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Answers to the HR Questions You’ve Always Been Too Afraid to Ask

Most of us work more than we live, which is to say we spend considerably more time at the office and with our coworkers than we do with the human beings we actually want in our lives (our partners, our children our friends). It also means that the stressors and anxieties of work become a significant part of who we are — and can be a real drag even when we’re not at the office. We here at MEL, however, don’t want all that stress to get to you — or worse, kill you. That’s why we’ve enlisted Terry Petracca, the hippest HR expert we know, to help solve all your work-related woes.

Read the first five installments of her column “Go See HR” below. And email all your office-related anxieties to

What to Do When The Guy Who Sits Next to You Is A Chain Smoker

Because he smells and he’s always puffing away instead of at his desk

Should Your Company Create a Handbook for Managing Millenials?

Or is it just a more professional way of singling out millennials?

Is Giving Two Weeks’ Notice as Useless and Outdated as the Fax Machine?

After all, it is the on-the-job version of senioritis

Is It Possible to Get Angry at Work Without Looking Like an Unhinged Maniac?

How do you balance professionalism with actual, real-life emotions?

My Boss Asked Me to Do Coke With Him

How should I react when he breaks out the baggie?