advice about your boss

my boss wants me to pick up my coworker’s slack

A reader writes: I work at a company that faced serious downsizing a year ago. I became the head of a newly-formed department, and my old position was dissolved and split among several staff members. One coworker has consistently avoided the part of her job that used to be mine, which means that suppliers keep […]

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key phrases to use when you talk to your boss

If you’re like a lot of people, you might get anxious when you have to talk to your boss – or you might leave the conversation feeling unsure of what kind of impression you made. Or maybe you’ve just noticed that your relationship with your manager could be smoother. Whatever the case, sometimes it comes […]

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my boss keeps coming to work sick

A reader writes: My supervisor is constantly sick. She comes to work ill, and claims her young son has gotten her sick. She coughs into her hand and touches the phone and other desk items we share, effectively spreading her germs far and wide. Our team works close together, which puts the rest of us […]

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my boss wants 20% of my salary from my next job

A reader writes: I recently told my boss that I am looking for a new job, and that I would be leaving his company within four weeks. When I had a few offers, I met with the boss and discussed them with him, especially since one of the offers is a current client. He said that […]

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I’m sick — why are you calling me?

A reader writes: I work directly under my boss, who is the director of my department, as the scheduler and office manager. I don’t manage anyone. Every time I have ever had a day off, whether it is a scheduled vacation day or a day I’ve had to call out sick (while being actually sick […]

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my boss may be insinuating I was fired

A reader writes: I recently accepted a job in a different division of my company, and so I resigned my current position with a decent amount of notice, at a time when our department is going through substantial transition (both supervisor and super’s supervisor got promotions out). Supervisor and boss are only allowing me to […]

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