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

Question: I supervise 15 employees, the largest crew in our company, and I report to the general manager. I’m expected to handle employees who don’t show up on time or do what they’re supposed to — but I’m not allowed to fire anyone. That’s the prerogative of one person only, the general manager. That’s like giving responsibility without authority, and since my manager reads your column I hope you’ll write why it… Read More

Question: When our company downsized, we eliminated our marketing department and I became charged with maintaining our company’s blog and newsletter. Both are thankless tasks. Few people read the blog, despite how we’ve promoted it on Facebook and Google. Our statistics show that more than 70 percent of those we email our newsletter to don’t open it. Our general manager has given me permission to drop the newsletter but insists we need… Read More

Question: I’ve just learned that my employer allowed our accounting manager to take payroll records home on a laptop, which got stolen in a home burglary. Now I have to worry that a thief has my Social Security number, home address and knows the ages of my children. Do I have legal recourse? What if my identity is stolen? Can I make my employer pay for any losses I experience? Answer: Alaska… Read More

Question: I’m scared I’m going to lose my job. My coworkers and I work for a bully boss. He insults us constantly. When he’s upset, he yells things like “who’s going to pay for this!” and we all put our heads down and hope we’re not the one he picks on. After weeks in which I went home in tears nightly, I went to Human Resources to get help. The HR officer… Read More

Question:  I work for an oil patch company. Profit is king to our senior management and chief executive officer, but we’re barely making it. I’m the human resources specialist, and I’ve had to lay off 15 employees. I’m new to HR, but am now in charge because they laid off my manager, the HR director. Here’s the problem. A woman in accounting, who’s been here four years, has cancer. It’s not bad,… Read More

You have two job offers – so how do you choose? Are you torn between two potential jobs, both of which you might be able to land? Do they both have pluses and minuses, but choosing between them feels like choosing between apples and oranges? If you’re stuck in indecision and long for clarity, try this two-step process. Or, if you’re considering whether to leave your current job and seek a new… Read More