Question: My employer keeps two sets of books, one that she submits to the IRS and one that tells the real story. She’s done so for 15 years and is a multimillionaire, though on paper she looks like a struggling business owner. I’m not a real fan of the IRS myself, but my boss has done other things to me that make me hate her and I’d like to blow the whistle…. Read More

Are your employees griping because their last performance review was 18 months ago? How objective is the process? Is it on a Likert-scale…“Does the employee engage in their daily task” 1 – 10….How effective is this? Often times the employee dreads the process as well, wondering their “score” and of course how much of a raise is in stored for them. 59% of employees state performance reviews are simply not worth the… Read More

Question: Although I’m a human resources director, I’m not a company owner or principal and am lower in status than the producers who “make us money.” For that reason, I haven’t done anything about the rumors circulating concerning one of our top producers. According to staff, he snaps at them, leaves the office for unexplained meetings and is always hyper when he returns. He’s recently lost a lot of weight. I had… Read More

Question: My supervisor brings her 11-month-old baby to work with her, and the owner allows this. He, of course, doesn’t work here, and it’s the other employees and me who pay the price for having an office baby. When she first had her baby, she asked if she could bring it to work. We all said yes, thinking she meant until she lined up day care. At first, the baby was cute… Read More

Can bullies in Alaska workplaces hide behind the fact that there’s no state law against bullying? According to contemporary thought, bullying isn’t illegal unless you work in California (which has a Workplace Violence Safety Act), Utah (with a Healthy Workplace Bill) or at a public agency in Tennessee (which has a Healthy Workplace Act protecting those who work in state and municipal agencies). As a result, many believe bullies have virtual immunity… Read More

After Anne landed what she thought was a dream job, she quickly bonded with a charismatic co-worker, Karla. When Karla poured wine liberally at an informal dinner at her house and said, “Tell me all about you,” Anne did. Others snickered as Anne walked into the breakroom the next day. That night, when she logged on to Facebook, she saw her co-workers had posted wildly exaggerated stories about her based on what… Read More

Question: Can my employer stop me from using vacation days I’ve earned? I’ve worked for my employer for more than a year and earned seven vacation days. My parents and sister plan to visit in late September and I’d planned to take them to Homer. I put in a vacation request, but it was denied. When I asked why, I was told two other employees planned to take their leave in late… Read More

Question: I did the big NO. I slept with my boss. At first it was exciting, and then it got old, but I didn’t know how to end it. Turns out, I didn’t need to. Someone spotted us coming out of a restaurant and necking in the parking lot afterward. She took the story to Human Resources. Now my boss is gone, fired, and I’m still here. And everyone’s looking at me… Read More

Question: When my company promoted me two months ago, I was stunned but excited. My manager’s faith in me made me desire to do my very best. One of my former coworkers, “Ted,” thought he should have received the promotion, as he had a master’s degree. When I reached out to Ted to tell him I thought we’d be a good team, he rebuffed me, saying, “Your promotion’s a joke,” and “Hope… Read More

Question: I work for a subsidiary of a company headquartered in Seattle. I do a good job but fear I’ll be fired. Our office manager is a vindictive queen bee. When she’s is angry at an employee, she starts slamming doors, bad-mouthing them to other employees and finding ways to make their work lives miserable. Then, she fires them. When the last three fired employees tried to get unemployment benefits, they had… Read More