How long does a new hire need to improve?

Aggressive boss

A bright and dynamic interviewee turns out to be brash and abrasive

Bored day job

I’m bored in my job. Should I freelance?

I don’t enjoy the company of my colleagues but have no savings. Would it be nuts to quit?

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Do I need to don Lycra to advance my career?

My boss turns up to work in Spandex having run to work and ponder whether I need to emulate this

Childcare issue may have harmed career

I wonder if I should have taken my toddler to work rather than cancel an important meeting

Will a past bad experience hurt my EMBA chances?

FT’s agony aunt on whistleblowing and bringing your same sex partner to an office party

A need to sidestep unwelcome flattery

I have lost patience with remarks about my appearance and need a clever way of stopping them

Doubts over aversion to string pulling

Others calling in favours make me wonder if I should do more for my children

A company that smacks of rottenness

The blue-chip group that is resistant to change and crippled by internal politics

What can I do to get myself heard?

Agony aunt Lucy Kellaway on class loudmouths and sexual tension

I do not work long hours — should I be?

My friends and I have corporate jobs, but they work long days and are glued to their phones

Next problem: Rotten through and through

The FTSE100 company for which I work is ‘stale, male and pale’

Can I shun alcohol at work events?

I worry that remaining teetotal puts me at a disadvantage when it comes to networking

Will I lose out at work because I don’t drink?

Is drinking really that important a part of corporate culture?

Should I just put up with being average at work?

I act on feedback to improve but keep getting mediocre performance reviews

Working 9-5: can I keep my reputation?

I do more between 9am to 5.30pm rather than working long hours, but my workmates imply I’m slacking

Should I plot the downfall of our dean?

He flew business class to Tokyo, while the rest of our school’s delegation spent 15 hours in economy

Should I tolerate my company’s dress code?

I can’t help but think that wearing ‘outcome-based’ attire is nonsense

How to handle sexist culture at work

The difficulty is whether to speak out or turn the other cheek

A double vote boast in the UK election

Should I report the colleague’s disregard for the law or let sleeping dogs lie?

How do I deal with status-conscious course participants?

Agony aunt Lucy Kellaway advises when and when not to attract the attention of those higher up the corporate ladder


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