Workplace Coach

Monthly Archives: November 2017

Question: My coworker has a bad habit of opening her mouth and letting angry words fly. Recently, she ripped into our mutual supervisor in front of me. Our supervisor seemed taken by surprise but maintained her cool and handled the situation professionally. Afterwards, my coworker asked me what I thought. I think she expected me to ask why she’d said what she had. I didn’t. I felt she was trying to pull… Read More

  Sex harassment – so obvious we think we know what it means and is. But do we? Which of these myths have you or others in your workplace believed? I never asked her for sex and so it wasn’t sex harassment.             Who said sex harassment was about sex? Often, it’s about power and one individual’s desire to dominate another. Sexual harassment includes repeated insults, innuendos and touches that have little… Read More

  “I didn’t see it coming.” Then, when it was too late, when the human resources department or your supervisor handed you a layoff or termination notice, you wondered how you’d let yourself be blindsided. You’d thought yourself a rising star, your talent immunizing you against negative consequences. You didn’t see the signals that warned you that you’d skated onto thin ice once too often. Now, you’re out. If you’d like to… Read More

Question: When I quit my job, I didn’t give notice, and it wasn’t a friendly parting of ways. My former boss was a jerk and a bully, and I finally decided I had enough. On my way out the door, my boss reminded me that the non-compete I’d signed when he hired me included an agreement not to solicit any former customers or coworkers for 12 months. My boss warned me he’d… Read More