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Workplace Coach Questions

Monday, 9th December, 2013 at 5:17 PM

This is where our Workplace Coaches answer your submitted questions and provide sound solutions with solid information.

Question: Life Insurance Continued...

They are still deducting the same amount from my paychecks for life insurance. Can I request a certificate of insurance which may state the value?



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Cowboy Project Manager

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 at 6:14 PM

One of our company's most productive project managers suffers from arrogance and a terminal lack of consideration that has survived three employer-mandated sensitivity training courses... 

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Don't Promote Trouble

Thursday, 11th September, 2014 at 8:15 PM

 I’ve worked three years for our branch, first as a salesperson and then as the sales manager. When I started to burn out on sales, I told our company’s CEO I wanted to move into operations and he said he’d move me up as soon as he could.

Last week, our branch manager unexpectedly resigned and I got the promotion. I need to decide who to hire or promote into my place as sales manager. “Anne” is the logical choice.

She’s our highest-producing sales agent and a true go-getter. However, she’s also high maintenance and cutthroat. She pushes...

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Those of Us Left Behind

Tuesday, 26th August, 2014 at 8:03 PM

 Is there any hope for those of us who work for a long-term bully? Mr. Bully runs our branch office and, one by one, he's gotten rid of anyone who takes him on or questions his dictatorship. But because our office employs many talented, productive employees, we produce great results and the corporate headquarters thinks he walks on water.

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Target on My Back

Tuesday, 12th August, 2014 at 10:48 PM

  I’m the only male employee in a large oil patch company’s accounting department. Although I have a ten year history of positive performance reviews and a generally good relationship with prior supervisors, I’ve always had a testy relationship with a coworker. When our former supervisor resigned four months ago, she was stepped up to acting supervisor and officially given the title a month later.

Since she took over our department, I’ve had a target on my back...

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Tuesday, 29th July, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I handle marketing for a large engineering company. Our owners are engineers and not managers. As a result, no one runs things when people problems occur.

To produce proposals, I need to coordinate with two individuals, a department manager and a project manager. Both are bullies and have made my work life a living hell for three years.

When I ask them for materials or concepts for the proposals, they refuse to answer my emails or meet with me, saying they’re too busy.

When I visit their offices to ask them questions, they scream at me that I’ve been around long enough to know the answers...

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Do I need my attorney?

Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 at 10:15 PM

 I've worked for my company for 15 years and have made millions of dollars for my company. Senior managers who've formerly told me they know my word is my bond are now letting my reputation be smeared.

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Loose Cannon

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014 at 10:15 PM

  I supervise a man who's a creative idea guy, exactly what we need in our organization -- except he drives the rest of us nuts. He sits in staff meetings making brash comments and poking fun at others' ideas. When I make him stop, he obeys but sits mute, which is as irritating as his comments.

The rest of us depend on him for his part of projects. Although he turns out an amazing amount of work if motivated, he operates according to his own timeframe, often leaving others hanging. If the project doesn't "grab" him, he simply doesn't care.

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Supervisor is Gunning for Me

Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 at 4:03 PM

 My supervisor is gunning for me.

When I got my job, it was not with his blessing. He wanted a friend of his hired but was out of town when HR called with the hire offer. His friend apparently turned down the salary, thinking he was a shoo-in for the job and could negotiate a higher wage. His attitude ticked off the HR manager, who called me, the No. 2 choice.

I immediately accepted, excitedly taking the job. I didn't know there'd be a problem or why my supervisor flipped out when he learned I'd been hired.

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The Last Bully in My Life: How Not to Stay a Bully’s Target

Thursday, 26th June, 2014 at 5:49 PM

 My work life is a living hell. I resigned this morning and am taking the rest of the summer off to heal.
For the last six months, I've dreaded coming to work. It started when "Bill" joined our company. Everyone liked his sense of humor. At first, I did too, but then he turned it on me, mocking everything I said.
I tried ignoring Bill because I didn't want to appear defensive, especially as his comments made everyone else laugh, but his barbs got more and more pointed.

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