where do you start when you inherit a bad employee?

A reader writes: My department is about to get a new manager. Our CEO will mostly likely promote my colleague Elaine, and I’m excited for the new leadership — she’s a smart, super-competent, young-ish woman. But there’s an issue she’s likely to face in this new role, and I’m curious about how you would handle…

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should I email my complaints to my team when I resign?

A reader writes: Would it be career suicide to send an email to everyone at my current job explaining why I’m leaving it? My boss turned out to be a two-faced liar who viciously targeted and drove out several coworkers (while quite a few more left because they couldn’t stomach how others were being treated)….

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my coworker wants “pawternity” leave

A reader writes: I’m a middle-aged woman who works in an office with other women in the same age range as myself. Half of our office are parents, the other half are not. One of my coworkers is fairly open about being and remaining child-free. She’s spoken about donating to abortion access funds, and in…

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how excited should I seem in an interview?

A reader writes; I have had the opportunity to interview for my dream job with a nonprofit organization that I have always loved and admired. I am a highly qualified candidate for the position. This is the kind of job where if I was independently wealthy, I would do this work as a volunteer for…

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my coworker hates me

A reader writes: I started at a new position a few months ago, and mostly it’s going really well! I like the people, the work, and the hours. I have a good relationship with all of my other coworkers and superiors. I’ve received great feedback, and I have several years of experience in my field….

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my employee takes over other people’s work

A reader writes: I have a great, well-rounded employee who can do everything asked and be creative when needed to find solutions. The problem is that she sometimes takes over other people’s tasks, saying something like, “Oh, it was just easier from me to do it” or joking that she wanted it done right. Time…

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