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Office baby boom elicits nasty jokes



Dear Office-Politics, I am a professional at a consulting company, leading a small group of employees. My husband and I had gone back and forth over our decision to have children for several years (although obviously this was not shared with management). I recently became pregnant and am very ...

Not invited to the Party



Dear Office-Politics, Approximately 6 months ago I took a new job in an AV-Technology department. Prior to my taking this job, I had done some part-time trouble-shooting for this department. Over the past 6 months or so, I noticed that two of my colleagues were collaborating on projects between themselves and not ...

Part I: Success has created jealousy



Dear Office Politics, (First off, thanks for hosting and operating this site, you gave me some very valuable advice many years ago. So now I'm back again with a new dilemma for your experts.) About one year ago I joined a new startup company as a department head, one level ...

I’m the quiet, reserved, stay at my desk type…



Dear Office-Politics, I know that you have to play the game sometimes but some of us are just not very good at it. I'm one of those quiet, reserved, stay at my desk, get my job done types. I'm a first time manager (a department of three) and in my second ...

I rubbed my new boss the wrong way



Dear Office Politics, Somehow I have managed to rub my newly appointed manager the wrong way. I've made a few mistakes (common mistakes all my coworkers make as well), but my partner and I are the only ones who get called out on these problems. I don't think I've ...

Decision-making: Go for the money?



Dear Office-Politics, I work in an IT support role that is split 50/50 between support and team leadership responsibilities. My employer is a 3rd party contractor that provides IT support to our customer; I am at the customer’s location 100% of the time. Last month, the customer’s HR person ...

Part I: Demoted for criticizing my boss



Dear Office-Politics, I’m an Army cadet at an elite military academy in the U.S. Last semester, I was promoted to one of the highest positions in my class by the faculty officer in charge. The only person higher than me was a cadet with a rank that made him ...