Job Hunting While Pregnant

I just found out I’m almost three months pregnant with my second child and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. I was laid off three weeks ago and have been searching for a job ever since. I’m worried about confessing my pregnancy before I’m hired...   Full article >>

When the Bully is the Boss

I work in human resources and am supposed to fix problems -- unfortunately, one of them is our company’s general manager. He’s a bully and doesn’t know it...   Full article >>

Hiring Engaged and Committed Employees

A remarkable 54% of employees describe themselves as "disengaged" at work and not committed to their employers. What hiring strategies are most effective at yielding an employee who is engaged and committed from the very first day?   Full article >>

How Should You Respond to Workplace Ebola Fears?

Yesterday another employee showed several co-workers photos taken by his father who recently returned from an African safari. “Cari” saw the photos, heard the word Africa and immediately left the workplace. She then texted me saying she wouldn’t return until her co-worker was placed on leave and he and his father had medical examinations...   Full article >>

Are You a Bully Target?

Suzanne endured meetings in which a red-faced Wayne screamed in her face. When Suzanne finally quit, others asked why she put up with it for so long, and Suzanne said, “I kept thinking it would get better.”   Full article >>

Can We Fire Him for Domestic Violence?

Recently, one of our Board members did a background check on our Executive Director and discovered his most recent girlfriend and his ex-wife both accused him of domestic violence. She has called an emergency Board session...and thinks we should fire him...   Full article >>

Loyalty Duty

Could you recommend a good attorney as I plan to sue for computer trespass, privacy invasion and slander and have the last laugh as the money will help fund my new business?   Full article >>

Fired for Talking About My Boss. Can I Sue?

My boss didn't even ask me to explain the situation; he just told me I'd talked negatively about our company and he didn't want me around...   Full article >>

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 >>