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Caution Required in Writing Recommendations

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Q: A colleague asked me for a letter of recommendation. I know the person through my job, but I don't know the quality of work or the details of what he/she does. Because of my lack of knowledge and direct experience working with him/her, I don't feel comfortable writing one. I said I would but haven't gotten around to it, and he/she has asked ...Read more

4 Winning Rules for Work and Life

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Q: I've always worked hard through high school, college and at work. I've asked for help when I needed it, but I was the one who did the work. I work in a large, busy office. One person has recently seemed much busier than normal, so I walked by her desk several times to see what she was working on. The work was not for work at all.

She was ...Read more

Workplace and Public Life Are Now The Same

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Q: I worked for a church that seemed to have a fun, relaxed environment. Employees in our office used to kid a lot, and it was never frowned on. All of us in our office periodically joked that if we were of the same religion as members of their church, they would treat us better. Everyone always laughed because in the context of our ...Read more

Growth Is Stunted When 'Loonshots' Are Shot Down

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Q: My stepdaughter is a scientist working to gain a reputation in a competitive field that monitors a diminishing resource. Part of her job is to present her findings to various stakeholders. Occasionally, when giving a presentation of her findings, her credibility is attacked by colleagues or by people whose jobs are limited by her findings. ...Read more

Mirror, Mirror -- Will the Fairest Beauty Get the Job?

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Have you ever combed your hair and checked your makeup before going into a job interview? Look closely, because you are not the only one concerned with your appearance. Attractiveness has been shown to make a difference in whether you're hired and promoted, according to various studies throughout the years. Women are the greatest recipients of...Read more

Faulty Logic Is No Way To Win an Argument

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Q: I requested vacation time, which was approved, so I purchased nonrefundable airline tickets and made hotel reservations. A month before the vacation, the company was cutting back and I was let go. It seems to me that either my boss or his boss would have known of the workforce reduction when I made my request and should have denied my ...Read more

What Makes a Complaint Vindictive?

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Q: I work in a small laboratory on a team with several others, who have all been here for years. Our supervisor retires in six months. His strengths are his ability to repair our equipment, management of his own paperwork and purchasing his supplies.

His weaknesses are that he micromanages the staff. When he is on vacation, the acting ...Read more

When an Interviewer Is Unprofessional

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Q: I was excited for an upcoming interview; it was the perfect job, and I had many years of experience in the field. But the minute the interviewer entered the room, I knew it would be a no-go. She behaved like an unprepared child, though she introduced herself as having 10 years of experience in the workplace. Yeah, but as what? She had ...Read more

Falling in Love at Work Offers Its Own Lesson

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Q: I have fallen in love with one of my co-workers. When I started working at the company, Tom (not his real name) and I got along well. We took breaks together and texted each other periodically throughout the day. He made me laugh, and we related to each other. The day I realized I was in love with him was when his girlfriend came to the ...Read more

Who's To Blame For Ill-Advised Career Choices?

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Q: I feel sad for the recent college graduate who is now realizing her bachelor's degree in psychology isn't enough to gain substantial employment in the field.

Where were her high school's college counselors when she was choosing her major? Why didn't they tell her she would need a graduate degree to work as a counselor in the field? Why ...Read more

Is Co-Worker's Warning Helpful or Harmful?

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Q: I work in the very competitive entertainment industry. Competition is expected, but dishonesty also prevails. I am aware of that, but a co-worker keeps warning me to protect everything I do to the point of hiding and locking up everything on my desk. One of his co-workers stole ideas from him -- actually sifted through his papers when he ...Read more

Use Your Skills to Be Your Own Boss

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Q: I signed on with a tutoring agency that sends tutors to children's schools or homes, often with the government picking up the tab. I'm happy with the tutoring fee amount, but the owner/manager is the most unprofessional business owner ever.

I was told to come in for a one-hour training session (I am already a teacher and need no training),...Read more

Prepare Yourself for Illegal Tactics

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Q: I question our new manager's ethics. She has been on the job at our senior complex for only several months now. My lease expires Sept. 30, and I received a letter two months ago alerting me to make an appointment to renew my lease for the coming year. My rent has gone up every year, and this increase is the highest ever. But what worries me...Read more

 

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