Are you prepared for a workplace shooting?

Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 at 9:46 PM

We don’t want to believe terrorism might strike in our workplace. 

We need to realize it could. An employee left a workplace Christmas party in San Bernardino and returned, armed in body armor and with his wife and an arsenal of assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns. Fourteen people died. None of them had advance warning. 

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What to do when your '37.5-hour workweek' runs a lot longer

Tuesday, 5th January, 2016 at 5:51 PM

I work as an entry-level insurance adjuster in a claims sweatshop. My boss hired me for a stated salary. He told me I’d have a 37.5-hour workweek, but also told me I couldn’t go home until I finished processing my assigned claims. 

These claims take nine to 10 hours a day to process. I work straight through and don’t take any breaks. I even come in on vacation days to work and he repays me by handing me more claims. 

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Disinvited

Wednesday, 30th December, 2015 at 6:17 PM

My husband works for a state agency. When the agency decided against having alcohol at their Christmas party, several employees felt it wasn’t a party without alcohol. 

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The Past Hangs On

Tuesday, 29th December, 2015 at 9:26 PM

After three years of working for a controlling tyrant, I finally quit. I’m now in danger of losing my new job. It turns out I’m not free from my former boss’s reach.

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Strategies for surviving a bully boss

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Brad instilled dread in his employees. New employees quickly learned the whispered “storm ahead” warning from a co-worker meant, “Stay out of Brad’s way -- he’s in a mood.”

Like many bully bosses, Brad didn’t blow up every day -- and this made his outbursts more difficult for some employees. They’d get used to the calm Brad and relax. Then, something would anger Brad and employees would...

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3 Strategies For Turning The Tables On A Workplace Bully

Friday, 18th December, 2015 at 5:27 PM

“You sure screwed up,” Wayne snarled. 

Marie’s stomach plummeted, as all eyes turned to her. She braced herself for what was coming. Wayne loved to put people on the defensive in front of others.

Bullies like Wayne excel at... 

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How to respond to reputation-damaging cyberbullying

Tuesday, 15th December, 2015 at 7:26 PM

You thought it only happened in the movies or bad spy novels. But it’s happened to you. Unknown individuals have swamped your Twitter and Facebook accounts and your email inbox with hateful postings. Everyone you know has been inundated with believable half-truths hinting at scandals in your past. Some believe what they say, saying, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” 

You’ve been cyberbullied.

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What I Learned in 2015: Here's Why I Write

Monday, 14th December, 2015 at 6:03 PM

Here’s why I write…and why I hope you read…and write as well. 

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How can I stay neutral in 'cold war' between boss and co-worker?

Friday, 11th December, 2015 at 8:19 PM

My co-worker, “Aly,” texts on her cellphone held under her desk, surfs the Internet, fakes going to the bathroom so she can make personal calls from a corner in the hallway and sneaks out of work early.

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Alcoholic Manager

Monday, 7th December, 2015 at 11:27 PM

When our CFO brought me one of our senior manager’s expense reports, I learned he drank heavily at lunch. I brought him in and let him know that we weren’t going to pay for his booze.

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