Too Much Music in my Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about loud music:

Are there regulations regarding music in warehouses with forklift operators driving around. I got blindsided hit by a forklift driver in a warehouse that had a speaker system playing music 10 feet from me. I never heard the forklift driver due to the music. Blindsided 

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Feeling Rejected by Male Coworker Mentor

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctor about a coworker relationship going sour:

Hello, I started a new job in December 2017 and I got a mentor on my side. He was really nice at the beginning and I was so happy to have someone I can ask everything. A few days ago we had a company event and everyone was in good mood. My colleagues were drinking a lot besides me and another girl. And then the next day my coworker was suddenly ignoring me and trying to avoid eye contact – all of sudden! He was even leaving a free spot between us at lunch which was super weird.

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Unfair Pay System–What Should I Do?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a change from salary to commission:

After a period of earning a salary, rather than a commission, my company decided to change policy/contract and combine this. 2 x colleagues joining the company six months prior to me had seen their starting wage change from their original contractual salary before probationary wage, rise to full employee top scale basic salary without incremental rise. I began my employment with another colleague.

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Coworker Makes My Life Miserable in Law Firm

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an extremely unpleasant coworker:

6 mos on job in firm as case mgr in new area of law for me; co-worker has no education, but experience of 15 years and knows her SSD law well- better than the attorney. Won’t directly answer questions, share knowledge and purposely makes my life miserable. The attorney depends much on her expertise; therefore, kisses butt. She is not as busy, won’t help out or lend a hand; not a team player. The disturbing part is her manipulation, lies and actually enjoys when a mistake is made (likely one she set me up to make). What to do?

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Resume For The Last Half of My Life

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about material that I don’t Want in my resume:

Hi there, I’m 44 years old and have decided to make a new career path and a new lifestyle even going as far as moving 1000 miles away from where I am originally lived. I decided I wanted to obtain my CDL license and become a truck driver for the last remaining work years until retirement. I am now attending CDL school at the local community college.

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Communication Between Floor and Office

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about disrespect.

Hello, I am an extruder operator for a rubber factory. I have worked for my current company about six years, but I worked at the now closed Johnson Rubber for thirty-five years. I have moved up to middle management within these six years. From my experience as a floor worker who has moved up the ladder, I have noticed that the communication between the floor workers and the office users. The lower staff/ floor workers feel disrespected at times. What can I bring up in our daily/monthly meetings to improve the communication and relations between the levels of the company ladder?

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Constant Arguing and Yelling

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about unpleasant climate: “How do I cope with this until I find another job?”

I work for a small office and all of the owners, four of them, are constantly yelling about each other and to other employees. The constant arguing, complaining, yelling and cursing make me very anxious and dread going to work every day. How do I cope with this until I find another job?

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Don’t Socialize Am a Loner

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about not wanting to go to work:

Thanks so much for your website. It’s helpful to see that I am not alone in having difficulty at work. Recently, I read the posting “Loner at Work Has Us Concerned” and I really appreciated your response. I am the “loner” at my own workplace. I don’t socialize that much at work as I have a very full life outside of the day job. I have a big family (though I don’t have children myself) and other commitments which I love and so really have no room nor interest in going out for lunch with the crew or the Friday night drinking and parties, etc.

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Follow Up Feeling Good About How to Cope With Authority

Follow Up Feeling Good about how to cope with a difficult team member who asserts her authority:

Two years ago we responded to an attorney employed at a bank who described an individual who asserted her authority. Just today that attorney sent a follow up reflection that discloses how he chose to cope. His experience undoubtedly has made him even more resolved to interpersonal communication that minimizes power-distance and promotes collaboration wherever he’s employed. I told him I would play is words forward so that they might help others cope with and/or prevent similar work situations:

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