new hire is badmouthing our business on Twitter

A reader writes: I am the manager of a small business and recently made a verbal offer of employment to someone for an entry-level/cashier position. In the last day, this hire has made several deprecating comments on Twitter about the business. My knee-jerk reaction is to rescind the job offer, but I have doubts about…

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my boss is shirtless in his staff photo, bug bites at work, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My boss is shirtless in his staff photo I work for the Southern California branch of a large, multinational corporation. The company recently rolled out a new internal employee directory/intranet platform that allows us to customize our profile photos, resume information, skills and interests, etc….

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how can I be more assertive at work?

A reader writes: Every since I was a small child I’ve been praised for how nice I am, how likable I am, how good I am with people. In many ways, this is a positive thing. I think of it as a skill that takes effort, but is very useful. However, as I’ve started working…

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my introverted employee wants to use email for everything

A reader writes: My direct report and I are both pretty serious introverts, which makes for an interesting work relationship. One difference between him and me is that I fight my introversion as much as possible (forcing myself to speak up in group settings, etc.) whereas he believes our organization caters to extroverts and doesn’t…

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here are the secrets to acing a phone interview

If you’re looking for a job these days, you’re probably going to find that a lot of employers want to interview you on the phone before asking you to come in for a more in-depth, in-person interview. Phone interviews are increasingly a key part of the hiring process, and doing well at this stage can…

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