At Work / Business

Tragic Childhood Admission Alters the Workplace

Q: I run a small business with five to six employees. I do all interviewing and hiring, but no matter how good the person seems in the beginning, things eventually change.

I always try to be personable and go with the flow if my employees have ...

To Date or Not to Date: Choosing Love or a Job

Q: There are certain large companies I want to work for, so I am on their job distribution lists and apply when I see a job I want. I had an interview for one of these companies and met with a few people. I got along with all of them, but I didn...

No Chance of Changing a 'Bad Seed' Supervisor

Q: I am fairly perceptive, but I am not a psychologist. I took a new job after being interviewed by the company owner and the supervisor I would directly report to. Both seemed OK, not touchy-feely people, which I thought was good, but normal, ...

Outing the Excessive Break Taker

Q: This sounds petty, but this problem could eventually affect me in my job. My co-workers and I share a group office. One in particular is a smoker. Smoking is banned inside, so he has to take cigarette breaks about every two hours. The problem...

That Next Degree

Q: My daughter is thinking about going to law school, and I have been thinking about getting an online degree of some kind. I have been out of school for 30 years, so I'm a bit nervous about being back in school. I thought an online class would ...

Manager Misses Own Meetings

Q: I manage an IT department for a large corporation. My workdays vary from the minimum of 10 to 14 hours. They are tiring, but not exhausting to the point that I can't do anything in the evenings. I set the dates and agenda for our meetings and ...