Do ponytails count as professional hairstyles? Which are the best ponytails for the office? Do you think 50s/cheerleader ponytails are no-gos for the office, or is any neat, easy hairstyle inherently professional? Have you guys been watching AMC’s Better Call Saul? It’s the prequel story to Breaking Bad, chronicling the path that small-time con-man/lawyer Jimmy McGill took to … Read More about Professional Hairstyles: Do Ponytails Count?
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
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?
Here’s what may be an odd question for you: Which are your favorite makeup products to combine? On the flip side — which are your favorite makeup products that are great by themselves? For my own $.02: in the past I’ve layered applications of two different kinds of mascara (because I liked one for coverage … Read More about Beauty Wednesday: Makeup Combinations
2018 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion of how to deal with offensive clients — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion about the colleague who offered the reader’s firstborn to sweeten the deal. How do you deal with men at work making derisive comments about the … Read More about Offensive Clients: How to Deal
A reader wondered: what is the business etiquette for responding to a generous bonus?
How do YOU button your cardigans? I was surprised that I had such a strong opinion when I saw reader S’s email: I love regular crewneck cardigans and have them in several colors and brands, but I’m always debating whether I should be buttoning up just the 2nd and third buttons, only the top one, … Read More about How to Button Your Cardigans
How do you respond when someone praises your work — without sounding like an entitled braggart (and without undermining yourself)? Reader T has a great question about compliments at work. My question for you is, how do you respond to a co-worker (sometimes a supervisor) telling you they’ve heard great comments/feedback about your work? I’m … Read More about How to Respond to Work-Related Praise
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion on breast reduction, coworkers, and other cosmetic surgery/office considerations — but you may also want to check out our more recent thread on taking time off work for plastic surgery. How do you deal with cosmetic surgery (breast reduction, breast enlargement, nose jobs, etc) at … Read More about Cosmetic Surgery and the Office
If you wear girly clothes, will you be seen as less of a professional? Reader A wonders… I recently parted ways with a company where I was being micromanaged, like my boss didn’t trust me to do anything without his help and supervision. He never said why, but he kept treating me like some incompetent … Read More about When Do Girly Clothes Become Unprofessional?
Have you ever thought you should deepen your voice (and make it louder) to be taken more seriously? Reader G has a great suggestion for a topic … I’m in my mid-thirties and had to work hard early in my career to be taken seriously. A big component of that is consciously “aging” my voice, … Read More about How to Lower Your Voice
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