How to Feel More Confident About Your Work Performance

How to Feel More Confident About Your Work Performance

Dear Office Mom,

I have a question relating to my progress at work. I am very quiet and reserved. A few times I brought these concerns to the attention of my boss. I find that I tend to ask a lot of questions and get corrected for something on a daily basis. Anytime that I feel confident, something is thrown in my face about how it could be done differently… ~Concerned

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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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