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

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

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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it’s the last day for a massive discount on the Ask a Manager job-hunting guide

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It’s the final 24 hours of the annual sale on the Ask a Manager job-hunting bible, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager! This is your last chance this year to get a massive 40% discount off the regular $24.95 price. Use this discount code: newjob   This e-book gives you step-by-step […]

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open thread – July 12, 2024

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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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feuding coworkers, is saying “my calendar is up to date” rude, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. My coworkers are feuding over a text, a lack of condolences, and some coffee We have two colleagues in our office, Pam and Sarah, who do not get along. Sarah’s mom passed away recently, and she sent a text message to our people in the […]

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should I apologize for being a bad employee?

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A reader writes: Do I need to apologize to my managers for being a less-than-stellar employee? I’m a contract employee on my second year of employment with an organization that hires its employees on one-year contracts. During my first year, my performance was good — not outstanding, but at least good enough to have my […]

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updates: we have to cook food to feed our well-paid managers, and more

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Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. We have to cook food to feed our very well-paid managers I realized that I might be one of the few people who could push back on this because I am a long-term employee with a good record who is about to retire so any potential retribution […]

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what’s the strangest customer feedback you’ve heard?

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This week’s “ask the readers” question comes courtesy of this reader: I was talking to one of my friends the other day and the topic of hilarious customer comments/complaints came up. I had one that I’ve carried with me for about a decade now and I wanted to share it: “The worst paper in all […]

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is my employee taking credit for my work, manager favors our two-faced coworker, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is my employee’s conference presentation taking credit for my work? My question is one part reaction check, one part management advice. I run a small marketing team that didn’t exist at this company before I created it five years ago. I had some adjacent experience […]

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