Workplace Coach

Monthly Archives: June 2017

Question:  When my supervisor pulls me into the conference room to “counsel” me — aka rip me to pieces — he always brings in the company’s human resources officer. He says it’s for “both of us,” but she sits there writing notes that make him look good and me look like a jerk. I’ve learned I cannot trust her or what she writes. Things have been heading from bad to worse and… Read More

Question: I’m the office manager for a small law office. When “Cece” and I last worked together four years ago, she was a newly minted paralegal. Managing her quickly became the worst part of my job and ultimately led me to resign. My job involved overseeing Cece and the other paralegals as well as everyone in a support function. Cece made this as difficult as possible. She sneaked into work late, left… Read More

Question: I’ve had lunch daily with the same three co-workers for almost four years. We’ve shared everything together, and stayed close through my divorce, another’s two pregnancies and a third’s new marriage. We don’t, however, share the same political views. I secretly hoped Trump would win, but kept my mouth shut, because my friends wanted Clinton to win. When Trump won, my friends didn’t notice I never joined in their lamenting. I’ve always… Read More

How to recover — and learn lessons — from a career mistake Question: Life coaching is my passion and I started a small life coaching business a year ago. Before that, I worked for someone else. Working for her grated on me, as she never listened to my business advice or suggestions about how to better handle employees, including me. As a result, we went through several receptionists, which was a great inconvenience…. Read More