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my new employee keeps complaining about missing her kids

This post, my new employee keeps complaining about missing her kids , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I have a staff member who I hired recently, and she’s been out of the workforce for five or so years while she was a stay-at-home parent. I have been conscious of the adjustment for her being back in an...

my office wants my pronouns — but I’m still figuring it out

This post, my office wants my pronouns — but I’m still figuring it out , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m a queer person working in a mid-sized, politically progressive organization. Recently our management team has been attempting to shift norms around pronouns at work. Our chief HR executive sent...

managing an abusive manager, coworkers keep talking about my new luxury car, and more

This post, managing an abusive manager, coworkers keep talking about my new luxury car, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I manage a manager who uses abusive language to employees I have a manager who reports to me, but I recently realized he uses abusive language...

update: really aggressive spam callers are giving me anxiety attacks

This post, update: really aggressive spam callers are giving me anxiety attacks , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, where all month I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer who was getting such...

I hate working from home

This post, I hate working from home , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I hate working from home. I live and work in a big city and I live in a small one-bedroom apartment. My office has always had a work-from-home policy, but during the pandemic we’ve been working at home 100%. Many of my coworkers have...

my new office has a no-humor policy

This post, my new office has a no-humor policy , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m an analyst at a small (25 employee) firm. I applied here mostly because of the great reputation this place has for putting out good work in my industry, and started this job about three weeks ago. It’s my second job after...

we’re asked to share our bra and underwear sizes with the team, crawling at work, and more

This post, we’re asked to share our bra and underwear sizes with the team, crawling at work, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. We’re asked to share our bra and underwear sizes with the whole team I work in a clothing-related company where the entire team often...

updates: the scream-yawns, the condescending coworker, and more

This post, updates: the scream-yawns, the condescending coworker, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, where all month 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...

update: my new job is a nightmare built on a hellmouth

This post, update: my new job is a nightmare built on a hellmouth , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, where all month I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose new job in property management...

asking to use the boss’s limo and other unprofessional mishaps

This post, asking to use the boss’s limo and other unprofessional mishaps , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Ever look back at your career and realize that you weren’t always the consummate professional that you (of course) are today? A while back, I asked readers to confess their unprofessional deeds from the past. Over...

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