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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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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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