Uncategorized

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 […]

Read the full article →

dealing with customers is making me miserable

A reader writes: I wear many hats at my job and manage various areas such as office administration, finance, customer service and special events. Customer service is probably the least favorite part of my job, but I do fairly well because I am friendly, personable and at least appear to be patient (even though on […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →