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Workplace Q&a

Office Coach: Muster the courage, leave abusive boss

Q: The verbal abuse that I receive from my boss has been escalating for several years. About once a week, he begins shouting, cursing and banging on my desk. He starts criticizing my work, then brings up issues from my personal life.

April 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Don't put up with worker's tardiness

Q: One of my employees constantly calls at the last minute to say she will be arriving late or not coming in at all. "Ginger" also leaves early on a regular basis, so she seldom works a full eight-hour day. Although she has no health problems, her absences average about one day a week.

January 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Co-worker's romance at work presents a sensitive problem

Q: Two of my co-workers, "Jake" and "Cheryl," sit next to each other and spend a lot of time whispering and giggling. They often leave the office together and are sometimes gone for hours. Jake's wife recently told me they have separated because he is having an affair with Cheryl.

October 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Ask boss for help in gaining visibility

Q: Even though I'm a senior manager, no one outside my department seems to know I exist. Whenever people need information related to my group, they always contact my boss. Instead of referring them to me, she will either answer the question herself or go to my employees for assistance. I am …

October 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Don't be childish over tardiness issue

Q: My manager recently gave me a performance warning for coming to work late. She has started monitoring me very closely, which makes me feel like some sort of criminal. I don't think I deserve to be treated this way just because I have poor time-management skills.

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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: Language barrier puts workers on the defensive

Q: Many Hispanic people hold management positions in the government agency where I work. These managers often speak Spanish in front of employees who speak only English. This makes us very uncomfortable, since we're afraid they may be talking about us. We're not sure how to approach this, be…

August 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Office Coach: Sulky supervisor needs to pull himself together, lose negative attitude

Q: I recently promoted one of the supervisors in my department to a management position. Several of her peers also applied for the job, but I felt she was clearly the most qualified. Unfortunately, one of the unsuccessful applicants has had a hard time accepting my decision.

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