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 get my rich boss to pay me back for lunch?

A reader writes: I work in a small office (about five people) and probably once or twice a week, we will do a group order of delivery/take-out for lunch. I’m the most junior at the company, and often I end up asked to place the lunch order, so I put it on my personal card […]

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my needy boss wants me to “adopt” her

A reader writes: My manager, Wanda, is a director about five years younger than I am (I’m 63, also a woman). She has been with our employer for over 20 years, is extremely good at what she does, is fiercely loyal to her staff, and possesses a wealth of knowledge and insight about our specific […]

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how to correct your boss

A reader writes: How do you recommend correcting your manager when they say something you know is incorrect? This could range from minor details to larger concepts — for example, pronouncing a client’s name wrong, or mentioning incorrect dates for future projects. I know my manager is balancing a lot, and her occasional inaccuracies are not ill-intentioned. […]

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my boss keeps canceling our meetings

A reader writes: I have a problem at work that I’m not sure how to address. The meetings I request with colleagues are frequently canceled or rescheduled, particularly with my boss. My boss is very senior in the company and has a busy schedule. He ends up rescheduling at least 50% of my meetings with […]

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I’ve been accidentally dating my boss’s husband

A reader writes: I’ve been accidentally dating my new boss’ husband, and I don’t know what to do. I landed my dream job at my dream company. My boss is usually supportive and competent. My only issue is that she’s made some homophobic comments (I’m a gay man), but this is a conservative area and […]

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my boss drops his sick kid off in our small office

A reader writes: I work for a very small company (five employees plus our boss, who is the company owner). We all work in one room, and the boss’s house is on the property. Our boss “Joe” is, in general, a kind, understanding person. He can occasionally be volatile, but we are paid pretty well, […]

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