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.

my boss assumes we’re slacking off when we work from home

A reader writes: I work for a small company with about 10 employees working full-time in the office. We all report directly to the CEO, Phil. When the pandemic hit, Phil went into full panic mode and had us all move our desks 12+ feet apart, wash our hands every 20 minutes, sterilize everything in […]

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my boss is smothering the hell out of me

A reader writes: I’ve been with my company 10 years. I was promoted to a new position in February, shortly before the pandemic erupted. Since mid-March, we’ve all been working from home. I already worked from home several days a week by choice, so I have a good set-up for it, am accustomed to its […]

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can I ever repair my bad reputation with my manager?

A reader writes: I’ve been working IT support for a company for nearly four years, and I wish I could say I’ve been a better employee but I can’t. Around the beginning of 2018, my mental health began to take a severe nosedive after the end of a very long personal relationship, and in late […]

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is it a bad idea to work for a first-time manager?

A reader writes: I need help in assessing the pros and cons of going to work for someone with no experience managing direct reports. I’m currently employed with an organization where layoffs are looming in the near future, and I have started looking for a position with a hopefully more stable company. I have over […]

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my boss’s son constantly yells at him in the office

A reader writes; I work for a family-owned company. My boss (let’s call him Rob) employs both of his sons and his daughter-in-law, and they all get special treatment within the company. For instance, his daughter-in-law comes in about five hours a week and is paid for 40 and his son was gone for more […]

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my daily work calls with my boss feel too social

A reader writes: With the current worldwide situation, my team has been granted the ability to work from home. This is a HUGE deal, as my workplace is very anti-telecommute and has been vocally against it for years. One of the caveats of this arrangement is a daily one-on-one phone call from my supervisor, Jane. […]

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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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