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Articles by Dr. Lynne Curry

Dr. Curry publishes frequent newspaper columns addressing thorny personnel and management issues.   Her extensive article library is presented here:

How to choose between multiple job offers to find the best fit

You have two job offers – so how do you choose? Are you torn between two potential jobs, both of which you might be able to land? Do they both have pluses and minuses, but choosing between them feels like choosing between apples and oranges? If you’re stuck in indecision and long for clarity, try this two-step process. Or, if you’re considering whether to leave your current job and seek a new one, these same two steps may help you decide to move on or stay....  Full Story >>

Empowered employees could have saved United Airlines from disaster

When United Airlines employees heard the now-famous statement from Dr. David Dao, “Nope. I’m not getting off the flight. I’m a doctor and have to see patients tomorrow morning,” it could — and should — have triggered an immediate re-evaluation.  Full Story >>

Fired for using company email during ‘non-work hours’? You could have legal recourse.

I’m an outside salesperson. Customers regularly email me in the evenings and I respond to these emails immediately. I also text and email the other sales people with leads and questions.  Full Story >>

What to do if your job bores you

When my friends and I go out, they talk with me about their exciting new jobs. They’re all jazzed by their new duties and what they’re learning. When they ask me, “What’s new with you?” I don’t have anything to say.  Full Story >>

What happens when personal values collide with company policy?

My employer just threatened to fire me for having decent values and wanting to maintain them at work. Here’s the problem. I work for a large sports facility that serves thousands of customers, young and old. Because we receive a small amount of federal funding, we can’t discriminate against employees or customers due to...  Full Story >>

Can I be fired for admitting to my boss that I’m on the job market?

I just got fired for no reason. I admit I wanted a new job and thought a good strategy would be to better showcase myself on LinkedIn by removing my employer’s name from my profile.  Full Story >>

Sound bites can hurt

We live in a digital world of sound bites. You can watch any news program today and be presented or even overwhelmed with sound bites from a media event conducted just yesterday, last month or even 10 years ago. This similarly presents risk management concerns for your business.  Full Story >>

7 strategies for dealing with judgmental colleagues

Did you cross paths today with someone who, like a vampire, sucked the good mood out of your workday? A supervisor, co-worker or employee who let you know she’s judged you and finds you lacking?  Full Story >>

My supervisor and coworker put me in the middle of their drama

My office mate constantly complains that she’s swamped and has so much work to do she can’t do a good job on any of it. She has, however, time to surf the Internet, text her friends and work on school work so she can “get out of this crap job.”  Full Story >>

Experience in the family business won’t be a resume killer if you sell it properly

For the last 15 years, I’ve dedicated myself to working hard to help a small business succeed. I’ve worn many hats, including those of safety cop, accounts payable/receivable bookkeeper, human resources manager and site manager, and in each of those areas functioned at a senior level.  Full Story >>

Are hugs in the workplace legal or illegal?

I work for an Alaska Native corporation. My job involves interactions with employees from subsidiary companies. When their employees come to visit, I frequently hug them, and I’ve been called on the HR carpet for this. Since hugging is culturally appropriate, is HR out of line?  Full Story >>

Bosses, don’t be tricked into firing the wrong employee

Our deli/cafe is open 12 hours a day — we catch both the “going to work” crowd and the “heading home” customers. We offer a wide variety of coffees, sandwiches, comfort foods and pastries. Four months ago, we...  Full Story >>

4 Ways to deal with a rude person who doesn’t care about your feelings

Rude people. Nasty comments. Uncalled-for-insults. If you treat others well, but occasionally or regularly interact with others who don’t care how they treat you, and you don’t want your feelings to take you under like a rip tide, try these four strategies.  Full Story >>

Your public-speaking nightmare is about to come true. Here’s how to handle it

I’m not a public speaker — and I have two days to become one. Here’s the deal. Someone in our company made the decision that at each quarterly meeting an “average worker” will speak about their job and what they like about our company. I was nominated by someone for this “honor.” When my manager told me, I said ...  Full Story >>

I was promoted to supervisor and I hate it

When my company promoted me to supervisor, I was thrilled and determined to be the kind of supervisor I’d always wanted to work under – honest, fair, understanding and inspiring. Here’s what happened instead. Two weeks after I was promoted, our company...  Full Story >>

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