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Here’s a question from one of our readers on http://www.WorkplaceCoachBlog.com: Dear coach, a year ago my husband received a great offer and we moved cities. I was able to keep my job as a remote worker. I worked remotely for a year and concluded I needed a job locally as remote work does not fit my personality. I had 2 offers and despite all the deep thoughts, I think I chose the… Read More

With this continuous flurry of sexual harassment news impacting Hollywood, Washington D.C. and other governments such as California, I can’t help but wonder, why now? The law of sexual harassment has been well established for at least the last twenty years! I am proud to say that my experience with many of our Alaskan companies and corporations demonstrate most address such issues promptly and professionally. Credit goes to EEO training and enforcement;… Read More

 Q: When I landed my job, I thought I’d found a company I’d stay with for years. I liked my supervisor and every one of my new coworkers, and if my work wasn’t always interesting, it seemed a small price to pay for the work-family I’d found. I’ve never had much of a real family as both my parents were alcoholics and I’ve never married. But I’ve screwed up. Last Friday my… Read More

My dilemma: I was recruited for a board position in an organization I have been passionate about for years by our longest serving and most respected members.  They nearly fawned over my accomplishments when they drummed up support for me. I resisted and didn’t think I’d done enough to warrant a board seat.  But they said I “made good choices” and that they “trusted my judgment.”  Additionally, they said our organization needed… Read More

Q: Like thousands of other women, I wrote my #MeToo. Although I disguised some of the facts to protect myself, it was clear to me and perhaps to others that it involved a senior manager in my company. After it published, I learned two former employees of my current employer had written similar stories about the same man. I can’t tell you how mad I am, not just at the man but… Read More

Question: I’ve known “John” since fifth grade. He had career success in his twenties, but it’s been downhill for him ever since. Recently, he got laid off, let me know he had almost no money and would do “anything.” A couple weeks later when my company needed someone to replace one of my entry-level employees who unexpectedly quit, I gave John’s name to our HR department. He got hired on my recommendation…. Read More

  “I didn’t see it coming.” Then, when it was too late, when the human resources department or your supervisor handed you a layoff or termination notice, you wondered how you’d let yourself be blindsided. You’d thought yourself a rising star, your talent immunizing you against negative consequences. You didn’t see the signals that warned you that you’d skated onto thin ice once too often. Now, you’re out. If you’d like to… Read More

Question: As we’re not large enough to have a human resources manager, our office manager handles HR paperwork. She’s “hard line” and says we need to overhaul our personnel policies because the current ones allow too much variance in how each manager handles problems. She insists we need to implement strict zero-tolerance policies related to drug abuse, workplace violence and guns in the workplace, all areas in which we’ve had recent problems…. Read More