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How to Tell if You're a Bully Magnet

Monday, 20th October, 2014 at 9:55 PM

The first time Wayne barked at Annette, she raised an eyebrow and asked, “Bad day? You’d prefer I come back later?” 

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When is Domestic Violence a Firable Offense?

Thursday, 16th October, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I’m the chair of the board for a high-profile nonprofit organization...recently, one of the more strident board members did a background check on the ED and discovered his most recent girlfriend and his ex-wife both accused him of domestic violence. She has called an emergency board session, as is her right in the bylaws, and insists we deal with this. She’s furious he didn’t tell us about his record when we interviewed him and thinks we should fire him.

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Loyalty Duty

Monday, 6th October, 2014 at 6:21 PM

When I returned from lunch last week, my manager stopped me from going to my office and ordered me into the conference room. When I asked, “What’s up?” he refused to answer, but instead brought in the human resources manager. Together they interrogated me, asking me questions that led me to realize they’d looked through my personal iPad...

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Too Much Information

Monday, 6th October, 2014 at 5:38 PM

From her first day at our company the woman who works at the next desk acted like my new best friend. Even though it grossed me out, I pretended to listen while she shared graphic information about the men she dated, her ex-husband's psychological issues and her trials with her son...

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Pothead in Patient Care

Monday, 29th September, 2014 at 8:07 PM

 What if something happens to a patient because my co-worker was stoned?

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The Personal Compact

Monday, 29th September, 2014 at 7:39 PM

 Managers waste both money and time when they ignore the employee mind, the least understood component of employee productivity...

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Gossip Gauntlet

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 at 4:07 PM

 They pull you aside in the hallway or behind closed doors. If you’ve started a new job, you’ve probably experienced the gossip gauntlet. Before you even learn the ropes of your new job, one or two individuals pull you aside and give you the scoop on your new co-workers and supervisor...

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We Need You Here at Work

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 at 5:30 PM

In effect, she's been lying. She presented me with a physician's note stating that she suffered from Crohn's disease. Apparently, some of her past absences were so she could get medical treatment and not simply care for her son as she had told me. Can I discharge her or does this medical condition buy her time?

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Cowboy Project Manager

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 at 6:14 PM

One of our company's most productive project managers suffers from arrogance and a terminal lack of consideration that has survived three employer-mandated sensitivity training courses... 

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Don't Promote Trouble

Thursday, 11th September, 2014 at 8:15 PM

 I’ve worked three years for our branch, first as a salesperson and then as the sales manager. When I started to burn out on sales, I told our company’s CEO I wanted to move into operations and he said he’d move me up as soon as he could.

Last week, our branch manager unexpectedly resigned and I got the promotion. I need to decide who to hire or promote into my place as sales manager. “Anne” is the logical choice.

She’s our highest-producing sales agent and a true go-getter. However, she’s also high maintenance and cutthroat. She pushes...

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