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a volunteer group I founded years ago is devouring my life

A reader writes: Almost five years ago, while I was in college, I founded and incorporated an all-volunteer nonprofit (“AVO”) in my hometown. A group of friends wanted to do it because we liked the field but couldn’t find another organization that provided appropriate opportunities, and I was cajoled into leadership. Now, it’s a drain […]

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I get bored with all my jobs after six months

A reader writes: How do you know you’re in the right job? I’m in my early 40s and I’ve worked for corporations and colleges and social service agencies. The same pattern always emerges, which is: everything is great for about six months, then I get bored and start looking. This pattern repeats itself across entry-level […]

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work questions from Friends, Gilmore Girls, Jane Austen, and more

After I answered a question last year about how one of Twilight vampires could keep his true nature hidden at work, I received a bunch of other questions from literature and TV. Here are four of them. 1. Fired for accepting a kickback (Friends) In a Season 2 episode of Friends, Monica is promoted to buyer for her […]

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my ex-boss has gone from best friend to petulant child

A reader writes: I am early in my career; my last job was my second job out of college. It was a small association (seven people) and my boss and I were the only two people in marketing. I really enjoyed my work during my time there, but there was a lot of interoffice drama that I […]

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my coworker came to work dressed as Jesus

A reader writes: I work at an up-and-coming, techy, mid-range e-comm company that’s always felt very inclusive, fun, and positive. Most employees are male and between the ages of 25-35, and are prone to ribbing and bets — “grow out your mullet for a year for $1,500,” that type of thing. One of our employees […]

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most popular posts of 2016

Ask a Manager’s traffic continued to increase this year, with nearly 25 million visitors and more than 50 million page views. Thanks for your part in that! Here are the posts that interested people the most this year, via two lists: the most commented on posts and the most viewed posts. Interestingly, this is the first […]

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my favorite posts of 2016

Here are my favorite posts of 2016. 10. Do you have to control your emotions to be professional? Because this comes up so often for so many people, and it’s not always intuitive. 9. Here are things I’ve changed my advice on over time Because it was fun to look back and see where I’ve […]

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some of the weirdest posts of 2016

Just for fun, in no particular order, here are some of the weirdest posts of 2016. (These do not include letters that were already nominated for Worst Boss of 2016, as they have had their moment in the sun.) 2016 was a weird, weird year. I had to share a bed with a coworker on […]

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the worst boss of 2016 is…

We have a winner! 9,181 votes are in, and the worst boss of the year is the manager who showed up while an employee was having chemotherapy to talk about work … with 28% of the vote. Congratulations, terrible manager of the year! You suck. The seven runners-up, who managed to be pretty terrible themselves: * the […]

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