being the boss

how can I get employees to find answers for themselves?

A reader writes: I’ve recently become a manager at my workplace and I oversee two people, both of whom are really great workers and I’m thrilled overall to have them. They both do one thing that really annoys me – when they don’t know how to do something, they immediately ask. I am talking fairly […]

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I hate my new employee

A reader writes: I’ve worked for the same organization for about five years. We recently hired a new person who reports directly to me. I was told I’d have some say in the hiring process, which wasn’t true – we only interviewed four people, two of whom decided not to pursue the job further, and […]

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can I ask my employee to stop showing off her wealth?

A reader writes: I am a senior manager in a large international charity. I have found your blog extremely helpful in a number of work related issues, especially those on managing others as I am in charge of a large team with several managerial lines. I have a somewhat akward question that has been causing […]

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I manage a team of lovable screw-ups

A reader writes: I’m 30 years old, I work at a small start-up and I manage a small team. Before I was here I was at another start-up where I managed a slightly larger team, and before that I worked and interned for some very well-respected Fortune 500 companies. I’m used to pretty buttoned up […]

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my employee lies and says other people’s work is her own

A reader writes: I manage a small team of researchers and analysts. I have one team member, Anna, who does some great work but, as I’ve increasingly noticed, also has a habit of claiming others’ work as her own. In her recent performance review she spoke and wrote about work she’d done on a project […]

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