Threadjacks of Interest

Readers have a zillion great conversations on the blog. You can always search the site (comments are searchable), but some of the ones we’ve featured in our sidebar include:

October 2018

– My commute to work is unsafe.

– I would like to try biking to work.

– How do you wear pants with booties in the office?

– My coworker tells me negative comments she hears about me.

– How do you know when it’s time to quit a job?

– I recently hooked up with a coworker.

– How do you style cords for a casual office?

– I feel like I have to figure what I want all over again.

– I’m looking to go from law to healthcare administration.

– Advice for dealing with a loved one’s alcoholism

– My husband doesn’t know how to deal with toddler behavior.

Talk to me about working from home full time.

– Computer screens are hurting my eyes.

– My office is freezing!

– Favorite everyday eyeshadow palettes for the office?

– Can I interview in a slightly too-tight suit?

– Do I turn down this job to build my speaking business?

– DH has plunged into a bout of major depression.

– I’m dating a new guy but we don’t have interesting conversations.

September 2018

– My partner’s dog is ruining our relationship.

– My friend finds every office to be a bad fit.

– Should I go back to a previous employer?

– How do I adjust to my new job?

– My SO has been calling an old girlfriend.

– Suggestions for a solo beach vacation?

– How do you keep natural nails presentable?

– How important is a full suit for interviews?

– I need a suit for a Very Important Meeting.

– Should I have a separate work cell phone?

– DH needs a more casual wardrobe!

– How do I tell my beloved coworkers I’m quitting?

– Seeking tips for working after kids go to bed.

– BF, a heavy sleeper, and wants me to wake him up.

– Made a big mistake at work.

– Is my work outfit dated?

– How to with someone who ignores deadlines.

– CA and TX law firms vs. NY law firms.

– How do you budget and plan for travel?

– My new legal assistant is not doing a good job.

August 2018

– How do you deal with annoying male bicyclists who yell at you while trying to pass you?

– I am a lawyer and I’m thinking I want 4 kids. Is it a huge difference to go from 3 to 4?

– What’s something that you buy/spend money on regularly that your parents wouldn’t ever think to waste money on?

– We have a colleague who is out of the office allll the time.

– I recently started a new job and the adjustment has been hard and kind of draining.

– I’ve hired a college student for 20 hours a week. She is going to do daycare dropoff, but I’m trying to think of other things.

– Does starting a new career at 30+ still give a person plenty of time to climb the ladder and start a family?

– Can I get your best tips for working with legal interns?

– I’m a senior associate in Big Law and frankly, I’m tired.

– I work for a nonprofit organization and I feel they’re making unnecessary demands.

– Would appreciate advice on reaching out to an old friend.

– During a phone interview. I asked if they would be open to working from home 1-2 days a week.

– I’m starting a new job where the dress code is still fairly casual but where jeans are forbidden.

– Recently had my review (law firm) and was told that I am doing well but still need to keep improving my time management.

– If anything knocked you off the career ladder, how did you get back on that horse?

– Someone in my office sent an email full of insane things attributed to me that I would never say.

– How do you do your hair for work?

– I am a C-level executive, and I feel I’m being judged for not being as mature, successful, or professional.

– Any suggestions for how to deal with admins that don’t want to be admins?

– My company’s having an org shift, and I’m getting traded for another employee.

– I was just about to tell my boss I’m quitting when he told me someone else quit.

– Could you share type of workplace and parental leave policy?

– Help me look more sophisticated?

– In a job interview, do you think it’s a decent strategy to admit when you aren’t an expert in something?

– How do you reset your sleep cycle?

– Do you ever get surprised when you see people, esp. work people, in their regular lives?

– For the attorneys: What are your feelings about legal aid?

– I like my job but don’t love my practice area.

– I just feel like lying on the couch and watching TV all day instead of job-hunting.

– I’m currently 11.2 weeks pregnant and deciding when to tell my BigLaw job.

– Any advice on how to pivot after being let go from my job?

– How do I get better at picking out errors in my work?

– I’m replacing a more senior person. My start date is not immediately after his departure.

– I’m going back to a firm that gave me an offer — for a second look. What do I wear?

