Posts

  • Can I ask an employer about COVID-19 office cleaning? (7/27/2020) Q: I am interviewing for a job in a suburban office park.  I am worried about the hygiene of the office and if they have followed COVID-19 cleaning protocols.  Can I ask if they have kept this virus out of … Continued
  • Furlough vs. layoff — I’m confused! (7/6/2020) Q: I have been furloughed recently, because my company has been hurt by this pandemic.  What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff?  Should I be looking for a new job?  My manager is not even sure what … Continued
  • Can I refuse to wear a mask in my office? (6/29/2020) Q: I just returned to my office last week.  I am only working at our office a few days per week.  Our manager is requiring that we wear some type of face covering.  Some employees are wearing homemade masks some … Continued
  • I am afraid to return to my office. Can I continue to work from home? (6/15/2020) Q:  In July, my employer is requiring many of us to return to work.  I am afraid.  I have not been at my desk since Friday, March 13th.  I don’t want to go back.  I am afraid of every door … Continued
  • Tips for returning to the office this summer (6/8/2020) Q: I am a small business owner and we are overwhelmed with how to invite employees back into our workplace.  We don’t have to worry about elevators, the MBTA or escalators.  We are a consulting firm, in a south shore … Continued
  • Anxious about returning to the workplace (5/18/2020) Q: I am being asked to return to the office in July/August, after working at home because of the COVID-19.  I am nervous and have anxiety about working in a cubicle-type environment.  We don’t have an EAP, or else I … Continued
  • Silence after interviews (5/11/2020) Q: I applied for a job as a financial analyst about three months ago, before the pandemic.  I had a telephone interview and it went well.  They invited me onsite for a face-to-face interview and I was given encouraging feedback … Continued
  • Internship cancelled, now what? (5/4/2020) Q:  My summer internship was just cancelled because of COVID-19.  I am devastated.  I need to gain some work experience as I am a junior.  I went abroad this year so didn’t have the opportunity to work during the semester, … Continued
  • Returning to an office, what can we do? (4/27/2020) Q:  I own a small professional services firm.  We hope to have a few employees return to work in the office sometime in May, 2020.  Do you have any thoughts on how to do this safely?  What are other employers … Continued
  • Re-opening a Business During the Summer (4/20/2020) Q:  I hope to re-open my business over the summer, based on CDC recommendations and Governor Baker’s guidance.  In March, I furloughed most of my employees.  I am concerned that one employee, who is part-time, will not want to return.  … Continued