miscellaneous

interview with an employee at an employee assistance program (EAP)

We sometimes talk here about EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) but have never explored how they work. A reader, Em, who works for one, left an incredibly interesting comment about her work on a post last week, and generously agreed to talk with me more about what she does. Here’s our conversation. How would you describe an […]

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Ask a Manager speed round

It’s the Ask a Manager speed round! Until 4 pm ET today, I’ll be answering as many questions as I can live, in the comment section below. How to ask questions: Submit a comment below with your question. This quick format is best suited to questions that don’t require lengthy, nuanced answers. Questions won’t appear […]

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speed round — submit your questions

It’s the Ask a Manager speed round! On Wednesday from 2-4 pm ET, I’ll be answering as many questions as I can live on the website during that time. To submit a question in advance, use the form below. (You’ll also be able to submit questions during the speed round itself tomorrow.) These will be […]

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interview with an employee at a majority-autistic company

Symone is a regular reader here, and she works for a majority-autistic company and is autistic herself. I asked if she’d let me interview her about what working there is like, in advance of Autism Awareness Month (which starts tomorrow), and she generously agreed to talk with me. Some quick background: Her employer is auticon, a […]

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Ask a Manager in five languages

1. All the foreign editions of the Ask a Manager book! Top row: U.S., UK, Poland. Bottom row: Ukraine, South Korea, China. 2. Separately, an announcement: When you are reading a letter in the archives that later had an update, you will now see a note at the bottom of the post with a link […]

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how to talk about past jobs as a former sex worker

A reader writes: For nearly two years I’ve been a self-employed independent sex worker (mostly an escort, but I’ve also sold photos and videos and done some cam work). I’m registered self-employed in the UK, have an accountant who knows exactly what I do, and pay my taxes, and I chose this line of work […]

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how to become a slacker … with Laurie Ruettimann

I’ve long been an admirer of Laurie Ruettimann, since her days running Punk Rock HR, a hilarious blog where she called out the BS of HR. (The blog is no more, but she now has a podcast of the same name.) Laurie has always called it like she sees it without pulling any punches, and […]

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most popular posts of 2020

Here are the posts that interested people the most this year, via two lists: the most read posts and the most commented on posts. Most read posts of 2020: 10. Our boss told us to camp in tents when we travel for business 9. The Leap Day employee finally gets her birthday off this year […]

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