advice about your boss

my manager accused me of making up numbers

A reader writes: Long story short, my manager has accused me of making up numbers twice. The first time, I knew I had not made up a number but I had always been told not to be defensive about feedback so I said, “I’m sorry, it must have been a calculation error.” The second time, […]

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my boss wants me to collaborate with my awful coworker

A reader writes: I have a coworker who started a few months ago. He and I are responsible for similar types of projects, but we rarely collaborate because the projects don’t readily lend themselves to teamwork. Occasionally, we may consult each other if we hit a technical snag with the software. For some reason, my […]

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my boss is unavailable and it’s driving us all mad

A reader writes: I report to a C-suite level executive, “Bob” (where Bob’s boss is the CEO). I manage Bob’s schedule and generally coordinate our department’s projects under his direction. However, Bob is one of the most unavailable, unreachable bosses I have ever seen. He is very clearly a verbal processor (likes thinking out loud […]

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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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