advice about your boss

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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my boss asked if I’m depressed

A reader writes: In a recent one-on-one with my boss, she told me she thinks that I’m depressed and should take advantage of our company’s resources. Am I right in feeling like this was inappropriate? I was kind of thrown off and speechless at the time, so I didn’t say much. This was a meeting […]

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my boss wants me to pick up my coworker’s slack

A reader writes: I work at a company that faced serious downsizing a year ago. I became the head of a newly-formed department, and my old position was dissolved and split among several staff members. One coworker has consistently avoided the part of her job that used to be mine, which means that suppliers keep […]

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key phrases to use when you talk to your boss

If you’re like a lot of people, you might get anxious when you have to talk to your boss – or you might leave the conversation feeling unsure of what kind of impression you made. Or maybe you’ve just noticed that your relationship with your manager could be smoother. Whatever the case, sometimes it comes […]

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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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