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weekend open thread — July 20-21, 2024

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This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Hope, by Andrew Ridker. The ground shifts under each member of a family after one of them is caught falsifying data at work. Publishers […]

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open thread – July 19, 2024

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on any work-related questions that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to take your questions to […]

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manager thanked my husband for letting me work with them, how much exaggeration is too much on LinkedIn, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. A manager thanked my husband for letting me work with them A department I work with organized a social dinner at a restaurant after work one evening. People brought their families and so I brought my husband. A manager I work with came by, so […]

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should I interview for a job where the salary I want is technically possible but not likely?

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A reader writes: Recently I have been looking for a new position because my current project was canceled due to a product decision. I heard of a company from a friend of a friend. She said it was a great place to work. I looked it up and there were positions available with my skillset […]

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updates: the insecure coworker, an exciting cocktail, and more

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Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. Training a fragile, insecure coworker has become Too Much I really appreciated the advice, both from you and the commenters (and the permission to drop the rope that part of me was undoubtedly after). I realized after my letter was published that I’d left out a lot […]

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let’s discuss napping at work

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

We saw a surprising number of stories about covert napping in last month’s thread about interns — which reminded me that we’ve had many stories about napping at work over the years, both covert and not-so-covert. There was the summer associate who put on pajamas and napped on top of her desk .. the intern […]

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I smelled alcohol on my coworker, can you fire someone because their spouse is a politician, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I suspect my colleague was drinking before our morning meeting I held a meeting late morning on Friday with my colleague, “Janet.” During our meeting, her behavior seemed fine, if even a little more level than her normal frenetic energy. During the meeting, we pulled […]

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I’m attending a conference with a dude who won’t talk to me

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A reader writes: I work in a niche role in a slightly less niche industry. At the beginning of the year, my boss (Jules) informed us that a new role was opening up on the team — team coordinator. The new role would be responsible for managing the day-to-day workload for the team, freeing Jules […]

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update: can I speak up about the portrait of a child abuser in my office?

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Remember the letter-writer who wanted to speak up about a portrait of a child abuser in their office (#2 at the link)? Here’s the update. A few days after I initially wrote in, I heard statements from my boss that made it pretty clear they wouldn’t support me speaking up about The Portrait. Shortly afterwards, […]

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who is responsible for anger management therapy when an employee needs it?

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A reader writes: This is a question about an unfolding situation involving the behavior of a couple of professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK version of Dancing With the Stars). Last year, one contestant complained about the behavior of her pro partner (Pro A) towards her. Because she’s been publicly vocal about it, […]

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an employee we fired is making “inspirational” LinkedIn posts about it, grand jury duty will eat up 15% of my pay for the year, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. An employee we fired keeps making “inspirational” posts about it on LinkedIn About four months ago, I had to fire an employee due to performance issues. She was a generally nice person, but unfortunately fell short of expectations so we had to let her go. […]

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I took a job with less responsibility — and my coworkers treat me like I have no experience

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A reader writes: I was a stay-at-home-mom for a good 10 years, and have recently started working for other people again. I have been taking entry-level positions, because I’ve been out of the workforce for a decade and also because my kids are still kind of young and I can’t handle the additional responsibility. I’m […]

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I’m about to manage someone who thinks we’re good friends, but we can’t be

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A reader writes: I have accepted a management role in a new team my company has set up. My coworker also applied for the role (unbeknownst to me at the time). She was not offered the job, but was offered one of the team roles so now I will be her manager. I found this […]

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my coworker with OCD wants to control how I do everything

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A reader writes: I have a coworker — let’s call him Sergeant Duke — who is a pretty nice guy. We’re in the military, are the same rank, and have a similar level of experience. Aside from a personality clash with one other coworker, Sergeant Duke gets along with everyone, is good at his job, […]

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my coworker took a video call from the bathroom, horrible exec is the boss’s best friend, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My coworker took a video call from the bathroom I was on a call with a vendor recently with about three people from each organization. Most people had their cameras off, and after the meeting topics were covered, I began to ask some follow-up questions […]

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the Bigfoot artifacts, the disappointing Australians, and other funny customer complaints

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Last week, we talked about strange customer complaints. Here are 25 funny stories you shared. 1. The Bigfoot artifacts I worked in a small history museum and got a complaint that we didn’t have any Bigfoot artifacts, like bones or fossils … from Bigfoot. 2. The bewitchment I used to work in sales for a […]

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my office has a sticker chart for our feelings

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A reader writes: I work in an office of a large company. The work my team does is often stressful, so sometimes staff morale suffers. The managers of my team have created a feelings chart that has giant emoji representing various levels of being happy, stressed, and angry. There are stickers of all our names […]

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my manager is a hoarder — how do I nope out of our office?

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A reader writes: My manager is a hoarder, and our office space is odious. There is no trash can, because my manager treats the office as one giant trash can. She leaves leftover lunch and discarded wrappers all over, sometimes even on my desk. She uses the office as an extension of her own home: […]

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asking employee to have their eyes checked, frustrated with daughter’s new job, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I’m frustrated with my daughter’s new job Our daughter is struggling. Her job has asked her not to come in for the rest of the month as they are “giving her time to work on herself.” She is a new employee of a brand new […]

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weekend open thread — July 13-14, 2024

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Jackpot Summer, by Elyssa Friedland. In the wake of their  mother’s death, three of four siblings win Powerball, but it turns out becoming millionaires […]

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