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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If You're Cyber-bullied, Here's What To Do - Workplace Coach Blog

It happened You thought it only happened in the movies or bad spy novels. Now, it’s happened to you. Unknown …

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Making the Best of Winter Despite COVID: because of you, we overcome the despites; thank you - Workplace Coach Blog

We got this despite the challenges, the is much that's good, though it takes effort and help

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What makes a bully & can they change? - Workplace Coach Blog

Can bullies change, can victims change, what makes a bully?

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Supervisor Confessed His Romantic Feelings for Me - Workplace Coach Blog

Supervisor stepped over the line when he confessed his romantic feelings

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Sticking My Neck Out & Asking You To Say What You Want In This Book - Workplace Coach Blog

A how to guide for managing for accountability

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How Can I Remain Neutral in the Cold War Between My Supervisor and Co-worker? - Workplace Coach Blog

Question: My co-worker, “Aly,” texts on her cellphone held under her desk, surfs the Internet, fakes going to the bathroom …

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1036 miles since COVID began - Workplace Coach Blog

We started walking to defeat COVID; we'll never stop.

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Turning the Tables on Workplace Bullies - Workplace Coach Blog

Outsmart workplace bullies by turning the tables on them

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Save Your Career From a Vindictive Manager's Targeting: Here's How - Workplace Coach Blog

Handling a bully manager without losing your job or reputation

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Does banter cross the line or does political correctness kill the fun? - Workplace Coach Blog

Banter and political correctness, are the victim or the problem?

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    What to do when your boss treats everyone badly - Workplace Coach Blog

    Actions to take when you work for a bad boss

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    Decoding Personality Conflicts - and who you drive crazy - Workplace Coach Blog

    Fixing personality conflicts by understanding the 4 key personality types.

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    COVID Powerlessness...or "we got this!" - Workplace Coach Blog

    If you're feeling COVID fatigue or powerless over COVID, take control over yourself.

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    These Homeless Men in South Africa Turned Lockdown Into a 'Life-Changing' Agricultural Project

    A group of men in a COVID-19 homeless shelter in South Africa turned the lockdown into a successful agricultural project, here's how.

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      My Manager Wants Me to Compromise My Ethics - Workplace Coach Blog

      When your manager wants you to do the wrong thing, how do you keep your job?

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      Trouble at Wilderness Lodge - Workplace Coach Blog

      Domestic violence IS your business

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      Scared to Tell My Boss He Needs to Lose Weight - Workplace Coach Blog

      Can you tell your boss the honest truth? Or is it better to just shut up?

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      Turned Down for a Job Despite Being More Than Qualified - Workplace Coach Blog

      Question: I’ve been looking for a job for two months without landing one.  It torches me that I’ve not even …

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      Passed Over for a Promotion I Deserved - Workplace Coach Blog

      Passed over for a promotion you deserved

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      Don’t Take a Bad Job; Ask These ?s First & Reference Check The Supervisor - Workplace Coach Blog

      How to choose the right job

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      I told a little white lie; my boss hasn't figured it out - Workplace Coach Blog

      Ethics, lying and doing the right thing.

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      My co-workers think I slept my way to the top. I didn't, but the rumors are taking their toll - Workplace Coach Blog

      sexual harassment and sleeping with the boss

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        My Coworker Barges In, I Had Enough, I Swatted Her - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: My coworker barges into my office when I’m on the phone with customers and interrupts me with questions, derailing …

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        My Job Bores Me To Tears, But I Don't Dare Jump - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: For the last eight months, I’ve tried everything I can think of to make myself like my job. Nothing …

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        I Was Laid Off; Now That My Employer is Hiring Do I Get My Job Back? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: My employer laid me off due to COVID-19 in April. The job scene is a disaster. I get up …

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        My Coworker Wants Me to Join Forces in Getting Rid of Our Supervisor - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: My co-worker and I had a horrible blowup last week. She invited me over to dinner. After dinner she …

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        I Supervise An Employee So Different From Me I Can't Get A Read On Him - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: I inherited three new direct reports when our management team downsized. One of them worries me. I don’t understand …

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        My Employer Asks Personally Invasive Questions; Do I Have to Answer? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: My employer emailed me a health status questionnaire that’s due Friday. I’m used to and feel okay about questions …

