Ask Ana

Published by adviser, Author: Ana Graham - Rocket Contributor, Date: September 20, 2012

Dear Ana,
What should you do when you’re having a problem with one of your coworkers but they only communicate to you through your boss and other coworkers?
The Awful Workstudy

Dear Awful,

Just kidding. It can cause a lot of trouble if you confront a coworker while you both are working, and it can lead to a fight. Fights can lead to unemployment. Fighting is bad, m’kay?
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, if there is a way to find them during a break or before work starts, you will have a good chance of being able to snag them because they can’t run away from the confrontation due to having to stay at work. After work would be the best time, but if the person is avoiding you so much, then they will probably leave work too fast for you to even try.

But the most obvious suggestion I can give you is if you are communicating these issues via your boss, then you should ask your boss to set up an appointment where the three of you discuss what is going on. Your coworker cannot deny their authority. Plus your boss is likely to agree to it because issues with communication are one of the big issues bosses must resolve in a work situation.

Dear Ana,
I don’t know who to vote for in this presidential election. I’m sick of Obama, but something about Romney feels slimy. I don’t want to pick randomly on Election Day, so maybe I shouldn’t vote at all?
The Undecided Voter

Dear Undecided,
Political elections will always be about picking the lesser of two evils – there will never be a perfect candidate. It is really important to look at the views each have on an issue and compare them to your own personal values and who you are.

Don’t wait until you reach the voting booth to decide! This reminds me of the 2008 presidential elections when I voted for the first time at the ripe old age of 18. I cast my vote based on who “fit” me the most. My friend, on the other hand, went to the voting booths with me still undecided, and I have no idea who she ended up voting for or how she chose him.

Closing your eyes and picking or voting for Obama for his sweet basketball skills or voting for Romney for his handsome hair is a waste of a vote. If you plan to utilize this method of choosing, then please do not vote. I will personally hate you, as will any political science majors you may know.

However, if this is not the case, then you really should take advantage of your right to vote. If my advice of comparing your views with theirs fails, then think about whom of the possible candidates would be the best for the country as a whole.

Remember: there is no perfect candidate – at least there won’t be until Betty White and reincarnated Bruce Lee run for office in 2016.

Dear Ana,
If I were to write and star in my own musical, my boyfriend claims to refuse to costar in it with me. How can I con him onto the stage? Bribes of honey and other sweets were ineffective.

Dr. Horrible

Dear Horrible,
If bribes of sweets were ineffective, then think of bribing him with something that he really likes, such as an Xbox game or tickets to see a country singer he likes. You could threaten to dump him unless he costars in your imaginary play, but there is a 100 percent chance of that backfiring horribly.

It does not matter that he is your boyfriend – that does not mean that he is obligated to do whatever you want him to do. However, if you offer him money, then he may be more likely to do it.


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