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Don't Hide the Truth

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Our company works with customers in a trust realtionship and maintains consierable personal data on each. Despite normal precautions, we recently hired a dishonest employee. Once we realized the situation we fired her. We haven't told customers because we don't want to scare the. What do you suggest?

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Second Time Around

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 9:09 PM

I supervise a talented, touchy woman. When I give her compliments, she takes them as her due. When I give her suggestions for how she can improve, she argues and sulks. Any suggestions?

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Mistakes, Deal With It

Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 7:43 PM

I work for a very stubborn man who refuses to admit he’s ever wrong...another woman in our department has the opposite problem. She's always acting like she thinks she's a loser and she's so scared to take chances she gets analysis-paralysis. Could I suggest they call you?

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What HR Can Do

Monday, 12th January, 2015 at 5:41 PM

We have a dirty little secret in our company. Our comptroller is a no-holds-barred bully. Cross him and your work life isn't worth living. His employees and other department heads either knuckle under or leave. When I asked our HR department to investigate the times he has bullied me according to our code of conduct, I was told to put up or shut up. Where did I go wrong?

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Handling Public Attacks

Monday, 5th January, 2015 at 8:51 PM

My company recently promoted me. One of my former co-workers thought he should have received the promotion...when I reached out to him to tell him I thought we'd be a good team, he rebuffed me, saying, "Your promotion's a joke" and "Hope you don't ---- things up too bad." At the first staff meeting I led he openly questioned everything I said and several times took over the meeting. How do I respond?

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Relocation Blues

Monday, 29th December, 2014 at 8:42 PM

My husband just got offered a promotion to be the branch manager in Seattle. He’d be making more money than the Anchorage branch manager. Because it’s with the same company, he’s suddenly willing to move up...even though he's declined opportunites with other companies. He’s excited and expects me to be excited as well. 

I’m not. 

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I love Christmas and giving gifts but...

Monday, 22nd December, 2014 at 7:20 PM

...this year I’m feeling I’d like to be as much of a Scrooge as other employees. Last year I gave thoughtful gifts to my boss and co-workers. While several said “oh, thanks” as if they deserved a gift but I didn’t, most didn’t even bother to say thanks. Do I simply work with jerks, or are employees not giving gifts any more to each other, even though we spend almost as much time with each other as we do with our families?

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Loaded Pistol

Monday, 15th December, 2014 at 6:20 PM

When he has something important to tell me, we go out for a smoke and take a walk around the parking lot. On a walk last week, he told me he dreams of killing the man who manages our office. When he could tell he’d made me nervous, he told me he was just joking. That afternoon, he texted me that he counted on me never to betray him...

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Fired for Refusing to Join a Pyramid Scheme

Wednesday, 10th December, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Recently, the company owner decided to bring in a nutrition product and told all of us that we had to sell it. It was network marketed via a pyramid scheme. I researched it and didn’t like what I saw, nor did I like that the owner was trying to use the other employees and I for his personal benefit...

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Can I Trust an Employee to Manage our Facebook Page?

Monday, 8th December, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I sat down with Stan and asked him to show me what he’d created thus far. We wound up arguing. Stan angrily told me if I want to create a boring page that never grabbed attention, I picked the wrong employee...

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