Wednesday, 18th December, 2013 at 10:31 PM
The office manager just asked me for $20 for "my share" of the company party...
Monday, 16th December, 2013 at 6:35 PM
You are at the office holiday party and there is lots of booze around – I mean, really – what could go wrong?
Let me count the ways...
Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 at 6:27 PM
When "Nancy" laid her purse on the table, a bottle rolled out. You grabbed to catch it and as you handed it back, you saw the label: Vicodin.
Suddenly, everything made sense. How she careened from life of the work party to withdrawn sullenness. Nancy's frequent visits to the bathroom and unexplained breaks -- you'd thought she was hiding out to text.
Friday, 6th December, 2013 at 6:48 PM
You're blameless -- but accused.
An hour ago, your supervisor hauled you into her office and read you the riot act, telling you to clean up your attitude.
Heck, there wouldn't be a problem if your co-worker hadn't created one. She's negative, controlling and manipulative. She delights in being a pain
Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 at 9:23 PM
We think personality clashes are inevitable. But are they?
After spending 36 years unraveling people dynamics in the workplace, I've learned that while we all give lip service to the idea that not everyone does things the same way, we all secretly hope that others will choose to do things the right way, our way, and then everything will run more smoothly.
Tuesday, 26th November, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Q. Our payroll clerk accidentally overpaid a new employee for almost a year. This amounted to $4,800. We didn't catch the error until we reviewed our W-2s. Can we recover this money? When we told the employee who received the overpayment...
Wednesday, 20th November, 2013 at 7:34 PM
The dysfunction in the Miami Dolphins' locker room occurs in a surprising number of workplaces. By now you've surely heard how Richie Incognito has been accused of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, and how Incognito and other veterans hazed and bullied other rookies. Their story offers a how-not-to insight for employees and managers everywhere.
Incognito's outrageous emails...
Monday, 18th November, 2013 at 5:33 PM
I should have stayed home from work yesterday morning. I'd had a horrible talk with my teen daughter that tore my heart open, but I knew if I stayed home I'd only cry all day, so I went to work.
I thought I'd be able to hold it together...
Thursday, 14th November, 2013 at 12:01 AM
One of our employees let us know he planned to move to another state. Before he left, he also sent "goodbye" emails to all our clients, providing his cell number and asking that they "stay in touch."
Several clients called us, asking, "What's up?"...
Monday, 11th November, 2013 at 7:08 PM
Last week I found myself getting irrationally angry over little things. I tried to remain calm and under control, but couldn't and inexcusably snapped at co-workers who didn't deserve it. I also turned bright red...