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        Not Sure What I'm Doing That Ticks Off My Coworkers: Is It That I'm Fast & Young? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: I like my job. I work hard and fast. I want to get ahead. This irritates two of my …

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        My Boss Cheats Customers But I Don't Want to Lose My Job - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: Three months ago, I finally found an employer that would let me work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., …

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        3 Bully Tricks & How To Evade Them - Workplace Coach Blog

        Bullies play tricks and wield weapons so they can dominate and win. If you’ve been on the wrong end of …

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        Unemployment’s Ugly Sibling: Underemployment-What To Do If You're Underemployed - Workplace Coach Blog

        You’re lucky to have a job, except you don’t feel lucky. Perhaps you work parttime but need full-time work. You …

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        Sex Offender On-site; What Do I Need To Do? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: I work in a retail store undergoing a remodel in a mall next to other stores that teens and …

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        Employee Thought He Deserved the Job I Landed...Now Gunning for Me - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: I recently landed a dream job managing a department for a strong, growing company. On my first day, I …

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        A Performance Improvement Plan Means Your Manager Plans to Fire You, Right? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: I’m been ordered to call you. Nothing personal against you, but I’m not having any. For the last year, …

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        My boss asked for feedback and I told the truth. Big mistake. What now? - Workplace Coach Blog

        Question: After my boss made a presentation to staff that fell flat, he came into my office, closed the door, …

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        The Workplace Jerk - Workplace Coach Blog

        You’ve met him. The coworker with an attitude. Who mutters nasty comments under his breath and takes pleasure in being …

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          Bad References Haunt You: 2 Steps You Can Take Right Now - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Our company isn’t doing well, and my current employer needs to lay me off. I’m on good terms with …

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          Targeted: New Supervisor Wants to Run Me Off - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Note: this post addressed a question that came in through the Ask a Coach section of this blog. Two …

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          Failing Grade in Office Politics - Workplace Coach Blog

          Note: This post responds to questions posed in the Ask a Coach section of workplacecoachblog.   Question: I’m getting a failing …

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          When Politics Sours Workplace Friendships - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I’ve had lunch daily with the same three co-workers for almost four years. We share everything and have stayed …

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          Stopping a Bully Senior Manager Without Risking Your Job - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I face a situation that has no easy answer and no good solution. As the newly hired human resources …

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          Staying Upbeat at Work Despite an Emotionally Abusive Spouse - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I work in sales and COVID-19 has knocked our business to its knees. I fear being laid off and …

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          Protecting My Privacy from a Coworker's Prying Eyes - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: What rights do I have when my employer’s receptionist repeatedly invades my privacy by opening my personal mail?  I …

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          When Your Boss is the Bully & Has All the Power - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Soon after I started a job as an HR generalist, my new peers came to me saying, “I don’t …

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          Employee Threw Me Under the Bus - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I’m a new supervisor and one of my employees threw me under the bus even though I’ve repeatedly helped …

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          We Don't Want to Quit Over Our Manager's Gross Habit, Can You Help? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: If it wasn’t so petty and disgusting, this would be funny. Our small company has one restroom. A lock …

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          My Job Is In Jeopardy Over A Comment I Made to a Friend On My Own Time - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: When my company promoted me to supervisor, my best friend took me out for a drink. That night he …

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          Caught Job Hunting During the Workday - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: This morning my boss discovered I was job hunting during the workday. I have no idea how he figured …

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          Drama Queens & Kings: Office Politics on Steroids - Workplace Coach Blog

          I work with two drama queens. “Arielle” is always sure I or others are out to get her and make …

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          Office Politics and the Mudslinger - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Those of us who haven’t been laid off returned to the office two weeks ago. I’m somewhat ostracized; this …

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          Written for You - Workplace Coach Blog

          I was interviewed this morning by Jerry Jenkins of Left Behind fame for a podcast to his 2000 students. He …

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          The Dratted Typo: Does It Crash My Chance for a Job? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: About an hour after I sent out a resume I sweated over for days, I noticed a typo.  I …

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          Ask a Coach - Workplace Coach Blog

          Workplace coach blog's Ask a Coach tool allows anyone to submit a question and receive free feedback from an expert. We've assisted thousands of businesses, this resource allows us to do the same to anyone in the world...at no cost!

