Q: I am having a difficult time finding employment due to a felony conviction. I was a licensed chiropractor hired to work in a chiropractic practice under one condition -- that everything pertaining to ownership be put in my name. I had answered a chiropractor's ad on Craigslist. He told me he was a very religious man and he wanted to be a ...Read more
Q: I prefer working at small companies because they seem less rigid with rules and policies and the environment is more like a family. The company I work for is run by a married couple. They live like millionaires but claim to not be able to pay me more. I've been there a little more than a year. I love the job, but I find it difficult to live...Read more
Many employees, from executives to rank and file, can strive for the lofty goal of becoming workplace influencers. But definitions of "influencer" vary, and who can say what is right? Karen McGregor, leadership and influence expert, international speaker and author of "Awakened Influence," has created a path for those who wish to fulfill the ...Read more
Q: Our boss/owner is in a midlife crisis and is ruining his business. His wife used to come in every day so things ran smoothly, and she kept track of things. She slowly got less involved and stopped coming in. The business had been good for about 15 years. Recently, he started hiring incompetent, inexperienced "girls" who don't deserve the jobs...Read more
Everyone in the workplace should know and understand the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, because even if a person doesn't have a disability now, no one knows what the future holds along life's journey. The ADA protects employees who work at companies with 15 or more employees. The ADA covers employees who have impairments, defined by ...Read more
Q: A colleague asked me for a letter of recommendation. I know the person through my job, but I don't know the quality of work or the details of what he/she does. Because of my lack of knowledge and direct experience working with him/her, I don't feel comfortable writing one. I said I would but haven't gotten around to it, and he/she has asked ...Read more
Q: I've always worked hard through high school, college and at work. I've asked for help when I needed it, but I was the one who did the work. I work in a large, busy office. One person has recently seemed much busier than normal, so I walked by her desk several times to see what she was working on. The work was not for work at all.
She was ...Read more
Q: I worked for a church that seemed to have a fun, relaxed environment. Employees in our office used to kid a lot, and it was never frowned on. All of us in our office periodically joked that if we were of the same religion as members of their church, they would treat us better. Everyone always laughed because in the context of our ...Read more
Q: My stepdaughter is a scientist working to gain a reputation in a competitive field that monitors a diminishing resource. Part of her job is to present her findings to various stakeholders. Occasionally, when giving a presentation of her findings, her credibility is attacked by colleagues or by people whose jobs are limited by her findings. ...Read more
Have you ever combed your hair and checked your makeup before going into a job interview? Look closely, because you are not the only one concerned with your appearance. Attractiveness has been shown to make a difference in whether you're hired and promoted, according to various studies throughout the years. Women are the greatest recipients of...Read more
Q: I requested vacation time, which was approved, so I purchased nonrefundable airline tickets and made hotel reservations. A month before the vacation, the company was cutting back and I was let go. It seems to me that either my boss or his boss would have known of the workforce reduction when I made my request and should have denied my ...Read more
Q: I work in a small laboratory on a team with several others, who have all been here for years. Our supervisor retires in six months. His strengths are his ability to repair our equipment, management of his own paperwork and purchasing his supplies.
His weaknesses are that he micromanages the staff. When he is on vacation, the acting ...Read more
Q: I was excited for an upcoming interview; it was the perfect job, and I had many years of experience in the field. But the minute the interviewer entered the room, I knew it would be a no-go. She behaved like an unprepared child, though she introduced herself as having 10 years of experience in the workplace. Yeah, but as what? She had ...Read more