advice about your boss

how to disagree with your boss in a meeting

A reader writes: I have a question about respectfully disagreeing with your boss in meetings. My boss is director of communications for the hospital, but I serve as the spokesperson for media during crises. When something happens, all the leaders, including my boss and me, will meet to make a plan of action. It’s not […]

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my boss emails and texts me at all hours

A reader writes: I am a salaried employee. Is it ok for my boss to text me and email me all the time, even late weekends? Is it okay for him to ask me to call an hourly employee late at night to work? I answer this question — and four others — over at […]

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my boss is a micromanager

A reader writes: I have a dilemma and I’m hoping you can help me discover if I need to adjust my attitude or seek an alternative to what I’ve been experiencing of late. I recently moved into my very first salaried position in a small company. We have about 15 people in our office (but […]

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my boss keeps inviting me to family events

A reader writes: My boss (co-owner of the company) is someone who is good to me professionally, but for whom I have very little respect after watching her work for eight years. However, I am always polite and professional and work as hard as I can for her, her co-owner (who I like), and the […]

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my horse died because of my manager’s carelessness

A reader writes: My friend and I shared a paddock in which we kept our horses. She did the morning feeds and I did the afternoon feeds. One morning, when my friend was feeding up, she discovered that my 29-year-old mare was colicing (basically a stomach upset; horses can’t throw up so if there is […]

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my boss blamed me for her mistake

A reader writes: My boss and I have a standing weekly check-in where she is supposed to call my cell phone (she works remotely). Occasionally, she will just not call in to the meeting. At first I would ask to reschedule, but after this happening several times I eventually accepted that she just will sometimes […]

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