the ethics of firing racist protesters

A reader writes: After the Charlottesville violence, I’ve been watching discussion on one of my professional organization’s Facebook groups and would appreciate your opinion about it. People are discussing the ethics of figuring out the identities of white supremacists from news photos, and then reporting them to their employers. Apart from the “ethics” of white…

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I hate my new employee

A reader writes: I’ve worked for the same organization for about five years. We recently hired a new person who reports directly to me. I was told I’d have some say in the hiring process, which wasn’t true – we only interviewed four people, two of whom decided not to pursue the job further, and…

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I get angry when my coworkers make mistakes

A reader writes: I’ve got a question regarding how much “mistake tolerance” is expected in the workplace. Just to give you some background, I’m a (tech) team lead, which, in my case, means my daily job is not very different from that of other team members, except for the part that I get to make…

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what’s up with this patronizing rejection letter?

A reader writes: This email arrived in my inbox more than a week after I was supposed to be notified of this organization’s decision in hiring a higher-level volunteer position. The first sentence is the only one that seemed personally written for me. I feel like I should respond politely but I’m angry that in…

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weekend free-for-all – August 12-13, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) You may also like:my employee constantly talks about waiting for 5:00 and the weekendask the readers: have your gut feelings when job searching paid off?I need to…

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