@Work Advice

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

Work Advice: How to handle a boss who puts religion first at the office
His habits and mannerisms make some workers uncomfortable. But are those habits illegal?
Work advice: Retailer’s ‘flexible scheduling’ leaves employee in knots
(The Washington Post, July 23, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Work Advice: She’s boxed in by her office’s lunch habits
(The Washington Post, July 16, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Expense retorts: Workers question paying for trade shows and bad coffee
(The Washington Post, July 9, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Work Advice: Her face is holding her back, but not the way you think
(The Washington Post, June 25, 2015; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: A department’s scent-free policy doesn’t pass the smell test
(The Washington Post, June 18, 2015; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When a supervisor’s body odor makes meetings impossible
(The Washington Post, June 11, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Work advice: They’re not paying him twice because they’re nice
(The Washington Post, June 4, 2015; 10:00 AM)
Work Advice: Her maternity leave may become permanent
(The Washington Post, May 28, 2015; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: What the h--- does this colleague think she’s doing?
(The Washington Post, May 21, 2015; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Swimming against a workaholic tide
(The Washington Post, May 14, 2015; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: If you’re happy and you know it, should you stay?
(The Washington Post, May 8, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Can an interpreter hinder communication?
(The Washington Post, May 1, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Caught in a blame game
(The Washington Post, April 24, 2015; 6:00 AM)
Work advice: Want a side of vocal fry with your order?
(The Washington Post, April 17, 2015; 6:00 AM)
Work Advice: A beef with a meat-free workplace
(The Washington Post, April 10, 2015; 6:00 AM)
Work advice: What to do when you feel hostile about a takeover
(The Washington Post, April 3, 2015; 6:00 AM)
Work advice: What to do when your boss’s leg shaking affects your work
(The Washington Post, March 27, 2015; 6:00 AM)
@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)