Carry on working or take the money?


If I quit, I’ll need to retrain but I have no idea what other work I can do

Do I boycott an event over the dress code?

I suspect attendees will be entirely 60-plus Oxbridge men


Should I have shopping delivered to work?

My colleagues are making sarcastic remarks when my parcels arrive

Should I boycott over dress code?

Consultancy’s ‘jacket and tie’ invitation leaves this reader feeling confused and unwelcome

Should my partner share his pay rise?

At the very least I think we ought to split the rent pro rata

Glass with Soy Milk and Seeds

A petty crime that is hard to tolerate

That milk in the office fridge is mine. Don’t touch


I am the last man left; should I retrain?

So many gynaecologists are women, I feel like a dinosaur on the edge of extinction

Young mother and her daughters eating ice cream outdoors

Will I lose out with a four-day week?

I want to pick up my children two days a week but I fear it may damage my prospects

Am I a victim of age discrimination?

At age 55, I’m finding it almost impossible to get work

Should I tell my employee to slim down?

My slim teenage trainee is now a middle-aged director whose waistline is expanding

No riches, no promotion: time to give up?

I’m working hard ... but I’m missing my kids and getting fat

Lucy Kellaway tackles students’ dilemmas

Sexist assumptions and what to do when you are more qualified than your tutors

Does my degree matter mid-career?

I don’t think it’s relevant when I have more than 10 years experience

Why won’t my boss write in plain English?

Internal communication is full of drivel

Do my colleagues work as hard as me?

I do as much as my teammates, but some claim to put in 60 hours a week

How long does a new hire need to improve?

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

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?

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


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