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most popular posts of 2017

Ask a Manager’s traffic continued to increase this year, with 31 million visits and 70 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. Until last year, historically the “most viewed” list […]

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my favorite posts of 2017

Here are my favorite posts of 2017, in no particular order: 1. Update: I manage someone who was terribly harmed by family — what do I do? Because this was handled with incredible care and compassion. 2. What’s the deal with advice columns? Because it’s a subject I’m fascinated by. 3. My coworker came to […]

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the worst boss of 2017 is…

We have a winner! 11,748 votes are in, and the worst boss of the year is the manager who made someone leave a work note at a grave (update is here) … with 56% of the vote. The four runners-up, who managed to be pretty terrible themselves: * The boss who got drunk and angry that someone […]

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something personal

It’s time to talk about why I left a job in 2010. I worked for a serial sexual harasser. I was his chief of staff. He was so good at his job that many, many people looked the other way. He had built the organization himself, personally recruited enough funders for a multi-million dollar budget, […]

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vote for the worst boss of 2017

It’s time to vote on the worst boss of the year! I was going to do brackets this year, but it didn’t feel quite as necessary as last year (2016 was truly the year of terrible bosses). We have plenty to choose from this year though. We’ll crown the worst boss of the year later […]

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all of my 2017 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’re just long-standing favorites. Here’s the complete list of what I’ve […]

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our new assistant doesn’t have boundaries

A reader writes: My company last year acquired another company in the same industry, and we’ve finally merged offices. The acquired company’s offices were larger and less expensive, so we moved in with them. As a senior team member in our old place, I had my own office. But we went from 10 team members […]

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now you can pre-order the new Ask a Manager book

My book is now available for pre-order! Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work will be published by Random House/Ballantine on May 1, but you can pre-order it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, and more. It’s nearly all new content that you haven’t read […]

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a bunch 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. my manager insists on assigning seats at a holiday lunch that we pay for ourselves 3. workplace holiday disasters 4. more […]

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