I founded www.workplacecoachblog.com (still active) & ran for 39 years a nationally respected management consulting firm; authored four books, Beating the Workplace Bully, AMACOM 2016 & Solutions (both rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on amazon.com). I've written a "dear Abby for the workplace" weekly newspaper column for 38 years, love answering coach questions.

Lynne Curry

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They've Tasted Freedom & Betrayal: the pandemic changed employees; can employers adapt? - Workplace Coach Blog

The pandemic changed employees; can managers adapt?

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    Performance Reviews: Dread Them? Ditch Them?Replace Them? - Workplace Coach Blog

    performance reviews: dread them? ditch them? replace them? Here's what you need to know.

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    My Employer Drew a Line in the Sand Against Remote Work - Workplace Coach Blog

    Employee options when an employer insists on a return to the company worksite

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    Who Misrepresented What? The Potential Cost of Leaving an Awful New Job - Workplace Coach Blog

    Did the employee or the employer misrepresent? The cost of leaving an awful new job.

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    Bullying and real and/or perceived retaliation compromises a community's vision - Workplace Coach Blog

    workplace bullying and real &/or perceived retaliation compromises health care and a community's vision

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    You Can Sue for Anything. Even When You're in the Wrong. - Workplace Coach Blog

    Ex-employee sues her employer for firing her for racism after she acts in a racist manner

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    No Love Lost: What Do Employers Need to Realize to Keep Employees Onboard? - Workplace Coach Blog

    Employees are heading for the doors in droves. What do employers need to realize & what can they do?

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    5 Steps for Addressing Workplace Bullying - Workplace Coach Blog

    Workplace bullying costs. Here are 5 steps that effectively tackle workplace bullying.

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    How Not to Hire a Narcissist - Workplace Coach Blog

    How not to hire a narcissist, Signs & signals. 5 key strategies.

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    The Competent Jerk: Managing a Top Performer Who Alienates His Coworkers - Workplace Coach Blog

    Managing the competent jerk, getting him to change

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    Finding Out Why Your Best Employees Are Quitting - Workplace Coach Blog

    Finding out why your best employees are leaving: how to conduct a dynamite exit interview

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    Can My Employer Make Me Get Vaccinated - Workplace Coach Blog

    mandatory vaccination in the workplace, is it legal? what are the downsides?

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    Manipulative Employee Trapped Me - Workplace Coach Blog

    When a manipulative employee traps you, act to get out of the trap

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    Trouble Unleashed: How to Resolve Conflicts in a Virtual, Remote Work Environment - Workplace Coach Blog

    Virtual, remote workplaces can be petri dishes for conflict. Here's how to prevent/resolve virtual workplace conflict.

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    Exciting Opportunity...How a Mental Health Organization Took the Ball and Ran - Workplace Coach Blog

    Writing a stellar ad that attracts just the right applicant--and you can have free help too

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    5 Action Steps for Regaining Trust - Workplace Coach Blog

    When employees or coworkers no longer trust you, they don’t tell you. Why would they? They don’t trust how you …

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    No Love Lost: Employees Head for the Doors - Workplace Coach Blog

    Employees leaving their jobs in record numbers--employers need to "get it" and act fast?

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    Attract & Hire Outstanding, Accountable Employees - Workplace Coach Blog

    how to write ads that attract the best employees & 25% off coupon on Managing for Accountability

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    A Terrific Applicant; A Hard-to-fill Position and an Outstanding Warrant - Workplace Coach Blog

    When your #1 candidate has a warrant for her arrest AND you REALLY want to hire her

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    Combatting Employee Isolation with Virtual Team-building - Workplace Coach Blog

    Combatting employee isolation and disengagement with virtual team-building: 4 great options

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    A Major Change & Accountability - Workplace Coach Blog

    A major change and accountability; your 25% off coupon & why I'm posting 4 not 5 times weekly

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      Resume Fraud: increasingly prevalent in today's virtual environment - Workplace Coach Blog

      Resume fraud, increasingly common, and how you can protect yourself

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        Vaccinated Employees Skirmish with Unvaccinated Coworkers - Workplace Coach Blog

        Vaccinated v. nonvaccinated employees; what employers need to know

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        Drunken Manager Shut Down Our Zoom Call - Workplace Coach Blog

        Drinking Shut Down Our Zoom Call Question: We had to shut down our all-hands Zoom meeting three weeks ago when …

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        Rule-breaking CEOs - Workplace Coach Blog

        HR and CEO get into trouble when CEO doesn't follow company policy

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        Conducting a Virtual Investigation: the landmines to avoid - Workplace Coach Blog

        Conducting a virtual workplace investigation: what you need to know & landmines to watch for

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        Mandatory COVID Vaccination: New Guidance & Update - Workplace Coach Blog

        mandatory COVID vaccination: new guidance & update for employers & employees

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          Managing Post-pandemic - Workplace Coach Blog

          Managing post-pandemic, offer your employees location & schedule flexibility for their benefit and yours

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          Performance Reviews: Dread Them? Ditch Them? Replace Them? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Performance reviews; why don't they work and what's a GREAT alternative?

