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    ‘Should I Give My Boss a Holiday Gift?’All your questions about holiday gift-giving at work, answered.
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    35 Gifts for Every Type of Employee (That You Can Buy on Amazon)When you’re the boss giving gifts to your team, you can find thoughtful things for each person without playing favorites.
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    ‘I’m Frustrated That My Employees Don’t Want to Return to the Office’Plenty of people don’t yet feel safe returning.
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    ‘My Manager Sucks, and There’s Nothing I Can Do’Sometimes it’s easier to stop obsessing over a problem when you’ve accepted that it won’t change.
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    ‘What Do I Do About Work If My Kids Are Sent Home to Quarantine?’Consider enlisting other parents to address this as a group, since you’ll be harder for HR to ignore if the affected party isn’t just one person.
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    ‘My Co-worker Complains All Day Long, and It’s Making Me Miserable’If you were bothering a colleague, wouldn’t you want to know, even if it meant having a momentarily uncomfortable conversation?
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    ‘Are Unlimited Vacation Days Really Unlimited?’“Unlimited” includes the unspoken subtext “within reason and as long as your work is getting done.”
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    How Will the Vaccine Mandate for Employers Work, Exactly?What we know so far, from reporting a workplace that isn’t enforcing the new rules to fielding sketchy medical and religious exemption claims.
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    ‘My Job Offer Was Rescinded — After I’d Given Notice’It sure does seem like your current manager said something that gave them pause.
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    ‘How Soon Is Too Soon to Leave a Stopgap Job?’If your concern is that you don’t want to look like a job hopper, a single short-term stay isn’t going to be a problem.
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    ‘My Co-worker Doesn’t Pull His Weight’You shouldn’t have to cajole a peer into doing his part.
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    ‘My Boss Doesn’t Want Me to Go Back to the Office’This is pretty clearly about her agenda more than it’s about concern for you.
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    ‘My Company Isn’t Enforcing Its Vaccine Mandate’And more return-to-office concerns, including an employee whose boss may no longer trust them to WFH.
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    ‘I Don’t Want to Be Like a Family With My Co-Workers’This expectation isn’t healthy or reasonable, but it’s also not uncommon.
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    10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job InterviewTo show employers you’re exceptional, and find out if it’s the right job for you.
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    ‘I’m Worried Going Back to the Office Will Mean More Work’And more concerns about the transition to working in person.
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    ‘Should I Warn My Work Friend That She’s Going to Get Herself Fired?’It would be a kindness to try, but don’t expect to spark a transformation.
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    ‘I Had a Great Job Interview — Why Haven’t I Heard Back?’It’s really impossible to tell from the outside what might be going on.
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    How to Gracefully Decline a Job OfferIt’s completely okay for you to reject an employer.
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    Going Back to Work With Blue Hair, a Rescinded WFH Promise …And other return-to-the-office questions.
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    ‘Am I the Only One Who Hates Working From Home?’Lots of people feel like you do and can’t stand it.
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    ‘I’m Afraid I’m Terrible at My New Job’A lot of jobs take around six months to even start feeling comfortable. And that’s just feeling comfortable, not mastering the role.
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    How Is Returning to the Office Supposed to Work, Exactly?Responding to readers who dread going back, including reuniting with problematic co-workers and having to wear a bra every day.
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    ‘I’m Scared I’ll Never Be Qualified for a Promotion’Talk to your manager! Part of retaining good people is giving them opportunities to develop their skills.
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    ‘I Got a Terrible Review on Glassdoor, and I’m Spiraling’The reality is, when you’re a manager, not everyone will like working for you.
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    ‘Is It My Fault My Co-worker Was a Nightmare?’That she’s gone on to have a successful career doesn’t indicate you were the problem.
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    ‘My Boss Expects Me to Work 11-Hour Days’Is your boss right that this is what you can expect in your field, or is it just what you can expect when working for her?
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    ‘Help, My Interviewer Wants a Reference From My Current Boss!’“Who doesn’t know I’m looking.”
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    ‘I Want to Keep Working Remotely Forever’You might not get a “yes,” but there’s nothing outrageous about asking.
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    How to Ask for a RaiseBefore approaching your boss, here’s everything you should know.
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    ‘Am I a “Job Hopper,” and Is That Bad?’For most people in most fields, a pattern of moving from company to company every year or two will raise questions.
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    ‘I’m Becoming My Friend’s Manager. Do Things Have to Change?’You can continue to have a warm, friendly relationship. But friendly is different from friends.
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    ‘I Don’t Know Why My Coworker Suddenly Dislikes Me!’It’s easy to fall into thinking another person’s behavior is about something we’ve done, when often they’re not thinking about us at all.
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    ‘I Feel No Ambition Whatsoever at Work’It’s both normal and okay not to feel any special passion for your job.
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    ‘Can I Recover From a Bad Reputation at Work?’Moving on might be the only way to truly start over, but that’s not necessarily the worst prospect in the world.
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    ‘I Hate My Boss’s Mandatory Zoom Happy Hours!’You don’t need to go every time, but there can be professional benefit to showing up.
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    ‘My Terrible Boss Asked for Feedback. Should I Be Honest?’For some managers, I welcome feedback really means “I want to hear that you like working for me.”
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    ‘I Got Promoted, But I Can’t Get a Fair Salary’If you’re thinking this is a good way to ensure a company’s most promotable employees take jobs elsewhere, you’re right.
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    ‘Is It Irresponsible to Quit My Job Without Having Another One Lined Up?’I’m a big fan of asking, If the worst happened, then what?
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    ‘Can I Refuse to Take on More Work Without a Raise?’Often the way people “earn” a promotion is by starting to take on responsibilities outside the scope of their current job.
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    ‘I Want to Quit, But My Project Will Die If I Leave’As with other abusive relationships, when you’ve stayed at a toxic job for a long time, it can be hard to see that you need to get out.
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    ‘Should I Be Exaggerating Enthusiasm in Job Interviews?’If you do, you need to be prepared to keep up the act once you’re on the job.
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    ‘My Co-worker Hijacks Our Meetings With Endless Questions’It’s hard to tell someone to talk less, especially in a spur-of-the-moment conversation that you aren’t prepared for.
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    My Boss’s Stress Is Affecting Everyone Around HerSometimes people genuinely don’t realize how they’re coming across in situations like this.
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    ‘Should I Disclose My Depression to My Employer?’We’re talking here about the professional world as it actually is, not the one I wish we lived in.
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    ‘My Boss Keeps Inviting Herself Over to My House’Even during non-pandemic times, this would be highly inappropriate — she is abusing her power by trying to force herself on people socially.
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    ‘My Boss Expects People to Work While They’re on Vacation’There can be real power in numbers, so if you can, get your co-workers on board with a strategy.
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    ‘Is My Job the Problem, or Is it Me?’Your organization is making it so much harder on you than it needs to be.
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    ‘How Can I Get Feedback After Being Rejected for a Job?’Be sure your request makes it clear that you understand you’re asking for a favor.
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    ‘My Boss Is Awful. Is It Worth Going to HR?’They can make suggestions, but it’s often up to individual managers to decide what to do with that input.
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