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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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vote for the worst boss of 2016

2016 was the year of bad bosses, and now it’s time to vote on the worst one of the whole year. We had a lot of candidates this year, and I’ve tried to narrow it down to the worst. We’ll crown the worst boss of the year later this week, based on your votes … so please vote below. (Voting […]

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all my 2016 book recommendations

All year long, I’ve made a weekly book recommendation when kicking off the weekend open thread. These aren’t work-related books; they’re just books I love and think everyone else should read. Sometimes they’re books that I’m in the middle of reading, and other times they’ve just long-standing favorites. Here’s the complete list of what I’ve […]

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a note on commenting policy

A housekeeping note: The comment section on this site has worked really well for a long time, but as the readership has grown, the light-touch moderation approach I’ve used in the past isn’t working as well now. The rules are still what they’ve always been — assume good will even when people’s opinions differ from yours, don’t nitpick other people’s […]

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a round-up of holiday letters from years past

It’s Thanksgiving, so in place of regular posts the rest of the day, here are some holiday posts from the past to enjoy. 1. I punched a coworker at the company Christmas party 2. company is banning alcohol at its holiday party, even if we buy it ourselves 3. my manager insists on assigning seats […]

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5 questions about names and work

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about names recently. Here are five short name-related questions and answers. 1. People keep shortening my name I have a name that’s easy to shorten, and many people with this name often DO shorten it intentionally (think “Jonathan” to “Jon” or “Elizabeth” to “Liz”) However, I do not like […]

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