update: my employees played a horrible prank on a coworker

We already have an update on yesterday’s post about the horrible prank where two employees made their coworker think she was being arrested for embezzlement, and terrified her to the point that she threw up from crying. Here’s the update, in which the letter-writer answers a lot of the questions that came up in the comment…

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our best employee may quit over holiday time off

A reader writes: I have a colleague, Garnet, who is the highest performer in her department. She is a joy to work with and great at all she does. Many years ago, when she and I were both in different roles, I was her supervisor and she was just as great then as she is…

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my mentor doesn’t want to be a reference for me

A reader writes: I am planning to apply for a couple of positions and recently contacted a former supervisor to ask if I could list her as a reference. She was my direct supervisor for a year and instrumental in getting me promoted to my current position. After my promotion, she served as my mentor…

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is it okay to wear designer clothes to a job interview?

A reader writes: I am currently employed at my first post-college job, and after two years with my company I am looking for other opportunities in my area. My job has paid fairly well since I started, and I enjoy bargain shopping as a hobby, so I have been able to score name-brand bags and…

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is my workload too high or am I bad at my job?

A reader writes: How do you tell the difference between an unreasonable workload and unsatisfactory planning skills? I’ve been working in my first office job for just under two years. Our work is season based, and when we’re in season, it’s super busy. When we’re not, it’s super dead. Or at least it used to…

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