Tag: Workplace Environment

Vomiting at Work Doesn’t Mean You’re Bad at Your Job

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Good morning! It’s me and I’m here: your new Work Friend, assembled from the frantically selected parts of expired Work Friends. Choire Sicha’s blog-hardened heart; Megan Greenwell’s Millennial […]

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Star Sommelier Resigns After Accusations of Sexual Assault

The sommelier Anthony Cailan, who was a rising star in the wine world, has resigned from the downtown Manhattan hotel where he worked, after a New York Times report last week in which several women said he had sexually assaulted them. Bogdan Docu, the general manager of the Nolitan hotel, on Kenmare Street, where Mr. […]

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What Should I Do About My Awful, Sexist Boss?

I just finished a big project working under a male manager with whom I don’t get along. (I’m a woman in my 20s, and he’s significantly older.) We work in teams and our members spend a lot of time together — working, traveling, socializing. People who haven’t worked with this manager see him as charismatic […]

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McDonald’s C.E.O. Fired Over a Relationship That’s Becoming Taboo

The #MeToo era has brought new scrutiny to a wide range of workplace misconduct — from discrimination to sexual harassment to assault — that was ignored, tolerated or even covered up in some corners of corporate America. Now, the abrupt firing of McDonald’s chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, over the weekend highlights how even consensual relationships […]

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A Celebrity Sommelier Is Accused of Sexual Assault

On Sept. 10, Wine & Spirits magazine posted an image of its October cover on Instagram. Behind the bold type — “BEST NEW SOMMS” — was the smiling face of Anthony Cailan, a sommelier named by his peers as a future leader of the $300 billion global wine business. Mr. Cailan’s coronation was unsurprising to […]

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Philadelphia Police Inspector Charged in Sexual Assaults of Officers

A senior Philadelphia police official has been charged with assault and suspended after three female officers accused him of forcing himself on them, according to prosecutors. The official, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes, 54, had offered to mentor at least two of the women, the grand jury report said. His high-ranking position “insulated him from any […]

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V.A. Office to Protect Whistle-Blowers Targeted Them Instead, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — Officials in an office in the Department of Veterans Affair formed to protect whistle-blowers repeatedly failed in that mission, and sometimes retaliated against them, a new report by the department’s inspector general found. Mr. Trump made cleaning up the V.A. and improving services for veterans one of the cornerstones of his 2016 campaign, […]

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Inside the Nordstrom Dynasty

Blake Nordstrom was a model Nordstrom. He was nice about being competitive and competitive about being nice. He would wish employees happy birthday a day early, so that he would be the first to do so. He would carry consultants’ luggage without being asked. As a teenager, if he noticed that his brother Peter’s car […]

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Blogs Cannot Tell You What to Do With Your Career

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Richard Scarry Prepared Us Poorly I am a typical late-20s cubicle-working dude. I make enough money to support the life I have and save a little bit each […]

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Productivity Without Privilege: How to Succeed When You’re Marginalized or Discriminated Against in the Workplace

I’ve been writing about productivity and how to work smarter for the better part of a decade. To me, productivity isn’t just about getting things done — it’s about spending less time on the things you have to do so you can spend more time on the things you want to do. But it was […]

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Federal Judge in Kansas City Is Reprimanded for Sexual Harassment

A federal judge in Kansas was given a rare public reprimand on Monday for sexually harassing female judiciary employees and having an affair with a felon that made him “susceptible to extortion.” The judge, Carlos Murguia, of the United States District Court in Kansas City, made sexually suggestive comments and sent inappropriate text messages to […]

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Open Offices Are a Capitalist Dead End

What was We thinking? That’s the only question worth asking now about the clowncar start-up known as The We Company, the money-burning, co-working behemoth whose best-known brand is WeWork. What’s a WeWork? What WeWork works on is work. The We Company takes out long-term leases on in-demand office buildings in more than 100 cities across […]

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The Awkward but Essential Art of Office Chitchat

Every day around the world, an estimated three billion people go to work and 2.9 billion of them avoid making small talk with their co-workers once they get there. Their avoidance strategies vary. Some will keep their headphones in and their eyes low. Others will pantomime receiving an urgent message that requires an immediate, brow-furrowing, […]

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I Buy Kegs for the Office. Do I Have to Buy Tampons, Too?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Tampons or Wine, the Eternal Dilemma I run a small but growing start-up and employ many young female employees. As is standard for the start-up world, we buy […]

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Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life

When Ariel Coleman, 28, quit her last job, as a project manager in the corporate office of a bank, it wasn’t because her new employer offered her a raise, a different role or more seniority. “The work-life balance is just much better,” she said. At her new company, Omfgco, a branding and design firm in […]

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They Are What You Eat

In a 1780 letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams proposed a chronology of generational obligations for learning. It was his duty, the future president wrote during a sojourn in France, to “study politicks and war,” that the next generation “may have the liberty to study mathematicks and philosophy,” that the next should have “the […]

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An Open Letter (and a Rant) on Age Discrimination at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Let’s start with two letters this week. No. 1: I am an advertising creative who has been unemployed for over six months. I’m having difficulty finding a full-time […]

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Google Settles With U.S. Labor Agency Over Employees’ Speech

WASHINGTON — Google said Thursday that it had reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board over complaints from multiple employees who say the company has stymied dissent, including one who has said he was fired for being an outspoken conservative. “Under that settlement, we have agreed to post a notice to our employees […]

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