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  • Work Advice: Elders edged out or denied entry Mar 2, 2014 6:42 AM
    Reader: My firm recently offered buyouts to administrative staff, none of whom is under 46 years old. We have heard that management would like to replace older employees with younger ones making $20,000 less. At a buyout meeting, management insisted salary was not an issue, while acknowledging our industry’s market conditions.

     
  • Work advice: No, it’s not just a joke or a compliment Feb 23, 2014 6:07 AM
    Reader 1: I work in a small, laid-back office where only 4 percent of us are women. My issue is the inappropriate sexual comments I’ve heard men in the office make about some of the other women. For example, one woman sometimes wraps herself in a blanket when cold; one guy said, “She’s probably masturbating under the blanket.”

     
  • Work Advice: Dealing with a smarm offensive Feb 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    I have a female colleague with whom I enjoy a friendly working relationship. One thing happens like clockwork the first time I see her every day: She says: “Hi. Ohh, I love your outfit!” and then looks me up and down for a few awkward seconds while I fumble to change the topic. I am generally good at accepting compliments, but come on -- there is no way my twin sets and pleated slacks wow her every single day. I have the odd edgy-fashion inspiration, but some days I knowingly arrive at work with dog hair in my sweater.

     
  • Work Advice: Is he shy, or is he staring? Feb 9, 2014 6:29 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work advice: What’s worse than rejection? No reply. Feb 2, 2014 9:11 PM
    I’ve been hearing from enough jilted job-seekers to start a Miss Lonelyhires column. Being turned down is hard enough; can we at least establish a baseline of common courtesy? As with dating, a clear “no, thanks” generally beats dead silence, and the nature of a rejection should mirror the nature of the relationship. At a minimum, mass applicants are due an auto-reply confirming receipt and another when the position is filled.

     
  • Helping a colleague who’s homeless, not hopeless Jan 26, 2014 6:12 AM
    A competent junior co-worker recently confided to me that he has been living out of his car since his lease ended a month ago. Do I have an obligation to say (or not say) something to someone at my organization?

     
  • Work advice: Managing family and client expectations Jan 5, 2014 7:00 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Boss’ plan for flu vaccine comes with a sting Dec 22, 2013 6:39 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Co-worker danger zones Dec 15, 2013 6:02 AM
    You don’t have to like your colleagues, but you shouldn’t have to fear them. Two cases of disquieting co-workers, one concerning a reclusive and one that involves more aggressive interactions.

     
  • Work Advice: Jewish worker needs a holiday from clueless bosses Dec 2, 2013 7:40 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: It’s not easy, not being mean Nov 24, 2013 7:38 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Turn that promotion around, not down Nov 10, 2013 6:24 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Boomers vs. boomerangs Oct 27, 2013 6:53 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Can you hear me now? Oct 20, 2013 7:01 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: If you can’t say anything nice about your current job... Oct 13, 2013 7:06 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: How to navigate social situations outside the office Oct 6, 2013 12:01 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work advice: A big screaming deal Sep 29, 2013 6:30 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work advice: Exempt employees stuck with long hours Sep 22, 2013 6:27 AM
    Q: I am a midlevel manager at a distribution center. My seven fellow managers and I are all salaried, while the 100 or so workers we manage get an hourly wage. We make most of our money in the fourth quarter of the year during the holidays. For years, it was understood that during the busy months we would work long days, sometimes up to seven days a week, 10 hours a day. The saving grace was that for the remainder of the year we would work four 10-hour days and have a three-day weekend. Several months ago, we managers were told we now have to work five days a week, presumably at least eight hours, year-round. However, many of our hourly staff still work four 10-hour days, requiring management presence for at least 10 hours on those days. Now, all the managers are working 50 to 60 hours a week with no change in pay or benefits. We feel taken advantage of. Is there anything we can do to alleviate this situation? Karla: A quick legal primer on workweeks and overtime: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers must be paid the national minimum wage and overtime for any hours over 40 a week, unless their job is classified as “exempt.” Just being paid a salary doesn’t mean you’re exempt; to find out if your job may qualify for overtime pay, fill out the questionnaire at the Labor Department’s online “Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor.” But let’s assume you’re correctly classified as an exempt employee. In that case, you’re pretty much stuck working however long it takes to get the job done. Your best hope is to convince your bosses that burning through managers is a poor use of resources, and a policy change is due. They might decide to spread the misery around by ending flex time for your hourly workers, too; a better solution would be to reduce the worker-to-manager ratio by hiring or promoting new managers, or by training and authorizing high-performing hourly workers to take on some management duties in exchange for overtime pay. If those efforts fail, see whether you can organize your shifts so every manager gets a periodic “easy” week. It’s not ideal, but it beats running on all bald tires. Your bosses may just exhort you to do more with less, as too many employers are doing now. If so, they also may find out come busy season that workers running on fumes tend to break down just when they’re expected to pick up speed. Ÿ Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG’s Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.

     
  • Work Advice: Assessing the move to a lower-paying job Sep 15, 2013 6:45 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • Work Advice: Bunking with the boss; paycheck privacy Sep 8, 2013 7:19 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
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