@Work Advice

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

Work Advice: Can a morning-sickness sufferer seek a ban on smelly food?
She hasn’t announced her pregnancy yet, but the microwave odor is getting to her.
 
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)
 
@Work Advice: When will it be fathers’ day in the office?
(The Washington Post, June 16, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: He’s upset his fiancee’s ex will be working at her company
(The Washington Post, June 9, 2016; 8:00 AM)
 
@Work Advice: The case of the offensive cleavage
(The Washington Post, June 2, 2016; 8:00 AM)