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my boss tapes people’s mouths shut during meetings

A reader writes: I recently started my first “real” job in a small office (eight people). We have strategy meetings every morning for about 30-45 minutes. My boss is REALLY intolerant of bad ideas. She keeps a tape dispenser on the table by her chair and whenever someone suggests something that she thinks is dumb, […]

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the worst boss of 2019 is…

We have a winner! 16,049 votes are in, and the worst boss of the year is the manager who told an employee coworkers were complaining about the look of her post-mastectomy breasts — with 44% of the vote. The six runners-up, who managed to be pretty terrible themselves: the boss who pees in a cup […]

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terrible bosses: the racist boss, the evangelist boss, and more

I’ve teamed up with The Cut on a week-long series on bad bosses — what makes some bosses truly terrible and how you should deal with them. Every day this week, I’m offering thoughts on people’s accounts of their own bad bosses. Yesterday’s were about a boss who made racist comments and a boss who […]

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my coworkers treat me like I’m not very smart

A reader writes: This question is inspired by the question in your recent post about coworkers attacking people over grammar. I had a really emotional response to the post and wanted to ask you this. How do you learn to manage in a job where everyone thinks you are stupid and/or uneducated? I know those characteristics […]

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the 8 worst boss horror stories you’ve ever heard

In the decade-plus I’ve been writing Ask a Manager, I’ve heard about some really bad bosses. Really bad ones. Picture the worst boss you’ve ever had, and these still might be worse. We’re not talking garden variety incompetence here – we’re talking wedding-crashing, organ-pilfering, horse-murdering bad. At Slate, I’ve compiled the eight awful boss letters that […]

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