@Work Advice

Columnist Karla L. Miller answers your questions on surviving the workplace

Work advice: What to do when your boss’s leg shaking affects your work
Plus, is it okay to be interviewed by a former candidate who turned down the job?
@Work Advice: The 411 on a boss who calls and e-mails 24/7
(The Washington Post, March 20, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Booze and blues clues. How to handle a colleague’s troubling behavior
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Salaried employee is being docked for ‘undertime’
(The Washington Post, March 6, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: More questions about whether employers’ demands are legal
(The Washington Post, February 27, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When your company plays fast and loose with your retirement savings
(The Washington Post, February 20, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: English patience. When a staffer struggles with the language
(The Washington Post, February 13, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When the boss is dating a co-worker
(The Washington Post, February 6, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When the job feels like high school
(The Washington Post, January 30, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When your employer gives you a smartphone ...
(The Washington Post, January 23, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: The after-potty. Readers respond to letter about bathroom breaks
(The Washington Post, January 16, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Having words with a bad editor. Plus how to be a better writer.
(The Washington Post, January 9, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Health, welfare and Obamacare
(The Washington Post, December 31, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Asking for a raise, and protesting someone else’s
(The Washington Post, December 24, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Making the best of a good first job, even one below your ‘skill level’
(The Washington Post, December 19, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Keeping confidences, or not
(The Washington Post, December 12, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Since when does PTO mean Potty Time Off?
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Happy (?) Holidays
(The Washington Post, November 14, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: ‘Just say it’ isn’t always easy. How to use your leverage for good.
(The Washington Post, November 7, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: She can go home again. But can she work there temporarily?
(The Washington Post, November 6, 2014; 11:37 AM)
@Work Advice: An accidental snoop and a flu-phobic manager
(The Washington Post, October 31, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: The insolent intern
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When your male co-workers won’t discuss pay
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: So you were fired. How to talk about it during future job interviews.
(The Washington Post, October 8, 2014; 4:37 PM)
@Work Advice: Closing a chapter (7), with guest advice from Nora Raum
(The Washington Post, October 2, 2014; 5:54 PM)
@Work Advice: Stranger danger and textual innuendo
(The Washington Post, September 26, 2014; 7:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Telecommuters not happy about video streaming plan
(The Washington Post, September 19, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Don’t go changing to try to please what seems to be one myopic jerk
(The Washington Post, September 10, 2014; 2:55 PM)
@Work Advice: Impersonnel management, when the bots do the screening
(The Washington Post, September 5, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: No good way to say it. Deflecting—or not firing—casual insults.
(The Washington Post, August 29, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Is it unusual to keep work life and personal life totally separate?
(The Washington Post, August 22, 2014; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: To protect, serve — and be paid differently
(The Washington Post, August 15, 2014; 11:12 AM)
@Work Advice: When your boss thinks you’ll blab
(The Washington Post, August 8, 2014; 2:15 PM)
@Work Advice: Sticky political wickets, including potential ‘embarrassment’
(The Washington Post, August 1, 2014; 6:30 AM)
@Work Advice: Is what my employer is doing legal? Some advice.
(The Washington Post, July 24, 2014; 5:32 PM)
@Work Advice: When no more raises are in the cards
(The Washington Post, July 18, 2014; 6:30 AM)
@Work Advice: They see problems down the line. Should they speak up now?
(The Washington Post, July 9, 2014; 4:36 PM)
@Work Advice: Gone, but not forgotten (if they need help). Plus, how much notice is enough?
(The Washington Post, July 3, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When colleagues are expected to carry a suffering co-worker
(The Washington Post, June 26, 2014; 11:01 AM)
@Work Advice: How women can hack into the ‘brogrammer’ culture
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2014; 5:27 PM)
@Work Advice: It’s been nearly 10 years. Can this grudge be overcome?
(The Washington Post, June 13, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: The delicacy of disclosing a disability during the application process
(The Washington Post, June 6, 2014; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: What’s the protocol when an applicant reveals he is in psychiatric care?
(The Washington Post, May 29, 2014; 12:51 PM)
@Work Advice: Gimme a break, or at least pay me for it
(The Washington Post, May 23, 2014; 8:30 AM)
@Work Advice: Minding your own business, and getting others to mind theirs as well
(The Washington Post, May 16, 2014; 6:30 AM)
@Work Advice: Headed for a training wreck involving uncompensated e-learning
(The Washington Post, May 9, 2014; 8:30 AM)
@Work Advice: How to handle slackers
(The Washington Post, May 2, 2014; 9:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Offering unsolicited advice without offending higher-ups
(The Washington Post, April 25, 2014; 7:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Just say no, or quit?
(The Washington Post, April 18, 2014; 7:30 AM)
@Work Advice: Music teacher’s lost income not a minor issue
(The Washington Post, April 11, 2014; 8:30 AM)