– Please share your stories of doing multiple big life changes at once!

– What are career options in your field that are less tied to being at your desk and in the office?

– I’m having trouble being productive at work without the sense of urgency of my last job.

– Tomorrow, I need to interview as part of a competition to make my promotion permanent.

– When I find out another friend got engaged, I turn into a mess.

– I’m taking my first section of the CPA exam tomorrow and I’m so nervous!

– I’ve been unhappy at my job since we moved to mostly open office space 6 weeks ago.

– Any tips on rebuilding a friend group (or individuals) once you’re past college age?

– Any advice on looking for remote jobs?

– I’m looking to update my weekend style. Do you have any blogs that you like?

– CPA ladies: What do you do, how much do you make, and how do you like it?

July 2018

– I’ve accepted a position (Job A) that I’m excited about, but a few days after accepting, I got an offer to interview for Job B at a federal government agency.

– How do you deal with the loss of a pet at work?

– Did you take time off between leaving your current company and starting at a new company?

– We have a coworker who is notorious for stiffing the person picking up a group gift, etc., after promising to pitch in.

– I am having FOMO because it is so lonely working in an office (BigLaw) — and vicarious FOMO for my children.

– I often have to send around those “Hi Staff, Please don’t do X Stupid thing. Thank you, Management” emails.

– I’m a disorganized person who I force into being slightly organized by treating myself like a preschooler.

– I need a script for a pushy mom who thinks that our good fortune should automatically extend to her.

– Anyone have a favorite “to do” list app?

– I have to watch surgical videos this week with the client while they explain what’s going on and I’m REALLY stressed.

– What do you wear to work when it’s hot outside?

– Is access to birth control at risk now that Kennedy has retired?

– What do you do at work when you are bored?

– Any suggestions for dealing with anxiety in the workplace?

I don’t know when my boss wants my opinion and when he wants me to do things.

– I’m agonizing about a job choice.

– I had a mentor who would tell all woman law students to consider having children in law school.

– My BigLaw office is doing a casual week this week since the holiday falls awkwardly and many people are out.

– Does anyone have tips for taking impromptu headshots that don’t look terrible?

June 2018

– Does anyone have advice for dealing with insecurity in a new relationship?

– Inexpensive work dress suggestions? My favorite work dress of all time came from Loft a few years back.

– Does anyone have suggestions for fun, lighthearted things I could do when I need a 10-minute distraction to get out of a downward anxiety spiral?

– What is the best advice you could give a first-year law student (and not “don’t go to law school”)?

– Looking for suggestions on how you make paper calendars work in your life when the office runs solely on Outlook.

– DH is working remotely now and has turned into a schlub.

– Any other big law ladies freaking out about when/if other firms will match the salary raises?

– What shoes do people wear for work (with a walk/subway commute) in warm weather rain?

– How to fix feelings of resentment with a partner that doesn’t bring nearly as much as you do to the table?

– Has anyone ever moved to Europe for the medium-to-long term?

– How do you stay motivated in the day-to-day grind?

– How do you verify that an employee is working a full 8 hours if they want to start their day later?

– I need the lowdown on working for a solo practioner.

– I would love a new and more challenging job, but it’s just not the right time.

– I’m moving in-house from Biglaw and I have a 3-month notice period.

May 2018

– What is the maximum pay cut you’re willing to take in order to pursue your “dream job”?

– How do I keep walking to work without showing up like a sweaty mess?

– I’m looking at making a career change in the next 2.5 years or so from law to CPA.

– Do you regularly nap at work?

– Anyone have solutions to a work environment where poor performance is rewarded and pro-active problem solvers are not?

– I returned to work this week, and it is so so so hard leaving my kids.

– If you are participating in a 5K, half marathon, triathlon, etc., do you expect your SO to come support you?

– I’m being bullied my the partner I work for, back-to-back 100-hour weeks while the rest of the group doesn’t seem as busy.

– I received an extremely unexpected and very generous raise. Script for a thank you note?

– Any tips for keeping work from occupying all of your mental energy?

April 2018

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December 2017

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January 2017

December 2016

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