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  • Marie McIntyre Mcclatchy-tribune

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…

  • Marie McIntyre Mcclatchy-tribune

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 di…

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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 …

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Q: I was recently hired as the executive assistant to a company president. On my second day, he gave me a project to do, then took off the aft…

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Q: My husband and I own a business that has seen some difficult economic times. For the past two years, we have had to reduce staff and cut sa…

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Q: Our department's physical layout has created a lot of problems. My employees work in a completely open area without cubicles or dividers. T…

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Q: What can I do about a co-worker who has decided he doesn't like me? For the last two years, "Matt" has been disdainful and dismissive whene…

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Q: I believe my employer is taking advantage of me. This company hired me to do telephone sales as an independent contractor, which means that…

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Q: After being promoted to a deputy director position in my agency, I initially felt excited and grateful. However, I have now become disillus…

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Q: After working at an amusement park for three years, I am hoping for a promotion to supervisor. My last attempt, however, was a fiasco. When…

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Q: Our boss's wife was recently given a position in our department. She now works two levels below her husband, "Rick," who is the head of ope…

  • Marie McIntyre Mcclatchy-tribune

After receiving a complaint about female co-workers who wore revealing outfits, I asked readers to share their views on professional office dr…

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Q: Since becoming the office manager for a large medical practice, I have received numerous complaints about one member of my staff. Several p…

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Q: I was recently told by both my boss and human resources that people have been complaining about me. My co-workers say I act superior and tr…

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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 con…

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Q: My supervisor is an extremely poor manager. Despite 20 years of military experience, he appears to be incapable of coordinating activities …

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Q: One of my co-workers, "Andrea," was recently promoted to a higher-level position. I applied for the same job but was never even interviewed…

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Q: I'm afraid that I might be fired from my first professional job. Four months ago, after finishing law school, I was hired by a very large f…

  • Marie McIntyre Mcclatchy-tribune

Q: Many Hispanic people hold management positions in the government agency where I work. These managers often speak Spanish in front of employ…

  • Marie McIntyre Mcclatchy-tribune

A recent letter from a woman who was stressed out by her co-worker's bodily noises generated quite a reaction from readers. Here are some of t…