Chain store neglects to pay or schedule teen it hired after she asked for weekend off.
Vacation and sick pay problems include when to use the days and being asked to pay them back.
Co-worker wonders how to speak up about frozen fish and vegetable lunches.
His habits and mannerisms make some workers uncomfortable. But are those habits illegal?
@Work Advice columns by Karla Miller
- Work Advice: Leave issues should not be left unturned
- Work Advice: First job offers a lasting lesson
- Work Advice: What you can do about a co-worker’s microwave stink
- Work Advice: How to handle a boss who puts religion first at the office
- Work advice: Retailer’s ‘flexible scheduling’ leaves employee in knots
- Work Advice: She’s boxed in by her office’s lunch habits
- Expense retorts: Workers question paying for trade shows and bad coffee
- Work Advice: Her face is holding her back, but not the way you think
- @Work Advice: A department’s scent-free policy doesn’t pass the smell test
- @Work Advice: When a supervisor’s body odor makes meetings impossible
About the Contest
In 2011, we launched a contest in search of the would-be advice columnist with the smartest, savviest approach to navigating the workplace. Finalists, chosen by a panel of judges, competed in four rounds for the chance to write a series of columns for The Washington Post Magazine . Reader votes determined who advanced to the next round; judges chose a winner from the last three standing. That winner, Karla L. Miller, continues to write a weekly column for the Magazine.
Six contestants competed in our video challenge. The judges awarded immunity to Karla Miller and we said goodbye to Leslie Anderson and Dean Buckley.
D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen: What should you do when your professional life interferes with your personal life?D.C. United's Ben Olsen needed help balancing work and famly.
BET CEO Debra Lee: How do you know when it’s time to look for a job you’re passionate about, rather than a stepping stone?BET CEO Debra Lee needed help meshing career and passion.
Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis: What should you do when a co-worker’s personal hygiene is driving people away?Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis needed help dealing with a co-worker’s bad breath.
“Like any relationship, once employees cease sensing connection to employers, the honeymoon is over.”
“The last few years have done a whopper on most working people. Let’s see if we can find a way for you to catch your breath.”
“I’d love to hear your stories and ideas on how to triumph over job insecurity ... But please, no murder plots.”
“We can’t afford to watch junior staff leave just because the guy who signs their timesheet is a doofus.”
“It’s hard to get much done when you think the guy in the next cubicle is plotting Workplace Domination”
“The average worker’s focus is like the average American’s diet: all over the place and increasingly unhealthy.”
Meet the Judges
Eric Peterson is manager of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Society for Human Resource Management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from American University.
Douglas LaBier is a business psychologist and founder of the Center for Progressive Development, a nonprofit organization promoting psychological health in the workplace.
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