Q & A with Jane

Q&A With Jane: I’m putting longer hours at work remotely

Q & A with Jane - July 04, 2020

COVID-19 spread is challenging day-to-day life in unprecedented ways. All sections of society – including employees and employers – should play a vital role to protec...

Can I be forced to return to work during Coronavirus?

Q & A with Jane - July 01, 2020

‘Do I have to go back to work?’ The question is on everyone’s mind these days. As some states across the nation reopen, more workers are being asked to ...

COVID-19 Tips for Remote Work And Best Practices

Over the past few weeks, more and more companies have asked employees to work from home. Even if you’re used to working from home, it can get a tad difficult someti...

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 ...

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...

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...

‘I have some annoyance around the NO Christmas bonus.’

Q & A with Jane - January 02, 2019

Dear Jane, I work in an industry where bonuses are common. My prior law firm handed two bonuses a year; one in June and the other in December. Last week, my boss took us ...