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

Should I ban workplace productivity drugs?

Staff efficiency improved by 40% due to ADHD medicine — what should I do?

Should I ‘kiss’ back in emails?

Several female clients have signed off with x and xx — what should I do?

Recycling gaffe could lose me my job

I emptied my bin in contravention of university policy and am frightened to ask for a clean liner

My new employer is a disappointment

Colleagues lack energy and the succession opportunity I was promised has been eliminated

Should I employ older workers?

I’ve been asked to replace retirees with workers of comparable age

Should I quit to avoid gossip over my sexuality?

I’m worried being gay will hurt my progression at my company

My job bores me, should I quit?

My colleagues are all likeable and I am paid well, but I feel my job has no meaning

Do I stop rumours I’ve had an affair with my boss?

I’m partly amused at the stupidity of it but cross at the misogyny

Lucy Kellaway answers readers MBA queries

An aspiring student asks whether his head or heart should rule

Should I snitch on someone over expenses?

My colleague laughed when I accused him of unethical behaviour

Team cares more about loo rolls than budget

Financial targets and cash constraints cause colleagues’ eyes to glaze over

How to mentor an obnoxious graduate trainee

An insolent and lazy 22-year-old mentee is testing my patience

Graduate talent makes a mentor seethe

A banker resents the arrogant lazy trainee he is nurturing


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