Whether you are a mentor or friend, you may need to set boundaries.
Despite all the ways close friendships enhance our lives, many women who are working, raising a family, and/or caregiving for aging parents or other relatives may feel they simply don’t have time for friends. Pat Katepoo, a work-life advisor, offers some practical suggestions (in her guest post below) that might make it easier to find more free time for friends.
QUESTION Hi Irene, I was recently dumped by one of my closest friends, whom I loved dearly. I am devastated, sad, hurt and disappointed. But I have an extra big problem: my ex-friend is my direct boss. I am an administrative assistant, her right hand person at work. We see each other on a daily [...]
When a friend dumps you, she can’t call all the shots… QUESTION Dear Irene, How do you handle a situation where a very dear friend, who also happens to be your friend from work, wants an extended time out and at the same time insists that I should keep on being friends with her [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, Last August, lost my cell phone. I left it in a cab in NYC and to make matters worse had not properly backed up my contacts. In an effort to regain some of those contacts, I sent out messages on Facebook. Some people responded and some did not, which made me [...]
Feeling betrayed by a friend who goes after the same job as you QUESTION Hi Irene, I told a friend of 32 years (a woman who I am currently starting to date) about a job that I interviewed for and she tells me that she wants to go for the job because it sounded [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, In 2004, I became friends with a co-worker, named Amy. It was exciting to find a friend with whom I had so much in common. We would have lunch together regularly, go out for drinks or dinner after work some nights, go shopping — the usual things friends do. In late [...]