Boss Gives Top Sales Leads to Men Over Women

Business / At Work /

Q: I worked as a sales representative for a nationwide company for five years. About 40% of the sales force consisted of female sales reps, yet the men were the only ones to make it into the "Achievers Club," where they made up to $300,000 compared to the females making just over $100,000. As top achievers, the men also received gifts such as ...Read more

Courage Required: Reporting an Addicted Colleague

Business / At Work /

Q: When we receive assignments, we are sent in pairs to work at the client's office, sometimes for months until the job is finished. My work partner was exceptionally nice, so all was cool. I drove us to the client because I find driving calming.

She was great at first, but I saw behavior changes as the day progressed. She was wiped out toward ...Read more

Nanny Cares More Than the Mom

Business / At Work /

Q: I work as a nanny for an agency that finds part-time to full-time jobs for us. I'm in my 20s and have had three part-time jobs so far: one at a school where I taught dance and light martial arts for young children, and two others where I took care of a couple children in each family. They were all fun jobs with great parents.

The family I ...Read more

All Ranks Too Scared to Communicate

Business / At Work /

Q: I've worked for a county department for nearly 20 years. When I interviewed, the woman who was a supervisor at the front desk told me I smelled. I was hired despite that. In my 15th year at work, I was transferred to the front desk, and that supervisor became my supervisor. We've had two skirmishes so far about that same issue. She and ...Read more

Love Triangle at Work Clouds Rational Thoughts

Business / At Work /

Q: I work at a school in Los Angeles. I have been friends with a coworker there for seven years, but we started dating 1 1/2 years ago. We met while working at another school but never worked in the same department until this school. Our offices are across the hall from each other, but I'm in the office for only half the day. No one at work ...Read more

Research Aids in Negotiating Skills

Business / At Work /

Q: I'm uncomfortable negotiating when offered a salary; I've always just accepted it. I have good work experience, and I graduated from a good university, but through casual conversations, I know men with lesser backgrounds and fewer abilities who are making more than I am. Most guys don't seem to have the apprehension women have in negotiating....Read more

The 'Be Nice' Corporate Culture Failure

Business / At Work /

Q: I worked in field sales for a large company and worked on my MBA simultaneously. My life was exciting in New York City, but when I finished my degree, I was offered an unbeatable job in California. It's quite a feat to uproot your life to move across country, but the money and opportunity was too great to refuse. My friends told me not to ...Read more

Can a Dream Job Turn Into a Nightmare?

Business / At Work /

Q: I began a new job several months ago. I want the type of company to remain confidential, but I have always liked working for small companies with a family environment. This job was my dream job, and I was excited to leave the job I had. My new bosses were kind, welcoming and helpful.

Recently, I have been given additional duties in which I...Read more

Choose Majors Wisely: Some Jobs Require Graduate Degrees

Business / At Work /

Q: I've just finished my bachelor's degree, and the only thing on my mind is getting a job. My best friend has been casual about it because she's considering continuing on for her master's degree. My parents can't pay for my school, so I took out a student loan to get through. I'd like to continue on to graduate school but thought I should first...Read more

Will Artificial Intelligence Replace All Employees?

Business / At Work /

Q: Articles on artificial intelligence make me wonder if all positions can be replaced. I believe medical science has gone too far in saving those who no longer have any quality of life, so now I worry that artificial intelligence may go too far. Will employees in the field of artificial intelligence be the only ones whose jobs are safe?

A: ...Read more

Millennials Are the Best, Treat Them as Such

Business / At Work /

Employers of all sizes seem a bit lost as to how to hire, manage and keep millennials (born 1980-1996) from bailing after they've stayed a couple years in their jobs. After all, their parents (the baby boomers) stuck it out for a lifetime whether they liked the job or not. They left only when the salary offered a better lifestyle, where they ...Read more

Undermanagement Causes Financial Chaos

Business / At Work /

Q: I have a bachelor's degree in business administration, but I accepted a financial job that didn't require a degree at a pension management company. My boss, who was not a certified public accountant, had never reviewed the work of the woman I replaced. I began reviewing all her work and discovered problems in every area. She had never ...Read more


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