being the boss

my employee excluded coworkers from his holiday party

A reader writes: I am the owner, founder, and managing partner of a small law firm. We employ 15 people. Of those 15, we have four leaders. Three of those leaders are “senior associates” or “junior partner”-level lawyers and one is a non-lawyer accounting/billing manager. Recently, one of the four leaders, a lawyer, held a […]

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I’m supposed to fire my husband’s ex-wife

A reader writes: I have recently been offered and accepted a job I am so excited about. It is an associate VP level for a solid company that has truly invested in this area of the business. I have been working a long time to get to this level of position. I gave notice at […]

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I can’t fire my awful assistant

A reader writes: I’m a nurse and I work with several nursing assistants. I have no authority to hire them, fire them, or implement any kind of substantive rewards or consequences, but I am responsible for their work. Most of them are great. One, however, is extremely unpleasant to deal with. If I ask her […]

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my team doesn’t ask managers to hang out with them

A reader writes: I have a small tight-knit team of eight people. The people that I’ve hired in the last two years socialize together quite a bit, which is great. The downside is they don’t invite me or the other managers; the junior members will hang out together and not invite the managers. The disappointing […]

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my employee is chronically late to work

A reader writes: My employee has had an attendance issue off and on for the past six months. I called her attention to it and it improved marginally, but then she told me that she gets a ride to work from her mom and her family is large and there is only one bathroom so […]

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my former employee is badmouthing me to my staff

A reader writes: To summarize the below story, I had an employee leave the company due to a bad interaction with me, and I’m not sure how to move forward with him or the rest of the remaining staff. I’m a midlevel manager and I work for a small entertainment company. I recently had an […]

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