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does being salaried just mean I work a ton of overtime for free, coworker won’t share a file, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Does being salaried just mean I work a ton of overtime with no extra pay? My position became salaried a while back and, while I understand the general idea of it (no overtime compensation), I’m wondering how working overtime hours should or does function in […]

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Memorial Day open thread

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It’s Memorial Day! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about.

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weekend open thread — May 25-26, 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: Very Bad Company, by Emma Rosenblum. An executive disappears at a dysfunctional start-up’s annual retreat. If you like company gossip, even if not your […]

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open thread – May 24-25, 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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I got rid of my office’s furniture by mistake, is combined PTO better than separate sick and vacation time, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. I got rid of my office’s furniture by mistake We downsized our office recently, and I was in charge of getting rid of all the excess furniture. I’ll admit, I probably could have paid better attention in the one (one!!!) meeting we had that showed […]

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my friend is in trouble for attendance issues caused by her dad being sick

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A reader writes: I’m wondering if you have any advice on encouraging a coworker (or former coworker) to stand up for themselves. I have a feeling there’s not a lot I can do, but I feel so helpless watching this situation. My former coworker and friend, Jane, is still at the job where we met. […]

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where are you now? (a call for updates)

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It’s mid-year updates season! If you’ve had your question answered here in the past, please email me an update and let us know how your situation turned out. Did you take the advice? Did you not take the advice? What happened? How’s your situation now?  (Don’t post your updates here though; email them to me.) […]

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what are the strangest things you’ve seen in resumes and cover letters?

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Let’s discuss the weirdest things you’ve seen on resumes and in cover letters. To kick us off, some highlights from past commenters: One of my coworkers once received a super long cover letter that included the fact that the candidate had been proudly celibate for several years. A college student applied for a summer internship […]

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my project was moved to another team, employer wants everyone back in the office, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I feel like a failure because a project was moved to another team I received an unexpected meeting invite today and was surprised our manager would take time away for a meeting when we were in a dire time crunch on a major project for […]

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our boss is being a jerk about bereavement leave for miscarriages

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A reader writes: My company recently updated our bereavement policy. While reviewing it in our company-wide staff meeting, a staff member asked if a miscarriage would qualify and the immediate answer was “no.” No room for discussion. The temperature of the room immediately dropped; it was so uncomfortable. I am not a mother, have ever […]

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should I hire an ex?

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A reader writes: My company is starting a massive and complex two-year project. We advertised but after interviews we haven’t found a suitable candidate for the position that’s probably most critical. Rather than advertise again given the urgency, we’ve tapping our networks for candidates to interview. One of my exes has the qualifications to be […]

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employee treats coworkers as if they stink

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A reader writes: I work with a group of people who are public-facing in a building (retail/public service type environment) and we rotate people on different desks on a set schedule throughout the day. I have a few coworkers who are sensitive to fragrances, and our policy was recently updated to be a “fragrance-reasonable” workplace. […]

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I’m scared of hiring my first employee, an email squabble, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Was I wrong in this email squabble? I have a question about a little email tussel I recently ended up in. I am a contractor for a professional services agency and was working on a project for a client. Part of my work includes using […]

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update: are we supposed to accept “touch” as an “appreciation language” at work?

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

Remember last week’s letter-writer whose company was doing a session on the “five languages of appreciation in the workplace” which for some inexplicable reason included “touch”? Here’s the update. The meeting came and went, so I thought I’d update you. Our team is hybrid with some people fully remote, so the meeting was fortunately not […]

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I’m supposed to fire my husband’s ex-wife

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A reader writes: I have recently accepted a job I am excited about. I have been working a long time to get to this level of position. I am taking a week off before starting my new position. While I was interviewing for the new position, they mentioned that one of my potential direct reports, […]

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I think my nanny candidate used a fake reference

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A reader writes: I’m looking for a part-time nanny for my young daughter. I posted on a reputable online job board that connects parents and caregivers, and I received several applications. One of them, a young woman I’ll call Aurora, quickly became my top candidate. She had great experience, special expertise, and her caregiving philosophy […]

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manager who makes too many assumptions, spending sick leave in Cancun, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I manage a manager who makes too many assumptions about everything I manage a manager, Jane, who openly for all to hear assumes motivations for our clients, consumers, and employees on everything. It’s not only unhelpful, but it also is incorrect. For example, we had […]

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the summer camp cook, the cat photo, and other stories of long-running coworker grudges

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Last week we talked about coworker arguments and grudges. Here are 15 of the most ridiculous stories you shared. 1. The cheesecake I worked for a government agency a few years back and for whatever reason right off the bat, an older coworker took a dislike to me. I have legitimately no idea why. She […]

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sometimes an old job isn’t done with you … even when you’re done with it

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When you quit a job, you typically assume you’re finished with that work — once you’re gone, your former colleagues will find a way to move on without you. But sometimes an old job isn’t done with you … even when you’re done with it. Bizarrely, I hear all the time from people who still […]

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am I being a brat about not getting promoted?

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A reader writes: I recently applied for a promotion at work and was passed over in favor of an outside candidate. I won’t go into all the details, but hopefully it suffices to say that I was a very strong candidate, I had a lot of internal support, and everyone I’ve talked to has been […]

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