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disgusting shared fridges, loud talkers, and other things we haven’t missed about the office

I’ve mentioned here before that my mail changed drastically when the pandemic started, and stayed changed until very recently. I normally receive loads of letters about all the ways that working with other people can be annoying — whether it’s the coworker who takes all his phone calls on speaker phone to the reliably disgusting […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to Slate about the problems with work activities centered around drinking. I talked to the Washington Post about dating at work. I talked to Kiplinger about how to push your company to allow you to stay remote. I talked to Nerd Wallet […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to the New York Times about crying at work. I talked to PBS about how what people want from work has shifted in the past year. I talked to Vox about pressure to have been productive during the pandemic. I talked to […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to the New York Times about keeping boundaries between your work life and your personal life. I talked to Today about how the definition of “looking professional” has changed. (This one is old and I forgot to post it earlier.) I talked […]

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nude spouses and no muting: when video calls go wrong

With so many people working from home now, lots of us are spending our days on more conference calls and video calls than ever before — and it’s pretty evident that we don’t have the etiquette mastered. I recorded a piece for the BBC about the many conference call and video call mishaps and misjudgments […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to the New York Times about how to help someone who’s lost their job. I talked to Cosmopolitan about taking vacations during Covid. The Washington Post referenced Ask a Manager in an article about library staffs being forced to provide child care […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to the Washington Post about some employers’ increased monitoring of employees now that so many people are working from home. I talked to NPR about the same topic. I talked to Kiplinger about what protections you have if you don’t want to […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to the Los Angeles Times about how to socially distance politely. I talked to the BBC about how advice-giving has changed because of coronavirus. I talked to USA Today about why employers need to change their expectations of employees right now. I […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I’m in the New York Times talking about job worries in the age of coronavirus, including advice for college students and freelancers. I’m also in the New York Times talking about the etiquette around DMs (direct messages). I talked to PBS about helicopter parents […]

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why people stay in jobs where they’re miserable

I get a ton of letters from people who are miserable in their jobs – but much of the time, they’re not asking me about how to leave. They’re asking about how to stay sane while they’re there – how to deal with a boss who yells or threatens their job every week, or how […]

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