December 2017

most popular posts of 2017

Ask a Manager’s traffic continued to increase this year, with 31 million visits and 70 million page views. Thanks for your part in that! Here are the posts that interested people the most this year, via two lists: the most commented on posts and the most viewed posts. Until last year, historically the “most viewed” list […]

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weekend free-for-all – December 30-31, 2017

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield, by David Nadelberg. I’m obsessed with the Mortified podcast (based on the Mortified stage show where people […]

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updates: the travel anxiety, the chilly interviewer, and more

Here are updates from four people whose letters were answered here in the past. 1. Can I refuse to go on a work trip because of my anxiety about traveling? I went on the trip and (obviously) survived. The longer answer is I was pretty anxious the whole time and didn’t particularly enjoy myself, but […]

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my favorite posts of 2017

Here are my favorite posts of 2017, in no particular order: 1. Update: I manage someone who was terribly harmed by family — what do I do? Because this was handled with incredible care and compassion. 2. What’s the deal with advice columns? Because it’s a subject I’m fascinated by. 3. My coworker came to […]

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open thread – December 29-30, 2017

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted […]

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