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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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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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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When You're New on the Job Try This Approach With an Impatient Coworker to Get What You Want

When You're New on the Job Try This Approach With an Impatient Coworker to Get What You Want

Dear Yom,

I am a new employee and have been at my position for a couple of weeks. My position consists of interacting with the public and helping them with legal matters. It is definitely a learning curve especially since the person training me has zero patience. She rushes through things at the speed she is accustomed to and gets frustrated when I don't grasp tasks right away….

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Your Role in Helping a Coworker Do a Better Job is Not Your Responsibility Even if You Feel It Is

Your Role in Helping a Coworker Do a Better Job is Not Your Responsibility Even if You Feel It Is

Dear Office Mom,

I have an unusual situation. I recommended a freelancer at work who turned out to be terrible.I contacted the freelancer and went through his credentials. He seemed on the up and up. I secured his resume and passed it along. My boss and another person interviewed him and he was hired. Later, I got a call from my boss saying his work was not up to par…

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Handling a Negative Co-Worker is Probably Easier Than You Think

Handling a Negative Co-Worker is Probably Easier Than You Think

Dear Office Mom,

I've had a job with a university for over 7 years. It's a small office and the boss is pretty hands-off as long as we are doing what we need to.I have a co-worker who is moving to another facility soon, but there are delays in that. This co-worker has a tense relationship…

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The Best Way to Handle Conflict with an Older Co-Worker

The Best Way to Handle Conflict with an Older Co-Worker

Dear Office Mom,
I'm having a battle of the generations with my co-worker. She's older and set in her ways. She's got seniority in more ways than one and her word is gospel. I'm in my early thirties and open to trying things differently (mostly more efficiently) and have no issues voicing my objections…

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