@Work Advice

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

@Work Advice: Just say no, or quit?
Worker is morally opposed to drug testing. But what if his or her number comes up?
@Work Advice: Music teacher’s lost income not a minor issue
(The Washington Post, April 11, 2014; 8:30 AM)
@Work Advice: ‘Jokes’ on men? Still not funny
(The Washington Post, April 1, 2014; 10:44 AM)
@Work Advice: Who’s the boss?
(The Washington Post, March 27, 2014; 6:11 PM)
@Work Advice: A know-it-all who knows he needs to change
(The Washington Post, March 20, 2014; 11:39 AM)
@Work Advice: When a dangled promotion goes nowhere
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2014; 3:20 PM)
@Work Advice: Is older ex-cousin a patron or a potential predator?
(The Washington Post, March 6, 2014; 3:39 PM)
@Work Advice: Older workers being edged out or denied entry, Part 2
(The Washington Post, February 27, 2014; 6:58 PM)
@Work Advice: Older workers being edged out or denied entry, Part 1
(The Washington Post, February 20, 2014; 5:05 PM)
@Work Advice: No, it’s not a joke/ compliment
(The Washington Post, February 11, 2014; 6:28 PM)
@Work Advice: Dealing with a smarm offensive
(The Washington Post, February 7, 2014; 2:22 PM)
@Work Advice: Is he shy, or is he staring?
(The Washington Post, January 31, 2014; 10:53 AM)
@Work Advice: What’s worse than rejection? No reply at all.
(The Washington Post, January 24, 2014; 11:14 AM)
@Work Advice: Homeless, not hopeless
(The Washington Post, January 17, 2014; 11:33 AM)
@Work Advice: A cold? Allergies? Smoking? Readers question office hacking
(The Washington Post, January 9, 2014; 12:37 PM)
@Work Advice: Consultant tries to balance clients’ needs with those of ill family members
(The Washington Post, January 3, 2014; 11:28 AM)
@Work Advice: One person’s nit is another’s mistake. Plus, the problem with ‘No problem’
(The Washington Post, December 20, 2013; 3:50 PM)
@Work Advice: A Dickens of a work schedule
(The Washington Post, December 19, 2013; 6:31 PM)
@Work Advice: Boss’s plan for flu vaccine comes with a sting
(The Washington Post, December 9, 2013; 7:14 PM)
@Work Advice: Is this colleague an occupational hazard, Part 2
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2013; 4:32 PM)
@Work Advice: Is this colleague an occupational hazard, Part 1
(The Washington Post, November 27, 2013; 2:14 PM)
@Work Advice: Reader needs holiday from clueless bosses
(The Washington Post, November 21, 2013; 5:24 PM)
@Work Advice: It’s not easy, not being mean. How to stand up to, and for, others
(The Washington Post, November 15, 2013; 7:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Instead of turning down promotion, try turning it around
(The Washington Post, October 31, 2013; 12:06 PM)
@Work Advice: Assaulted once, reader doesn’t want to be a victim again
(The Washington Post, October 25, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: A baby boomer boss, a millennial staffer, and a problem
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2013; 3:14 PM)
@Work Advice: Negotiating after-hours labor and time off for medical treatment
(The Washington Post, October 11, 2013; 7:00 AM)
@Work Advice: If you can’t say anything nice about your current job ...
(The Washington Post, October 2, 2013; 3:15 PM)
@Work Advice: When your office’s social atmosphere is hard to take
(The Washington Post, September 27, 2013; 7:00 AM)
@Work Advice: How to handle screamers
(The Washington Post, September 16, 2013; 2:19 PM)
@Work Advice: Schedule change leaves managers working more for same pay
(The Washington Post, September 13, 2013; 10:58 AM)
@Work Advice: When should a worker take a salary cut for better benefits in other areas?
(The Washington Post, September 6, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Bunking with the boss?
(The Washington Post, August 28, 2013; 6:06 PM)
@Work Advice: Giving notice without giving offense
(The Washington Post, August 20, 2013; 4:22 PM)
@Work Advice: What to do when a background check goes awry
(The Washington Post, August 16, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Take my boss, please; he’s moody or tells old jokes
(The Washington Post, August 9, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Transgender workers and ‘gender-appropriate bathrooms’
(The Washington Post, July 31, 2013; 10:29 AM)
@Work Advice: Is your e-mail photo G-rated?
(The Washington Post, July 22, 2013; 4:55 PM)
@Work Advice: When a good boss goes bad
(The Washington Post, July 18, 2013; 10:00 AM)
@Work Advice: House of carbs
(The Washington Post, July 10, 2013; 12:20 PM)
@Work Advice: Ask me no questions,
(The Washington Post, July 3, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: ‘Work With Friends’ is a dangerous game
(The Washington Post, June 24, 2013; 8:55 PM)
@Work Advice: Should med school be a dream deferred?
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2013; 1:34 PM)
What kind of HR department makes workers submit complaints through supervisors?
(The Washington Post, June 13, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: How serious are these untoward communications?
(The Washington Post, June 6, 2013; 10:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Freelance doesn’t mean free
(The Washington Post, May 30, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Unlinking yourself from unwanted connections
(The Washington Post, May 23, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Dealing with co-workers who are in the market for a union
(The Washington Post, May 16, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: When your fun schedule conflicts with the boss’s business schedule
(The Washington Post, May 9, 2013; 8:00 AM)
@Work Advice: Office bereavement policies can avoid awkwardness and hurt
(The Washington Post, May 2, 2013; 8:00 AM)