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 gave me critical feedback without any specifics

A reader writes: I was having a difficult conversation with my boss regarding career development when she interjected that someone on another team that I work with, she couldn’t say who, said that I “wasn’t working with enough urgency.” I asked for clarification or a specific example of a project I did not complete on […]

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our boss cross-examines us over minor mistakes

A reader writes: I was wondering if you had any advice for dealing with a boss who really digs in whenever a mistake is made. It’s not enough to acknowledge responsibility and to promise you won’t make the same mistake again; he wants to know “why” you made the mistake in the first place. Fortunately, […]

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my boss and mentor runs hot and cold with me

A reader writes: The person who brought me to my current company is both my mentor and my supervisor. I met him in a networking capacity and developed a mentoring relationship with him long before the company was able to hire me, so we were somewhat close before we even started working together. He’s taught […]

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my boss trash-talks all my coworkers

A reader writes: For the most part, I love my job and my coworkers about as much as anyone can. I even enjoy working for my current boss! There is one problem, however: she’s really clique-y and kind of a jerk. This is really only a problem with certain people. Our company is very small, […]

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