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Question: “I would like to approach my boss for a raise; however, I’m not exactly sure how to do this.  I have been with the company six years, and my annual review is nine months past due.  Two other co-workers haven’t received a raise since mid-2007, but several others have received generous pay increases.  Although we downsized, certain people still receive great perks while others get nothing.  We no longer have a human resources director to protect the company or the employees.  I work hard as does my department, and we’ve been treated in such a way that makes us feel like we’re not entitled to ask for more. Any suggestions?” — JD
Question: “I would like to approach my boss for a raise; however, I’m not exactly sure how to do this.  I have been with the company six years, and my annual review is nine months past due.  Two other co-workers haven’t received a raise since mid-2007, but several others have received generous pay increases.  Although we downsized, certain people still receive great perks while others get nothing.  We no longer have a human resources director to protect the company or the employees.  I work hard as does my department, and we’ve been treated in such a way that makes us feel like we’re not entitled to ask for more. Any suggestions?” — JD
Question: “A co-worker thinks it’s humorous to make rude hand gestures. We get along well, but for no apparent reason, she will ‘flip me off,’ thinking it’s funny. I have expressed my displeasure to her both in person and in an e-mail, telling her it’s inappropriate. What’s the best way to handle this in an office environment?” — Perplexed
Question: “A co-worker thinks it’s humorous to make rude hand gestures. We get along well, but for no apparent reason, she will ‘flip me off,’ thinking it’s funny. I have expressed my displeasure to her both in person and in an e-mail, telling her it’s inappropriate. What’s the best way to handle this in an office environment?” — Perplexed
Question: “I’m a union employee and currently work a 40-hour week, but I’d like to cut back to 32 hours per week. I can easily complete all my work in six hours a day, as I usually go looking for more work each afternoon. How should I approach my employer and what should I say in a formal letter asking for this accommodation?” — Anonymous
Question: “I’m a union employee and currently work a 40-hour week, but I’d like to cut back to 32 hours per week. I can easily complete all my work in six hours a day, as I usually go looking for more work each afternoon. How should I approach my employer and what should I say in a formal letter asking for this accommodation?” — Anonymous

QUESTION: As we enter the back-to-school season, office supplies have begun to disappear. Does anyone have any policy or procedure in place to thwart this type of behavior? In your experience, will a firm but diplomatic e-mail help? It's getting expensive and embarrassing as large quantities walk away.— K. in FL

QUESTION: As we enter the back-to-school season, office supplies have begun to disappear. Does anyone have any policy or procedure in place to thwart this type of behavior? In your experience, will a firm but diplomatic e-mail help? It's getting expensive and embarrassing as large quantities walk away.— K. in FL

Question: “I recently took a job where I supervise three administrative assistants. These employees have been working here for many years. They are all good workers, but each one has a different way of working; one goes above and beyond, one is very organized, and the other one does just what is needed. I work directly on a daily basis with the one admin who goes above and beyond. I don’t have daily contact with the other two admins because they are in different parts of the building. How do I supervise the other two and complete their performance evaluations?  I have set up meetings with them to discuss their daily routines, and I plan on setting up a monthly meeting with them. What else can I do?” — Linda
Question: “I recently took a job where I supervise three administrative assistants. These employees have been working here for many years. They are all good workers, but each one has a different way of working; one goes above and beyond, one is very organized, and the other one does just what is needed. I work directly on a daily basis with the one admin who goes above and beyond. I don’t have daily contact with the other two admins because they are in different parts of the building. How do I supervise the other two and complete their performance evaluations?  I have set up meetings with them to discuss their daily routines, and I plan on setting up a monthly meeting with them. What else can I do?” — Linda
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