Jealousy Consumes Manager of New Hire

Business / At Work /

Q: I was interviewed and recommended for hire by a regional manager I was to replace. He was transferred to manage another region. I am high-energy, innovative, organized and efficient in all my positions. Once I started this job, I got to work analyzing the processes in place and the types of clients the company wanted, and I began my own ...Read more

Make Previous Skills Count When Finding New Career

Business / At Work /

Q: I come from a family where all my younger brothers got jobs in the trades, as I did. I'm in my late 40s now, and with all the people I meet with college degrees, I feel like I missed out on an important part of life. I'm in a trade union, so I make good money and always get assigned to new jobs when needed, but I can't stop thinking about ...Read more

Teaching Children Means Dealing With Parents, Too

Business / At Work /

Q: I always wanted to be a teacher so I could help people, specifically children. I used to babysit when I was in high school, and the kids loved me. I came from a big family and always entertained the kids when we had family parties, so I knew working with children would be a good field for me. What I didn't realize at the time was that most ...Read more

Cause for Concern -- No Experience Necessary

Business / At Work /

Q: I have worked for a title company for about two months. I needed help with my computer because it doesn't have access to the scanner. I know an independent technician and suggested calling him in to help. My boss agreed to it. While he was here, I received a call from a lender asking for the money from a closing that occurred a month ago. I...Read more

Moving Forward After a Felony Conviction

Business / At Work /

Q: I am having a difficult time finding employment due to a felony conviction. I was a licensed chiropractor hired to work in a chiropractic practice under one condition -- that everything pertaining to ownership be put in my name. I had answered a chiropractor's ad on Craigslist. He told me he was a very religious man and he wanted to be a ...Read more

Study Questions to Ask Before an Interview

Business / At Work /

Q: I prefer working at small companies because they seem less rigid with rules and policies and the environment is more like a family. The company I work for is run by a married couple. They live like millionaires but claim to not be able to pay me more. I've been there a little more than a year. I love the job, but I find it difficult to live...Read more

Help All Employees Become Influencers

Business / At Work /

Many employees, from executives to rank and file, can strive for the lofty goal of becoming workplace influencers. But definitions of "influencer" vary, and who can say what is right? Karen McGregor, leadership and influence expert, international speaker and author of "Awakened Influence," has created a path for those who wish to fulfill the ...Read more

Boss in Midlife Crisis Hires Cute but Lazy Women

Business / At Work /

Q: Our boss/owner is in a midlife crisis and is ruining his business. His wife used to come in every day so things ran smoothly, and she kept track of things. She slowly got less involved and stopped coming in. The business had been good for about 15 years. Recently, he started hiring incompetent, inexperienced "girls" who don't deserve the jobs...Read more

Employer Goes Above and Beyond Call of Duty

Business / At Work /

Everyone in the workplace should know and understand the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, because even if a person doesn't have a disability now, no one knows what the future holds along life's journey. The ADA protects employees who work at companies with 15 or more employees. The ADA covers employees who have impairments, defined by ...Read more

Caution Required in Writing Recommendations

Business / At Work /

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

Business / At Work /

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

Business / At Work /

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

Business / At Work /

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


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