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
How to Handle Being Called the Wrong Name at 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 and Your Job
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
Etiquette Flash: Should you invite your colleagues to your wedding?
Today’s reader mail has to do with whether she should invite colleagues to her wedding… Long story short, I just got engaged to another attorney at my mid-sized firm. We are both junior associates and we met as summer associates in 2007. Obviously, there are associates that we socialize with that we’d like to invite … Read More about Etiquette Flash: Should you invite your colleagues to your wedding?
Should You Keep Your Blog a Secret at Work?
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?
The Bad Assistant: When To Switch, When to Fire
What should you do when you’re stuck with a bad assistant, secretary or subordinate — and your assistant doesn’t assist? When is just time to switch assistants, or even fire the person? Reader K wonders: We are a small (12 people) conservative professional investment firm serving high net worth clients. I recently moved from front office … Read More about The Bad Assistant: When To Switch, When to Fire
Handling Business Lunches as the Only Vegetarian
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to handle business lunches as a vegetarian — you may want to check out some our other posts on special diets or on vegan-friendly products for the professional woman. What if you’re at a lunch meeting or other work event and there’s nothing you can … Read More about Handling Business Lunches as the Only Vegetarian
A Feminine Approach to Business Casual
A reader switched jobs, and felt like her work outfits would only fit in if she switched to a very feminine business casual style. But how to do it?
Is a Vintage Movie Poster Acceptable Office Decor?
A reader wonders: is a vintage movie poster acceptable office decor?
Tips for Joining the Office Fantasy Football League
Should you join the office fantasy football league — even if you hate sports and don’t want to commit the time? What about other guy-centric office hobbies? Reader S wonders… What is the rule on joining the office fantasy football league (or other comparable sporting activity) when you don’t know or care about the sport? … Read More about Tips for Joining the Office Fantasy Football League
When Your Client Hits On You: How to Deal with Unwanted Sexual Advances at Work
How should you handle it when your client hits on you? We got an emergency email from reader K, who is getting a bit uncomfortable with a prospective customer and his unwanted sexual advances at work — the client asked her out! I am a [physical product that attaches to buildings*] sales woman. During intermittent conversation with … Read More about When Your Client Hits On You: How to Deal with Unwanted Sexual Advances at Work
Are Skirts and Dresses Unprofessional?
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?