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Getting Along At Work

Your Office Coach: Poor safety record can hurt job search

Q: I was recently fired for a safety violation because I failed to turn off a circuit breaker when making some repairs. I knew better than to make such a stupid mistake, but I just wasn’t paying attention. I received a similar warning several years ago, plus a few small talks about safety pr…

May 14, 2014 1:39 pmLoading…

Office Coach: Ignoring silly custom causes hurt feelings

Q: I share an office with "Megan," who always says "bless you" when I sneeze. I think this is a silly habit, so when she sneezes, I say nothing. Recently, Megan scolded me for being rude when I failed to bless one of her sneezes. What's the best way to handle this?

July 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Don't play colleague's silly 'superiority game'

Q: I have an older co-worker who constantly tries to prove that he's smarter than I am. "Tom" never went to college, while I have an advanced degree. Although I never mention my education, he brings it up all the time.

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: 'Basket case' must restrain emotions or face dismissal

Q: I recently hired an employee who appears to be a high-strung basket case. "Shannon" is experienced and intelligent, but working with her is almost unbearably exhausting. Every phone call lasts at least an hour, and most of our face-to-face meetings end in tears. Her lengthy emails are all…

June 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Don't waste time seeking tattletale

Q: I recently made the mistake of including an inappropriate person on a group email. Someone tattled about this to my boss, who sternly warned me to never do it again. I'm not sure who the tattletale was, but I suspect three people. Two of the suspects are my co-workers, and the third is a …

June 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Complaining about jerk potentially may backfire

Q: Half the employees in our department are young people in their 20s, while the rest of us are over 40. The younger folks are definitely a different breed. Their ringleader, "Mike," is rude, arrogant and disrespectful. He likes to order people around and create unnecessary drama. In staff m…

June 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Boss must keep whistleblowers' identity secret

Q: Whenever my employees have a complaint about a co-worker, they ask me to handle the problem without mentioning their name. If the issue is trivial, I tell them to talk with the other party directly, but sometimes there are policy matters that I need to address.

May 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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