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How can I tell my sister her son is not a suitable candidate for a position in my office?

​Question: Our engineering company is hiring and I am in charge of selecting interview candidates. My sister told me her son (my nephew) is applying and that he could do with the confidence boost, ...

Dealing With The Difficult Task of Making a Close Friend Redundant

Question: Last year, a promotion came up at the IT firm where I work. A colleague and close friend pushed me to put myself forward. When I got the job she was the first to celebrate with me.Now, du...

Blog Helping Team Leader
Helping a New Team Leader Rise to The Challenge After a Rocky Start

​Question: I’m the senior manager in a MedTech firm. I promoted another staff member to team leader after he showed exceptional skill during a successful trial period. Eight weeks into his role, tw...

How can I ensure my boss gives me a fair reference when she is unhappy I am leaving?

​Question: I’ve been working in the marketing and sales department of an engineering firm for the last three years. I meet all my quarterly targets; I am a good team worker and have exceeded the ex...

I was horrified to learn I am paid less than male colleagues – how do I reduce the gap?

​Question: With all the talk about the gender pay gaps in the news recently, I started to wonder if my pay was on a par with my male colleagues so I did a bit of asking around.I was horrified to fi...

Blog First Time Leader
I’m worried about how I’m going to make my mark as a young first-time Team Leader

​Question: I’m in my early 30s and nearly 10 years into a successful IT career. I’ve recently been given the responsibility of managing a team of junior staff. If all goes well, I’ll be offered an ...