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Liz Reyer: Making connections at work

Q: I'm considered a loner at work. The problem is, I don't really want to be. I'd like to be one of the gang, but I don't know what to do to build closer relationships. It's always been kind of hard for me, but now that I'm in the workforce it's even worse. What can I do?


Your Office Coach: Put away the laptops when interviewing job candidates

Q: I am trying to decide whether I should feel offended by my last job interview. The format was a panel discussion with three interviewers, including two young men in their 20s and a woman in her 60s. The woman was friendly, attentive and interested in my answers. The guys brought laptops and typed continuously for the entire hour, occasionally looking up to interject a question.


Your Office Coach: Avoid extremes, seek common ground

Q: In the family business where I work, the owner and his son have very different perspectives. The owner is always looking for growth opportunities, while "Stan" tends to focus on maintaining the status quo. Although I have good relationships with both of them, the owner and I tend to think more alike.

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