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Asked by Jake on March 11, 2019

When I graduated from University I joined a competitive leadership development program. Three years later I am at the same band-level as when I started, with the same promise of rapid career advancement. I have been getting stellar reviews but no guarantee for career growth. I recently received a competitive external offer and now I have a dilemma- can I use this as leverage for a promotion?

DuPont, AT&T have responded.

Congratulations on your offer! You can absolutely use it to leverage a promotion with your current role. However, ask yourself which role would be more fulfilling and beneficial to your career. This is an ideal…

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Asked by Rose on February 3, 2019

I was accidentally sent emails from a manager and Co worker talking about me, I was called a name and there was talk about messing up my desk to piss me off. I was very upset and sent a copy to a boss and left for the day. I'm not sure what to do?

Avery Dennison, Textron, Cardinal Health have responded.

I am sorry that this happened to you. That is completely inappropriate. If you have a business conduct line at your work I would first suggest calling that line. I would also suggest pulling in your HR rep.…

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Asked by Andrew on February 10, 2019

When I was young, I would wear a suit and tie to work at a business I owned stock in. Now I go to work and am told to dress down anytime I show up in anything like this. I recently read the article here https://amp.businessinsider.com/dressing-for-success-actually-works-2017-7. This states not to let your employer talk you down. How do you feel about this? and what is your dress code?

VFC, Cardinal Health, Quest have responded.

I think this is all relative, I work in a company that allows casual dress all the time and that includes the CEO on down.  Interestingly, I actually have started getting offended when I'm asked to dress…

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Asked by Emily on May 23, 2018

What's the best way to ask an employer for a referral?

Worthington, Textron, Avery Dennison have responded.

It's important to first make sure your current employer is aware that you are searching for a new position. This should not come as a surprise if you are approaching graduation. I would say to them that you…

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Asked by Jeanne on February 5, 2019

As an office manager, having three employees requesting the same entire day off and having suspicions about why, am I able to require them to provide proof about where they were? Two say they have court dates, and one says she has an appointment "made a year ago", in a town 90 minutes away. They are chummy outside of work. They know that having all 3 of them absent is a hardship.

Pitney Bowes, Cardinal Health have responded.

You need to have consistent policies in place.  Going forward days off will be given to those who ask first then by seniority.   No more then one employee will be allowed to be off at the same…

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