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let’s talk about advice columns

If you find advice columns interesting, this post is for you. Elyse Vigiletti is a researcher whose specialization includes print culture, with a side interest in the history of advice columns. She and I talked advice columns and advice columnists. Here’s our conversation. Alison: So we are both interested in the cultural role of advice columns, and […]

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a decade of Ask a Manager

Ask a Manager turned 10 yesterday. (Side note: This is crazy to me. I started the column on a whim — literally, just thought it would be something fun to do while my then-boyfriend was out and I was bored — and assumed it would attract three readers and one of them would be me.) I have no […]

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your coworkers are very dramatic

First, I’m happy to announce that you now have the ability to collapse replies to any comment thread, not just top-level comments. Hopefully that will help make long comment threads easier to navigate. Now, onward… Last week, I asked for stories about weirdly dramatic reactions that you’ve seen people have to changes at work. The […]

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I want to get pregnant … but I love my new job

A reader writes: I recently started a new job. I’m working for a startup in London, which is an unfamiliar environment for me, and in a brand new area. I’ve previously worked for much bigger companies where management has been quite hands-off, or for very small businesses where everyone tended to know what was happening […]

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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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