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Office Coach: Carefully deflect sales pitch from boss

Q: The head of our department has been pressuring employees to purchase products from her husband, who recently began selling diet supplements through a multilevel marketing company. When I was invited to a "party" at their home to hear a sales pitch, I politely declined. But she still keeps…

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Office Coach: Wife's employer gets to decide if there's a conflict of interest

Q: My wife's boss has accused me of a conflict of interest. I am a self-employed notary public, and my wife is a bank loan officer. For years I have been notarizing signatures on her loan documents. To be clear, I do not notarize her signature, only those of the borrowers.

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Office Coach: Company doesn't care if some workers slack off

Q: I work in a small company where the owners refuse to do anything about incompetent employees. As a department head, I am not allowed to confront poor performers because the top executives, who are all family members, say they "don't want to rock the boat."

January 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Discovery of indiscretion makes for an office enemy

Q: About a year ago, while working an evening shift, I accidentally walked in on the CEO's secretary in a compromising position with one of the vice presidents. From then on, this secretary did everything possible to make my life miserable, even though I never mentioned the incident to anyon…

December 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Provide clear guidance on appropriate dress

Q: One of my employees frequently wears clothing that is too small and too tight. Although we have a written dress code, "Rachel" has apparently decided to ignore it. Customers and co-workers have commented on the amount of skin and cleavage she displays.

October 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Consider carefully before filing discrimination case

Q: I am trying to decide whether I should file a discrimination charge against my employer. For the past year, I have had a temporary job as a counselor with an employee assistance program. When a permanent position became available, my supervisor encouraged me to apply, praising my counseli…

September 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Leadership skills are as important as this manager's technical savvy

Q: I supervise three technicians in a busy medical clinic. These employees recently complained to management that I belittle them, show them no respect, and occasionally cause them to leave work in tears. I was told that they greatly admire my clinical skills, but find me to be intimidating.

June 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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