What are your best tips for setting boundaries with coworkers who take advantage of your time, skill, and efforts?
Annoying Coworker Habits: Tell Us Your Least Favorites…
What are some of the most annoying coworker habits you’ve seen, readers? Which are your least favorite? (Stories, please!!!)
What to Wear to the Wedding of a Colleague
A lawyer wondered what to wear to the wedding of a colleague — could she wear a black dress?
Do You Keep Your Personal Life Private at Work?
2019 Update: We still stand by this discussion of how to keep your personal life private at work — but you may also want to check out our most recent discussions of work-life boundaries, as well as our discussion of Keeping aspects of your personal life private at work may feel necessary to you, or it … Read More about Do You Keep Your Personal Life Private at Work?
Should You Tell Your Colleagues That You’re Autistic?
An autistic lawyer wrote in, wondering if she should tell her colleagues that she’s on the spectrum.
When Your Colleague Offers Your Firstborn to Sweeten the Deal
Reader N wrote in with an interesting problem: her colleague offered to throw in her firstborn to sweeten the deal. HiLARIOUS, right? Here’s her question: Here’s an interesting dilemma, recently a senior male colleague and a new client were haggling over price when my colleague said jokingly, “to sweeten the deal we will throw in … Read More about When Your Colleague Offers Your Firstborn to Sweeten the Deal
How to Deal with Extreme Coworkers
Readers, what’s your best advice for how to deal with extreme coworkers? We’ve talked about what to do when your boss has it out for you, as well as difficult coworkers who throw temper tantrums, but not in a while — so I asked lawyer/journalist Rebecca Berfanger to offer some advice… – Kat Have you … Read More about How to Deal with Extreme Coworkers
How to Deal When Your Boss Makes Rude Comments About Your Engagement Ring
Ooh, here’s a great reader Q today: how to deal when your boss makes rude comments about your engagement ring. Here’s Reader C’s question: I am recently engaged, and am having difficulty handling my boss’s reaction. Specifically, he makes “joking” comments about when I will be quitting now that I am engaged. He gave me … Read More about How to Deal When Your Boss Makes Rude Comments About Your Engagement Ring
Difficult Coworkers: Temper Tantrums, Crying, and More
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to deal with difficult coworkers, but you may also want to check out our more recent advice on how to deal with extreme coworkers. How do you deal with difficult coworkers, such as those who are overemotional or throw temper tantrums? Should the strategies for dealing … Read More about Difficult Coworkers: Temper Tantrums, Crying, and More
Should Your Work Friends Include Your Assistant?
Do you socialize with your assistant or secretary? Do you consider him or her to be among your work friends? Or do you keep your relationship with staffers friendly but avoid turning it into an actual friendship? If the relationship has swung too far towards “friendship,” how do you bring it back to “collegial”? Reader N … Read More about Should Your Work Friends Include Your Assistant?
Crying at Work: How to Deal
How do you keep from crying at work, whether due to personal reasons or as a reaction to something work-related? What are your best tips to prevent it, explain it if it happens, and clean up your face once you’re done?
Answering Work Email at Home
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