I was interviewed this morning by Jerry Jenkins of Left Behind fame for a podcast to his 2000 students. He asked where the posts you read from me came from.

In 1981 I pitched a newspaper the idea of an advice column focused on the questions my consulting clients most often asked.

Soon after starting the advice column, the newsroom called and said, “We have mail for you.” I picked up more than twenty asking question like how to handle a boss who’s an idiot or a coworker who drives you up the wall.  

My news column changed from a “how to column” to a “dear Abby of the workplace” and I continued answering the questions in a personal way and discovered that in answering one person’s question, the columns spoke to others with similar questions or those who were interested in real-life stories.  

When readers of the newspaper column wrote me that they’d moved outside Alaska and were finding it difficult to subscribe to the newspaper to read one column a week, I started the blog. It now has articles in 20 categories, from office politics, career and personal growth to leadership and legal aspects of managements and has attracted nearly 2500 readers from 65 countries.

Is there a topic on which you’re like me to focus on workplacecoachblog—or my newspaper column?

5 thoughts on “Written for You

  1. I think the only reason you have so few followers is because people don’t know you are doing this. I was a loyal adn column reader and only found your blog through a google search because I was trying to find a past column.

  2. Peggy, thank you for finding me. You’re right, only 296 subscribers thus far. I’ve recently taken over the blog from the company I’d sold it to, and the reader has since grown by leaps and bounds, however, I’d REALLY appreciate anything you can do to let others know it exists. Thank you so very much.

  3. Here’s a question: COVID19 has caused employers large and small to shift the locus of many employees’ work from company sites to employees’ homes. Word has it that this may continue for not weeks or months, but become the new normal. What is the employer’s responsibility/liability for workplace ergonomics and safety when the private home becomes the workplace?

    1. Hi, Mitzi, I’ll work on an answer for this. It’s complex and I’d like to have two attorneys weigh in on my draft.

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