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Category Archives: Workplace

DISAVOW

An embarrassed epistle: I’m so embarrassed.  My office Christmas party was last week, and my husband really stuck his foot in where it didn’t belong.  My business partner sorted out the date, found the restaurant, selected the menu, bought the wine and beer, and had even made a lovely gift basket for our senior partner! […]

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SHUT. THE. BARN. DOOR.

A slightly flustered employee asks: I was sitting at my desk at work when a female colleague came to ask me a series of questions.  Without any untoward interest, I noticed her fly was down, as her waist was at eye-level.  I didn’t say anything, for fear of appearing like a pervert.  If it was […]

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RAVE ON

An unfriendly friend freaks out: I have a friend on facebook – and a friendly acquaintance in real life – who is in the same line of work that I am in, though in a completely different school of thought (in our field).  He frequently, almost exclusively – posts condescending remarks about my segment of […]

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CHI IL BEL SOGNO

An exasperating introduction: I was at a fête last night and I was introduced to a woman who, not rudely, turned away quickly to talk to someone else she knew.  It was a fleeting introduction, like these things can be, with people swirling all around.  Anyway, at the end of the night I went to say […]

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MS. BIG STUFF

An intrepid shop keep tells this tale: I own a small jewelry and design shop in a city that is becoming more popular with celebrities and musicians.  I think that’s great!  I’ve had quite a few really famous people in the store and for the most part they’re really nice or innocuous.  I welcome everyone […]

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FEELGOOD M.D.

An inappropriate situation: My husband (a doctor) and I had a meeting earlier this week with two business partners, one of them a woman, and she leered at him all through the meeting.  What should I do? LISTEN: Ask her to join you in a ménage à trois?

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*LIKE*

A cautionary tale: Hi.  I am a partner in a small business, and the economy being what it is, we’ve been stretched pretty thin.  Last weekend, my relatives came to visit and we put them up, took them out to dinner – you name it.  It was a mostly enjoyable weekend, and in the course […]

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YNTQ

A curious question: I have a friend who isn’t employed, and bugs me all day with text messages.  What can I tell her to make her stop?  I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but when I’m busy – I’m really busy! LISTEN: “Sweetheart…I love you, but I’m really busy,”  – wait for it – […]

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FAR NIENTE

An imposition inquisition: As a manager, I believe in maintaining an open door policy.  One employee, however, repeatedly and throughout the day walks into my office uninvited and sits down in one of my chairs and begins to talk to me about whatever work issue is on his mind.  This is quite disruptive to my own work.  I […]

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YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED

A question of responsiveness: How quickly should you answer a text, and how do you know if a text message even needs a reply?  I have a friend who waits hours to reply to me and sometimes doesn’t reply at all. LISTEN:  Permit me to break it down into two separate relationships: Work and Life […]

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