At Work / Business

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 ...

Move On From Managers Who Can't Manage

Q: I've had the misfortune of working for two bosses at different companies who were absolutely horrendous communicators. They would regularly give me quick and often ambiguous assignments and then deny they had told me certain things the next ...

Nice Employees May Finish Last

Q: I am a helpful person by nature, so when individual co-workers are overloaded, I offer to help. We have equal-level jobs but different types of work. Sometimes they have to do it themselves, but when any co-worker could do it, they accept my ...