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I got chastised for taking initiative, coworker secretly plans to quit after maternity leave, and more

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I know my coworker secretly plans to quit after her maternity leave. We have a temp coming in to transition her work during her leave from June to October. I think taking months of maternity leave pay and benefits, knowing you are going to quit shortly thereafter (within 2 months), is robbery and a truly bad thing to do. That said, even if you told HR, they can’t deny her the ability to use her leave, so her plan will go forward anyway.

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

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January 6, 2011 A reader writes: How do I determine where the line is between enforcing policy and being a jerk? Example: my workplace (a restaurant) has no policy for smoke breaks. However, you also want to make sure that it makes sense to have that policy in the first place.

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employee can’t afford our team lunches, a frequently pregnant senior leadership team, and more

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This is unlikely to happen and even if it did, it would take at least a year to change the policy. And while it’s easy to think that at his salary level, he should see it as a cost of having a job similar to having to buy, say, a business suit, ultimately you just can’t know what someone else’s financial situation is. The board has tried multiple times to put systems in place to prevent crises during maternity leaves, but we aren’t getting anywhere.

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client accidentally said rude things about my team in a voicemail, what happened to thank-you notes, and more

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I’m kind of confused about a new policy at work and was hoping to get some perspective. My work (a large specialty teapot maker owned by an even larger general teapot maker) informally rolled out a new badge policy with promises of a full explanation of the changes to come. The new policy is we all must wear our badges on a lanyard around our necks, which is fine, but permanent hired staff and contracted/temp staff have different lanyards.

manager ordered me to get along with a coworker, handling work when a family member is on trial, and more

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He put me on something else for the rest of the day, but as I was leaving informed me i could “deal with it or quit.” The way you describe the conflict, it sounds two-sided — in which case it’s not unreasonable for your boss to tell you to find a way to get along if you want to stay in your job. But my gut is telling me, they’ll be like the people who’ve already turned their backs on me and brush me off as someone incapable of the job at hand.

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job candidate talked non-stop, expecting an employee to pick up lunch for others, and more

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Our strongest job candidate talked non-stop. In six months, I’m going on maternity leave, and then am transitioning to a completely different part-time position. For reference, this is a job that typically takes 6-12 months of training to be self-sufficient. We hire exclusively through a temp agency (long story – I’ve been fighting against it for months), so we are unable to check references or do a lot of extensive digging.

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short answer Saturday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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It was my first job out of college and I was feeling really tied down and restless and wanted to try a new environment, so I switched from a consulting firm to working in an internal corporate role. I’m basically miserable at my new job. I liked my old job better and feel like I had a little quarter-life crisis and case of the grass is greener. I left a temp job about 6 months ago. I recently applied for an admin job at a college.

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mother bought me plane tickets without asking me if I could get.

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Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months. I am scared of my boss on a good day and terrified I will lose my job for asking for this much time off so early in my employment. Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months.

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short answer Sunday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

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I suspect that they have no idea what they hoped to accomplish with it, or how it would help them evaluate you for the job, and instead they’re just throwing out random questions because they don’t really know how to interview. Is 8 months long enough to stay at a first job?

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