open thread – November 24-25, 2017

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted…

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a bunch of holiday letters from years past

It’s Thanksgiving, so in place of regular posts the rest of the day, here are some holiday posts from the past to enjoy. 1. I punched a coworker at the company Christmas party 2. my manager insists on assigning seats at a holiday lunch that we pay for ourselves 3. workplace holiday disasters 4. more…

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Thanksgiving free-for-all – November 23, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers. (In the spirit of the holiday, this one is no work and no school. If you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Happy Thanksgiving! You may…

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I asked for a lower-stress job and my workload got worse

A reader writes: I was transferred within my company earlier in the year to a very challenging role which was understaffed. I tried my best, but work-related stress and my pre-existing mental health issues got the better of me and I had to take sick leave as a result. On returning, I took my doctor…

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do you say thank-you often enough at work?

A reader writes: I wanted to share a tradition with you that I started based on your advice. Every year I block off an hour in the couple days before Thanksgiving to send short emails to the colleagues who have done wonderful things in the past year, helped me out, or inspired me in specific…

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my annoying coworker is driving everyone crazy

A reader write: I could really use your help. I work on a team of about 15 people. We have an open floor plan and we all get along very well. There are various ages, work styles, and senses of humor on the team, but everyone is sensitive to and respectful of the open floor…

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