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I don’t want to bake for my coworker, needlessly cruel layoffs, and more

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

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is this method for layoffs needlessly cruel? I am writing this email while sitting at my work computer even though I am off contract and not being paid for my time. My college announced a month ago that they will lay off half our workforce […]

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updates: our admins hate all the coffee I buy the office but they insist I have to keep trying, and more

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. Our admins hate all the coffee I buy the office, but they insist I have to keep trying I chickened […]

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update: my coworkers complain I’m violating the dress code, but I’m not

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s more to come. Remember the letter-writer whose coworkers complained she […]

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I don’t want to help rude networkers

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

A reader writes: I’ve been in my industry for eight years now. From the outside, it’s a very cool area to work in (and mostly it is…) and it’s definitely more on the map as a career path than it was when I started. Lots of grads are very interested in a job like mine, […]

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update: I was rejected because I told my interviewer I never make mistakes

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer who wondered if he was rejected because he told […]

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employee never eats at work, office is angry I didn’t pay for a plane ticket after I resigned, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My employee never eats at work I added a new (and wonderful) person to the team I lead about six months ago. We share an open work space. Most folks eat lunch communally, but sometimes people pop out to buy something or go for a […]

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update: my boss wants to hire us out for our “unique talents and skills” that have nothing to do with our jobs

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past.  Remember the letter-writer whose boss wanted to hire them out for their “unique talents and skills” that had nothing to do with their jobs? Here’s the update. I found […]

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update: HR says I have a moral obligation to tell everyone I’m autistic

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s still more to come. Remember the letter-writer who was told […]

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what to do if you’re paid less than a male coworker

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

With more people than ever talking openly about their salaries, you might learn at some point that you’re being paid less than a male coworker for doing the same work. Or you might have seen the data on how commonly this happens and want to find out if it’s occurring in your company – and […]

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update: my new manager is someone I slept with years ago … and he doesn’t know we have a child

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer whose new manager was someone she slept with years […]

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angry ex told my boss I’m a drug addict, manager lets employee insult me, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. An angry ex emailed my boss saying I’m a drug addict I had a great job as a systems analyst working remotely, but this job coincided with some drama in my personal life. I was dealing with a messy breakup with my ex-partner — I […]

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updates: my coworker won’t stop touching and complimenting me, and more

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. My coworker won’t stop touching and complimenting me (#2 at the link) I acted very cold and avoided him the […]

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updates: how can I pull back on a friendship with a coworker, and more

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s more to come […]

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how much should I hand-hold a disorganized employee?

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

A reader writes: I am a new manager struggling with how to handle one of my employees. He is a smart guy but super disorganized. For example, he is in charge of ensuring all internal audits in our company have been set up and executed. We discuss this in our one-on-ones, and invariably, every time […]

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update: I think our intern prank-called us

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer who thought their intern prank-called the office? Here’s the update. […]

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we have to cook food to feed our well-paid managers, employee sends stream-of-consciousness Slack messages, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. We have to cook food to feed our very well-paid managers I work for a branch of government. The leadership team of another branch is having a meeting with the leadership team of our branch. The STAFF has been asked by our independently wealthy leadership […]

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weekend open thread — June 8-9, 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: Within Arm’s Reach, by Ann Napolitano. Told from alternating perspectives, it’s the story of three generations of a large Irish-Catholic family that is forever […]

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open thread – June 7, 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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husband’s boss didn’t tell me about his medical episode, asking about starting time, and more

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

It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. My husband’s boss didn’t alert me when he had a medical episode My husband works for a small, family-owned business. The owners of the business are three siblings. The oldest brother used to be in charge, but he retired a year or so ago. The […]

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updates: an employee 2 levels down refused to meet with me, the face tattoo, and more

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

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers. 1. An employee 2 levels down refused to meet with me Last year, I sent in a question about what to […]

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