advice about your boss

my boss is so busy that I can’t get any time with him

A reader writes: I’m employed at a small-ish company and my boss is one of the directors. One thing right off the bat: My boss is a truly fantastic boss. Understanding, smart, full of good ideas, and a great mentor … when I can get in touch with him. We work in offices on opposite […]

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your boss sucks and isn’t going to change

Three letters, one answer. 1. Our new-ish CEO is terrible I work for a company with about 600 employees, I am part of the senior management team. The current CEO took over a couple of years ago and things are slowly getting worse. Nobody is authorized to make decisions anymore – everything has to be reviewed […]

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my boss books escorts with his company email

A reader writes: I’m an executive assistant (female) and have worked with my executive (male) for nearly two years now. He’s a good guy to work for. I’m challenged in my job and I never have to worry about what he thinks about my work. He and I get along and have a good working […]

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my boss advertised my job without telling me

A reader writes: I started working part-time in communications for a small nonprofit startup (25 employees) six months ago. My boss, who is a very smart, talented woman in her late 20’s, started the nonprofit with her boyfriend and a couple of friends a few years ago, and it has been extremely successful. But she […]

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how can I get my boss to let me work from home?

A reader writes: I’d like your advice on talking points when asking my boss about the ability to work from home once a week. I work on a very small team at a very large company. There are usually just three of us from my department in the office on a given day. My boss […]

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my boss is taking credit for my work

A reader writes: I have been on this job for many years, but there has been a re-org and now I report to a new person. My new manager has not been in this unit long, so there are times when she refers to me regarding questions on unit procedures and policies to respond to […]

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I accidentally insulted my boss’s daughter

A reader writes: I am a female employee in my late 20s working for a large Fortune 500 U.S. company. My boss is in his early 40s and is a father of two. His oldest is a 15 year old girl. My boss often tells me, totally unsolicited, that his daughter is “very attractive,” a […]

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my boss is a slacker – should I tell someone?

A reader writes: I work in an extremely small office: it’s me, my manager, and two other employees who do not work in the office. We’re managed by a corporate office that does not have a formal HR office. My boss is… unproductive. She takes personal calls from at least five different people every day. […]

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my boss is in crisis and it’s impacting the rest of us

A reader writes: A couple of weeks ago, you had a question about how to manage a team when you’re having personal issues. My question is related: how do you manage/help a boss when she’s dealing with personal crises? I’m on the management team of a division in a large organization. For the past few […]

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