How do you handle questions about Ramadan at work? I think this is a great topic because awkward questions arise in a lot of different situations, whether the question stems from a religious practice (Ramadan, observing the Sabbath, ashes on Ash Wednesday), a medical issue (allergies, Celiac disease, etc), or a personal preference (e.g., a … Read More about How to Handle Awkward Questions at the Office
Reader E has a question about bad habits at the office, from nail biting, cuticle picking, hair twirling, and more… I must not be the only nail biter/ cuticle picker. What do all the over-eaters, hair twirlers, nail-biters do? I think it’s incredibly unprofessional to be nibbling at my hands all day…. Great question, E! … Read More about Bad Habits and the Office
2016 Update: We still stand by these tips on delegating to your assistant — but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on how to delegate! Reader E wonders what you can and should ask your assistant or secretary to do — and what is off limits. Great question! I have been … Read More about Delegating: Using Your Assistant Well
2019 Update: Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 24, 2019. You can check out our most recent thread on what we’re getting for our assistants on Administrative Professionals’ Day here. As some commenters are noting today, Administrative Assistant’s Day is April 27 — right around the corner. (Most flower places are touting “Administrative Assistant’s Week” as starting … Read More about PSA: Administrative Assistant’s Day is Almost Here!
Reader R has a question about a smelly coworker that, I think, should spark a lively discussion: I have asked numerous other people (coworkers and friends) and so far no one has given a polite and appropriate response to my dilemma. I work with a lawyer who smells awful. At first I thought it might … Read More about How to Tell Someone They Smell Bad
Reader K has a question about conversations… I am the newest associate in a department that is dominated by women. As someone who often laments the number of female partners and senior associates in private practice, I was initially thrilled by this fact. But my excitement turned to disappointment on the first day. At a … Read More about How to Negotiate Conversation Topics
Ever had the urge to indulge your inner Anna Wintour and act as the fashion police? Reader M has a question along these lines… Can we do a story on the extent to which permanent hires (i.e. me) can give unsolicited fashion advice to interns? I have worked in private practice for a number of … Read More about Can You Give Unsolicited Fashion Advice to Interns?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to do when your client hits on you, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of sexual harassment at work. We got a fascinating reader email from an eighth year attorney on the partnership track… I am actively trying to … Read More about What to Do When Your Client Hits On You
2016 Update: We still stand by this discussion of the importance of not being called the wrong name — but you may want to check out our more recent discussion on how to handle being called the wrong name at work. It stinks to be called the wrong name — but what if it’s your … Read More about The Importance of … Not Being Called the Wrong Name
We got this question from reader C, and it struck us as an interesting topic… I have an article/poll idea: How much do Corporette readers donate to non-profits and which types of non-profits? I tend to donate $25-100 to all of my alumni associations (high school, college, law school), and then I have an assortment of other … Read More about Open Thread: Charitable Giving
If someone at work is having a wardrobe problem, should you tell them about it? This is something we’ve often wondered about… I’m interested in your opinion on a dilemma I found myself with in the elevator this week – I was standing behind a young woman who had on a very nice jacket which … Read More about Etiquette Flash: Should you tell a stranger at work about a wardrobe problem?
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on when to invite colleagues to your wedding — links have also been updated. 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 … Read More about Etiquette Flash: Should you invite your colleagues to your wedding?