media appearances

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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Ask a Manager in the media

Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I’m on NPR’s Life Kit podcast talking about holidays at work, including forced cheer and awkward parties. I’m in USA Today talking about why bosses shouldn’t date employees. I’m in the Guardian talking about why bad managers spawn more bad managers. I talked to CNBC’s personal […]

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how should you deal with a boss who yells at you?

Work is usually a place where we’re expected to control our emotions — unless, in some cases, you’re the boss and you like to yell. I recorded a piece for the BBC about bosses who yell — why it’s wrong, what companies should do about it, and what you can do if your manager is […]

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the problem with “can I pick your brain?”

I was on Marketplace Morning this week talking about the problems with asking someone if you can “pick their brain.” (The short version: It’s vague and doesn’t explain what you’re really looking for, and the people you want to ask are often inundated with similar requests.) We talked why people ask this, better ways to […]

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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 what to do when you’ve said the wrong thing at work. I’m also in the New York Times talking about the use of personality tests, including the Myers-Briggs, at work. I’m in the Chicago Tribune talking […]

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