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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Question: I run a small medical clinic and recently fired a problem employee who royally deserved termination. She never took responsibility for the serious and increasing errors she made; she constantly criticized our physician owner to hospital employees, and she broke company policy by establishing a personal relationship with a patient. She was also a pathological liar. I thought termination would put an end the damage she caused. No such luck. She’s… Read More

Question: I’m being framed. I’m the newly hired dispatcher for a local tech company and it’s my first job. Soon after I was hired, two of the tech guys came on to me. I told both I wasn’t interested. One didn’t accept “no” but asked me out several more times. He also sent me suggestive texts and walked behind my desk, brushing his hands over my neck and shoulders. After several weeks… Read More

Question: My boss and I have a love/hate relationship and I plan to resign tomorrow. I don’t, however, want to burn a bridge, as Anchorage is a small town. How can I leave goodwill on the table? Answer: Craft a well-written resignation letter, thanking your boss for the opportunity to work with and learn from him. Mention two or three qualities of his leadership you particularly valued. Before you deliver the letter,… Read More

Question: When I interviewed this morning for a job at a large engineering company, the interviewer seemed skeptical that I’d made as much as I said I’d made on my most recent job. This afternoon, I got an email asking that I answer two new questions and also furnish my 2015 W-2. I’ve never before been asked for a W-2. Is this even legal? I called the company’s HR and asked, “What’s… Read More

Question: I work in a demanding job for a supervisor with high expectations; however, hers are no higher than my own. I’m a perfectionist and I like doing things right the first time. This isn’t possible in this job because my priorities change daily and occasionally hourly. I get started on one project only to be told I need to switch to another project with a short deadline and to leave my… Read More

Question:  I started a new job six weeks ago. From day one, my three female co-workers made it clear they didn’t welcome me, making comments such as “we weren’t the ones who hired you.” Apparently they had wanted the friend of one of them hired and considered it unfair that I out-interviewed her. I’ve done my best to make friends with them, but they don’t give me a chance. I brought muffins… Read More

Question: Ever since I got this really great job, my boyfriend has said I’ve become addicted to work. Before this job, I spent all my time with him. We had a great time every weekend. We hung out at bars or friends’ houses every night, or stayed at home watching sports on our flat screen. Now when I get up in the morning, the first thing I think about is work. At… Read More

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Question: I’m a small-business owner. I work directly with customers and rely on a full-time administrative employee to handle billing, filing, word processing and customer calls. When my long-term employee moved out of state last year after her husband lost his oil industry job, I placed an ad on Craigslist. A stream of unqualified applicants and spam quickly overwhelmed me. I hired “Debi” because she had eight years of office experience, even… Read More