advice about your boss

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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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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