Co-Workers: Friend or Future Foe?

Business / At Work /

Q: I cannot decide whether my co-worker is just very friendly, or too friendly. When I started the job, she was openly helpful, telling me whenever she had extra time to train me if I needed help with anything. I accepted her offers to help because the company had no formal training. I was hired on my past experience, but sometimes I was "...Read more

Is Same Pay Fair For Star Employee?

Business / At Work /

Q: I was hired as an administrative assistant at a small nonprofit. I like working in a "do-good" culture where we are supposed to take a team approach to almost every project. I'm efficient and good at developing new ways for getting things done. I also like being able to take on whatever project we have at the time.

I've been there a year ...Read more

Was Your Education A Waste Of Time?

Business / At Work /

Q: I did very well during my time in the U.S. Army, but after fulfilling my commitment and receiving my bachelor's and master's degrees in business, I returned to my small hometown. I know small town salaries can't compete with those in the bigger cities, but I wanted an immediate job, so I took one at minimum wage. I am at a company where the ...Read more

Sabbatical or Career Break?

Business / At Work /

Q: I worked for seven years in the chemical industry. I had a chance to travel so I left my job and ended up taking about three years off. I'm trying to get back into the job market, but I've gotten negative responses; I'm not sure whether it's due to my reason for taking off or the actual amount of time taken. I think most people would have ...Read more

Focus First on Family and Job

Business / At Work /

Q. I'm a 33-year-old woman who was recently made manager of a small financial firm. I'm very capable, efficient and fair. After 6 months, my skeptical, mostly older and mostly male staff members have come to respect me. I'm pretty and have had to put up with ogling and even crushes, but I was determined to be a successful boss, and I succeeded. ...Read more

Reigniting Lost Passion Is Possible

Business / At Work /

Q: A friend and I were talking about what we had thought we wanted to be when we were in high school. Her goal was to be a history teacher, so she got her bachelor's and master's degrees, began teaching history and loved her decision. I, on the other hand, wanted to be an actress, had auditioned for plays in high school and was told I was good...Read more

Invest Time in School Over Job You Don't Want

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a full-time nursing student, and I work full-time as a caregiver at a senior assisted-living facility. I am married with no children. My husband has been very helpful with chores at home so I can go to school, but I still don't have enough time for homework. I'm in my last year and my classes require more homework now. The only way I'm...Read more

Home Office Worker Alone Faces Stalker

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a female, independent sales rep whose apartment is my only office. It took time to find the perfect location -- one with a lot of natural light, is quite and peaceful and convenient to my company's warehouse. I love my job and my company, and often work seven days a week. That's why what has happened is so upsetting.

One of my female ...Read more

Nonsmoker Ends What Smoker Begins

Business / At Work /

Q: I work in an elevator building that is home to many companies. When the smokers need a cigarette, they have to leave the building to smoke. The sign at the entrance states that smokers must stand at least 15 feet away from the entrance. It never fails; there are always smokers who refuse to do this. That means nonsmokers have to hold their ...Read more

Pros and Cons of Working for a Foreign Company

Business / At Work /

Q: My friend works for a Japanese-owned company. He said he doesn't get paid sick time, and if he misses a day, he must bring a doctor's note when and it will still be up to the manager whether it will be accepted. I thought companies had to offer paid sick days.

I have another friend who works for a German-owned company and loves it. She ...Read more

Getting a Job isn't Everything

Business / At Work /

Q: I was hired at a large company through a department head and was never told to go through the formal hiring process, not even to fill out an application. My immediate supervisor had just been hired several weeks before me. When I started, no one introduced to me to anyone -- not co-workers, colleagues, other supervisors or other department ...Read more

Know Your Legal Rights

Business / At Work /

Q: Our small company is high-workload environment. Everyone is under stress, but some handle it better than others. A co-worker went ballistic on me, throwing a stapler that missed me and hit the wall so hard, it left a gash. This violent outburst combined with the normal stress level at work has scared me and affected my ability to eat, sleep...Read more

Working After A Conviction

Business / At Work /

Q: I've had an excellent career for more than 10 years in IT, but I made a mistake that seriously hurt my career. My first few years were productive and I received excellent performance reviews, salary increases and a promotion. I then got a new manager and he was trying to force me out to hire his own team.

On leaving the company, I deleted ...Read more

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