Should you friend your boss on Facebook or other social media sites? What about colleagues? What do you do when your superior sends you a request? We haven’t talked about Facebook and bosses for a long time, so I thought we’d revisit. While there are still a ton of amusing stories of people getting fired … Read More about Should You Friend Your Boss On Facebook?
Joining the Boys’ Club When You’re a Woman
Should you join the office boys’ club if you’ll be the only woman? What if your male coworkers meet and talk shop outside of work while taking part in an activity — such as tennis or golf — that you don’t even like? Reader K, who works outside of the U.S., wonders: I have a question regarding the ‘old boy’s … Read More about Joining the Boys’ Club When You’re a Woman
Lunch with Partners: Who Picks up the Tab?
If you’re out to lunch with partners, should you EVER pick up the tab? Oh, and also: you’re the youngest person present and the only woman. We’ve talked about summer associates paying for lunch, but Reader B has a slightly different situation. Here’s her question: I work in a small firm (12 attorneys) with a pretty casual … Read More about Lunch with Partners: Who Picks up the Tab?
What to Do When Your Boss Tells You to Smile
A reader was told by her boss that she looked “too serious” or sometimes angry — so she should smile more.
How to Tell a Flirtatious Boss to Stop Hitting on You
What should you do when a flirtatious colleague — one who’s kind of your boss — is hitting on you at work? Reader J wonders… I am a (female) BigLaw associate, who has become the focus of flirtatious attention from a (male) partner, who (1) works in another, but near-ish office, (2) is on the Executive Committee, and (3) has … Read More about How to Tell a Flirtatious Boss to Stop Hitting on You
Are You an Office Mom?
Here’s a fun question for you: are you the office mom*? I’ve read that being the office mom tends to hurt your career because people see you as, well, the MOM instead of the professional you are. So here’s the Q: do you agree that being the “office mom” is a bad thing — or … Read More about Are You an Office Mom?
Summer Associate Series: Business Etiquette for Interns (and other Newbies)
This week, in our Summer Associate Series*: what are some of the business etiquette tips that summer associates and interns should know? Etiquette can often be one of the hardest things for schools and mentors to impart — but of course it matters, and business etiquette is something we’ve talked about a LOT through the … Read More about Summer Associate Series: Business Etiquette for Interns (and other Newbies)
Handling Frequent Doctors’ Appointments
When you have to take time off work for frequent doctors’ appointments, how can you schedule them to minimize the effect on your workday? What are the best ways to explain your absences to your boss, secretary, and other coworkers? Reader L wonders what our best tips are for handling frequent doctors’ appointments: I was … Read More about Handling Frequent Doctors’ Appointments
Offensive Clients: How to Deal
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 expense … Read More about Offensive Clients: How to Deal
How to Deal with Political Talk at the Office
How do you handle a lot of religious and political talk at the office — particularly if you disagree with it? Reader S wonders: Could you do a post about politics at the office? I am a moderate liberal, and my approach has always been to avoid discussing politics at work at all, except when … Read More about How to Deal with Political Talk at the Office
What to Tip Your Secretary for the Holidays
2017 update: We still stand by this advice on what to tip your secretary for the holidays (but obviously as we note below, know your office!) — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how much money you give for holiday tips (from doormen to assistants), as well as our … Read More about What to Tip Your Secretary for the Holidays
How to Buy Jewelry For The Women In Your Life
Ever wonder what to get your mother, secretary, or sister in law for the holidays? Jewelry always seems like a safe choice, but you have to do a bit of analysis — fortunately guest poster / Corporette commenter Kanye East is here to advise us on how to buy jewelry for the women in your … Read More about How to Buy Jewelry For The Women In Your Life