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Loaded Pistol

Monday, 15th December, 2014 at 6:20 PM

When he has something important to tell me, we go out for a smoke and take a walk around the parking lot. On a walk last week, he told me he dreams of killing the man who manages our office. When he could tell he’d made me nervous, he told me he was just joking. That afternoon, he texted me that he counted on me never to betray him...

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Fired for Refusing to Join a Pyramid Scheme

Wednesday, 10th December, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Recently, the company owner decided to bring in a nutrition product and told all of us that we had to sell it. It was network marketed via a pyramid scheme. I researched it and didn’t like what I saw, nor did I like that the owner was trying to use the other employees and I for his personal benefit...

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Can I Trust an Employee to Manage our Facebook Page?

Monday, 8th December, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I sat down with Stan and asked him to show me what he’d created thus far. We wound up arguing. Stan angrily told me if I want to create a boring page that never grabbed attention, I picked the wrong employee...

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Mean Girls in the Workplace

Thursday, 4th December, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I was prepared to like Stevie; she was pretty and seemed smart and classy...Stevie didn’t waste any time telling me I wasn’t the applicant she would have hired. I pretended what Stevie said didn’t get to me, but it did...when I had a question for where to find something on the server, Stevie told me I’ll learn it best if I “explore.” She does, however, act as my personal fashion police with daily insults concerning my makeup or what I’m wearing...

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Company Christmas Party?

Monday, 1st December, 2014 at 8:02 PM

It’s not that it isn’t nice on the part of my employer, it’s that I have shopping, wrapping and Christmas decorating to do and a lot of other parties I’d rather attend than one with people I interact with every day. Worse, I pay a heavy price for dragging my husband out to socialize with people he has nothing in common with...

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Solutions, by Dr. Lynne Curry, is now available!

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 at 12:06 AM

"Whether you are an employee or an employer, this book will resonate. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have already been exposed to many of these problems that cause conflicts at work, resulting in stress and lost productivity, and negatively affecting health and happiness..."

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Asking for a Raise

Monday, 17th November, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Is there a way to ask for a raise without really asking?

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Advice for a Nonprofit Recovering From Embezzlement

Monday, 17th November, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I was recently recruited onto the board of a small, struggling nonprofit. The situation scares me, in large part because my fellow board members want to hide their heads in the sand...

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Your Bully Stories Welcomed

Tuesday, 11th November, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Lynne is in final negotiations with a publisher for her upcoming book on Workplace Bullies.

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The ShapeShifter: the Workplace Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde

Monday, 10th November, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Two months ago, our board hired an operations manager...the other partners and I have been pleased with the OM. She’s experienced in operational areas and is charming, dynamic and charismatic...as expected, we had several resignations in the first month...last week, a senior manager turned in his resignation...he described the OM as ruthless and demeaning and warned us to expect more resignations. Where do we go from here?  

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