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. Co-worker A is 20-something, tall and very thin. Co-worker B is 50-something, short and…well…not so thin. Co-worker A is constantly scrutinizing everything that B consumes throughout the day.

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. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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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. She felt like our boss treated her differently than everyone else because of her appearance, including double standards such as allowing slender co-workers to wear sleeveless tops, but reprimanding the overweight woman for doing so.

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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. A former co-worker had decided to strike out on his own. Although I have never had a co-worker leave and send a scathing email on their way out – I would find that very amusing.

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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. This sidebar, however, comes with a very real caveat, which is to say that employers have found out the benefits of forcing their workers to accept freelance contracts, which takes away serious financial and human service obligations associated with hiring employees. And through all this, not one of my co-workers agreed with the decision handed down in court.

Is Penelope Trunk Feeding Gen Y “Career Crack”?

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You have to remain in a job for a period of time to establish yourself with your company and with your co-workers in order for a relationship to build. Would Penelope call in a favor from a company or co-worker she left stranded after forcing them through the expense of hiring her and then having her leave?? I feel that our generation views “moonlighting&# or having a side venture (whether paid or not) as normal. Career Girl Marketing to Gen Y Women.

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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.&# Reply Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm I’m from the UK, and every Independence Day, I hear jokes about how much better the Americans are than the British -from co-workers and friends alike.

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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. Reply Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 10:22 am AAM didn’t say anything about shifting the blame to the co-worker, just telling her the conversations are disruptive. If I were the co-worker, I’d lean over and make it clear I was listening.

2011 53

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

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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. But his manager believs that he does have a can do attitude, and will get things done — only thing is, we as co-workers know he won’t, because he can’t multitask and only gets things done for those who he needs to kiss ass to.

2011 53

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

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If I did take smoke breaks and the breakfast-eaters/chatty cathys got an extra day off a month it could lead to everyone monitoring their co-workers use of time and I’m not sure that would be good for morale. So when my co-workers are spending hours waiting to for a return call to determine who the appropriate contact person is to have this or that done, I’m chatting with Steve from IT and have most of the answers in minutes.

2011 71

do what you say you're going to do

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 68

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

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Of course all adults are responsible for their own behavior – but if someone is routinely overtaxed (picking up slack for lower performing co-workers for example) or has been putting in particularly long hours it can be hard to maintain a sunny disposition. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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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. When this mess is cleaned up, you might want to visit your doctor and see if she can recommend anything to help you (whether that’s medication, a therapist/social worker, or something else). 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.

2011 56

yes, you really should write a better cover letter

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

how to stand out at a job fair

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

I will review your resume this week

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2011 61

the 10 interview questions you're most likely to be asked — Ask a.

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 61

10 mistakes you're making on your resume

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2011 59

bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics

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Reply Natalie February 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm Just chiming in – three of my co-workers were hired through a staffing agency. Another co-worker was mostly happy with his current job but had no room for advancement. What this typically means is that one or more of your co-workers is (or was) job searching, and has given your name to the headhunter as a potential good contact to have in case of other openings.

2011 57

is my employer plotting against me?

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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. etc” I do agree with AAM about giving your co-workers a heads up, somehow/at some point. Reply Slaten March 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm Yes, they can fire him/her… Not that that should stop him/her from talking to co-workers.

2011 56

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. I defended many employees of mine from verbally abusive customers and from bad situations with their co-workers. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job.

2011 51

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

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 56

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

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 56

should you include a short-term job on your resume?

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 56

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

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You can also try to talk to the person who held the position previously and/or your would-be co-workers and get their take on this, but I’m a big fan of asking directly when something like this matters a lot. Unless you’re a head of state or an emergency worker of some kind, you aren’t a slacker for wanting that. Management may not notice, but trust me, co-workers do.

2011 61

something cool and free for you

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2011 56

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

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 57

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

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2011 54

Valentine's Day round-up

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2011 54

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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Sometimes it may feel like you are the only one that is doing anything while your co-workers are sitting around doing nothing but who cares – keep working hard and it will pay off for your self-esteem and people do and will notice. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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

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It’s nice to be able to discuss workplace issues with an openness that is inherently impossible with most co-workers…which is always more difficult since it’s filtered through the lens of office politics and CYA. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 58

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. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest?

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want your resume reviewed by an expert (free)?

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 53

short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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That happened one time at this job one of my co-workers had to look at the clock and say something like “oh we were wondering where you were.&# I’ve noticed ever since then when I come in, which typically is 15 minutes early, that co-worker has to look up at the clock. At my current job, most of the office workers have flexibility. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job.

2011 57

referring a friend for a job? not so fast… — Ask a Manager

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 53

when a social contact invites you to send a resume

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 52

when's the right time to ask for a raise?

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 51

short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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Because my department is very small, I really risk my complaints getting back to one of my other co-workers, deeply hurting them, and damaging my reputation. I have started to not say anything when my co-workers complain to me and just nod along. Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

2011 55

things that aren't good ideas #78

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Connect on Facebook how to manage a hard worker whos dropping balls Social media CAN get you a job. my boss gives in to my co-workers temper tantrums short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to short questions cleaning the office microwave: hidden duties when job-searching if my wife works for a competitor, is that a conflict of interest? update about the coworker moonlighting as a hooker is a contract position worth the risk?

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