How to Work Around a Bevy of Mean Middle Aged Girls in the Office

How to Work Around a Bevy of Mean Middle Aged Girls in the Office

Dear Office Mom,

I'm hoping you might be able to help me with a workplace dilemma. I've been with my current employer for two years, and there has been a lot of tension and drama in our department. There is a Queen Bee with a clique that follows whatever she says. She is a major gossip and self-described 'mean girl'. They tend to binge drink, come to work with hangovers and arrive late almost daily. I don't drink or party, so I'm the odd man out. Since I am quiet and never stand up for myself, I have become a target.

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How to Overcome Your Team's Perception That You're Not Qualified for Your New Role

How to Overcome Your Team's Perception That You're Not Qualified for Your New Role

Dear Office Mom,

I recently got a job as a supervisor at a big company by recommendation despite coming from a different industry. The nature of my past work requires the same creative skillset. I believe that I can offer guidance and creative direction to my direct subordinates. The problem is, with only just two days in my new position, I feel a hostile environment where some do not acknowledge my role, have doubts about my competence and skills.

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Sugarcoat or Brutal Honesty? The Best Way to Give 360 Degree Feedback to a Co-Worker That Can't Do the Work

Sugarcoat or Brutal Honesty? The Best Way to Give 360 Degree Feedback to a Co-Worker That Can't Do the Work

Dear Office Mom,

I have a coworker who isn't good at her job. She's not lazy. She has a terrific attitude and wants to do well. She isn't able to take good notes, follow instructions, meet deadlines without constant hand-holding, handle complex projects and documents, or contribute feasible, sound ideas to any strategic or process-related discussion…

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This is the Best Way to Talk to Your Boss About an Extra Work Assignment Interfering With Your Main Job

This is the Best Way to Talk to Your Boss About an Extra Work Assignment Interfering With Your Main Job

Dear Office Mom,

I have been working as an administrative assistant since February at my current company. I have proven time and time again that I am smart and deserving of this job to my manager. Recently, one of the project managers (who was the previous administrative assistant) has volunteered for me to work on something for her project while I still have another workload to do for the job I was hired for.

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If You Have a Co-Worker Who Thinks He is Your Boss These Tips Will Help

If You Have a Co-Worker Who Thinks He is Your Boss These Tips Will Help

Dear YOM,

I am the Office Manager in a small office with an owner and a new GM. All of us work well together with minimal friction. However, one young man has started causing issues with the rest of the team. He is trying to dictate our roles and responsibilities, tell us how to do our jobs, and approaching clients inappropriately….~Irked

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When Your Work Friend Becomes Your New Boss, It Can Complicates Things on the Job

When Your Work Friend Becomes Your New Boss, It Can Complicates Things on the Job

Dear Office Mom,

I have an awkward situation at work. I went to lunch with this female coworker a few times in the past, and we became friends and even connected on Facebook. She got me a birthday gift and gave me other little things. I ended up getting her something afterward to repay the favor. However, recently, she was promoted and is now my supervisor. My other co-workers and I think it was an unfair promotion because she has been here less than a year…

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No, You Don't Have to Attend Lame Work Events on Your Own Time

No, You Don't Have to Attend Lame Work Events on Your Own Time

Dear Office Mom,

My manager asked our team if anyone was going to the full department holiday Potluck that starts at 4:30 pm tomorrow. Most said they weren’t sure but were thinking about it. She continues to mention that we needed to make sure to let her know if we do so that we can adjust our hours. All of us looked a little confused by that statement. She said if we wanted to attend, then we would need to come in 30 minutes early and if we came in at our regular time and attended the event, then we would need to submit PTO… ~ Kari

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How to Adjust After a Company Merger and You Don't Like Your New Role

How to Adjust After a Company Merger and You Don't Like Your New Role

Recently my company merged with another. We all got to keep "our jobs" but our job titles were changed. At first we were given the impression we'd be doing the same jobs under different titles, but I was switched to another role, of which I have no direct experience and I’m not comfortable and find it emotionally distressing…


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