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
Performance reviews can be a bit intimidating, but they can also be great learning experiences, particularly when you get critical feedback. For today’s open thread, I thought we’d discuss: What’s the best feedback you’ve ever received in a performance review? I don’t necessarily mean the best compliment (but ladies, please share those too!), but rather the best note that … Read More about Performance Reviews: Running With Feedback
Here’s a fun question: what to wear to an holiday office party? We have six ideas below, all great whether it’s for your holiday company party, your SO’s office party, or some other holiday networking party. (We talked about holiday office party etiquette a few days ago!) As a general rule, pick two from the categories below … Read More about What to Wear to a Holiday Office Party
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
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
Networking dinner attire can be tricky. But if you’re a business student on a budget — and soon to be job hunting — the question is that much harder. Reader K wonders… I’m a student in my last semester of business school and I have some networking dinners to attend in November. Could you recommend … Read More about What to Wear to a Networking Dinner As a Student
2017 Update: we still stand by this advice below, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion about work-appropriate nails. Can naked nails be a polished look? Are unpolished, unmanicured nails unprofessional? Reader A has an important question: I have a reader question that I’d like advice on. I’m about to start … Read More about Naked Nails, Nail Care… and Polish
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