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former coworker stole my work and keeps contacting me for help

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

A reader writes: I have a weird issue that I need help with. My former coworker, Lulu, joined my company about seven years ago as a relatively inexperienced but enthusiastic junior team member. I trained her on some of her duties and, due to the nature of our jobs, we worked closely together for a […]

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my employee puts on a show of being busy, but they shouldn’t be

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A reader writes: I manage an employee who’s in a job that I used to do myself, so I have a pretty good idea of the work required and the amount of time it takes. This person does a good job on the tasks and is competent and well liked. However, they put on a […]

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my boss is a terrible restaurant guest

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A reader writes: I’ve worked for my C-Suite boss for almost five years. We are in a line of work where we attend a lot of lunches and dinners at nice restaurants, most often as guests of vendors and clients. While I generally enjoy the fine dining opportunities, I find my boss to be an […]

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coworker refuses to talk to us, demoted and can’t move back up, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I was demoted and now can’t move back up I’ve been at my company for over a decade, and have a track record of being an asset to the company. A year ago, I mutually agreed to step down from a management position. The proposal […]

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I was rejected for a job, but I see no signs the new hire has started yet

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A reader writes: In April, I did a job interview at a small employer (less than 15 staff). I’ve often been told that I interview well, but this interview was probably the best interview I’ve ever done. The interviewers repeatedly told me how impressed they were with me, I built a great personal connection and […]

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my employee is patronizing when I correct his work

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A reader asks: My employee, who is fresh out of college, is often not very thorough or good at his job. He’ll submit work that clearly lacked any attention to detail. And 90% of the time, there are errors that I end up pointing out. I am fair, factual, and give context to why the […]

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can my employer make me give four weeks notice when I quit?

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A reader writes: When I started at my current job (an entry-level administrative job, no state secrets here), my offer letter stated that I would have to give minimum four weeks notice when I left or I could open myself up to legal action from the company. I also live in an at-will employment state […]

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coworker pries into my romantic life, telling an employee to be less uptight, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Coworker keeps prying into my romantic life I’m a woman who’s not straight, and not out to anyone where I work. I’m in my mid 20s, and a coworker who has to be in at least her 60s is constantly making remarks about me having/getting […]

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weekend open thread — June 15-16, 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 Paris Novel, by Ruth Reichl. When her difficult mother dies, a woman is left a plane ticket and instructions to go to France, […]

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open thread – June 14, 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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thongs at work, the best interviewing order, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. Thongs at work The other day, while I was at a healthcare facility where they do both clinical visits and operations, I saw a female employee walking by me, wearing her perfectly-acceptable scrubs, who was clearly an operating room doctor or nurse. For whatever reason […]

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update: my coworker watches a daycare livestream all day

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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. Remember the letter-writer whose coworker watched a daycare livestream all day? Here’s the update. I took your advice to mention it to management because we randomly had a […]

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update: all the men I work with go on an annual camping trip together, and women aren’t allowed

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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 whose male coworkers all took an annual camping trip […]

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update: can I do anything about a senior-level colleague who doesn’t do any work?

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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. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. 1. Can I do anything […]

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I’m a terrible procrastinator

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It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve recently realized something about myself: even though I am a high perfomer with glowing reviews from bosses and coworkers, I am a terrible procrastinator. But instead of procrastinating by doing nothing, I find other things that is of lesser importance but still need doing. […]

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

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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

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. 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

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 wondered if he was rejected because he told […]

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