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Should I make my absent minded employee pay for the stuff they lose?

You probably wasted more money in the time you spent thinking about this email and then sending it to me. by Aunty B

Help! My employee is always running late

Grow some back bone! Remember who is the boss here. by Aunty B

My staff want unlimited holidays – help!

Is Richard Branson giving his staff access to his private island retreat as well for these unlimited holidays? by Aunty B

I was told I could work from home but now my boss has reneged on his promise! What can I do?

Unfortunately, it sounds like your manager has wavered a little under pressure and you've come out second best. by Aunty B

Help! I can’t read my boss’ handwriting

I can’t remember the last time I left a handwritten note for one of my staff or vice versa. by Aunty B

A junior male employee has been promoted ahead of me – is this a case of sex discrimination?

Sadly, this tale is all too common. Discrimination can be hidden until something very obvious happens like this. by Aunty B

Help! My boss keeps making me take selfies with her

Putting aside the silliness of selfies, you need to show a little assertiveness with your boss. by Aunty B

My boss is too touchy feely – help!

Your boss’ behaviour may be innocent enough but the key thing here is that it makes you feel uncomfortable. by Aunty B

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
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