coworker has appointed herself the food police

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker has appointed herself the food police February 16, 2011 A reader writes: Lately, several members of the office staff have been whispering about the disturbing exchange between two of my co-workers.

my office is obsessed with weight

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager being overweight in an office that’s obsessed with weight March 8, 2011 A reader writes: Recently, one of my co-workers quit after only a few months of employment. is my employer plotting against me?

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coworker monopolizes meetings with irrelevant topics

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker monopolizes meetings with irrelevant topics February 11, 2011 A reader writes: I have a question about how to deal with one aspect of a co-worker’s conduct that is frustrating and annoying my colleagues and me.

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To Freelance Or Not To Freelance: That Is The Question

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There is also a side-question of whether or not you are a freelance worker by choice or because there are no other choices. In addition, they had to make amends for missing Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits contributions for myself and several other misclassified workers.

what should an internal “farewell” email say?

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February 4, 2011 A reader writes: I have to send the “farewell&# mass internal e-mail to my co-workers. Posted in resigning A reader writes: I have to send the “farewell&# mass internal e-mail to my co-workers. is my employer plotting against me?

is my employer plotting against me?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager is my employer plotting against me? They haven’t said they’re upset but I know that my leaving will affect the company since it’s so small; I was a very good worker for them and they relied on me for a lot.

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employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. I had one recently that had told me one former employer would not say great things.

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answering questions from your old employer after you've moved on

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager answering questions from your old employer after you’ve moved on February 21, 2011 A reader writes: I have submitted my two weeks notice and am wondering what I should do if after I have left, if they contact me for phone support?

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should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? I, in my capacity as HR Rep and also as his co-worker, have raised this with his manager, who agrees that she knows he is a kiss-ass and a pretty inefficient manager.

2011 69

update from reader afraid her old boss would out her as.

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Remember the woman who was afraid that her old employer was going to out her as transgender to a new prospective employer? Remember the woman who was afraid that her old employer was going to out her as transgender to a new prospective employer?

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how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? — Ask a Manager

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February 2, 2011 A reader writes: What’s the best way to get across to potential employers I’m not willing to work 70 hours a week without sounding like a slacker? Unless you’re a head of state or an emergency worker of some kind, you aren’t a slacker for wanting that.

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bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics

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But here’s a story of the type of recruiter you don’t want to work with — the deceptive, slimy kind who annoys the employers they’re hoping to pitch candidates to. You don’t want the ones who are out there pissing off employers while they represent you.

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16 months after leaving job, still getting hassled by old boss

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 16 months after leaving job, still getting hassled by old boss March 2, 2011 We recently talked about how long it’s reasonable to answer questions from a past employer after you’ve left. is my employer plotting against me?

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my company does secret performance reviews we're not allowed to see

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my company does secret performance reviews that we’re not allowed to see March 21, 2011 A reader writes: My current employer performs secret yearly reviews for the 85 employees at our main location. The employer has the right to appeal.

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am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

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February 17, 2011 A reader writes: I’m a 22-year-old gay male and I recently relocated to a bigger city from a small town in hopes of finding gainful employment but so far it has not worked out. Reply Erin February 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm How do these employers know that he’s gay?

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coworkers can't see past my Russian accent — Ask a Manager

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That said, OP, it does sound like this is something that bothers you on a deeper level than just, “man, my co-workers really need some new material because the hockey jokes are old.&#

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions — Ask a.

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But during our correspondence (by email), the big boss decided to cc a co-worker on all the interactions. The co-worker came to me and stated that she wrote back about she should not be included and also added that what I was getting written up for wasn’t even factual.

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my employee is on personal calls all day long — Ask a Manager

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Nevertheless, her neighbour found her whispering of [.] "> { 18 comments… read them below or add one } Slaten January 18, 2011 at 2:10 am Yeah, go ahead and tell her that her co-worker finds her distracting. is my employer plotting against me?

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do what you say you're going to do

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how to fire an employee with a bad attitude — Ask a Manager

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I could write a book (well, maybe a booklet) filled with all the employment-related things that are legal that people think aren’t. is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? what kind of writing sample do employers want to see?

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is allowing smoke breaks unfair to non-smokers? — Ask a Manager

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Reply Susan January 10, 2011 at 10:03 am Many non-smokers won’t even address the issue for fear of sounding petty; more than likely, they’ll revolt by doing less work, or slacking off more to make up for the smoke breaks they’re not getting, or just find other employment.

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I will review your resume this week

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

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manager who's bad at numbers is panicking over budget process

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Most managers are not allowed to share budget information with subordinates or with co-workers from other departments. If I had chosen to go into HR or social work I wouldn’t expect co-workers to walk me through parts of my job which involve dealing with people issues.

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how to tackle your budget process when you're “not a math person”

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

2011 72

book review, other people's families, and mango sticky - — Ask a.

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

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does company's silence mean I didn't get the job? — Ask a Manager

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Well, they certainly wouldn’t be the first employer to never bother to get back to candidates after interviewing them. Also, I had been in situation where the employer went silent and I received an offer when their top candidate dropped off. is my employer plotting against me?

2011 74

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

2011 73

1000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence)

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

2011 70

Valentine's Day round-up

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

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am I wasting this recruiter's time? — Ask a Manager

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Trust me, she won’t be any less inclined to talk to you about it; lots of recruiters believe that the strongest candidates are already happily employed and that it’s their job to woo you away … but you’ll feel better for having been straightforward about your situation.

2011 70

resume review offer ends at midnight tonight

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3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession

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If you really hate that idea, self-employment probably is not for you. You generally must pay self-employment tax (SE tax) as well as income tax. Reply Cheryl April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am If you are self-employed, you may be eligible for a special type of retirement plan.

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

2011 69

office security guard won't leave me alone — Ask a Manager

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I think the situation of him only backing off when you have to raise your voice for other co-workers to hear, actually works in your favor. Also the fact that there is another co-worker who noticed what is going on. is my employer plotting against me?

2011 67

short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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Do employers delete emails with attachments? What does this email from an employer mean? Am I just “too old&# to see that it’s alright to come and go as you please instead of following the hours set by the employer and followed by the rest of the employees?

2011 74

Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader — Ask a.

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No good employer is going to hire you on the basis of your social media presence if you’re not also a strong candidate offline too. Since those posts come up in a google search I make sure there’s nothing over there I wouldn’t want my employer (or a future employer) to read.

where are they now: update #15 – call center misery — Ask a Manager

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My co-workers were telling me not to worry that my manager was a jerk and “just like that&# and that I wouldn’t be fired. is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? can I ask my employer to lay me off?

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will looking like a teenager harm my job search?

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My co-worker has it even worse as she is in her early 30′s, but looks younger than me. I replied “Oh yeah, well go to your room.&# :) Reply Mary Sue February 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm I’m in my early 30s and still getting mistaken for a high school student worker.

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don't send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions.

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chronic masturbation) type of blog won’t impress a potential employer, but I don’t know what employers’ general views on personal blogs are. is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

2010 66

things that aren't good ideas #78

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Reply Michelle March 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm Thumbs way down… this saddens me, especially since I tailor my cover letter and still can’t find suitable employment. No cover letter just a photo copied employment history for a resume. is my employer plotting against me?

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the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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Reply Ask a Manager January 25, 2011 at 10:27 am No, on the philosophy that employees’ private lives are private and irrelevant to their performance on the job — a philosophy I’d encourage any employer to hold. is my employer plotting against me?

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a few housekeeping notes, and a holiday present to you — Ask a Manager

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is my employer plotting against me? should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass?

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