Reader L has a great question about how to show her appreciation for a new secretary who’s doing a great job: I’m a young associate at a new firm and a few times recently, my secretary has helped me put together and file huge motions. Of course such filings are always done up against tight … Read More about How to Show Your Secretary You Appreciate Her
Which work style do you have? Which is best for your personality and career?
Do you nap at the office? What are your best tips for napping at the office (possibly without getting caught)? We took a poll on office naps a thousand years ago, but haven’t really discussed since then, and I thought it might be an interesting topic. First, some factoids from the Internet — according to … Read More about How to Nap at Work
How do you convey tone in email without seeming childish or girlish? Can you ever use exclamations in emails? Reader C wonders… I’m hoping you can address the issue of using !’s in emails at work. As we all know, tone is hard to convey properly via email. However, whenever I am inclined to use … Read More about OMG, LOL!!! How to Convey Tone In Email Without Seeming Childish
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to help a coworker present herself better — you may also want to check out our guide to executive presence for women leaders. How do you help someone present herself well, without insulting her personality and other innate qualities? Reader A wonders… I work at … Read More about Dazed and Confused: How to Help a Coworker Present Herself Better
How do you handle an incompetent boss? Reader C wonders… Corporette is my top go to blog for advice on anything career related. I haven’t found much on dealing with an incompetent boss though. Could you consider doing a post on how to handle a thoroughly incompetent boss? It’s almost worse than incompetent – she … Read More about The Incompetent Boss
2018 Update: We still love this discussion on how to work from home efficiently — you may also want to check out our more recent discussions on flexible work arrangements here or at CorporetteMoms. What are the best ways to work from home efficiently? One of the main takeaways I took from Anne-Marie Slaughter’s piece … Read More about How to Work from Home Efficiently
What do you do when your assigned mentor is a bitch? Reader C wonders… I have a question about female competition in the workplace. I am a young legal assistant at a larger law firm and have had a string of disheartening interactions with a female coworker. Although she was assigned to be my mentor … Read More about What To Do When Your Mentor Hates You
I’ve written before about how I love to get up early because that’s my most productive time of the day — but I don’t think we’ve ever talked about how to optimize those productive hours to get the most stuff done. I have my own tricks; I’d love to hear what you guys use as … Read More about How to Make the Most of Your Productive Times
Reader B writes with a great question: should she leave her well-located office and move to a bigger one down the hall? There is a large office that has been vacant in our firm for 9 months or so (another associate was let go). I have a small office, but I like the location of … Read More about Is the Best Office BIG or Well-Located?
When your boss won’t delegate, how can you move to the next step? But how can you grow your own skills when working with this person? When I got this question from Reader E a while ago, I knew just the woman to ask: Jodi Glickman, the author of Great on the Job: What to … Read More about When Your Boss Won’t Delegate
I was reading an article recently and came across this quote: “Someone told me not long after I moved to New York that in order to succeed, you have to understand which rules you’re supposed to break. If you break the wrong rules, you’re finished. And so the easiest thing to do is follow all … Read More about Which Are the Rules to Break?
How do you get a lazy secretary to work harder for you — or how do you complain about her to the Powers That Be without seeming petty? Reader E, a reader from New Zealand, has this very problem… I share my secretary with my supervising partner, however he hardly uses her and often if … Read More about The Lazy Secretary