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Dealing with a bereaved co-worker

Dear Manners@Work,  A colleague in my team has had a bereavement in his family—his Mum passed away. I am not that close to him, but we do sit near each other and we usually say good morning and goodbye and have a social chat each day. I’m not sure what I should say to him? I don’t want to upset him at work by reminding him about it. 

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Dealing with rude people at work

We’ve all encountered rudeness in the workplace. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes it’s loud and obnoxious. However I’ve found most of the advice for dealing with rude people at work is one-note or focused on bullying and intimidation. What about those situations that don’t cross the line into bullying, but make your work life less enjoyable and your workplace less pleasant?

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How much is too much fun?

Dear Manners@Work, I joined a new workplace about six months ago and they have a lot of social events and most people tend to drink quite a bit. There is a conference coming up soon, which is three days at a hotel where the whole team is staying. There will be functions each evening. My question is—how much is it OK to drink at these kinds of things?

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