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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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an industry colleague is lying to me about a dispute we had years ago

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A reader writes: Six years ago, I was vice president of the board of a national advocacy body (Org A) that had a long-standing, mostly good, relationship with another national advocacy body (Org B). The two organizations had some commonalities but also quite well defined swim lanes. While I was VP for Org A, Elsa […]

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here’s a huge discount on the Ask a Manager job-searching bible

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Looking for a job? Once a year, I offer a big discount on my my e-book, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager, and it’s happening now. Use this discount code today for a massive 40% discount off the regular $24.95 price: newjob If you’ve ever wished that you could look into the brain of […]

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anti-vax employee is pressuring a coworker not to vaccinate her baby

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A reader writes: I have three people who I have supervised for the last three years. Although I am not their official manager, I am the person who handles the bulk of their day-to-day responsibilities. I’ll call them Cordelia, Willow, and Dawn. All three are hard workers and are good at their jobs. They are […]

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I manage someone who’s bored and grumpy, I saw an anti-union training on our CEO’s credit card bill, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I manage someone who’s bored and grumpy at work I work on a small team and manage one person, A. The nature of A’s work can often be quite monotonous and she knew this might be the case when she joined. A is the type […]

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how should I balance workplace red flags vs. the necessity to get a job?

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A reader writes: I’m searching for a job in the real workplace for the first time — previously I’ve only been family-employed and self-employed. So I have work experience, but not necessarily in an official workplace context. I’ve been job-searching for four months and haven’t gotten a job yet. I’m moving to a different state […]

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how to negotiate for the largest possible salary before you accept a job offer.

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The easiest time to get more money at any job is before you’ve accepted. You can always ask for a raise later on, but you’ll have the most leverage – and be more likely to be able to secure a bigger increase – while you’re still negotiating whether you’ll come aboard at all. At New […]

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my coworker won’t speak to female customers if they’re with a man

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A reader writes: I work in retail currently, after decades of doing something else. I’ve been doing this for about a year, and I’m finally becoming comfortable in the role. We have a lot of regulars, and some of them are couples or families who always come in together as a group. I’ve noticed that […]

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manager trashes me behind my back, promoted without a raise for a “test period,” and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I reported a manager, who’s now trashing me whenever my name comes up I need a gut check here. This has been really bothering me but I’m not sure it’s really a big deal or if I just need to be more resilient. I previously […]

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my coworker REALLY doesn’t like me

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A reader writes: I work in a small office (less than 15 of us). There’s pretty low turnover so most of us have been around for at least a year, most of us more. I have one coworker, Paige, who is great at her job and really personable around everyone … except me. She was […]

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my former employee is using my job and title on LinkedIn

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A reader writes: I recently discovered that a former employee took credit for my title and job during the brief nine-month period she reported to me temporarily while my assistant was on maternity leave. What’s mystifying is that she did it on LinkedIn. While we’re not connected, we share a good number of connections because […]

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we did a trauma-dumping ice-breaker at a work retreat

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A reader writes: I work for a company that has ~40 people and we gather annually in person. We are otherwise a hybrid organization. We are very open about mental health struggles and work/life balance, and that comes from our leadership. I’m incredibly grateful to work in an organization like this. Last year I had […]

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my office hosts a regular “Drinky Day,” employee pressured a client to hire her son, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My office has a regular “Drinky Day” Every other Friday from 3-5pm, the executive director at my job hosts “Drinky Day,” where she and/or other employees bring in beer, wine, hard liquor, etc. This is a mandatory meeting where we “debrief.” We are a nonprofit […]

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