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Dear Liz, how risqué can my Secret Santa gift be?

Dear Liz, how risqué can my Secret Santa gift be?

This year’s Secret Santa has just kicked off at my agency and I’ve drawn the CEO. I’m fairly new here so don’t really know her but everyone says she’s a real laugh. Listening to stories from colleagues it sounds like in previous years, people at the agency generally prefer ‘joke’ gifts, but what if she’s offended by what I get her and she finds out it was from me? How risqué do you think my gift can be? Read more

Ask Liz: Colleague Conflict

Ask Liz: Colleague Conflict

Dear Liz, our line manager recently told us we have a new colleague joining soon, who will be working alongside me. After finding out the name of the new starter, I realise it is somebody I clashed with at an old place of work, which is one of the reasons why I chose to leave. I don’t want to make anything uncomfortable within the office when they start, but I know they will remember our history. How do I approach building a new relationship when the old one is so damaged? Read more

Ask Liz: How do I negotiate Christmas leave?

Ask Liz: How do I negotiate Christmas leave?

My manager is making me feel bad about asking for time off between Christmas and New Year. I have plenty of holiday days left and the office is always quiet during this time. I have even offered to work from home one of the days and keep an eye on my emails. They have given no real reason why I can’t have the time off so how can I put my case forward? Read more

Ask Liz: should I fire a popular employee?

Ask Liz: should I fire a popular employee?

Dear Liz, a few months ago we hired a great guy who, as we thought, has fitted into the team really well. He’s had a really positive impact on the office, and everyone gets on very well with him. Unfortunately we’ve come to realise he doesn’t hold the skills we thought he did and isn’t progressing well in his actual role. Other people we interviewed may have fit the bill skill-wise, but wouldn’t have gelled as well into our working environment. What would you recommend I do – keep him or let him go? Read more

Ask Liz: how do I handle the office gossip?

Ask Liz: how do I handle the office gossip?

Dear Liz, a colleague in my team has started to get a bad reputation for spreading rumours and being a gossip. She comes across as friendly and open, but people would confide in her only to find their business spread around the office. It has caused damage to relationships and the team’s morale. Is there a way I can tactfully approach her about this, without being confrontational and offensive? Read more

Ask Liz: how can I work effectively under multiple managers?

Ask Liz: how can I work effectively under multiple managers?

Dear Liz, I work under three different managers, and I’m finding it hard to juggle the workload of all three. They all have different styles of working, and don’t listen if I tell them I am on a deadline with another manager/on another project. All of them believe their work is priority, and I understand that, but they place last-minute demands on me and are not approachable so I cannot talk to any of them. I feel like this situation is having an impact on the quality of work I produce as I’m always rushing, and stressed. Help! Read more

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