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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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angry boss writing angry memos – the next installment

A reader writes: I have attached an email from our company’s president/CEO. I understand his complaint, but I don’t agree with his approach. And mind you, this was all brought about by a single employee’s actions. What is your take on this?   I see Tiger Mike lives! Part of me loves everything about this, […]

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a coworker left me an anonymous note … and a pacifier

A reader writes: About two weeks ago, I came in to work and found a manila envelope on my desk. It had my name written on the front. I opened it up and was stunned to find a typed note that read “Dear Loud Talker, I know more about your TV-watching habits than anyone sitting […]

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