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My worker is stuck in the past - how do I get him to look ahead?

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? We can watch Hollywood’s Mad Men version of the workplace, or think back 20, 10 years in our own careers and re-live the good times. While also conveniently forgetting the less pleasant parts. by Aunty B

Help! My boss wants me to visit on holidays

You may go on holidays to get away from work but that won’t be a problem if you don’t have a job at all. by Aunty B

My employee is drinking on the job – what do I do?

The harm in enjoying a tipple at work comes down to the frequency and context of the imbibing. by Aunty B

How do I tell my boss she needs to fire someone?

It’s not your call as to whether or not this new employee should be fired. by Aunty B

Can I stop Mad Monday from affecting my business?

I'm not a big fan of stupid behaviour, so my position is pretty clear on drunken men calling in sick to dress up like idiots. by Aunty B

My co-worker was smoking dope at work – what do I do?

I can’t help but imagine a stoned young man helping me pick out my next pair of jeans. I’m sure he would have some interesting fashion advice. by Aunty B

My boss has backtracked on his promise to sell me a share of the business

This is an all-too-common tale in business where things that are said and things that are assumed don’t turn into anything concrete. by Aunty B

Help! I overheard my new colleagues gossiping about me behind my back

It’s one of life’s cruelties but there will always be people who just don’t like you. by Aunty B

Help! My boss stinks of smoke

I agree it is so unfair that your smoking boss and colleagues get to kill themselves at a faster rate than you. by Aunty B

Help! Can I ban staff from bringing their children into work?

Sometimes as an employer, workplace hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions, it’s walled and roofed in with a child screaming in your ear for eternity. by Aunty B

My colleagues forgot my birthday – should I be offended?

Personally I don’t know what the problem is – I go out of my way to make sure my staff don’t know when my day of birth is! As far as they are concerned, I’d prefer they think of me as a youthful 30-ish. by Aunty B

How do I motivate my carefree casuals to turn up to work on time?

You need to employ the old carrot and stick approach to tackle this tardiness problem. by Aunty B

How do I know if it’s time to leave my job?

The fact you are daydreaming about how wonderful a new job would be is about as close as you’ll get to a ten-foot sign telling you it’s time for a change. by Aunty B

Help! I have a brilliant business idea but I’m worried someone will steal it

The reality is most people are too lazy to put in the effort that is required to turn your idea into reality. by Aunty B

Can I turn down a promotion without looking bad?

If you are offered the job you should at least take some time to consider it. by Aunty B

Help! I’m scared my maternity leave replacement is going to change my job

Going on maternity leave or indeed any extended period of absence from a job is never an easy thing. You need to proceed with caution. by Aunty B

Help! My staff just won’t clean up after themselves

Regular readers of Aunty B will know that I take a no holds barred approach when it comes to office cleaning, but I have a feeling you’re not going to like my advice. by Aunty B

What can I do about the sourpuss we have on customer service?

You need to address this before it spirals out of control! by Aunty B

Help! My boss is making threats about docking pay

Your employer might want to be careful about the threats he makes. by Aunty B

Should I be worried that I am younger than my staff members?

It worries me that you are already holding back when it comes to speaking with your team and helping them improve their work. by Aunty B
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