good management

how to manage someone who wanted your job

A reader writes: I’m starting a new management position where I will be the boss. My new manager wants a clear cut idea of how I will be walking in and starting off. According to my new boss, one of the people working there may have some resentment toward me — I am replacing a […]

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my employee dresses like a slob

A reader writes: We have a generally business casual office. I have a direct report who just dresses sloppily. He is by the book following the dress code, but he kind of looks like he just rolled out of bed. He is clean, but looks messy. He will wear a polo or henley shirt, but […]

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I need to take back an employee’s promotion

A reader writes: I’m a middle manager who was promoted without any warning a few years ago (didn’t really want the promotion but wasn’t given an option other than leaving). I have been in this position for several years now with little to no real training. It seems I keep making mistakes with my subordinates, […]

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I have an awful summer intern, and I can’t fire him

A reader writes: I’m reaching out to request advice on an intern problem. As background, I’m a young-looking woman with a professional degree who works in the charitable arm of a prestigious, for-profit teapot firm. I have three interns this summer, one of whom is in a professional degree program, and the others are still […]

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does your team need to disconnect from work?

Does any of this sound familiar: • You send a work email at midnight and get a reply five minutes later. • You come into the office early to get some work done without interruptions and your in-box has already filled up with messages sent from coworkers  the night before. • You get the distinct sense […]

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can I signal to my employee that I realize our boss sucks?

A reader writes: I’m wondering how to handle a situation as a relatively new manager. I currently have just one direct report, Charles. About a year ago, we got a new president at our mid-size nonprofit. The new president, Sam, was apparently hired for his expertise in the field and definitely not in managing an […]

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