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          If Your Employee Won't Admit the Truth, You Need To - Workplace Coach Blog

          You know your employee tells little white lies; the ball's in your court, what do you do?

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          COVID Vaccination Update—in light of the vaccine’s “Emergency Use Authorization” status - Workplace Coach Blog

          Will COVID vaccination be mandatory in light of the contradiction between EEOC and FDA guidance?

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          Many of Our Employees Refuse Vaccinations - Workplace Coach Blog

          Should we make COVID vaccination mandatory? Many of our employees plan to refuse it.

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          Can a prospective employer ask for a W-2 as proof of salary history? - Workplace Coach Blog

          If a prospective employer asks you for a W-2, is it legal? How do you handle the question?

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          Want to be a Great Supervisor: Do a 180: Coach - Workplace Coach Blog

          If you want to be a great supervisor, become a trusted coach who respects employees

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          How HR Shoots Itself in the Foot - Workplace Coach Blog

          HR can help employees and organizations; except when it doesn't; here's how to turn that around

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          Retention Strategies a "Must" During a COVID-19 - Workplace Coach Blog

          Employee retention strategies are a must during COVID-19. Here are 5 specific tactics leaders need, along with specific information.

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          Prove You Respect Your Employees & Their Investment in Your Company - Workplace Coach Blog

          Employee development boosts employee engagement, productivity, profits, morale, and retention--discover ten no-cost/low cost methods for providing employees development opportunities.

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          Lead Us Through This Mess: COVID-19 Leadership Truths - Workplace Coach Blog

          COVID-19 requires leadership to inspire, communicate transparently, provide crisis plans, create trust and team

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          Your Employees Know the Truth; Ask Them - Workplace Coach Blog

          You know your company has problems; conduct skip-level meetings to get to the truth.

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          A Christmas/New Year’s Surprise - Workplace Coach Blog

          What's a gift you can give your employees that costs 0 but matters hugely & produces amazing long-term benefits: impact & habit of gratitude and reognition

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          Flexibility: What Employees Want & Need for Christmas 2020 (Part 2) - Workplace Coach Blog

          Employers & employees benefit from flexible work hours--it's a benefit that costs nothing but significantly increases employee satisfaction

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          Mandatory COVID Vaccinations: The Rules - Workplace Coach Blog

          Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations: Here are the rules employers need to follow

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          What Employees Really Want for Christmas - Workplace Coach Blog

          Employee engagement and productivity; what employees really need during COVID-19

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          When A Fired Employee Won't Move On, You Need To - Workplace Coach Blog

          When a fired employee won't move on & continues to text your employees with lies, send her packing

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          COVID-19 & First Responders: Work Comp: Justice or Injustice? - Workplace Coach Blog

          COVID first responders & workers compensation: justice needed

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          Suspect Telecommuting Employees of Passing Off Accidents as Covered Workers' Compensation Injuries - Workplace Coach Blog

          Employer protection against fradulent workers' compensation claims by tele-commuting employees

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          Zero-tolerance: Can You Afford It? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Zero-tolerance policies in employee handbooks--the benefits, the risks.

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          The Job Applicant Scammed You: You Let It Happen - Workplace Coach Blog

          Reference checking job applicants so you won't make hiring mistakes

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          Suspect Our Employee of Lying to Get Extra Time Off; Can We Fire Him Without Proof? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Your employee lies about COVID to get extra leave. Can you fire him or do you need proof?

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          Don’t write a positive reference for a problem employee; instead... - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: After an investigation, we fired one of our employees for threatening and stalking two co-workers. He now demands a …

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            Employees Stage a Thanksgiving Rebellion - Workplace Coach Blog

            Employer policies & holiday celebrations

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            Can We Use a Contact Tracing App to Protect Our Business & Employees? - Workplace Coach Blog

            Using a contact tracing app; what you need to know as an employer or employee

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            We Suspect Drug Addiction in a Top Producer - Workplace Coach Blog

            Handing a senior manager who may be a drug addict

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            Getting the Truth From Job Applicants - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: Every job applicant I’ve interviewed in the last ten days claims to be a “team player” and “motivated by …

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            Dueling Managers Clash; Everyone Else Is Caught in the Cross-fire - Workplace Coach Blog

            Mediating clashing supervisors

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            We have two flawed managers, which one should we promote? - Workplace Coach Blog

            You can't promote a flawed maanger unless you fix him/her

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            Manager Secretly Works a 2nd Job During Paid Work Hours - Workplace Coach Blog

            Manager secretly moonlights/daylights; can he be fired?

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            Employee Political Dispute Escalates to Danger Level - Workplace Coach Blog

            Political discussion in the workplace; employee rights & employer duty

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            Tattoos are Us - Workplace Coach Blog

            Tattoos and body art; do you want to discriminate against employees with tattoos?

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            Can't Stand 2 More Weeks of This Supervisor - Workplace Coach Blog

            How to get a great new job, when you suddenly quit.

