advice about your boss

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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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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