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Too Much Information

Monday, 6th October, 2014 at 5:38 PM

From her first day at our company the woman who works at the next desk acted like my new best friend. Even though it grossed me out, I pretended to listen while she shared graphic information about the men she dated, her ex-husband's psychological issues and her trials with her son...

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Pothead in Patient Care

Monday, 29th September, 2014 at 8:07 PM

 What if something happens to a patient because my co-worker was stoned?

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The Personal Compact

Monday, 29th September, 2014 at 7:39 PM

 Managers waste both money and time when they ignore the employee mind, the least understood component of employee productivity...

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Gossip Gauntlet

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 at 4:07 PM

 They pull you aside in the hallway or behind closed doors. If you’ve started a new job, you’ve probably experienced the gossip gauntlet. Before you even learn the ropes of your new job, one or two individuals pull you aside and give you the scoop on your new co-workers and supervisor...

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We Need You Here at Work

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 at 5:30 PM

In effect, she's been lying. She presented me with a physician's note stating that she suffered from Crohn's disease. Apparently, some of her past absences were so she could get medical treatment and not simply care for her son as she had told me. Can I discharge her or does this medical condition buy her time?

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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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