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            Meetings Are Us - Workplace Coach Blog

            If you dread meetings–attending them, hosting them–and long for meetings to become more than a necessary evil, you can make …

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            Twilight Ethics - Workplace Coach Blog

            Ethical breaches. What do they cost? Can you afford yours?

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            Do Employer Owe Employees Paid Sick Leave When They Self-Quarantine - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: After I spent a weekend bar hoping, I felt remorseful, and self-quarantined so I wouldn’t bring COVID into my …

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            I've Been Told Never To Fire An Employee On A Friday; But I Really, Really Want to - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: I’ve been told to never to fire an employee on Friday, but I really don’t want this employee back …

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            My Employer's Shenanigans Cost Me My Job - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: After coronavirus hit, my employer changed a dozen of us to contractor status. None of us understood why or …

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            My Co-worker Cyberstalks Potential Hire, Looking for Dirt - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: According to rumor, one of my co-workers conducts unauthorized criminal background investigations on prospective employees without their knowledge or …

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            Be a Coach, Not a Supervisor; Here's What It Takes - Workplace Coach Blog

            Be a coach, not a supervisor What’s the difference between coaching and supervising? Most of us value those who coach …

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            Managing a Team When You Have No Firing Authority - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: I supervise 15 employees, the largest crew in our company. I’m expected to handle employees who don’t show up …

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            My Boss Refuses to Wear a Face Mask - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: In past weeks, it’s just been four or five us in the office. Two of us wear masks when …

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            Are Post-Accident Painkillers Causing a Star Employee to Make Errors? - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: One of my top employees, “Mary,” was rear-ended at a stop light three months ago and suffered from whiplash …

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            I Don't Want to Wear a Face Mask; Can My Employer Make Me? - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: My employer’s “back to the office” email informs us we’re required to wear face masks anytime we’re not at …

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            Am I Safe When I Tell the Truth About My Manager’s Flaws on a Survey Monkey Survey - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: I raised allegedly confidential concerns about my former manager’s behavior last year. After that, I felt like I had …

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            Does My Employer Have to Pay My Office Expenses? Are They Liable for My Safety? - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: COVID19 has caused employers large and small to require the employers work from home rather than their employer’s worksites. …

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            Employees & Their Families Sue Employers Over COVID-19 Exposure - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: My partner and I have owned and operated our business for twenty-three years.  When the pandemic first hit, we …

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            Employees Push Back Against Returning to Work, Choosing Unemployment - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: We didn’t expect the pushback we got from two of our furloughed employees when we called them back to …

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            Your Company's Culture - Truth or Lie? - Workplace Coach Blog

            You feel it the moment you enter the organization. Ask employees “what’s it like around here?” and they confirm the …

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            Employees Could Take A Company Down During COVID - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: Our small business is hanging on by a shoestring. Three of our employees attended a fourth of July barbecue. None of them wore masks. Another barbeque guest was COVID-infected. One after another each of our employees became become ill, forcing m

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            It's Official: Exciting news:) - Workplace Coach Blog

            It’s official: I’ve agreed with the high-quality publisher Business Expert Press to write 3 books: Managing for Accountability: A tool box for business executives and owners; Reality-based Management: How to use five key performance tools to p

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            6 ?s to Answer Before Returning Your Workplace to a "New Normal" - Workplace Coach Blog

            You’ve been operating your company with a skeleton crew. In less than ten days, you plan to resume “new-normal” operations. Before you welcome your furloughed employees back to the workplace, make sure you can answer these six questions. Can you imp

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            Can My Employer Fire Me For Going to a Bar or Do I Have Any Freedom Left? - Workplace Coach Blog

            Question: My employer sent a two-part email to every employee last week. “As you know we’ve had a local spike in COVID-19 infections. The health department has provided a list of the establishments, primarily bars, where COVID-19 individuals spent ext

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            Darth Vaders & Toxic Employees - Workplace Coach Blog

            In the end, it may not be the pandemic, a bad economy or tough competition that takes your company down, it might be a handful of managers and employees who make everyone else miserable. You’ve met them. “Darth” who doesn’t hesitate to offer caust

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              Employee Fakes COVID To Get 2 Weeks Off - Workplace Coach Blog

              When your employee or coworker calls to let you know he tested positive for COVID, you respond immediately with sympathy and worry, and then spring into action and offer what help you can. If you are his employer, you tell your employee to take care of hi

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              COVID-19: How to Create a New Normal | Workplace Coach Blog

              Join Dr. Lynne Curry as she helps explain how to create a new normal in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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              How to Make Layoffs with Heart: Three Questions | Workplace Coach Blog

              Join Dr. Lynne Curry as she helps three different people understand how to make layoffs with heart.

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              Who's the REAL person? - Workplace Coach Blog

              You thought the job applicant knocked it out of the park with his resume and his answers to your interview questions. You interviewed the references he provided. Do you make the offer? Not so fast. Have you checked out the real person behind the resume an