@Work Advice

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

What if your boss wants you to work on border wall contracts, and you don’t want to?
Plus, what if you’re employed in a green field in the federal government?
 
What do you mean ‘we,’ boss?
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
They want to know your salary history. Do you have to tell them?
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Can a morning-sickness sufferer seek a ban on smelly food?
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: But HER boss lets her wear a jean jacket
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: She thinks she knows his problem. Will he listen?
(The Washington Post, June 8, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When the boss likes one applicant, but you prefer another
(The Washington Post, June 1, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Is this angry boss a jerk? Or could he have Alzheimer’s?
(The Washington Post, May 25, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: A superfluous supervisor who doesn’t do much but take the credit
(The Washington Post, May 18, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Teen can use job search as preparation for adulting
(The Washington Post, May 11, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: The company messed up. Should the worker repay it?
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: A doctor’s note for a one-day absence?
(The Washington Post, April 20, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: Oh, no! Here comes that chatty co-worker.
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: Is mentioning a deceased spouse in interviews TMI?
(The Washington Post, April 6, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: The parking is free, but it has other costs
(The Washington Post, March 30, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: Why are racial minorities singled out to lead diversity training?
(The Washington Post, March 22, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: This employee thinks PTO is odious
(The Washington Post, March 16, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Your colleague has asked you to sign her out. Here’s why you shouldn’t.
(The Washington Post, March 9, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When you appreciate your job, but it doesn’t appreciate you
(The Washington Post, March 2, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When recruiters ghost
(The Washington Post, February 23, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When recruiters go rogue
(The Washington Post, February 16, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: The office is closing. Should the manager lead, or leave?
(The Washington Post, February 9, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When you see your married boss’s profile on a dating site
(The Washington Post, February 2, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Does a bad forecast call for extra pay?
(The Washington Post, January 26, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: No, temp agencies do not exist to find you a job
(The Washington Post, January 19, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Cloudy outlook for overtime rule
(The Washington Post, January 12, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: How co-workers can help a recently suicidal colleague
(The Washington Post, January 5, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Who owns the rights to your designs? It depends.
(The Washington Post, December 29, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Let them eat cake — just leave me out of it
(The Washington Post, December 15, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Résumés, Part 2: Winning over the humans
(The Washington Post, December 1, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Résumés, Part 1: Getting past the machine
(The Washington Post, November 23, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When it comes to tipped employees, things can get complicated
(The Washington Post, November 17, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: After a breakup, breaking the news at the office
(The Washington Post, November 10, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Remember that allergic worker whose desk was smeared with peanut butter?
(The Washington Post, November 3, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: It’s not personal, except when it is
(The Washington Post, October 27, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Yes, the new overtime rule probably applies to your small business
(The Washington Post, October 20, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: This business owner gives more holidays to employees who share his faith.
(The Washington Post, October 13, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: A friend has a bad rep in his field. Do you tell him?
(The Washington Post, October 6, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
You’re allergic to peanut butter. Yet a colleague has smeared it on your desk.
(The Washington Post, September 29, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Your boss says, ‘Nice job!’ But does she mean it?
(The Washington Post, September 22, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: For university workers, Overtime 101
(The Washington Post, September 8, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: When they don’t want new jobs, just more money
(The Washington Post, September 1, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: When a business client wants to be best buds
(The Washington Post, August 18, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Can this payment method ease overtime pain?
(The Washington Post, August 11, 2016; 10:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Good news, you are working as a reporter. Bad news, not officially.
(The Washington Post, August 4, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: She left for a better gig soon after starting. Is that okay? Would you call them short-timers, or two-timers?
(The Washington Post, July 28, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Reader worries her obese stepdaughter with a Southern accent will not get a job
(The Washington Post, July 21, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: When the director is a friend, and a drinker
(The Washington Post, July 14, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
This older female worker is the only one about to get a salary cut. Is that right?
(The Washington Post, July 7, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: What the new overtime rule might mean for you
(The Washington Post, June 23, 2016; 8:00 AM)