Articles filed under Miller, Karla L.

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  • 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.

     
  • Career Coach: Beware the power-hungry boss Sep 1, 2013 7:01 AM
    There are a lot of problems that result when leaders do not share power. Those who have false perceptions of their own importance and power spend a lot of time reinforcing it, showcasing it and trying to protect it. Their hoarding of power leads to feelings of powerlessness among others. I have heard some employees in these work units say they were thrilled when their bosses weren’t at work since it was more relaxing for everyone else there, and they could concentrate on doing their jobs without the presence of the powerful boss.

     
  • Work Advice: When a background check goes awry Aug 25, 2013 6:35 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
  • How to handle moody bosses Aug 18, 2013 6:54 AM
    I avoid interacting with my boss because he is so moody. My boss is horrible about approving vacation requests. I’ve had a few vacation requests sitting in his queue for more than a month. I’d like to book flights soon, so I can’t just wait for him to get with the program. He should just look at the calendar and either grant it or say, “Sorry, someone has that day off already.” It’s not that difficult.

     
  • Work Advice: Potty clarity in the office Aug 11, 2013 6:49 AM
    A longtime employee in our federal government office was “Bob” and now is “Barbara.” When it was time for Barbara to start living as a woman, she spent a year using a designated unisex bathroom with only one toilet. After a year, she began using the women’s multi-stall bathroom in preparation for her sex-change operation. Under federal policy, Barbara is using the “gender-appropriate bathroom.”

     
  • Work Advice: Is the photo in your email G-rated? Aug 4, 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: When a good boss goes bad Jul 28, 2013 7:24 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: How to deal high calorie events at work Jul 21, 2013 7:50 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: Ask me no favors, I'll tell you no lies Jul 14, 2013 7:53 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: ‘Biz With Friends’ is a dangerous game Jul 7, 2013 6:37 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: Should med school dream be deferred? Jun 30, 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: When HR goes off the rails Jun 23, 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.

     
  • Advice on handling problems at work Jun 16, 2013 7:18 AM
    Surface problems in a workplace can usually be resolved between sensible individuals. Systemic problems require painful, large-scale intervention by management or external forces; without that support, workers are generally limited to hunkering down or fleeing.

     
  • Work Advice: Freelance doesn’t mean free Jun 9, 2013 6:32 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: Unlinking from unwanted connections Jun 2, 2013 6:00 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

     
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