April 2020

update: my boss has violent tantrums and punches holes in walls

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager, when I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose boss had violent tantrums and punched holes in walls? Here’s the update. It was amazing to read by your answer and the comments that […]

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my employee is strangely encouraging toward me

A reader writes: I have a newish direct report. He’s generally pretty good and is always supportive and encouraging towards his team, which is great. He’s also always encouraging and supportive towards people more senior to him, including me, which is getting less great. I hear a lot of, “That’s a really good idea, [myname]” […]

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do I need to do something creative to get a job?

A reader writes: I finished my master’s degree about six months ago and have been searching for a job ever since. I’m currently working an unpaid internship in the field I want to work in, but it is unlikely to lead to a full-time, paid position. I have been continuing to apply to various positions […]

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update: I’m burned out and overworked and my bosses keep piling more work on me

I’m kicking off a special mid-year updates season, because we need it. Every day from now until the end of May, I’ll be running updates from people who had their letters answered here in the past (this will be on top of regular posts).  Remember the letter-writer who was overworked and burned out and their bosses kept piling more work on them? […]

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can I get unemployment if I quit due to health issues?

A reader writes: Are there any current protections for those who are high-risk for coronavirus but whose workplaces are operating on-site operations? Right now this is predominately essential workers, but some non-essential businesses as well (e.g., bookstores offering curbside pick-up). If I have asthma and live with family, including my elderly relative who has COPD, […]

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my two employees don’t like each other

A reader writes: I’m a manager in a small, privately owned company. We do not have an HR department. I have two employees who just cannot get along. They are constantly coming to me to complain about one another over the most minor things. (Example: Sarah thinks Kate speaks too loudly on the phone.) If […]

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