One Bad Hire After Another

Business / At Work /

Q: I started a new business and had to hire several employees for varying jobs before I really knew what my all my needs would be. I knew I needed minimum wage employees, so I ran ads in my local area and I conducted the interviewing, which I didn't think was a big deal. I got a good response to the ads, so I know that was done correctly. I ...Read more

'Thank You' Doesn't Replace More Money or Time

Business / At Work /

Q: I have not received a raise after two years at my company. At my interview, I was told I'd receive a year-end review and bonus based on performance. I worked my butt off and was complimented throughout the year on what an amazing job I've done. I exceeded company goals and received compliments even from my customers. I see now we are ...Read more

Facing Reality Makes Decision-Making Easy

Business / At Work /

Q: My boss is dysfunctional in many ways and also probably a narcissist. He thinks and acts like he is more important than anyone else, including his own family. (I have heard him on the phone with his wife.) As for staff, he hurls insults and calls us derogatory names if anyone makes the slightest mistake, or what he thinks is a mistake. And he...Read more

How Stereotyping Affects You At Work

Business / At Work /

Q: People often refer to each generation with its own name, but how many actually know the exact group the name refers to? According to The Center for Generational Kinetics, Gen Z, iGen or Centennials are those born 1996 and later; Millennials or Gen Y are born 1977 to 1995; Generation X was born between 1965 and 1976; Baby Boomers were born ...Read more

Fired After Workforce Layoffs, No Benefits

Business / At Work /

Q: Only two of us remained employed after five others in our department were laid off. The company experienced a loss of business within the last six months, so when we didn't have orders to fill, we were asked to do other menial tasks, which made sense since we were still receiving our regular salaries. The orders were fewer and fewer as time ...Read more

Co-Worker Obsession

Business / At Work /

Q: A co-worker copies many things I wear and activities I do, and it's making me nervous. She colored and cut her hair the same as mine, wears the same brands and styles, and when asked by co-workers, has told them I am copying her. When she started asking me where I bought things, I told her. Once I saw her copying me, I stopped giving her ...Read more

Disarming A Negative Past To Create A Positive Future

Business / At Work /

Q: I have a few serious problems that interfere with me getting a job, and I would like to know how to present myself to a company. I am in my 40s, single and intelligent, but suffer from bipolar disorder and anxiety. I've held several professional jobs over the years, but they caused so much stress for me I either lost or had to leave the ...Read more

Understanding An Abusive Boss

Business / At Work /

Q: When I interviewed with my current boss, he seemed dynamic, intelligent, helpful and caring. When I began working for him, he was helpful and kind to me, but everyone he called into his office got reamed out. He used profanity, name-calling, and lectured each one, treating them like idiots. None were. I would see their expressions -- ...Read more

Making The Best Of Job Status Change

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a woman in my early 60s who has worked for the same public relations firm for four years doing extensive bookkeeping with QuickBooks, managing the office, streamlining day-to-day operations, processes and systems, delivering monthly management reports, managing daily written correspondence and communication, handling office inquiries and...Read more

Continue Job Search Until Written Offer Is Made

Business / At Work /

Q: Out of the blue, I was contacted by a corporate recruiter who said her large firm was looking to hire a handful of people in my field. She wanted to know if I knew of anyone interested. The recruiter sent me the job description, which sounded like a perfect fit for me, so I called and expressed my own interest in the position.

The next day, ...Read more

How To Find A True Mentor

Business / At Work /

Q: I listen to videos of "master class" presentations of successful people marketing their systems and methods for ways to make extraordinary amounts of money. But in their introductions, they always attribute their success to having met or connected to a person who had been willing to take them under their wing to teach them. And of course, ...Read more

Best Way to Find New Job, New State

Business / At Work /

Q: I have lived and worked in several regions of the U.S. -- the East, Southeast, Midwest and West. I would like to return to the East, which was my original home, and I have chosen certain states I would consider moving to. I have preferences, but I want to remain open and would be satisfied living in any heavily populated eastern area.

I've...Read more

Stop Your Job From Ruling Your Life

Business / At Work /

Q: I've been in my job for two years. At first, it was the best job ever. In the second year, we had business and management changes that affected the entire company. The business changes redesigned my job, which presented interesting challenges. I was open and excited about the future. As we took on the new way we did business, we experienced ...Read more


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