How to Find the Employer of Your Dreams

Business / At Work /

Q: Imagine working at a company run by Darth Vader! That's what it has been like since a major financial firm purchased the company where I work. My first job out of college was at a small company (15-20 employees) where the owner treated everyone like family. He was kind, caring, generous, reasonable and intelligent. He talked and joked with ...Read more

First Job After College: Teamwork Turns Cutthroat

Business / At Work /

Q: I'm in my first job after graduating in business with a financial emphasis. I feel lucky to have gotten a prestigious business job that will give me the necessary experience to then go onto an MBA program at a top school. I was placed on a team where we have one major goal to reach as a group, and we each have individual projects to ...Read more

Handle the Bad and Appreciate the Good

Business / At Work /

Q: I have a boss who can be verbally abusive. I have a great job as a sales rep selling services. Some travel is required, but my base is working from home. My boss pays me a very generous commission, so I do not want to and will not leave my job. I have talked to him about it, but he is 70 years old and set in his ways. Also, he is abusive to...Read more

Making Good on a Bad Situation

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Q: I am an honest person with a strong work ethic, so no matter how much I need money, I will not compromise myself. Feeling good about who I am and being able to sleep without guilt is No. 1 for me. I am always pro-company until I see management doing something wrong or fraudulent. Here is what happened at a good job I had.

The owner was ...Read more

Keeping Current Is Critical

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Q: I work for the director of a small nonprofit agency. I am the only one who does not have a cellphone, and the director would like me to be available at all times. I can't afford one, and I don't need one in my private life. I had a cellphone when my mother became ill and the caretakers had to be able to reach me immediately. I became ...Read more

Too Many Chefs In the Kitchen: Follow the Chain of Command

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Q: I work at a company where the job titles seem to be clearly stated with no crossover. That is not, however, what takes place in reality. When there's an issue, a problem usually starts with a person not communicating the entire situation to the boss. Then others get involved who seemingly have no decision-making authority. They get copied ...Read more

Multitasking Is Impossible From One Brain

Business / At Work /

Q: I've started an outside sales job in a new industry. Although I have sales experience, the sales manager wants to play an active role in training me over the next few months before I take over. I didn't mind at all when he told me, but other issues have now entered into it that have me thinking.

His driving terrifies me. I think most ...Read more

Contract Work Takes Over Life With No Benefits

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Q: I'm an IT professional in her late 50s who has not kept up with learning the new technology for large systems. Luckily, after being laid off at a big company, I found a long-time contract position in the field I knew well. The company just renewed my contract and I've now been there two years. As you know, contract jobs offer companies ...Read more

When to Sign Noncompete Agreements

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Q: I was told to sign a noncompete agreement in order to get this job. I was also told everyone at the company signs them, and I shouldn't worry about it. I wanted to take it to an attorney to have it reviewed, but the manager said there was no time; he needed to know that day because he had others he would hire if I didn't agree to it. Should...Read more

Finding a Recruiter Who Serves You Is Like a Job Search

Business / At Work /

Q: I got an interview through a recruiter. I have been a professional sales representative for 10 years and have made a lot of money as such. I have enlarged territories, increased sales and have added innovative features to each position that has helped clients. I am a spectacular sales representative who can deliver accurate information and ...Read more

Fired for Insubordination Without Explanation

Business / At Work /

Q: My husband was recently fired for "insubordination," but was not given any real reason or backup. All the company kept saying was that they have it confirmed. Can you give us any direction on this? We live in South Carolina.

A: Most states are "employment at will," which is true for South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Human ...Read more

Firing Fears Shouldn't Drive You to Quit

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a field sales/customer service representative, and I love my job, the work and the field, but I dislike the owner. I don't know why this has happened. I have always worked for privately held companies, and it seems like the experience is the same again and again. The company owners/presidents have all behaved like vampires.

I'd like ...Read more


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