The final revenge of the fired employee: The manager makes an unwitting but critical mistake that unravels the firing decision or results in a painful payout to the employee. If you’d like to fire an employee without backfire, you need to consider good faith and just cause, then ask yourself twenty-two questions. Good faith Courts in multiple states uphold the doctrine of good faith and fair dealing. When an embittered fired employee… Read More

You put your blood, sweat and heart into your job and company. When a promotion came open, you thought it was yours. Except it wasn’t; you were passed over. What now? Should you read the writing on the wall and look for a new job, elsewhere? Or takes steps so you can snare the next, possibly even better promotion? Pro-act don’t react Before you jump on the Internet to look for a… Read More

Question: I work in a high-stress customer service position. My co-workers and I work hard, but our workload is extreme and our company gives us inadequate training and then judges us against unrealistic performance measures. Still, I like my co-workers and initially had a great supervisor who was highly supportive. Then, he got fired and the supervisor who replaced him is an absolute jerk. The company gives him free rein to intimidate… Read More

Question:  We have problems with “Keith,” an employee we hired three months ago.  Although Keith didn’t have all the skills we wanted, his glowing references convinced us he was the right candidate. We’ve since invested hundreds of hours in training him. The problem: Keith tells white lies and we can’t trust him. For example, when I asked him about an overdue report, he told me, “No problem, got it covered already.” When… Read More

Question:  A couple of weeks ago, you told employers to look up applicants on Court View before hiring them. When I read that, I realized that may be why I’ve sent out 50 resumes and never gotten one interview. I have the same first, middle and last name as a woman in town who has done some very bad things. Or is it something else like maybe my age? I’m sending you my… Read More

Question:  I expect to be fired tomorrow. I work for a small company owned by a man and wife, both of whom are semi-retired. The husband returns from lunch smelling of alcohol and enjoys “checking” on the work my co-worker and I have accomplished. When he’s seriously drunk, I find this annoying. I admit I have an attitude about this and if I snap at him, I later apologize. The husband also… Read More

Question: Soon after I landed an entry-level job with a major Anchorage employer, a senior member of their team sent me sexually suggestive texts.  I did nothing to solicit these texts and they shocked and scared me.  I told my supervisor, who alerted HR. HR investigated, but nothing ever happened. After several months, I resigned and now work for a consulting firm and one of our largest clients is my former employer…. Read More

Question: Three months ago, I finally found an employer that would let me work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., giving me the ability to drop my kids off at and pick them up from school. I do not want to quit or lose this job. At the same time, my boss does things that worry me. Last month, I let my boss know that a customer had overpaid $85 for an order and… Read More

Question:  After five years in my job, during which I’ve received many accolades, I almost walked out this morning. The owners I work for provide quality professional services but lack management experience and hired me as senior administrator to run their firm. When I took over, the firm hovered near bankruptcy, partially as a result of how the owners caved in to employees pressuring them. Whenever an employee asked an owner for… Read More

Question: I’ve supported myself and my kids for three years by cleaning houses. Five months ago, I got tired of turning potential new clients down and decided it was time to hire one or two cleaners to work for me. So I got a business license, opened a company bank account and made two hires. Both were women I knew well from working out with them at the Alaska Club. It turns… Read More