the best “ask the readers” posts in 2014

We have an awesome community of commenters at Ask a Manager — and that’s especially evident in the response to “ask the readers” posts. Here are some of the most interesting “ask the readers” posts in 2014:

1. how can I prepare my teenager for the workforce?

2. what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at work?

3. talk about your job / ask about other people’s jobs

4. what surprised you the most when you first started working?

5. how much money do you make? part one and part two


{ 13 comments… read them below }

  1. Olive Kitteridge*

    hi Alison – thanks for this! The links however are not active to download the salary info in #5 part two. Any way we can still get that info? I missed it somehow and would love to see it!

    1. jordanjay29*

      Just came here to ask about this. I really wish I had known about this salary comparison when I was entertaining a couple job offers a few weeks ago. Oh well, it all worked out in the end.

  2. Ali*

    I may need to re-read #3, as I’m considering changing fields in the next year. The job I talked about in that post has made me miserable in the last several months, so I’m hoping 2015 brings about a good switch!

    1. Jean*

      No kidding. I just spent an hour plus (!) rereading the “weirdest things” thread. Some parts don’t hold up well (the grosser sections) but other parts still elicit laughter. Maybe we should all bookmark this for future cyber-healing after a terrible day.

      1. Mimmy*

        LOL, I just got done re-reading the “talk about your job” thread. There’s some really cool jobs there…if you’ve never read this thread, I highly recommend it. Most posters put their job title in the username space, so you can quickly skim through and just read posts of interest.

      2. Bea W*

        I was reading the same thread while I had to sit for 30 minutes in the salon waiting for my color to do its thing. I was disappointed when my time was up and I had to stop reading. I read this thread the day it was posted, and these stories are are totally worth a revisiting!

  3. Beezus*

    The last couple of really late comments on the “weirdest thing you’ve ever seen at work” post are a bit more explicit than I usually see here. O.o

    1. fposte*

      Late comments on any post tend to be…interesting. I think they come not from regular readers but from people who found the post via a Google search, so they have their own internal logic rather than being really related to the discussion.

      1. Beezus*

        Good point! With that it mind, it would be interesting to see details on what kind of Google searches have brought people here. I think Alison might have have posted something like that before, but it’s been a while.

  4. Persephone Mulberry*

    IMO, #3 and #5 were two (three) of the most entertaining and informative posts in AAM history.

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