Archive for the ‘Dear Dr. Mimi’ Category

Dear Dr. Mimi: Political Peace of Mind

Dear Dr. Mimi: I have become frustrated at work, as my colleagues spend much of the time arguing and talking about politics and other issues that are not at all work-related. It frustrates me, and takes me away from my focus and productivity, but I don’t know how to ask them to stop! I also […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Say No to Negativity

Dear Dr. Mimi: I am currently working in a group with a co-worker who, despite my best effort, is negative about everything! She seems unhappy with her position, and I’m starting to wonder if she is unhappy with my work as well! What can I do to address this problem? —No Negativity Dear No Negativity: […]

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2-4-6-8 Show That You Appreciate!

Appreciation goes a long way in motivating, building relationships, and encouraging positive morale. Here are just a few ways you can show coworkers and employees you appreciate them! Say thank you. Something as simple as a thank you can make all the difference in turning around someone’s day or helping ensure their hard work has […]

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Dear Dr.Mimi

Dear Dr. Mimi: I am thinking of taking a position with a competitor similar to my current job. I signed a yearlong noncompete agreement when I started with my current employer. I am working primarily on commission. How enforceable is the agreement? I would really like to bring my contacts with me. —Tempted Dear Tempted: […]

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Dear Dr.Mimi

Dear Dr.Mimi: I recently started a new job, but have found that despite being more than qualified (and perhapsmore qualified than most of them), my co-workers seem to look down on me because I am much younger than many of them. How can I help them to understand that I am qualified and ready to […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Eavesdropping

Dear Dr. Mimi: My department is relatively small, and I can see my manager’s office. Our company has had several rounds of budget cuts and layoffs. Last week, I saw a co-worker meet with the manager and leave looking unhappy. I haven’t asked about the conversation, but now I feel like I should be worried […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Underpaid

Dear Dr. Mimi: I like my job, but I need more money. I have been here over a year, and no one has said anything about my salary. I want to ask for a raise as I really could use the extra money to keep on top of my bills. —Underpaid Dear Underpaid: Your salary […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi!

Dear Dr. Mimi: I drive a company car, and I think it’s fine to run a few personal errands on my lunch break and in between visits to my clients. My husband takes issue with this. He thinks it’s stealing and says I should wait until the end of the day when I’m back in […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi!

Dear Dr. Mimi: I need help with distributing bonuses. Unfortunately, despite extra efforts by the team and me, our performance was average and the bonus pool isn’t as large as it was in past years. I could give the same bonus to everyone, but some people have more complex jobs and others have only been […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Uncomfortable

Dear Dr. Mimi: My good friend submitted her resume for a job at my company and asked if I would put in a good word as she also listed me as a reference. I know she would be a dedicated employee and a good fit for the company, but when I saw her resume, I […]

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