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the special notepads, the staggered departures, and other stories of ridiculous policies at work

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

Last week I asked about ridiculous policies you’ve encountered at work. Here are 18 of the most ridiculous you shared. 1. The notepads I had a boss who insisted that only her notes could be on yellow legal pads (8.5 by 14), and her sales staff all had to take notes on white paper at […]

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how should we handle a dog-phobic employee in a dog-friendly office?

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A reader writes: We’ve recently moved into a new office space which is dog-friendly. This is great news for many of our employees, who are able to avoid costly sitters and walkers. However, one employee, Jane, is really dog-phobic. Today another colleague (Lucille) brought her dog in for the first time. I warned her that […]

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my best employee is disappointed that I’m not dealing with a bad employee

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A reader writes: I am a newish manager and dealing with a staff personality conflict I’d love some help with. About six months ago, I became the manager of a business I’ll call The Teapot Emporium (I’m trying to anonymize this so I’m going to use tea as a stand-in). The various staff members there […]

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can I ask for a salary cut, I don’t want to share a bed with my boss, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Can I ask for a salary cut? Can I ask for a salary reduction if I feel that I’m overpaid? I currently make $140k/year salary in a tech job, but I feel that I am only worth $60k. I have my house and car paid […]

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weekend open thread – March 2-3, 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: Swanna in Love, by Jennifer Belle. A teenage girl, dragged with her little brother by their mother to an artist colony where kids aren’t […]

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open thread – March 1-2, 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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is it OK to flirt at networking events, coworker spies on me, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. Is it OK to flirt at networking events? The other night I was talking with a friend from grad school. We work in the same field, but not in the same part of the country so our work doesn’t directly overlap anymore. He said he […]

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how to ask for a disability accommodation for a job interview

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A reader writes: I hoped you could answer a question –– ideally with a disability/employment lawyer or other specialist –– about disclosing disabilities at the interview stage. Your site is emphatic that disabilities should not be disclosed until an offer is received, due to the possibility for (unconscious) discrimination. This makes sense, but it leaves […]

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update: recovering professionally after an internet hate campaign

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Remember the letter-writer trying to recover professionally after an internet hate campaign against her? Earlier updates are here, and here’s the latest. So much has happened since then (I can’t believe it’s been eight years!) both in the industry and professionally. After I left my former company, I took some time working for other companies […]

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it’s Leap Day! let’s discuss ridiculous workplace policies

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It’s Leap Day and so in honor of the Leap Year employee who finally gets her birthday off this year, we must talk about bizarre, nonsensical policies your employers have had. Did they ban humor? Refuse to let you say “how are you?”  to customers? Tell you that you couldn’t wear your wedding ring because […]

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do I have to drive my employee’s employee, AI attending meetings, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Do I have to drive my employee’s employee? I have an employee (there is a middle manager between us, so I am his grandboss) who doesn’t have a car. He was told when he got hired he needed a car for this job and he […]

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can I teach a very disorganized employee to be more independent?

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A reader writes: I have a question about helping my employee get organized. She has two pivotal job duties which are closely tied but not directly linked — I could technically have two people doing each piece separately, but the volume as a small business doesn’t warrant that number of employees. Think the relationship between […]

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update: can I offer to pay a coworker’s vet bill?

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Remember the letter-writer wondering if they could offer to pay a coworker’s vet bill (#2 at the link)? Here’s the update. I reached out to my coworker the evening that the letter was published. I texted him and made the offer to cover the testing for a diagnosis, up to a certain amount of money, […]

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should I tell my boss my coworker is working a second job during her hours for us?

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A reader writes: I wanted to get your thoughts on something that has bugged me for a while. My coworker has a second job as a photographer and does photoshoots during work hours when we are required to be in the office (only three days a week, mind you). I am aware that Covid created […]

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complaints about a new hire before she’s started, employer sent my rejection to my father, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. We got a complaint call about a new hire before she started We hired a new executive director, who starts in a week. Did multiple reference checks (including a former direct report and a former supervisor), criminal background check, employment and education verifications, licensure verification, […]

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I’m in charge of our disgusting office kitchen

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A reader writes: I am an administrative assistant for a small company (about 50 people). My problem, especially now that folks are fully returned to office, is the cleanliness of the kitchen. As any admin in charge of the office kitchen will tell you, it is a NIGHTMARE. Food left on counters, molding fruit in […]

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our company has an annual golf trip … but the women don’t play

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A reader writes: Our smallish family-owned business has been taking our sales team on a long weekend golf trip on and off for many years. It is intended to be a reward, and little if any business is discussed when we are there. It’s mostly beer drinking, side betting golf, in a beach town with […]

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I lied to my interviewer about being employed

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A reader writes: I got a job offer last week that I’m really excited about, especially because I was let go in mid-January and it’s been stressful to job hunt. I was recruited to apply for a few different positions, and one ended up with an offer. I told the recruiter I wasn’t currently employed, […]

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I can’t carry coffee at work, employee refuses to do a critical duty, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. An employee forced an unwanted kiss on my employee — and now they want to do mediation I run a nonprofit. Six months ago, a male employee of another nonprofit began kissing my female employee on the lips at the end of a series of […]

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update: my boss is abusive and blames it on PMDD

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Remember the letter-writer whose boss was abusive and blamed it on PMDD? Here’s the update. I have an update for my boss who was blaming her abusive behavior on PMDD. It ended how I was starting to suspect it would. After your response, my husband and I started working on moving our kids onto his […]

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