Jane Harper

Employee or Friend: How to Set Boundaries at Work

Workplace Culture - November 14, 2019

Is it okay to be friends with your subordinates? How to set boundaries at work? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends 44 hours per week...

California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) Threatens to Rain on the Gig Economy Parade

Featured - October 21, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill 5 (“AB-5”) that radically alters the definition of an “employee” so that companies can no longer misclassify would-be employees as in...

Dear Jane, My Boss Takes Credit For My Work! What’s Your Advice?

Q & A with Jane - October 14, 2019

We’ve all had this happen to us at one point or another. You pull an all-nighter to finish a presentation; share an idea with your boss and then hear him repeat it in a...

My Employer Makes Us Use Personal Credit Card For Company Expenses

Q & A with Jane - September 28, 2019

Sometimes, not having the “awkward expensing conversation” sends the wrong message. It’s a dicey situation, but one that can lead to serious ramifications w...

My Coworker Won’t Stop Staring At Me.

Q & A with Jane - July 24, 2019

Sometimes, not confronting a coworker who keeps staring at you sends the wrong message. It’s a dicey situation, but one that can lead to serious ramifications when not ...

Coming Out As Transgender At Work – I’m A Bucket of Nerves!

Q & A with Jane - July 04, 2019

Hey Jane, I never really told my family that I’m transgender. One of my earliest memories, about six years old, was when I refused to have my hair cut. I didn’t have ...

How To Create A Tech-Friendly Culture?

Creating a tech-friendly culture is essential in every business today. That’s why every business owner has since prioritized technology commercialization and deployment...

My Coworkers Won’t Stop Skinny Shaming Me. How Do I handle Comments About My Appearance?

Skinny shaming can be as harmful as fat shaming. A coworker’s remarks on appearance at work can rise to microaggressions and lead to actionable harassment. Read Jane Ha...

I’m Having A Hard Time With ‘no’ Regarding Personal Gifts

Q & A with Jane - April 17, 2019

It’s hard to say no to a coworker at work. But learning how to set boundaries and how to say no effectively is the key to healthier workplace relationships. The HR ...

I’m making someone use their holiday to grieve over their mother’s death

Q & A with Jane - April 05, 2019

The brutal and straightforward answers to HR-related queries and concerns. Send in your queries with the subject line ‘Ask JANE HARPER’ at [email protected]  Hel...

How To Handle Employee Poor Hygiene At Work

Leadership - March 23, 2019

Organizations are sometimes faced with issues of employee poor hygiene at work. And ignoring this issue means taking on a deliberate risk. Poor employee hygiene has negat...

My Coworkers Speak Another Language At Work, How Do I Handle it, Please?

Q & A with Jane - March 13, 2019

My coworkers speak another language at work, which affects how I relate with them, but I can’t seem to find a way around it. This is going to my fifth month, working as...

How Do I Handle it When My Coworker Doesn’t Talk To Me?

Q & A with Jane - March 05, 2019

This is my first time of being in a situation where my coworker doesn’t talk to me and I seem to be totally blank on what could be the reason. Dear Jane, Maybe I’m th...

My Coworker Got A Raise And I Didn’t, How Do I Handle it?

Q & A with Jane - February 27, 2019

Dealing with a situation where a coworker in the same position got a raise and you didn’t could be depressing and demoralizing. But in more cases, it’s an opportunity...

How Do You Gently Reject a Coworker’s Unwanted Romantic Advances?

Q & A with Jane - February 12, 2019

How do you deal with a coworker who has also been behaving hostile towards you as a result of turning down her advances? Dear Jane, I share my cubicle wall with a coworke...

How Do I Justify Job Hopping To Myself?

Q & A with Jane - January 22, 2019

Dear Jane, I am one of the few young faces around here, and one of the few who comes to work at 7 a.m. and leaves after 10 p.m. I started out right after college and mana...