advice about your boss

my boss is my new next-door neighbor

A reader writes: I am six months into my first job since graduating college. It has been a tough transition, but I am finally feeling more competent in my job and assimilating to its culture. Last week I moved to a new house in a relatively affluent part of town. I was only able to […]

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my boss pet-sat my animals and nearly killed them

A reader writes: My boss nearly killed my pets while I was on vacation and I have no idea how I’m going to talk to him about this. One of my coworkers usually takes care of my pets when I go away, but this time he could only do it for part of my vacation. […]

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my office has a burn book we all have to read and sign

A reader writes: I work at a customer service desk with one supervisor and a handful of employees. It’s shift work, and there is often very little overlap between morning and afternoon shifts. We have a notebook behind the desk where we are supposed to write notes to the team about anything you need them […]

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new manager keeps telling us we’re frustrated and defensive

A reader writes: A few months ago, we gained a new departmental manager (Kelly). Some background: Kelly is about 10 years younger than the two most senior people in our department, of which I am one, and comes from another industry so there’s a steep learning curve. My colleague (Alex) and I are finding conversations […]

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how to deal with a boss who flips out and yells

A reader writes: I work on a team of four – our manager and the three producers. Our manager is not very experienced with managing, and we tend to pick up a lot of the slack for clarifying directives, managing vendors, setting plans, etc. Personality-wise, our manager is typically very playful and her goal is […]

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