Your Values Dictate Your Courage

Business / At Work /

Q: I accepted a respectable position with a company I expected to be reputable and intelligently managed. While management seemed to display both those characteristics, as I came to work more closely with certain managers, I discovered hierarchy flaws and less transparency than I liked. I heard about behaviors that were less than acceptable, ...Read more

Use Talent for a Midlife Career Change

Business / At Work /

Q: I am 50 and was the founder and sole worker of my own local business. When I decided to move out of state, I could have sold my client list to a competitor, but I had so much to do for the move across country that I just turned it over to someone I knew in the field. I am now settled into my new location where I am starting anew in ...Read more

Bad Management Is No Easy Fix

Business / At Work /

Q: I have been with this organization for over 25 years in an executive position, but I am not sure how to handle a personnel issue we have in another department. The company has been successful for many years, until recently when some of the key leadership positions changed personnel. The hierarchy now makes no sense. For example, vice ...Read more

Hostile Work Environment: Intentional Infliction

Business / At Work /

People have heard of and often use the term "hostile work environment" as if it were an easy condition to identify in a workplace. Many employees would like to think anything from ill-tempered conversation to harsh criticism could be considered a hostile work environment. While this type of behavior is unpleasant, and for many, it is hard to ...Read more

Clearing the Confusion of a Hostile Work Environment

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Many employees think a workplace that is emotionally upsetting, verbally abusive or stress-inducing meets the legal requirements of a "hostile" work environment. According to Stephen Bourtin and Jason Krellenstein, attorneys with The Boyd Law Group, the requirements for a legally actionable "hostile work environment" set the bar much higher than...Read more

The Benefits of Emotional Maturity

Business / At Work /

Some children are influenced by their parents' conversations and know what they want to be when they grow up. Some make wild statements about their future from out of nowhere which miraculously come true. Others haven't a clue as to what work means to their parents and to themselves. They announce a list of professions that leave their parents ...Read more

College Not Needed for One's Success

Business / At Work /

Q: Since the pandemic began, many people have transitioned to working from home. I would love to be able to do this. I'm in my mid-40s with some college, no degree and no real marketable skills or talents, and the only work-from-home jobs I've found involve call centers.

I worked at one once but had to quit after a few years because it was ...Read more

Living at Home Limits Career Choices

Business / At Work /

Q: At 50, I sold my home to travel abroad to satisfy my wanderlust. After a couple of years, I had enough traveling and settled down in a new location in the country for the weather. I easily got a job in my field, so I did not check out the type of people in the area, the lifestyle or much of anything other than the job market. Within the ...Read more

At Work: Living Lives With True Grit

Business / At Work /

We rarely hear about women (or men) who have made exceptional achievements in careers, perhaps because there are so few. We know both women and men can be highly intelligent, but more than intelligence enters into why some achieve unimaginable goals while most do not. Since intelligence is only one factor, perhaps it is due to the messages young...Read more

Copycat Behavior Is Not Flattery

Business / At Work /

Q: Imagine having a co-worker who sits next to you copying everything you wear. We are 35+ years old medical professionals who see the same patients. The difference between us is that she comes from a rural area and wants to fit into a more sophisticated background. It's fine with me that she wants to improve herself and feel more comfortable in...Read more

How To Fire Unwanted Business Partners

Business / At Work /

Q: I am not an assertive person, but I always wanted to create and run a business. I told a close friend about my idea; she liked it and wanted to do it with me. I don't know how it came to this, but two other friends liked the idea and also wanted to be part of it, so now we have four partners. I do almost all of the work. The first friend ...Read more

How Old Is Too Old to Start Anew?

Business / At Work /

Q: I am in my mid-30s and have been a law firm paralegal for more than 10 years now. I have a bachelor's degree and a paralegal certificate, and I am thinking about going to law school. I am my sole supporter, so I am terrified about the prospect of student loans on top of the financial responsibility of paying my mortgage. I would need to get...Read more



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