Sat.Dec 19, 2020 - Fri.Dec 25, 2020

Age is Just a Number: Don’t Let it Hold You Back!

Ms. Career Girl

Age is just a number and we should never use it to define who we are. Unfortunately, we do. We are victims of society’s bias about aging; a society that tells us that our age determines our competence, our stamina, our ability to learn new things, our marketability, our self-worth.

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How You Can Use Envy to Help You Succeed

Evil HR Lady

Envy is bad. It’s one of the seven deadly sins, along with its pals pride, greed, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth. It’s super destructive if you just focus on what other people have. But Amy Alkon flipped that on its head with her article in Psychology Today, The Power of Positive Envy.

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Merry Christmas

Sklover Working Wisdom

To all our Readers, Friends and Colleagues, regardless of faith: Our Best Wishes to You and Your Family for a Very Merry Christmas. If you can’t see the photo above, please [ Click Here ].

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How to Design the Total Employee Journey

The Undercover Recruiter

At packaging solutions company Sonoco, employer brand management is tackling the “total employee journey,” from candidate to alum.

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Domestic Violence: Walking Out of The Darkness

Ms. Career Girl

You are walking down the street and notice a woman walking beside you. She is holding a little girl’s hand who can’t be a day older than four. The girl yammers away, talking about fruit loops and art class, asking her mother why they are in such a hurry.

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FFCRA and PPP Extended: Congress Agrees to a New $900 Billion deal

Evil HR Lady

With 2020 almost over, HR and business leaders alike have been more worried about what would happen to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA). Congress finally came through and passed a $900 billion stimulus package on Sunday night.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

“The more closely you identify with a team, the more likely you’ll blame its loss on the referee.” ” – Unknown. If you can’t see the photo above, please [ Click Here ]. Since ancient times, humans have banded together as teams, clans, tribes, groups – call them what you wish.

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Standing Out Digitally: Meaning Wins Out Over More

Ms. Career Girl

Across the world, people no longer want MORE. Instead, they want meaning. There is a deep need to make real connections to real people. The way to stand out digitally is to stand for your passion and your purpose.

2020 144

?? Why Holiday Job Searches Lead To The Best Presents

JobMob

7 reasons to job search during the holiday season. Photo by Simona Sergi. This is a guest post by Dave Thomas. Could finding a job actually be easier during the holiday season? While the holidays are a very busy time of year for most people, the time period can also be great for landing a job.

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How to tell if your friends have Aspergers. The Christmas card edition

Penelope Trunk

Let’s time travel back to the pre-Internet days of 1975. Long-distance phone calls were $1 per minute, so people received most of their communications via US mail, and Christmas cards were so important that the average number of families on a list was 300.

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Burnout: 1000 Paper Cuts

David Zinger

For many, 2020 has been a year of 1000 paper cuts. Rather than one big event resulting in a dramatic case of spontaneous combustion it has been the one thousand paper cuts shredding our optimism, cutting away at our self-efficacy, and dicing our energy into exhaustion.

2020 52

interviewer asked what I’d do with a live elephant, coworker doesn’t think I should take vacation, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions, plus a bonus. Here we go…. Interviewer asked what I’d do with a live elephant in the parking lot. I had an interview today that involved a very odd question: What would I do if a client dropped off a live elephant in our parking lot?

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Underrated career tools: Reddit, rants, and letters to your mom

Penelope Trunk

My son supposedly writes a story every day. We didn’t start this way. We started when he was supposed to write essays to practice for the European AP history test and instead, he wrote essays about how the topic is inherently racist and imperialist and we probably need another French Revolution.

2020 52

Mindful Noticing: A Pathway to both Liking and Engagement

David Zinger

A simple, yet very powerful, employee noticing practice. Your mindfulness is expanded when you take time to notice new things or see old things in new ways. Ellen J.

2020 52

the hostage videos, the barfing owl, and other holiday gift debacles

Ask a Manager

Earlier this month, I asked you to share the worst and weirdest office holiday gift debacles you’ve seen. Here are eight of my favorites. Not all are safe for work!).

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my favorite posts of 2020

Ask a Manager

Here are my favorite posts of 2020, in no particular order: 1. I messed up at work and I’m so ashamed. Because so many people deal with this, and fixing it can bring you so much peace. Update: my coworker is blackmailing me not to take time off for my honeymoon. Because this was epic.

