Don't Oversell When Using Twitter for Business

Business / At Work /

Q: I am starting my own consulting firm while I still work full-time. It doesn't compete with my company, so I am not worried about that, but I can't quit until I see how much business I get. I don't belong to any professional groups, as I have found them to be overrated in their usefulness. When I have attended events, everyone wants ...Read more

Interview Promises Denied After Being Hired

Business / At Work /

Q: When I interviewed for a job as an outside sales representative, I was upfront about not being able to travel periodically within a specific two-month period every year. During those two months, I have had a long-standing volunteer commitment to a well-known organization, and I have been deeply involved in their annual event. This event is ...Read more

Working With ADHD and All That Jazz

Business / At Work /

Q: I have several friends, some corporate professionals and some artists in creative fields, all diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. I act as their sounding board, so I end up listening to all of their workplace complaints. It seems there are more troublesome situations and daily problems for my friends in corporate ...Read more

Leaving Secure Job to Start Anew -- It's Complicated

Business / At Work /

Q: I've invested 16 years working for the same company, and I am now asking myself why. My job is secure and so is the company. When I think about staying, I feel the knots in my gut clenching tighter. When I think about leaving, I feel a mixture of excitement for the adventure and fear over the potential loss of security the change represents...Read more

Focus on the Best of the Worst Since You Can't Choose Your Boss or Co-Workers

Business / At Work /

Q: I have some questions about drama queens and narcissists. Please explain the difference between the two and the effect they both have on those at work.

A: According to Mark Goulston, M.D., psychiatrist, consultant, and author of "Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone" (Amacom 2015), a person who shows an ...Read more

Surprise Complaint About Boss Is Risky Even With Proof

Business / At Work /

Q: Our regional manager is verbally abusive to my co-worker and me. The difference in the abuse is that the boss says things to my co-worker in front of others in the office, but when she mistreats me, she does it behind closed doors, so there are no witnesses. When my co-worker tried talking to the boss about her abusive behavior, the boss ...Read more

Everyone Does It, but Not at Work

Business / At Work /

Q: This problem will sound funny, but it is gross and needs to stop. I work for a very conservative and professional company, so what I'm about to describe is obviously not right. We have groups of auditors at different levels, and we all work in cubicles. Some cubicles house four employees, and some surrounding cubicles have only one person. ...Read more

Injured Worker Uncovers Creative Talent as a Career

Business / At Work /

Q: I had a serious accident and permanently injured my back. I had to go on disability, but as many Americans know, no one can live solely on disability. I had back surgery and was in rehabilitation for four years after that. Forget about whether one has insurance. Without a kind, generous and emotionally caring family, which I don't have, ...Read more

Strong Personalities Collide in Casual Company Environment

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a hands-on small business owner and need advice. I have an employee who is exceptionally bright, capable, and always innovative. She has worked for me for five years and shown dedication and genius. My problem is that she doesn't get along with certain people and makes her dislike known in an aggressive way. I have never seen her ...Read more

Don't Manipulate Millennials, Just Hire the Good Ones

Business / At Work /

Q: There are numerous books on hiring, managing and motivating millennials, but I am not going to read them. I see this generation in action when I shop, go to restaurants or need service at a business. What I see so far are 20-somethings who feel it's OK to finish their personal calls while a customer or client is waiting to be helped. I don'...Read more

Bad Boss -- Good Boss Keeps Workers on Edge

Business / At Work /

Q: We work for a man who is two people -- one good, one bad. We don't know who he is from day to day. He says he wants our ideas to improve billing, sales, packaging and the overall process. When he's the good boss, he loves hearing our ideas. When he's not, he shoots down anyone who says anything. When he likes an idea, he changes it to show he...Read more

Beat the HR Screening By Going Direct to Manager

Business / At Work /

Q: I got a full-time job at 60 because I looked up the vice president's name and emailed my resume directly to him. I saw a job advertised that was below my skill and experience level, but I wanted to get into the company. I was tired of working freelance and knew that applying online would rule me out, so I found out the manager's name and ...Read more

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