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          Your Supervisor Wants to Squash You?: What Part of The Problem Do You Own? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Normally, my new employer’s office manager hires and supervises administrative assistants, but she was on a cruise in March …

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          A Flashing Red Warning Light or My Fear? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I quit my former job in December, fearing that that if I didn’t leave, I’d be placed on a performance improvement plan. I took a month off and carefully screened prospective employers, looking for ones that said they believe in a healthy wor

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          Freezing When Speaking In Public - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I like to think things through before I speak, and I’m shy in public. This makes department meetings hard for me, as I feel put on the spot when our supervisor calls on me. Often what comes out of my mouth isn’t phrased as well as I’d like

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          The Big NO-I Slept with My Boss - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: I did the big NO. I slept with my boss. At first it was exciting, and then it got old, but I didn’t know how to end it. Turns out, I didn’t need to. Someone spotted us coming out of a restaurant and necking in the parking lot afterward. She

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          Workplace Bullying: a resource from a workplace coach - Workplace Coach Blog

          A new review of Beating the Workplace Bully by a publisher, editor and author: https://bit.ly/39gDz2L BLOG, BOOK REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW: BEATING THE WORKPLACE BULLY: A TACTICAL GUIDE TO TAKING CHARGE BY LYNNE CURRY PH.D. by fromthefrontporch At one point or

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          Stress Junky - Workplace Coach Blog

          If your work pace resembles a jet stream, you’ve probably heard all that advice about relaxing. Forget those critics—what do they know? Go for maximum stress. Stress hormones, particularly adrenaline, give you the cheapest biochemical high legally ava

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          Cyberbullying & And The Return Takedown - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Several months ago, a new employee in my wife’s workplace downloaded a free Amazon.com app called Burn Book. After that, more and more of her coworkers downloaded the app and joined a Burn Book twitter account.  They started posting nasty ran

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          Four Mistakes That Could Cost You a Job - Workplace Coach Blog

          You expected a job offer. You knew you interviewed well.  The interviewer shook your hand when you both stood up, said “great interview,” and chatted with you on your way to the elevator. Then, the form letter rejection. Would you like to kno

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          Dishonest Former Supervisor's Bad Reference Haunts Me - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: After eight months of putting up with a problem supervisor, “Alex,” I quit a job I liked and left coworkers I enjoyed. Alex was sneaky and smooth, but he had charisma. He came on like he was your best friend and committed to honesty, but he

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          Emotional Landmine Eating - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: When my employer and the gym both shut their doors, I began working from home. Then I was laid off. Although I make as much on unemployment as I did work, I’m bored. Worse, I’ve gained weight, at least eight pounds. I’m not yet ready to go

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          Win Back Trust by Facing Truth - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Last year I did something awful. I can give all the excuse—my bully ex-husband was making my life miserable, as was my volatile pre-teen daughter. I felt pressed for time and so falsified two reports. When a coworker sensed something didn’t

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          What Do I Do Now That I've Been Furloughed? | Workplace Coach Blog

          Join Dr. Lynne Curry as she helps several readers determine next steps after they've been furloughed and/or layed off due to COVID-19.

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          Falling In Love With My Job and It's Messing With My Guy - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: Two life-changing events happened the first week of March, just before COVID-19 turned everyone’s lives upside down. I landed a terrific job and my boyfriend and I moved in together. For the first three weeks, everything seemed great.  My job

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          Is What You're Doing Working for You? - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: When I interviewed in January for my current job, I knew there might be problems even before I met the supervisor. I’d run into a woman in the bathroom and when I told her why I was in the building and who I was interviewing with, she seemed s

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          When the Absolute Wrong Person Reads What You've Written Online - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: When COVID-19 hit, my employer sent everyone home. I hadn’t liked my job, but staying at home proved worse. I ran out of toilet paper and the paper towel pieces plugged the toilet. I tried yoga but my cat sat on my face and my puppy ran around

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          Rebuilding Your Career and Landing Jobs in the Age of COVID: Don’t Limit Yourself to Yesterday’s Jobs - Workplace Coach Blog

          Question: One month ago, our company closed nine branches across the country. Everyone in my department and branch is looking for work. That means I’m competing with my former leads, supervisor and manager and younger candidates with superior technologi