Workplace Coach

Question: We legalized pot in this state in February, so can you tell me how I got fired for THC on my drug test last week? I smoke in my house...

Question: When I arrived at my office this morning, I found a sealed envelope with my name printed on it in block letters. Inside was an anonymous note informing me that...

Question: Ten months ago, I visited the emergency room with heart palpitations. I was told they were probably harmless but likely triggered by stress. At my wife’s request, I found a...

Question: We’re hiring a group of young interns this summer and are trying to figure out the best team member to supervise them. We’re thinking someone as close in age to...

Question: I started a job search because I’d felt my position was going to be eliminated. When I asked my former supervisor, she admitted she was planning to outsource my duties....

Question: I interned this summer in a downtown Anchorage office. Ahead of time, I was excited about the opportunity. The chair of my department, the man who will grade my thesis...

Question: For years, I suffered bad treatment under a calculating, manipulative, deceitful manager. I wasn’t the one who blew the whistle on her, but I was glad when it happened. I...

Question: I just had the oddest conversation with my boss. He asked if I’d like to own my own business. When I realized he was serious, I asked, “What’s the catch?”...

Question: As a contract flight attendant for a charter airline that serves corporate clients, my income depends on the relationship I build with the airline’s pilots. Three months ago, the chief...

Question: Eight months ago, I accepted a position in rural Alaska. I was solicited by a reputable employee search firm to become the chief executive officer of an 8(a) corporation that...