Nasty Meetings Are Killing The Job

Business / At Work /

Q: I'm a department head at a medium-sized but lucrative business. The work is exciting, challenging and important. The drawback is the environment. The owners micromanage to the point of creating a stressful, unnecessarily competitive and confrontational atmosphere. Instead of cooperation where everyone works together for the good of the ...Read more

Tossing It All Away: New Job, New Path, New Life

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a registered dietician and health consultant who created a healthy dessert company. I sampled out the desserts and received great feedback on each item, rented a commercial kitchen, and found a packaging company so I could sell them as snacks in small food shops and restaurants. The restaurant industry is a tightly knit group in this ...Read more

Keeping Or Getting A Job

Business / At Work /

Q: After 20 years of "excellent" performance reviews at the same company, I was laid off. Six months before that day, my boss wrote me up for being incompetent; then he said I didn't work well with my team; then he said there was no longer enough work so he had to let me go. Guess what followed? He called me the next Monday to ask me to work as ...Read more

Is Freelance Or Regular Pay Better?

Business / At Work /

Q: I work as a full-time employee for the company owner, who is my direct boss.

He has asked me to work on a project outside my job description and he offered to pay me as a freelancer in lieu of giving me a raise. He also told me I could do the freelance work during my regular work hours. My gut feeling is that it's a bad idea. How should I ...Read more

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


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