@Work Advice

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

Work Advice: Can I tell my employee she has to wear a bra?
With more young women going brassiere-free, companies must craft careful dress codes.
 
Work Advice: Smart ways for a new employee to go about joining the military reserves
(The Washington Post, January 11, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Whatever happened to ...? Updates from a few letter writers.
(The Washington Post, December 28, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: It’s cooold outside. And in this office.
(The Washington Post, December 14, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
This professional coach is out of strategies to help a deadline-missing colleague
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Can I tell my boss that his holiday gift goes unused?
(The Washington Post, November 30, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Are thank-you notes outdated in the digital job market?
(The Washington Post, November 16, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Money’s tight. Older siblings won’t work. What’s a 14-year-old to do?
(The Washington Post, November 9, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Where to start if you’re a stiffed contractor
(The Washington Post, November 2, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
How to cope when everyone in your small work group is a parent, and you aren’t
(The Washington Post, October 26, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: How to perfect the personal pitch
(The Washington Post, October 19, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
When your supervisor wants you to buy an expensive product for their side hustle
(The Washington Post, October 12, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Five ways freelance writers can fight burnout
(The Washington Post, October 5, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Are biased workers entitled to protections?
(The Washington Post, September 28, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Her husband is job-hopping. Is that a good idea?
(The Washington Post, September 21, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
This employee accepted a new job. Then a better offer came along.
(The Washington Post, September 14, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
Work Advice: Helping a daughter overcome being fired for letting a customer steal
(The Washington Post, September 7, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
They’re getting married. And they’ve both got dream jobs. In different states.
(The Washington Post, August 31, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
The boss wants to rate them on their attendance, socializing at company events
(The Washington Post, August 24, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
His raise will be eaten up by increased health insurance costs. What to do?
(The Washington Post, August 10, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
The boss wants to use a worker’s home as a hotel. What to do?
(The Washington Post, August 3, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
The boss is rude. How should a worker rate him?
(The Washington Post, July 27, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
What if your boss wants you to work on border wall contracts, and you don’t want to?
(The Washington Post, July 20, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
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)