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How Can I Separate My Work and Social Lives?

I work in a small credit union as a temp with a close friend who has been watching me closely at the office. How do I keep work separate from social? I know she is just trying to help me become permanent, but it can be stressful. — Marie, New...

When Is the Right Time to Start a Business?

I dream of being self-employed and have taken steps: I launched my consulting business in 2012 and have been working another day job to provide basic financial necessities while my business grows. After finding out that my position is being...

Can I Request a Different Manager?

We're undergoing some organizational changes at my company and a new manager is joining my department. The one coming in is known for being a micromanager, while the existing team leader is excellent. Both teams do similar work — but I want to be...

7 Potential Career Saboteurs and How to Overcome Them

A few years ago, I found myself in the elevator with the CEO of the large company I worked for. We had a lively conversation on the ride down, and just as I was internally congratulating myself for having made a good impression, she turned to me...

How Can We Find the Right People?

I'm a senior-level associate attorney at a major law firm and work in a small, close-knit practice that's nationally known and very demanding. We've had several performance-related terminations and it's become clear that part of the problem is in...

Be More Powerful No Matter What Your Job Title

By now, you’ve heard plenty of stats like these: Women make up nearly 47 percent of the labor force yet only fill about 15 percent of executive roles and 5 percent of CEO slots. But those numbers, from the new U.S. Women in Business report by...

How Can I Be Taken More Seriously at Work?

I’ve been working at my current job for a year, am actively taking on extra projects and have put myself forward for consideration for two separate research positions, only to not be considered for either. I have a Master’s degree relevant to the...

Don’t Let Your Co-workers Bring You Down

At one point in my career, a slightly senior staffer started freezing me out — failing to invite me to key meetings and leaving my name off memos and emails I should have been included on. I eventually concluded that she might be feeling...

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