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when your awful coworker is the boss’s kid

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

There are a lot of perks to being the boss: You can (often) set your own hours, delegate work you don’t enjoy, get a nicer office, and dine out on the company dime. But in some workplaces, being the boss also means being able to hire your adult children — often to the detriment of […]

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I promoted one employee instead of her coworker, and now my whole team is upset

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A reader writes: I am a long-time manager, but promotions are a rarity on my team. When an unexpected opportunity for a promotion arose earlier this year, there were two obvious candidates: Annie and Beth. Annie was more of a star individual contributor than Beth, and also had more experience covering the open position. But […]

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I’m worried my coworker is abusing his wife, a chronically late colleague, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I’m worried my coworker is abusing his wife I know you’ve covered how to help a coworker is being abused, but what do you do when the person you work with might be the abuser? My coworker displays some very concerning behavior towards his wife. […]

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weekend open thread – April 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: The Husbands, by Holly Gramazio. A woman discovers that the ladder to her attic produces a seemingly endless supply of husbands. I didn’t know […]

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open thread – April 12-13, 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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should a successful gamer put it on their resume, “free” company gifts that aren’t free, ad more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. If you’re a successful gamer, should it go on your resume? My son is in college and needs to find a job while he’s home for the summer. He hasn’t had much luck so far, and his experience is limited to stocking shelves at a […]

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someone who barely managed me put negative feedback in my annual review

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

A reader writes: I just received my annual review. I’ve been passed between four managers over the past 12 months – one of whom was fired, one who was very hands-off for the majority of their time with me, one who worked with me for three months, and one who became my manager relatively recently. […]

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update: dealing with a problematic member of a board games group

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

Remember the letter-writer who was dealing with a problematic member of a board games group? The first update was here, and here’s the final installment. I am the letter writer who runs a board games group and used Alison’s excellent advice about communication to deal with a problematic member of the games group and the […]

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knowledge swap! share your expertise with people here

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Are you good at something and willing to share that expertise with others here? We did this six years ago and it was a great success, so we’re doing it again. Here’s how it works: 1. In the comment section below, name something you’re really good at that you’d be willing to answer questions about. […]

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is the kiss emoji appropriate at work, manager wants me to find coverage after I quit, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is the kiss emoji appropriate at work? This is a low-stakes question, but I keep wondering: Is the kiss emoji 😘 ever appropriate in work communication? Most of our team are in our thirties and forties. Our work environment is fairly informal — few emails, […]

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I manage my sister, and she overshares about her breaks and sick time

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

A reader writes: I’m hoping you can help me with this conundrum. This situation is complicated by the fact that this is a family business, and all employees are my relatives and/or their romantic partners, but we have virtual assistant team members (independent contractors or third party services) who are party to these conversations. Background: […]

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mistakes at work: a round-up

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Here’s a round-up of posts about mistakes at work. what to do when you make a mistake at work you made a mistake at work — now what? how do I recover from a huge, fireable mistake at work? how do I handle a serious mistake on my self-evaluation? how big of a deal are […]

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my coworker doesn’t like it when I set boundaries on conversation topics

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A reader writes: I work in an artistic field, which leads to a much more casual environment amongst coworkers and a lot of time for chatting. I’m usually fine with this, but I’m having increasing issues with one coworker, Tommy. Tommy routinely brings up topics that I’m uncomfortable discussing. He initially respected this, but has […]

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 5 days 16 hours ago

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company won’t do anything about a horrible coworker, eating tiny lunches in a group, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My company won’t do anything about our horrible coworker I have a very problematic coworker, Alex, but everyone, including HR, seem to be unable to fire them. And when I say problematic, I mean it. Earlier this year Alex outed me at work as gay […]

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my coworker’s obsession with coffee is an all-day distraction

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A reader writes: This is probably going to be more venting. It is bugging me, but I don’t want to risk being the office jerk. I work in an office setting. Bill from another department is a really nice guy. Probably to an obnoxious level. I really am not big on small talk, but usually […]

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my employee quit over a misdirected email

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A reader writes: I have two employees who can’t stand each other but they’ve managed to be civil and professional. Sarah is a mid-top performer with a consistently good work product. She’s not a superstar but she is dependable. Dani is temperamental, doesn’t always listen to peers, and has created problems for her teammates when […]

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how much money do you make?

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

It’s hard to get real-world information about what jobs pay. Online salary websites are often inaccurate, and people can get weird when you ask them directly. So to take some of the mystery out of salaries, it’s the annual Ask a Manager salary survey. Fill out the form below to anonymously share your salary and […]

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employee writes overly casual emails, employer told me to remove TikTok from my phone, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. New employee writes overly casual emails I’m a millennial and work for state government, where I supervise a new Gen Z employee. Their approach to email communication with members of the public is much less formal than I was taught/how I write and, in my […]

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the arrogant sports car driver, the wild turkeys, and other stories of workplace parking drama

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

Last week we talked about workplace parking wars. Here are 10 fantastic stories from that discussion. 1. The parking space war I used to work in the dorm office at a local private college. We had an enormous parking lot that encircled the entire complex. There were enough spaces for every resident and employee times […]

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am I sabotaging my former intern’s job prospects?

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

A reader writes: A while back, I supervised an intern for the first time. She produced good results and was eager to learn, but she worked slowly, needed a lot of coaching, had little initiative, and there were complaints about finding her asleep or on personal calls. However, because we were close in age and […]

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