Author Archives: Karen McGowan
  • Harmless office chitchat - or poisonous gossip?

    An office where people spend a lot of time undermining each other's reputations is not a healthy place, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her November 5 Ask Annie column. Do you think the office grapevine is beneficial, or is gossip a big problem in your workplace? Have co-workers ever made you the subject of unfair rumors? Any ideas on how to keep the rumor mill from running amok?

    - Nov 5, 2007 11:32 AM ET
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  • Family-friendly, or freeloader-friendly?

    In a September 10 Ask Annie column a reader asks Anne Fisher whether taking time off work for certain parental responsibilities is fair to coworkers. Do parents deserve more time off than single employees? Do you think single colleagues should be more sympathetic to the demands on working parents? Do you know someone who takes advantage of their company's liberal attitude toward work-life balance?

    - Sep 10, 2007 9:24 AM ET
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  • Friends on CrackBerry? Miss Manners' advice

    Many workers are constantly wired to their jobs through their BlackBerrys, and can't seem to stop checking messages and texting long enough to have a social conversation. In a September 5 Ask Annie column, etiquette expert Judith Martin says we should have a little sympathy for friends doing business during social hours. What do you think? Do you have friends that need to lay off the BlackBerry? Are you a MORE

    - Sep 4, 2007 5:51 PM ET
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  • How to answer a boss's tough questions

    In a June 8 Ask Annie column, a reader calls himself a "slow thinker" and worries about being put on the spot with questions. Do you get nervous with on-the-spot questions? Have you had any embarrassing situations at work when you didn't have an immediate answer?

    - Jun 8, 2007 9:51 AM ET
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  • Loyalty isn't dead, but employers have to earn it

    Most employees still think company loyalty is alive and well, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her January 16 Ask Annie column. Do you believe employee loyalty still exists? Are you loyal to your employer? Does your employer take steps to retain employee loyalty?

    - Jan 16, 2007 12:44 PM ET
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