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Question: “I’m new at my job and love my position and the people I work for. The problem is my co-worker, who sits next to me. She is making it obvious she just does not like me. At first I thought she was quiet, so I tried to engage her in small talk.  She would respond in very short sentences.  When I ask for help she says she doesn’t know or pretends she doesn’t hear, though she sits only four feet away! She goes days with out speaking to me, unless absolutely necessary. With other employees she laughs, jokes, helps them out and is kind to them.  Why does she treat me so differently? I have tried to be kind and professional and she acts like I am not even here. Please help.” —Anonymous
Question: “I’m new at my job and love my position and the people I work for. The problem is my co-worker, who sits next to me. She is making it obvious she just does not like me. At first I thought she was quiet, so I tried to engage her in small talk.  She would respond in very short sentences.  When I ask for help she says she doesn’t know or pretends she doesn’t hear, though she sits only four feet away! She goes days with out speaking to me, unless absolutely necessary. With other employees she laughs, jokes, helps them out and is kind to them.  Why does she treat me so differently? I have tried to be kind and professional and she acts like I am not even here. Please help.” —Anonymous
Question: "I am an administrative assistant with my own office, which is also the entrance to the building. My co-workers are all in the building next door and share one room.  Only my boss and I work in this building. Occasionally, my co-workers (and even contractors!) will come behind my desk. I feel this is overstepping and invading my personal space. I don’t walk up to their desks and take their pens and pencils or begin reading their paperwork. How do I stop this? They don’t dare do this to my boss; why do they think it is OK to do this to me?" — Christine
Question: "I am an administrative assistant with my own office, which is also the entrance to the building. My co-workers are all in the building next door and share one room.  Only my boss and I work in this building. Occasionally, my co-workers (and even contractors!) will come behind my desk. I feel this is overstepping and invading my personal space. I don’t walk up to their desks and take their pens and pencils or begin reading their paperwork. How do I stop this? They don’t dare do this to my boss; why do they think it is OK to do this to me?" — Christine
Question: "I work in an office where we don't have clients come in, but do have many visitors who meet with my boss. My boss switched the soft rock overhead music to what he calls classical. It is ballad symphony music and literally either puts me to sleep or makes me irritated. The soft rock music made for a pleasant work environment and was not inappropriate. We can't even listen to our own iPod music devices. Should I make a big fuss over this or just let it go and deal?" —Laura
Question: "I work in an office where we don't have clients come in, but do have many visitors who meet with my boss. My boss switched the soft rock overhead music to what he calls classical. It is ballad symphony music and literally either puts me to sleep or makes me irritated. The soft rock music made for a pleasant work environment and was not inappropriate. We can't even listen to our own iPod music devices. Should I make a big fuss over this or just let it go and deal?" —Laura

Question: “My company gives awards (bonus checks) to employees who have worked 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. In the past we've gone from inviting the entire company to an annual dinner where those being honored were presented their checks to only the honorees and their supervisors attending the dinner.  This year, we're considering cutting back even more.  I'd like to learn how other companies honor their long standing employees. Thanks!" —Terri Vanias

Question: “My company gives awards (bonus checks) to employees who have worked 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. In the past we've gone from inviting the entire company to an annual dinner where those being honored were presented their checks to only the honorees and their supervisors attending the dinner.  This year, we're considering cutting back even more.  I'd like to learn how other companies honor their long standing employees. Thanks!" —Terri Vanias

Question: “I am a receptionist at a large, very busy long-term care facility. I was disciplined for a mistake I made. I owned up to the mistake and that is not my issue. My issue is that my supervisor did the write-up, at my desk, while the phones were ringing, residents were asking questions and other staff were waiting for their paychecks. The HR director also came out and stood next to my desk while this was going on, I suppose in an attempt to make it seem like this was done properly, but it most certainly was not. I know nothing can be done after the fact, but I needed to vent. Can you offer me some professional feedback and advice?” — Gwen
Question: “I am a receptionist at a large, very busy long-term care facility. I was disciplined for a mistake I made. I owned up to the mistake and that is not my issue. My issue is that my supervisor did the write-up, at my desk, while the phones were ringing, residents were asking questions and other staff were waiting for their paychecks. The HR director also came out and stood next to my desk while this was going on, I suppose in an attempt to make it seem like this was done properly, but it most certainly was not. I know nothing can be done after the fact, but I needed to vent. Can you offer me some professional feedback and advice?” — Gwen
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