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Question: My coworker has a bad habit of opening her mouth and letting angry words fly. Recently, she ripped into our mutual supervisor in front of me. Our supervisor seemed taken by surprise but maintained her cool and handled the situation professionally. Afterwards, my coworker asked me what I thought. I think she expected me to ask why she’d said what she had. I didn’t. I felt she was trying to pull… Read More

  Sex harassment – so obvious we think we know what it means and is. But do we? Which of these myths have you or others in your workplace believed? I never asked her for sex and so it wasn’t sex harassment.             Who said sex harassment was about sex? Often, it’s about power and one individual’s desire to dominate another. Sexual harassment includes repeated insults, innuendos and touches that have little… 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: 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 made a serious mistake, permanently damaging relationships with my boss and coworkers when I lied and almost lost my professional license. I’m on probation and can’t work in my chosen profession for a year. What’s worse is that the verdict against me now sits on my permanent public record, meaning that anyone who looks into me professionally will see it. My only chance for career salvation seems to be to… Read More