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My adult son embarrassed me in front of my coworkers - how to react to provocations?

I am located in the north of Germany. We had an event where the whole company got together, about 200 people. We had dinner, a live band, all in all it was a great evening. My small department (about ...
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How to become more resilient to gossip about you in a corporate setting? [duplicate]

I've worked in different environments and industries at different ages and seems that whenever there is too much gossip going on in the office I want to quit ASAP. I qualify this sort of environment ...
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How do I stop my habit of gossiping in my office negatively impacting my colleagues? [closed]

I have this bad habit of gossiping around everyone. Sometimes, it feels really embarrassing as I think that gossiping and backstabbing about my colleagues, I am not only cheating them but myself too. ...
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How to respond to unprofessional gossip about colleague in the workplace?

Jane is one of my female colleagues. She doesn't get on well with a third colleague, Joe. As he does every morning, Joe comes in to our office to say hello. Right after that, I receive an instant ...
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How can I politely ask a coworker to stop giving his unsolicited opinion and quit asking personal questions?

Let's call him Tim. Ever since Tim got hired in our dev team we have had a good professional relationship. As time went by, I realized he was asking questions I didn't want to answer, for example: "...
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How to deal with disrespectful colleagues?

I'm a part of development team of 4. Our manager is a good manager in my opinion. Our manager depends a lot on X, but she keeps bad mouthing him behind his back; she doesn't like his personality, his ...
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Secret Santa - “rude gifts only”

In (just) our team at work it has been agreed to do a "Secret Santa" this Christmas. A stipulation is that it has to be a rude gift, a "Bad" secret santa if you will. Our manager is one of those ...
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How to handle when you are the target of gossip? [closed]

One of my managers at my new job has been spreading gossip accusing me of misconduct against management at a previous job. This is causing a lot of hostility and made my work environment very ...
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How to deal with office bickering as someone not directly affected? (But indirectly affected due to a negative office aura)

So there's two people, let's call them Fred and George, who are picking on one of our office mates - let's call him Ron. To be fair, Ron does have some habits that are quite annoying for some people, ...
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How to avoid negativity from colleagues without isolating yourself?

At work I have the opportunity of working more or less in isolation: my boss is hands-off and I mainly speak with stakeholders here and there. I find this good for productivity and for meeting my ...