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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, ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...