The Top Ten Ways To Save Your Lunch (When A Co-Worker Keeps Begging For Your Food)

Dear Evil Skippy:

I have a co-worker who I get along with just fine except for one thing. She keeps asking if she can have a taste of whatever I am having for lunch “because it looks so good”. This happens whether we are out with a group or just eating something from home in the break room. I do not want to keep giving her bites but I also do not want to appear petty or selfish. Should I just suck it up and share, or find a way to make her stop?

— Susan

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I Was Reprimanded For A Joke About Hiring A Hit Man

Dear Evil Skippy:

My manager reprimanded me because of something I said in a meeting last week. I was with my manager and three other supervisors (my peers) to discuss upcoming employee evaluations. When we were talking about one of my employees (who is known to be difficult to supervise), my manager asked me if I was having any problems with her. I said nothing that a hit man could not solve. He reprimanded me in writing for making a comment in violation of our policy against workplace violence. Would you have reprimanded me?

— Supervisor

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I Am Getting The Silent Treatment At Work

lawyer-car-accidentsDear Evil Skippy:

One of my co-workers stopped speaking to me and now several other co-workers (her buddies) are also giving me the cold shoulder. It started because I did not help this co-worker when she was having car trouble. It was our day off and I was on my way to the gym to meet my friends. I saw my co-worker at the side of the road with her car’s hood up. This was two blocks from a gas station on a busy street. I was running late, so I did not stop. The next Monday, I asked my co-worker if it was anything major wrong with her car. She flipped out when she realized that I had not stopped. She called me rude and inconsiderate. Was I wrong not to stop when it was obvious that she was not stranded?

— Perplexed

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I Don’t Want To Help My Boss Move (Again)

images-265Dear Evil Skippy:

My supervisor of three years moves a lot. He has lived in five different apartments since I joined his department and, because he knows I have a truck, he always asks me to help. I like the beer and pizza payment as much as the next guy, but am starting to feel like I am being used since he would pay a lot more for professional movers. He told us the other day that he is looking for a “better place” so I know I am going to be hit up again soon. I do not want to get on his bad side but I also do not want to spend another day off helping him move. How can I get out of it without looking like a jerk?

— Tired of Lifting

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My New Co-Workers Aren’t Friendly

welcome_wagon-1Dear Evil Skippy:

I started a new job last month. My new supervisor introduced me to the other employees in my department, but since that time no one has made an effort to get to know me. They have not asked me to join them for lunch or when they gather after work on Fridays. Here is my question: if I find another job (I had some other offers and am hoping one of the places still has openings), should I tell Human Resources it’s because of the cold reception? I don’t want to sound like a whiner.

— Feeling Ignored

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How Do I Motivate People To Volunteer For New Projects?

volunteer-205x165Dear Evil Skippy:

I manage twenty employees at our office. What is an effective way for me to instill more drive and enthusiasm among my workers? We have lots of special projects throughout the year, but when I try to get people to volunteer to be assigned to them all I get are excuses or silence. How do I motivate these slackers?

— Supervisor

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How Can I Be More Effective At Interviewing?

Dear Evil Skippy:

I am new to interviewing.   Lots of times I don’t feel as though I have obtained enough useful information. I think I am asking good questions. I just don’t seem to get meaty answers. What tips can you give me for being more effective at getting applicants to open up and talk?

— Newbie

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I Am Tired Of The Jokes

images-264Dear Evil Skippy –

I work in a department with six other co-workers and my supervisor. I am the only woman in the department. I am just over six feet tall. My supervisor and co-workers are all 5’7” or less. I was very self-conscious about being tall when I was in high school and college, but over the years have gotten over the periodic stares and stupid comments.   Recently, one of my co-workers started referring to our team as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It began as a single comment at a conference (it got a big laugh – including from me). My co-worker won’t let it go and keeps using the phrase. It is no longer funny to me and I told my supervisor that the “joke” is getting on my nerves. He said that I should just ignore the comments.   Am I being too sensitive? After all, my supervisor is being called a dwarf and he does not seem bothered.

– Not Laughing

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My Co-Worker Sent Me A Photo Of Himself On Naked Gardening Day

images-263Dear Evil Skippy:

One of my co-workers sent an email to all of us in the department. It included a photo attachment of him mowing his lawn in a bathing suit. The caption said, “Happy Naked Gardening Day!” Do you think this means I have been harassed?

— Just Wondering

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