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HR Q & A with Jane

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 info@thehrdigest.com.  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...

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

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 ...

What to Do When a Coworker Has an Angry Outburst?

Q & A with Jane - December 18, 2018

Do you need to be defensive when a coworker has an angry outburst or simply allow them to keep making your workplace hostile? Angry outburst is not a new workplace issue ...

Q&A With Jane: How Do I Deal With Employee Theft?

Q & A with Jane - November 16, 2018

Sometimes, not confronting an employee who is stealing from you sends the wrong message to other employees. It’s a dicey situation, but one that can lead to serious ram...

Q&A With Jane: My Coworker Eats with Mouth Open. I’m Going To Lose My Mind!

Q & A with Jane - September 24, 2018

It could be unbearably disturbing when a coworker eats with mouth open. And it’s easier to deal with a loud chewer when you know them quite well. What if you don’t? H...

Coworker from Hell Slurps Water and Goes ‘Ahhhhhh’ Loudly. Every. Damn. Time. What do I do?

Q & A with Jane - August 22, 2018

From loud yappers to pen tappers, and from burps to water slurps, nothing should be pardoned at work. Read more on how to deal with annoying people at work, especially th...

My Boss Tells Me Heels Are Good for Business. I Am Not Sure How To React.

Q & A with Jane - June 20, 2018

Women are no longer forced to wear heels to work. Or wear makeup and skirts for that matter. Jane Harper advises on what to do when your boss tells you to wear heels to w...

How To Deal With A Stalker At Work?

Q & A with Jane - June 08, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re a college student or a professional, stalking can be quite an unpleasant experience. Jane Harper at The HR Digest is here to give ...

What To Do When A Relative Doesn’t Pay for Using Your Professional Skills?

Q & A with Jane - May 26, 2018

One of the first rules of conducting successful business is straight up asking for an advance payment. This applies even when you’ve been commissioned by a relative...

What To Do When An Employee is Chronically Absent for Silly Reasons?

Q & A with Jane - May 24, 2018

What is an appropriate policy for a 20 member company where an employee’s absence means that someone else has to cover their work? Dear Jane:  We interviewed for a pos...

The Mooch Coworker: Why Am I Still Paying for Her Lunch Every Day?

Q & A with Jane - May 22, 2018

Some coworkers are harder to gauge than others, but there are a few types like the talkative coworker, the depressed smelly cubicle mate and the mooch coworker who need t...