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Fairly Compensated?

One of our non-exempt employees regularly steps up to handle a more senior employee's job as well as her regular job. We don't know how to pay her when she "steps up"...   Full article >>

What Do I Say When Called for a Reference?

"Steve's" resignation three months ago took me by surprise. He'd always told me how much he loved his job. Then one day he walked in with a resignation letter dated the prior week and said he was leaving by the end of the week because he'd been offered a "dream job"...   Full article >>

We Need You Here at Work

In effect, our office manager has been lying to me. She says she stays home frequently to care for her son. However, she just presented me with a physician's note stating that she suffered from Crohn's disease...Can I discharge her or does this medical condition buy her time...?   Full article >>

Set Up to Fail

I applied for and received the promotion. A day later, his daughter got the position I vacated...   Full article >>

Cyber Bullying

Three months ago, my employer asked me to establish LinkedIn and Twitter accounts...I posted several Tweets about my weight-loss efforts and received snarky Tweets in return. I immediately apologized, but the Tweets to and about me became progressively nastier with some individuals sending insulting Tweets several times a day. Checking my Twitter feed changed from a fun to a horrid part of my workday..   Full article >>

Coverup Resume

My 23-year-old son has always gravitated toward big money jobs in construction. He’s a good, hard worker but has been fired from three jobs, laid off four times and quit two jobs...   Full article >>

Disappearing in Alaska

I moved to Alaska to escape my past. I’ve moved like this many times before. I look for a small company that doesn’t check references and get a job. Then, it happens. Someone in the workplace won’t stop asking me questions...Ultimately, they learn I was married to a man formerly on a terrorist list who fled the country.   Full article >>

Don't Promote Trouble

...Despite Anne’s predatory ways, the other sales agents like her...Anne’s already asked for the job... and insinuated she might quit if not promoted. I’m worried no one we hire will be able to handle Anne and we’ll lose her. I’m also worried she’ll turn her co-workers against anyone we might bring in...   Full article >>

Employee 911? You Think Not

This kind of communication completely translates into the workplace. Imagine the employee who approaches you with a problem. They’re extremely upset,voice raised and speaking loudly. You are listening to their ‘rant’ and all you can think is, “this is ridiculous...”   Full article >>

Mark Became Marcia

...he told me he would be undergoing surgery to change into a woman, and his surgeon recommended we call him Marcia. I didn’t know what to say. This morning, the head of one of our departments came to me and said I needed to know Mark was using the female bathroom...   Full article >>

Never on Sunday

...though I realized my immediate manager found my “any hours but Sunday hours” disturbing. Last week we had a very difficult meeting in which he told me he’d checked with our corporate HR officer and I needed to show more flexibility or take a demotion to clerk status...   Full article >>

Bullying Isn't Illegal, or is it?

I need to coordinate with two individuals, a department manager and a project manager. Both are bullies and have made my work life a living hell for three years...   Full article >>

Parkinson's Disease

I supervise a customer-service employee completely unable to multitask. I’ve repeatedly written her up for forgetting details and for taking forever to make the simplest decisions...   Full article >>

The Personal Compact

I’m a new business owner and supervise my first employee, a young man who pushes endlessly for “perks” even as he displays a lack of work ethic by packing up his things before 5 and texting during the work day...   Full article >>

Boring Presenter

I run risk management for a large bank and have been told I’m so technical I bore everyone when I give statistical presentations to our Board of Directors and management team...   Full article >>

Target on my Back

Although I have a ten year history of positive performance reviews and a generally good relationship with prior supervisors, I’ve always had a testy relationship with a coworker...   Full article >>

Loose Cannon

I supervise a man who's a creative idea guy, exactly what we need in our organization -- except he drives the rest of us nuts...   Full article >>

Big Mouth

Our business development manager slams anyone who dares dispute him. He thinks he's immune from consequences as he brings so much money into our company...   Full article >>

My Boss is Gunning For Me

My supervisor is gunning for me. When I got my job, it was not with his blessing...   Full article >>

The Last Bully In My Life: How Not to Stay a Bully's Target

My work life is a living hell. I resigned this morning and am taking the rest of the summer off to heal...   Full article >>

Do I Need My Own Attorney

I've worked for my company for 15 years and have made millions of dollars for my company. Senior managers who've formerly told me they know my word is my bond are now letting my reputation be smeared...   Full article >>

Waiting for the Right Time

It's a long time to retirement and I'm hoping you'll give me some ideas for keeping my spirits up. All my life I've wanted to do something more creative and while I don't have artistic or musical talent, I love to write...   Full article >>

Unkept Promises

When I got hired, my boss promised me a raise after six months if my work proved my worth. It's now been almost a year...   Full article >>

Personal Life & Theft

Four months ago, my boss asked me to help train a new employee. She was personable, and we hit it off. Soon we were exchanging details of our lives and frequently ate lunch together. What I didn't know at the time was that she was a private investigator my employer hired to pose as an employee to investigate theft...   Full article >>

Those of Us Left Behind

Is there any hope for those of us who work for a long-term bully? Mr. Bully runs our branch office and, one by one, he's gotten rid of anyone who takes him on or questions his dictatorship. But because our office employs many talented, productive employees, we produce great results and the corporate headquarters thinks he walks on water...   Full article >>

I'll Get You Back

“If they try to terminate me over that and not give me my severance, then I’ll go to every media in the state of Alaska and they’ll wish they never heard of me,” he said...   Full article >>

Too Much Information & Yuck

From her first day at our company the woman who works at the next desk acted like my new best friend. Even though it grossed me out, I pretended to listen while she shared graphic information about the men she dated, her ex-husband's psychological issues and her trials with her son...   Full article >>

Made Money off Me & Firing Clients

When our operations manager let me know he'd found three laptops we could purchase for $500 each, it seemed like a good deal. I didn't do my own research to learn whether $500 was a good or normal price because I don't micro-manage and trusted our operations manager to act in our company's best interest...   Full article >>

Why Did It Happen? BP and the Challenger

Almost immediately after the gas alarms sounded, there were two explosions. Flames roared into the night sky as an inferno swallowed the rig. Dozens of dazed, injured people converged on the lifeboats...   Full article >>

We Fired Him But He Won't Go & Radio Jerks

We own a small, struggling retail company. Our sales manager allegedly worked for us but more often worked his own small business. He was often in the parking lot talking on his cell phone...   Full article >>

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