Marie McIntyre, Ph.D.

Question: “I often feel like an outsider in my office. I am 61, overweight, and have gray hair. My co-workers are in their 20s and 30s. The whole group goes out for “happy hour” once every six weeks … I usually avoid these get-togethers because I don’t feel comfortable with the youngsters … Do you think I should start going?” — Old & Gray

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Question: “My new job has been very disappointing. I was hired to write communication materials and help support the department, but I seem to have become my boss’s personal assistant…”

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New Job Disappoints?

by Marie McIntyre, Ph.D. on February 15, 2011 10:35am

in Your Office Coach

Question: “My new job has been very disappointing. I was hired to write communication materials and help support the department, but I seem to have become my boss’s personal assistant…”

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Question: “My boss recently learned that I had considered taking a new job.  I admitted to checking out the job market, but told him that I’m not planning to quit. He became very upset and started to talk about replacing me.  Now I’m afraid I’ll be fired. What should I do?”  – Charles

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Question: “My boss recently learned that I had considered taking a new job.  I admitted to checking out the job market, but told him that I’m not planning to quit. He became very upset and started to talk about replacing me.  Now I’m afraid I’ll be fired. What should I do?”  – Charles

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Question:  Recently, a coworker’s highly inflammatory email was accidentally forwarded to both me and the owner of our business. I got quite upset, because the email contained disrespectful and libelous remarks about me. The owner told him to apologize, but that never happened. Now this person has sent another email defaming my character and professional skills. I have forwarded this message to the owner, but I can’t continue to sit back and take these malicious comments. Do I have grounds to tell the owner that he should terminate this employee? – Not a Wimp

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Question:  Recently, a coworker’s highly inflammatory email was accidentally forwarded to both me and the owner of our business. I got quite upset, because the email contained disrespectful and libelous remarks about me. The owner told him to apologize, but that never happened. Now this person has sent another email defaming my character and professional skills. I have forwarded this message to the owner, but I can’t continue to sit back and take these malicious comments. Do I have grounds to tell the owner that he should terminate this employee? – Not a Wimp

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Question: “I can’t seem to find the happy medium between too much work and not enough. Although I’ve been doing training for 20 years, I still spend a million hours on my lesson plans and class materials … I’d like to nurture my creative side by trying out some new hobbies and activities. How can I stop devoting so much time to my work?” — Too Dedicated

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Question:  Whenever our boss is upset, he calls a group meeting and administers a general scolding. Since he is never specific, we are all left wondering who screwed up. To me, this approach seems immature and unproductive. If I make a mistake, I would rather be chewed out privately, not included in a public lecture that makes everyone feel bad. Our manager’s collective reprimands have sunk morale into a black hole. Any suggestions for dealing with this?  – Blamed for Nothing

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Question:  Whenever our boss is upset, he calls a group meeting and administers a general scolding. Since he is never specific, we are all left wondering who screwed up. To me, this approach seems immature and unproductive. If I make a mistake, I would rather be chewed out privately, not included in a public lecture that makes everyone feel bad. Our manager’s collective reprimands have sunk morale into a black hole. Any suggestions for dealing with this?  – Blamed for Nothing

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