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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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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 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 Kelcie on June 1, 2018

Which is generally the fastest way up the corporate ladder: working for one company for a long time, or transferring between many different firms? I keep seeing friends transfer into higher up positions at outside firms and they all tell me it is quicker to transfer than to slog through the promotional process at my own company. What do you think?

VFC, Textron, Hill-Rom have responded.

Generally, I would say you will progress faster by transferring between many different firms.  Many employers have not yet figured out how to best move and promote talent internally, despite their best…

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