will martial arts hurt my boyfriend’s career in child care, I sent money to an employer who has disappeared, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Will martial arts hurt my boyfriend’s career in child care? ...more

how to gain respect as the new boss

Walking into an existing team as the new manager is tough. People are often wary of a new manager and will be scrutinizing your every word and action, as they try to figure out what to expect from you. If you’re the new boss, there are some important things you should...more

my boss won’t accept my resignation

A reader writes: I work in an office at a university, and came to the decision to finish my position at the end of this contract, rather than accepting the extension that had been offered to me. I wrote a letter of resignation and arranged a meeting with my direct supervisor to give it to him and to inform him of my intentions. When I gave him the letter, his first question was if I had another job ....more

am I misrepresenting my commitment to a job, calling a coworker “daddy,” and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My coworker is making hateful comments about a foreign country An employee where I work has become very radical in his views concerning a foreign country which is going through a crisis ....more

how do I fire the most popular person in the office?

A reader writes: I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues, all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order ....more

can I keep my company truck when I leave to stick it to my company?

A reader writes: You will probably think that I am a total jerk for contemplating doing this, but just hear me out. First off, I do appreciate being gainfully employed but I absolutely HATE the company I work for. We were purchased by a gigantic multi-billion dollar company over a year ago, and ever they have been piling more and more work on us as more divisions have been acquired ....more

my interviewer kept laughing at me, my managers are giving me contradictory instructions, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My interviewer kept laughing at me I had an interview today for a part-time writing tutor position at my local community college ....more

update: when your boss is a raging alcoholic

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what to do when your team is missing deadlines

Most teams miss a deadline now and then. But if people on your team are regularly blowing deadlines, there’s a problem that you need to address … before it causes work to blow up too. Fixing a deadline problem means first figuring out what’s causing the problem ....more