Should I Delay A Bad Review Until After Christmas?

Dear Evil Skippy:

According to our office schedule, I am supposed to do my employees’ evaluations during the last two workdays before Christmas. One of my employees is going to be getting a very negative review. Would you hold off on reviews until after the holidays so as not to ruin the employee’s Christmas?

– Supervisor

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A Reader Says Christmas Comes First Because The U.S. Is A Christian Nation

Dear Evil Skippy:

I get so tired of the whining and complaints about saying “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”. If someone does not want to hear or say “Merry Christmas”, they should not move to this country. We were founded as a Christian nation, so Christmas comes first.

– End of Story

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Human Resources Censored Our Office Party Playlist

images-2Dear Evil Skippy:

I am one of the people putting together our office’s holiday party this year. Because last year’s group loaded their party’s playlist with a lot of rock-and-roll style carols that were not popular with a large contingent of party-goers due to some rough language, we had to submit our playlist to human resources for approval. The manager rejected “Grandma Got Over By A Reindeer” and when I asked why, she said it is because the song makes fun of violence against the elderly. Isn’t that the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard?

– Kristin

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Based On Office Party Behavior, Do Younger People Have The Most Common Sense?

Dear Evil Skippy:

My parents and other relatives of their generation have told us stories about the wild Christmas parties at their offices back in the 1960s and 1970s. My cousins and I (in our early 20s to mid-30s) have never seen an office party like the ones our elders describe. Do you think this is evidence that young people today have more common sense? A family bet rides on your answer.

– Sydney

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I Got Fired For Harassment Because I Gave Deodorant To A Co-Worker

Dear Evil Skippy:

I had a co-worker who had a really strong smell. For me at least, it was bothering me. Since I was on friendly terms with him, I asked him to please not get offended because I wasn’t trying to be mean and told him he has a strong scent. He was pretty cool about it. I gave him a small deodorant stick and he was ok with that. The next day, I came to work and got fired for harassment. Is this even possible? How is it harassment?  I didn’t make it public and we had an easy, friendly (or so I thought) conversation. I didn’t get a warning, just straight out terminated from work. Is this right?

– Blindsided

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My Boss Keeps Suggesting That I See A Therapist

images-199Dear Evil Skippy:

Will you please tell supervisors to mind their own business? I am going through a very messy divorce and trying to keep the extent of the stress away from work. My boss asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to utilize our EAP program. That was fine. I told her no thank you and went about my work. Since then, however, she has asked me two additional times if I want to see a therapist. The only reason I am going to need a therapist is the fact that she is driving me crazy. How can I make her stop asking?

– Annoyed

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