Holiday cards: do you send them? To friends or colleagues or both? What kind of cards do you send, and do you have any rules about it? It’s been eons since we last discussed which co-workers get a holiday card! For my $.02, I think there are two kinds of people: those who send cards, … Read More about Do You Send Holiday Cards to Friends and Colleagues?
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 can … Read More about Handling Business Lunches as the Only Vegetarian
Business casual can be tricky — particularly when you’re transitioning from a conservative office. But what if the culture at your company isn’t just business casual, but ultra-feminine business casual — and you’re still most comfortable in a gray suit? When you’re in a new job and feeling pressure to dress a certain way to fit in … Read More about A Feminine Approach to Business Casual
Is there a single solution to making an office’s temperature more comfortable if big windows make it too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer? Reader A wonders… I just started as an associate attorney and it’s my first time with my very own office! It’s so great to have my own four walls. My issue … Read More about What to Do When Your Office Temperature is Never Right
2019 Update: We still stand by this discussion of whether movie posters are acceptable office decor — but you may also want to check out the reader discussion of acceptable office decor here, as well as our latest posts on office decor. Is a vintage movie poster professional enough to hang on your office wall … Read More about Is a Vintage Movie Poster Acceptable Office Decor?
Should you join the office fantasy football league — even if you hate sports and don’t want to commit the time? What about other guy-centric office hobbies? Reader S wonders… What is the rule on joining the office fantasy football league (or other comparable sporting activity) when you don’t know or care about the sport? … Read More about Tips for Joining the Office Fantasy Football League
When should you quit your career? How do you know when you’ve chosen the wrong one? How long should you give yourself before you quit — and how many jobs should you try in that career? Reader F has SUCH a great question about this: Question for you: how do you know if you hate … Read More about Your Job, Your Career, or You: When to Quit Your Career
Are skirts and dresses unprofessional? What if you have a boss who has a firm opinion, one way or the other? What if you have a boss who forbids YOU from wearing dresses and skirts, when other women in the office can and do? Reader A wonders… I recently started a new job in a creative … Read More about Are Skirts and Dresses Unprofessional?
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to handle necessary personal calls at work and images and links have been updated below. Sometimes you simply have to make personal calls at the office — perhaps to ask your doctor a question, call a plumber about a broken hot water heater, or something … Read More about How to Handle Necessary Personal Calls at Work
So you want to make your workspace look nice & professional—great! But where to start, beyond a framed diploma? Here are 3 tips for decorating office walls.
Your office is planning an athletic event, and you want to stay far, far away. Even if you’re worried about feeling awkward, should you go anyway to take advantage of the networking opportunities? How can you say NO to work-related sporting events, like golf and tennis outings, and what are you missing out on if you do? Reader B … Read More about Should You Say No to Sports at Work?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to become a better manager (and links have been updated below), but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on online women’s management training. How do you become a boss and a more effective leader — whether you’re new to management or you’ve supervised people for a while and want … Read More about Becoming a Better Manager: Books and Online Resources