Me Thinks He Doth Protest Too Much

Business / At Work /

Q: The problem is that I do not know what I want to do when I grow up. I have been in recruiting for 17 years and feel burned out. This has caused my family situation to be challenging for me. Five years ago my wonderful wife was laid off from her job and gave birth to our second child. She took that time to find out what she wanted to do and ...Read more

Don't Blame Everything on Age Discrimination

Business / At Work /

Q: I now regret retiring at 66. I am too active and motivated for this lazy lifestyle and I need the additional income. I am single, never married, and have no children or family, so days can be boring. I have had several successful careers with two of the major car manufacturers. I am in sales and spent the majority of my time traveling. I am ...Read more

Criticism -- Keeping it Kind

Business / At Work /

Q: I am in a group of professionals of the same job title, but we work independently until the last step where our written report is reviewed with a colleague for corrections and comments. The report is then turned over to the boss.

Our work requires combined innate abilities and learned skills, which causes some of us to perform a much higher ...Read more

Repress Your Anger or Quit Now

Business / At Work /

Q: I am at an impasse about how I feel about my boss, and I am afraid I will say something I will regret and storm off the job in anger. I need this job until my passion job becomes the success and I need and want. I like my job, but my boss ruins it, not just for me, but also for all staff under her. I have never known anyone who is hated as ...Read more

The Favor That Bit Back

Business / At Work /

Q: I returned for a master's degree in a new field, requiring an unpaid internship. This seems more common these days, creating great competition to get a good one. I have a friend in the field who offered her help, so I followed all the application rules and thought she would just write a recommendation for me. I did not expect anything extra; ...Read more

Befriending Management

Business / At Work /

Q: I've always been a dedicated employee, no matter where I've worked or what my job was. I like working independently, but I also like working on a team. I have "carried" a team member when they has told me they are going through a difficult time; I do this because I want co-workers to be there for me if I happen to experience being in that ...Read more

Communication Trail Good for All

Business / At Work /

Q: My boss demands that I respond instantly to all her communications. When she wants something, she emails or texts or calls me. I like to use email, especially to make sure I don't get blamed for making a mistake that's not mine if something goes wrong. So no matter how she sends me information, I follow up all her communications with an ...Read more

Getting a Job After a Felony

Business / At Work /

Q: I was in information technology, but I committed a really stupid tech crime that tarnished my career. I had received several years of excellent reviews and a promotion with salary increases. A new boss came on board and we did not see eye to eye, so he let me go for "having a difference in philosophy."

I was angry, so from a remote ...Read more

Fears Lawyer's Review Will Anger Employer

Business / At Work /

Q: Our company, which is managed by two men in their early 30s, has experienced a major financial setback and has chosen to layoff an employee from each sales territory. Neither manager has an MBA or degree in finance or economics, so it's easy to see why they are having money management troubles. Each lay-off "victim" received a difference ...Read more

What All HR Pros Should Know

Business / At Work /

Q: I recently started an HR administrative job. I also thought that since I am entry-level, I would be trained. A more experienced co-worker was out sick and I was asked to do some of her work in her absence. One thing was to interview someone for an entry-level job. We're a very small company so maybe the HR head thought I could do this since I...Read more

Turn Around The Networking Turnoff

Business / At Work /

Q: I go to weekly networking events sponsored by a professional networking company and held at various bars and restaurants in town. It seems that after saying hi, people go into a routine speech about what they do, and then get into asking what I do. If they think I might need their services, they end with a sales pitch and want to make an ...Read more

Should Volunteer Groups Accept Everyone?

Business / At Work /

Q: I asked people at our school for volunteers to plan an event. Ten volunteered, and because I spearheaded it, I took the initiative to be the team leader. Within the team, each person had different work experience and abilities, but we were short talent in certain areas. What resulted was that some volunteered for projects that they had never ...Read more


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