Q: I am a department head in charge of my own hiring. I am usually astute in choosing a person to hire, but my new assistant has a personality trait I did not detect. In the interview, she listened attentively and answered each question clearly and completely. She was bright and graduated from a good university.
We have several meetings each ...Read more
Q: I had a successful work record in accounting for 10 years prior to returning to school for an MBA. My husband had been laid off from his unimpressive job, so he convinced me to temporarily move back to his hometown in Iowa to be near his aging parents. We both looked for jobs, but there were no large companies in the area, so we both looked ...Read more
A bachelor's degree is not enough for getting a job and keeping it. The degree shows a student has the ability to study and absorb information from each class. Hopefully, the student has chosen a major, though students often change majors as they become more familiar with the field. After graduation, no one will be interviewing and testing ...Read more
The first weeks of onboarding can set the stage for a new hire to either fall in love with the job and the company or wish he or she had rejected the offer. Onboarding is the introductory period for new hires, ranging from one day to one month in a well-prepared company. This is when new hires are fully introduced to the company and the role -...Read more
Q: Our entire company has been working remote since March 15. We have resorted mostly to texting because it is much faster and more efficient than sending an email and waiting for an answer. It allows us to get work done more quickly.
Someone complained about being texted often, so management sent an email to employees asking us to use email ...Read more
The field of psychology has been accepted by businesses and has taken on various uses in the office. As emotional and behavioral problems come into play in the workplace, people can choose between psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies, which focus on patients learning about themselves to change their troubled thoughts, feelings and ...Read more
Q: I work for the smallest department ever -- we have a boss and two of us co-workers, a man and I'm a woman. The boss is a 40ish-year-old woman; we are late 20s. Our boss doesn't wear revealing or tight clothing, but she comes across as a very sexual person. She favors my male co-worker like I've never seen. Around me, she's normal and ...Read more
Q: The worst people to work with are those who refuse to learn. I just had a coworker waste 30 minutes of my time because she didn't like me texting her to get an answer on information I needed. Instead of her getting me the information, she walked into my office to ask if I had face-to-face communications problems because I always text her. I ...Read more
Q: I requested my vacation six months in advance to take two weeks off for my family reunion. We have a large immediate and extended family who all live in several states across the country, so we rarely get to see one another. We have been meeting yearly to stay connected, and it's a blast for all of us. My boss has approved it in the past ...Read more
Q: I married later, in my late 30s. I offered to support my husband with my trust fund to give him time to focus on his art. He was very good early in life, and having a typical job dulled his creativity and motivation.
Instead of my generous offer helping him, it made him lazy, and he produced next to nothing. He always had excuses for why he ...Read more
Q: I have solely run and managed a small business (a distributorship for gourmet and specialty refrigerated foods) for the last 20 years. I've never needed more than 10 employees for the office, warehouse and salesforce to cover restaurants in the local territories. I've never felt the need to expand beyond my area because I've lived comfortably...Read more
Q: I was laid off from my job, and I don't know what to do. I have no creative talents to be able to work from home. Collecting unemployment is temporary and not enough to live on. I am open to all ideas except for going to school again.
A: Remember the childhood dreams, wants and activities that excited you. Don't limit it to only the ...Read more
Q: I am a financial analyst for a large firm. I am not qualified to plan lessons and teach my first grader, but here I am, with no choice. I am working at home now during the school closure due to the coronavirus. I don't want to be a lazy parent by sitting my daughter in front of a TV or computer and having her play games. Education is ...Read more