From the monthly archives:

December 2012

Q: When working in a government office, is it proper to call your superior by his or her first name as long as they are not in an appointed position? A: Some people think informality makes things easier and less stressful at work.  So they’re surprised when I explain that, in general, informality actually adds […]

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Open Thread

by epi on December 25, 2012

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You are how you eat

by Peter Post on December 24, 2012

Entry originally appeared in Peter Post’s E Word blog for The Boston Globe. When you are eating with other people, how you eat your food affects the way the people think about you. I learned this lesson when I talked to a group of women about things men do that are really gross, especially at […]

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Q: I meant to e-mail a little rant about a coworker’s loud phone conversation to a friend and ended up e-mailing it to the coworker herself! How do I fix this mess? A: Welcome to the digital faux pas. Immediately apologize to your coworker, but don’t expect things to get patched up right away; you […]

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Open Thread

by epi on December 21, 2012

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“Chipzilla”: Concern with a noisy eater

by epi on December 20, 2012

Q: How do you quiet an overly loud potato-chip eater?  Every afternoon, my co-worker eats a whole bag of potato chips, and the sound of her munching is so noisy that I can hardly hear myself think while I’m on the phone.  We’ve nicknamed her “chipzilla.”  Please help! A: You could try shouting out: “Chips […]

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Q: I have a friend who always tries to one-up my stories: “If you think that’s bad, wait till you hear this!”  It’s so annoying.  How can I politely ask her to stop? A: Ah, yes, the one-upper.  Her desire to constantly outdo you may be a sign of her own insecurities.  Acknowledge her comment […]

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Open Thread

by epi on December 19, 2012

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Q: There are 25 employees in our organization.  Our holiday dinner party always includes employees and their guests.  We also have three temporary employees, and I’m unsure whether they should be invited to the event, as well.  What’s your opinion? A: The spirit of the holiday season suggests that including the temporary workers would be […]

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Open Thread

by epi on December 18, 2012

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