advice about your boss

Need advice about your boss? Here are answers to all the questions you have about your manager, from how to deal with a boss who yells, to how to tell your manager you’re allergic to her perfume.

how do I deal with a boss who “yells” in angry emails?

A reader writes: I was hoping to get your advice on how to approach my boss about the way we communicate when he gets … shall we say, “easily agitated.” I report to a single manager (Bob) but routinely pick up projects for a number of other managers (all of whom who sit between Bob […]

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my boss expects me to babysit her rambunctious kid

A reader writes: Thanks to your great advice, I landed an awesome job last year! I work as an event planner who runs trainings and conferences and supports two facilitators, one of whom is my direct supervisor (Anne). I work with another woman (Barbara) in my same role. We together support my supervisor. Anne is […]

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how do you know when to “lean out”?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m an attorney at a law firm (U.S.-based) and had my first child 10 months ago. Prior to having the baby, I was held in very high regard (big bonuses, big raises, lots of self-marketing opportunities, all hallmarks of success in a law firm). When […]

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my boss wants to hang out socially to improve our relationship

A reader writes: I work at a small nonprofit. My department has a new supervisor this year, Jane. While she’s a lovely person, the transition to her management style has been … rough. She wants her hands in absolutely everything, and she wants to make almost every decision about every project. The department’s other full-time […]

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my boss has violent tantrums and punches holes in walls

A reader writes: I’ve recently started in a new company. It was a particularly exciting job to get because my division superintendent (think great-great-grandboss) is known industry-wise to be a genius, and being part of his team, even with such separation, makes a big difference in a resumé. Well, I started working two months ago, […]

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I’m still not doing the job I was hired for two years ago

A reader writes: I’ve been at my current job for two years, and have been doing … okay. No big issues, but in previous reviews my boss has talked about me in terms of good, not great. I’m definitely struggling with efficiency, and am generally bored and disengaged. The problem is, I’m struggling because the […]

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my klutzy, unpolished boss is like a bull in a china shop

A reader writes: I work closely with my boss of 2.5 years, who is a smart, capable woman in her mid-50s. If we’re talking strictly substance and the merits of her ideas, she is an excellent team lead and representative of our department in the broader context of the organization (healthcare). With this said, she […]

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