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?
An autistic lawyer wrote in, wondering if she should tell her colleagues that she’s on the spectrum.
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
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
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
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?
OK, ladies and gents, let’s discuss: 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? First, in case it needs to be said: No … Read More about Crying at Work: How to Deal
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
How should you respond when a coworker takes credit for your work? Reader N writes in with this great question: Surprised I can’t find this in the archives: How do you deal with a colleague (usually male) stealing your ideas, passing them off as his own in meetings with clients and/or repeating what you’ve said … Read More about What to Do if a Colleague Takes Credit for Your Work
Being called the wrong name at work can be embarrassing, frustrating, and — eventually — infuriating. We haven’t talked about the wrong name problem in quite a while, so let’s have a discussion today. (By the way, we’ve also addressed changing your name (or not) when you get married (and divorced), gender-neutral name problems, and hyphenated names in email addresses.) First of all, as someone with the … Read More about How to Handle Being Called the Wrong Name at Work
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 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?