advice about your boss

my boss misunderstands emails because she only skims them

A reader writes: There are just three of us in a small branch office of a medium-sized global company: My boss (Jane), me, and a coworker (whom I shall call Daenerys). Almost all emails are addressed to all three of us, since we work very closely on all projects, but each have a different role […]

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my boss’s kid punched me in the groin

A reader writes: I work at a university. My boss has an almost-5-year-old son, and she brings him into the office … a lot. I work in an open bullpen, so even when he’s in her office, he’s usually making noise or listening to an iPad at a loud volume, when he’s not running around […]

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my boss wants to be my work mom

A reader writes: I have a problem. My manager wants to be my work mom, and it’s stressing me out. To give you some background, I’ve been in this job for four and a half months, but at the company for a little over a year. I’m currently dealing with an awful bout of depression […]

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my boss is a raging alcoholic

A reader writes: A friend of mine has a situation that has left me bewildered, so we’re coming to you for help. He works as an administrative assistant for a very large, successful company, but his boss is a raging alcoholic. He goes out at lunch three or four times a week and comes back […]

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my husband can’t work because of his boss’s chemo

A reader writes: I have a professional-type job with all the protections that brings, such as health insurance, paid sick leave, etc. My husband is an hourly wage slave for a very small (like, five people) family-owned company and he is the only employee who works in his particular capacity. There are no benefits and […]

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my boss keeps leaving work to go to her second job

A reader writes: As a long-time reader, I’m fully aware that Other People’s Time Off Is None Of My Business, unless it’s affecting your work, in which case you can approach your boss about the work segment. But what if it’s your boss’s time off creating the issue? We work for a very small nonprofit […]

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my boss is out of her gourd and threw a fit about my coffee

A reader writes: My workplace is a small company owned by one woman. We have four full-time people who work in the office plus her. There are many positives about working here. I really care about the work that we do, its close to home, the pay is very good, three weeks paid vacation immediately […]

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