advice about your boss

my horrible old boss may become my new boss

A reader writes: I have just found a new wonderful job after having been at my old one for almost 10 years. One of the main reasons I left was because my boss was a terrible manager. Now at my new job, after only two months my wonderful boss left for an amazing project and […]

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my job changed … and now I hate it

A reader writes: Three years ago I had a job that paid well, but was tedious and unfulfilling. I left that job for a similar but much more creative position at a significant pay cut. It was worth it because I loved my new job… until recently. For the last 4+ months, I’ve been doing […]

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how to tell your boss “that’s not my job”

A reader writes: I’m feeling a bit stuck at work recently. I have a new department head and he keeps periodically asking me to do things that are very much not the normal responsibility of my role. These are always very simple things, things I am certainly capable of doing, but should fall outside of […]

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my boss lies about deadlines

A reader writes: I’ve noticed that my boss uses lying about deadlines to members of our team and external service providers as his tool to get things done … and I hate it. It’s effective because folks are working to meet a false deadline that, even when missed, will meet the real deadline. Unfortunately, it […]

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my boss had his wife do my coworker’s assignment

A reader writes: We have a new department head who started about a year ago. He is my age (young-ish) and has a lot of enthusiasm and ideas. That being said, we work for a large government agency and there are a lot of rules, budget issues, etc. A lot of things he wants to […]

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my boss insists on knowing how I’ll spend my time off

A reader writes: My boss has requested that I write to ask permission and give a reason why when I want to take annual leave. I don’t have a problem with this, so I wrote with the reason being “personal matters.” He wrote back saying, “I would appreciate a slightly more detailed reason for your […]

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my boss wants to bring me back into the religious fold

A reader writes: I have a great job (honestly, my best yet) as an assistant in a local office of a larger company based in another state. The big boss of this office (not the office manager, who is my overall boss in addition to the people I support) discovered that I’m the daughter of […]

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