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update: my coworkers complained that the look of my breasts post-mastectomy is making them uncomfortable

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose coworkers complained that the look of her breasts after her mastectomy was making them uncomfortable ?

2020 40

update: my employee asked for a 170% raise

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose employee asked for a 170% raise ? Here’s the update. Thank you (and everyone who commented) for your advice!

2020 39

another person got their dog

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past.

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is it unprofessional to have an email address with 69 in it?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: HR recently shared an applicant’s email address with me (think “firstname.nickname_69@yahoo.com”) and when I saw it, I chuckled a bit and thought it must be someone quite young and immature. HR saw my reaction and told me that he included a note mentioning that he was born in 1969, and that is the reason for number in his email address. I have to admit, my immediate thought was WHY?

2020 37

I got in trouble for not going to the holiday party, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. HR chastised me for not going to the holiday party. Last week we had our company Zoom holiday party and I took a vacation day that day partially due to my boss’s recommendation to use up vacation days before the end of the year.

2020 36

update: my coworker thinks I insulted adoptive parents

Ask a Manager

We have so many updates this year that I’m going to be posting six to seven times a day this week — so keep checking back throughout the entire day. It’s “where are you now?”

2020 36

update: I’m stuck in endless interviews with a company that can’t make up its mind

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer who was stuck in endless interviews with a company that couldn’t make up its mind ?

2020 35

it’s your Friday good news

Ask a Manager

It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time. I’ve worked for my organization for about 15 years, and have moved up from a part-time nights-and-weekends role into a fairly senior staff position.

2020 34

updates: coworkers constantly complain about people with kids, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. My child-free coworkers constantly complain about people with children (first update here ).

2020 34

the wrong Santa, the mushroom casserole, and other stories of office holiday mayhem

Ask a Manager

Earlier this month, I asked you to share your funniest office holiday stories. Here are 10 of my favorites. The coal. I worked in a mess of a frat party type workplace. The Christmas Eve midnight shift was just us two interns, and a big boss. Myself and the other intern were working in the warehouse and Big Boss was holding down the main office. The other intern was “secretly” dating the big boss (but told me, so I assume she also told everyone else).

2020 33

update: fielding a job offer when you might be facing a serious health diagnosis

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Back in 2015, I printed a letter from someone who had learned she might have cancer.

2020 34

the law requiring paid sick leave for Covid ends next week — and won’t be extended

Ask a Manager

Remember that new law Congress passed in March requiring paid sick leave for workers with Covid or suspected Covid, as well as paid family leave to care for someone with Covid or suspected Covid? That’s ending. In nine days. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) only applied to employers with fewer than 500 employees and some public agencies, but it was a big deal — and it was only set to last through December 31, 2020.

2020 33

update: my boss wants to give me his kidney — but I don’t want it

Ask a Manager

Remember the letter-writer whose boss was pressuring her to take his kidney for the kidney transplant she needs? The first update was here , second was here , and here’s the latest. I’m the kidney transplant OP and I just wanted to do a short update! I am a couple years out now and super healthy!

2020 32

updates: the treats, the fake tooth, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. Should I stop bringing in treats for my team ? I learned a lot from your response.

2020 32

update: coworkers are bringing kids to work but keeping it a secret from our boss

Ask a Manager

We have so many updates this year that I’m going to be posting six to seven times a day this week — so keep checking back throughout the entire day. It’s “where are you now?”

2020 31

update: do I have any chance of fixing my dysfunctional job?

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer who wanted to know if she had any chance of fixing her dysfunctional job ? Here’s the update.

2020 31

company tried to change job offer after I accepted, forwarding a contact’s terrible resume, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. Company made me a job offer, then tried to lower the salary. I recently accepted a new job offer, or at least I thought I did.

2020 30

update: my husband is my boss — and we’re getting divorced

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose husband was her boss — and they were getting divorced ? Here’s the update.

2020 29

updates: boss assumes we’re slacking off when we work from home, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. My boss assumes we’re slacking off when we work from home. Phil got worse. During the first week of May, Phil ordered everyone to come back to the office full-time, no more WFH whatsoever.

2020 30

update: my abusive former boss is still contacting me to berate me, months after I left

Ask a Manager

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose abusive former boss was still contacting her to berate her, months after she left ? Here’s the update.

2020 30

weekend open thread – December 19-20, 2020

Ask a Manager

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Hench , by Natalie Zina Walschots. Jennifer at Captain Awkward recommended this, and I loved it.

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