Workplace Coach

Question: I’m the only woman on an all-male crew. Most of the guys are good guys. One isn’t. When he jabs at me, I try to handle him in a way...

Question: When I got a call last December asking me if I’d accept a state appointment, I turned it down even though I wanted to say yes. I was worried about...

Question: I work 90 hours a week. Supposedly our company’s administrative staff supports those of us who run the field jobs as well as the higher-ups. But they don’t. One of...

Question: Every May, we hire and train 25 entry-level workers. This year’s crop of new employees is the worst we’ve ever had. Thus far, we’ve dismissed three new hires from our...

Question: Four months ago, two people from my organization suddenly left, both for understandable reasons. One moved out of state. The other learned her daughter had an illness requiring home care....

Question: I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I let everyone in the workplace, my boss, my peers, even my employees, bully me. I back down from every skirmish....

Question: I get along well with “Mitch.” He runs a department that supports my department and so I need his goodwill. I’m well aware that department heads who tangle with Mitch...

Question: I’m the project lead for our department and single. As lead, I sometimes have to make hard calls in terms of who gets leave and who doesn’t when two employees...

Question: I’m the human resources manager you wrote about in a recent article. I didn’t take action when an employee came to me complaining about a bully manager. It’s easy for...

Question: I like my job, which involves inputting outgoing invoices and recording incoming payments. I keep to myself and don’t make friends easily. I’m part of our company’s administrative group. Because...