortable but still look professional? Reader N wonders… Could you do a post on comfortable, but professional attire for international or long flights? I have an upcoming business trip where my boss and two colleagues will be on a long flight … Read More about Dressing Professionally But Comfortably: What to Wear for a Long Flight
What’s the best way to network in your niche and with experts in your field — but outside your company? How can you find these experienced professionals, and how should you reach out? Can you find a mentor outside your own company? Reader M wonders: I just landed a job in a field I’m excited to be in, … Read More about Networking In Your Niche — But Outside Your Company
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to handle business lunches as a vegetarian — you may want to check out some our other posts on special diets or on vegan-friendly products for the professional woman. What if you’re at a lunch meeting or other work event and there’s nothing you … Read More about Handling Business Lunches as the Only Vegetarian