open thread – March 15-16, 2019

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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do I have to help someone I can’t stand?

A reader writes: “Monica” is a few years younger than me and is a friend of my parents through a church community. Smply put, she irks the heck out of me. There are a number of little things that she does that get under my skin, so I just try to avoid her in my…

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fighting “out of sight, out of mind” when you work from home

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’d like your input on excelling as a remote worker. I’m a full-time employee working from home in a state that differs from where my department is located. For the past few years, I have been working in this capacity for a large, multi-national company….

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my boorish coworker dominates all our Slack channels

A reader writes: I work for a small-ish fully remote tech company. We spend all day in Slack, in various channels that are both work-centric and social-centric. There is a man, “Derek,” who annoys the hell out of me in social channels. Derek does everything from innocuous poor chat room social etiquette (e.g., someone asked…

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help — I work for a micromanager!

A reader writes: I’ve been at my current job for about 6 months. I absolutely love it here. One of the reasons I came to work here it because my boss is one of the most respected names in my field of work. However, I’m only the second person he’s ever directly managed and it…

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