Tag: work

Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Published: September 2, 2021 | Last Updated: September 2, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Whether you are a mentor or friend, you may need to set boundaries or you’ll wind up feeling used and depleted of energy.

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Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

Published: September 20, 2020 | Last Updated: August 24, 2023 By | Reply Continue Reading
Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

A semi-retired couple is often asked to devote their time and skills to providing free services to people they know who don’t want to pay professionals. They have a hard time saying NO.

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Friendship at work becomes a problem

Published: April 15, 2016 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels that her friend and colleague at work is taking advantage of their friendship.

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Asking a mechanic friend to work overtime

Published: February 12, 2015 | By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

A car buff wants his mechanic friend to help with a project.

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Reader Wisdom: What friends should and shouldn’t say when someone loses a job

Published: December 15, 2014 | Last Updated: December 15, 2014 By | Reply Continue Reading

A reader loses a job under difficult circumstances and suggests some ways that friends can be more or less supportive and helpful.

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Disappointed by friend at work

Published: July 21, 2013 | Last Updated: July 21, 2013 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Sharing intimate information with a friend at work can be tricky

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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Flex Your Job for More Free Time for Friends

Published: January 17, 2013 | Last Updated: December 8, 2020 By | Reply Continue Reading

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.

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Embarrassed at having no friends

Published: June 1, 2012 | Last Updated: January 6, 2016 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

No one should feel embarrassed at having no friends.

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When a close friendship with a boss suddenly ends

Published: April 19, 2012 | Last Updated: April 19, 2012 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

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 […]

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Dumped: But my friend wants to remain connected — on her terms

Published: November 26, 2011 | Last Updated: November 26, 2011 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

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 […]

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