miscellaneous

I gave notice to our daycare provider and she freaked out

A reader writes: My three-year-old daughter has been going to the same in-home daycare provider since she was very young. Her daycare provider, let’s call her Amy, is very good at what she does, has 25 years of experience, and is well-respected in our community. We have always been happy with her as a professional. […]

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interesting jobs: interview with an ombuds

I was recently contacted by someone from the International Ombuds Association, suggesting that Ask a Manager readers might be interested in learning about the work that ombuds (previously called ombudsmen) do. I learned a little more, and it is fascinating! Ombuds help employees navigate workplace conflicts and organizational processes, including helping them identify their concerns […]

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my new job isn’t what I was promised — can I quit?

A reader writes: I recently finished my second week at a new job, and I absolutely hate it. It was sold to me as an editorial writing role, and it’s turned out to be essentially admin and data entry, with most of my time spent on the phone trying to get information from people who […]

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calling out racism, supporting a Black manager, and other questions with Michelle Silverthorn

Today Michelle Silverthorn, founder and CEO of Inclusion Nation, returns to Ask A Manager! Michelle is the author of the best-selling book Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good (read an excerpt here) and talked with us last year about the work she does to help build more equitable companies. Now she’s back to take readers’ […]

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my favorite posts of 2021

Here are my favorite posts of 2021, in no particular order: 1. My employee told me “I prefer not to” when I tried to give him a new project Because Bartleby the Scrivener lives! 2. Interview with an employee at a majority-autistic company Because this was fascinating. 3. Someone keeps farting in important client meetings […]

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most popular posts of 2021

Here are the posts that interested people the most in 2021, via two lists: the most viewed posts and the most commented on posts. Most viewed posts of 2021: 10. I’m frustrated that my employees don’t want to return to the office 9. Interviewer badmouthed me to my references because I didn’t want to “harness […]

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updates: un-retiring, the paranoid employee, and more

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers. 1. How to explain un-retiring (#4 at the link) I wrote earlier this year about separating from my partner and returning […]

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the best office holiday party date story of all time

A couple of years ago, someone shared what I consider to be the best holiday date story of all time, and it must be shared here again. Enjoy: When I was fresh out of college, a dude in my social circle invited me to his fancy work Christmas party. He was a teacher, so I’d […]

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all of my 2021 book recommendations

All year long, I’ve made a weekly book recommendation when kicking off the weekend open thread. These aren’t work-related books; they’re just books I like, mostly fiction. Sometimes they’re books that I’m in the middle of reading, and other times they’re just long-standing favorites. Here’s the complete list of what I’ve recommended this year (maybe […]

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