Hi Captain- TW for mention of suicide/suicidal ideation, if you would appreciate the warning ("mention" like "this thing exists in my past" mention). I started a new office job (my first office job, though not my first 9-5) four months ago, and so far it's been great! It's a smallish office- about 30 people- as … Continue reading #770: Coworker’s thoughtless comments are triggering me.
Dear Captain, et al, and Awkardeers, I have searched the archives and not seen anything like my current conundrum. Cliffnotes: Former partner at the law firm where I am an associate, Jim, left the firm last year. We worked together for approximately a year, during which time he took lengthy FMLA absences. I haven't spoken … Continue reading #749: “Just join FetLife and be done with it.”
Oh my Captain! I'm working at a temp data entry job, where I scan and index files prepared by another team. When I started this project, the supervisor told me to go to her if I had any questions, or noticed anything unusual. I've been doing that, and I've been catching a fair few errors. … Continue reading #706 and #707: Coworker Conflicts
Captain Awkward, I just found your blog an hour ago, and haven't really found anything fitting my situation. I have a creepy friend I already turned down in no uncertain terms when asked on a date. I don't see him often, only every few weeks at work. But he touches me - every time, the … Continue reading #685: “Quit touching!”: A review
Dear Captain Awkward, I need advice on how to tell a work friend politely to just shut up. He’s a very nice guy - super friendly and sociable, which is kind of the problem. You see, he is WAY too talkative. He sometimes says things that are completely out of left field, and he tends … Continue reading #474: How do I get my coworker to shut up?
Dear Captain Awkward, I have a dilemma that I suspect is quite common, but I'm still running into mental roadblocks as to how to properly approach it. Background: I'm a lesbian and a big-eff Feminist working in a male-dominated field, in a male-dominated company. I've worked marketing, event planning and PR for rape crisis centres, … Continue reading #395: Confronting offensive bosses and coworkers.
Dear Team Awwkard, Ok so here it is: I’m back at university after having to take time out due to depression and a very bad reaction to meds last year. I have a feeling that the depression was in a large part due to the relationship I was in at the time where my partner … Continue reading #383 & #384: Ladyboners
Hi Captain, I wasn't sure about sending you this question, but then I saw the tag " Is someone in your life making it weird?" and I thought, "Yes! In fact someone IS making it weird!" So here goes. First, some context of the problem I'm about to describe, in handy bulleted points: -I work … Continue reading #375 & #376: Respect at Work
There were a few requests in the "no" threads this week to write about saying no at work. I want to write about saying "no" to sexual/romantic interest from people you work with (and who you will have to interact with again, so you might need a more nuanced approach than you do with subway … Continue reading Saying “No” At Work