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  • Martyrdom is not a path to workplace advancement

    Q. I have sacrificed a lot for my current job and company. Unfortunately, I don't see an equal amount of reward coming from my boss or organization. She seems to take all the extra work I do as expected. If I'm going to work this hard, I want some...
  • Body language can make or break career

    Q. How do I understand nonverbal communication at work? I've read books on body language, but I am still pretty confused. Are there any easy guidelines to help interpret what body language means? A. Western culture mostly associates the physical body...
  • Time management tips for the overloaded

    Q. Our company has gone through major changes the last five years. Every change seems to mean that I get more responsibility. I'm so overloaded right now that I could work round the clock and still not get everything done. Do you have any time...
  • Guarantee good luck at work

    Q. I see people who seem to be born with a rabbit's foot in their pocket that works. They show up at the right time, say the right thing, and usually get what they want. Are they lucky or smart? A. People who seem to be born under a lucky star are...
  • To protect against swearing boss, let HR department set limits

    Q. I work for a manager who has an overbearing style, yells and swears. He's in trouble with human resources because of his language. He is particularly outrageous in referring to our female employees with sexual obscenities. I'm the team lead and...
  • Key to job hunt is tenacity

    Q. I've been unemployed for about a year and am ready to give up. Most jobs don't even respond to my resume. When I do get an interview, I rarely get a call back and never get the job. What is the point of continuing to hit my head against the brick...
  • Diagnose why boss is blowing top

    Q. My boss seems to be completely miffed by an expense report I didn't file. I just can't believe he doesn't have more important things to be upset about. He is ready to fire me because I didn't file one small report. Is there any way to get at what is...
  • Getting colleagues to love your ideas

    Q. I'm excellent at my job and find that my colleagues are threatened by my competency. When I make suggestions, they often tell me, "We don't do it that way around here." How do I get people to quit being upset when I point out how they could do their...
  • Want leverage? Stop asking 'Pretty please'

    Q. I find that I often ask repeatedly for things in the workplace without results. I follow your advice about being specific and behavioral, but it doesn't help. What am I missing? A. What you are missing is ... leverage. You are ahead of most people...
  • Learn better ways to deliver bad news to coworkers

    Q. Sometimes, in my job, I have to say things that make people mad. You often talk about how to be diplomatic with coworkers. Is there a way to deliver bad news that doesn't annoy people? A. No. You can make it less likely that people will be mad at you,...
  • INTERPERSONAL EDGE, For release 02/02/14

    Q. I get such wonderful insights and practical ideas from being an avid reader of your column and found myself wondering if you yourself ever make any New Year's resolutions. If you do, how do you pick what you want to improve and how do you implement...