advice about your boss

should I tell my boss I know I’ve been a jerk and I’m getting therapy?

A reader writes: I found AAM recently, and after reading some of the archives, I realized I often don’t act professionally. I recognized myself in your “brilliant jerk” article. People criticizing me tend to include words like arrogant, condescending, argumentative, blunt, and self-absorbed. Although this problem affects my personal life, I always assumed it didn’t […]

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my bosses hate each other

A reader writes: I just left my job to start what I thought was my dream job at a much smaller company. I report to Sandy but have an indirect reporting relationship to Michelle, who also reports to Sandy. Sandy and Michelle are both significantly older than and senior to me, and they hate each […]

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our boss constantly asks us to do personal favors for her

A reader writes: I work in a small group of five professionals with a director. The five professionals all do medium-level financial/data work; the director also does similar work and is our project and personnel manager. She often asks us (and me in particular) to do personal favors during work time. Examples include taking her […]

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I’m doing my boss’s job for him

A reader writes: To put it bluntly, I need some help figuring out how much of my boss’ job I should do for him. I work as one of two staff that run a particular program, within a larger department at a nonprofit. We also work with two administrative assistants who provide support to all […]

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how to speak “boss” and decode what your manager really means

Most managers think they’re being perfectly clear when they talk to employees – even though employees are sometimes left unsure about what message is being delivered. At U.S. News & World Report today, I decode are eight common things that bosses say that can cause confusion — including things like “you need to take more ownership” […]

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