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The Ask a Manager Podcast

Each week on the Ask a Manager podcast — a partnership with HowStuffWorks — I take calls and talk directly with listeners about how to deal with clueless coworkers, toxic bosses, impossible employees, and much more. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts, or find an episode below.

If you’d like to discuss your question on the show, email it to podcast@askamanager.org … or if you’d just like to hear your question answered there (without coming on the show yourself), record it on the show voicemail at 855-426-WORK (855-426-9675).

my assistant keeps mothering me — and calls us “her kids”

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest whose assistant mothers her in a way she’s uncomfortable with — and some gender dynamics are making it weirder. Here’s the letter: I am a young(ish) female who works in a department with two slightly older men and one female administrative assistant. The […]

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I’m so burned out at work

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest who’s feeling burned out at work. Here’s the letter: How do you distinguish between burnout (which can be addressed) vs. a job that’s unfixable (which means you need to leave)? I know I’m burnt out, but I’m not sure if I should […]

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how can I get more feedback from my boss?

It might sound nice to never get any critical feedback from your boss, but it can actually be a bad thing. My guest on this week’s episode of the Ask a Manager podcast is in that position and wants to know how to draw more feedback out of her manager. The show is 21 minutes long, and […]

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I’m the boss’s daughter

Getting direction from one manager can be difficult enough – but what if you’re getting direction from two different people, and they’re not always telling you the same thing? And then to further complicate it, what if one of those people is your dad? That’s the letter I tackled on this week’s episode of the Ask […]

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how to manage an overly talkative intern

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talk to a manager whose intern is way too talkative — and who has some boundary problems too. The show is 23 minutes long, and you can listen on  Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts (or here’s the direct RSS feed). […]

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the lazy coworker — with Han and Matt Know It All

On the latest episode of the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked with Han and Matt of Han and Matt Know It All, which is a very fun and useful podcast about advice columns. We talked about all sorts of things, including what it’s like for them to do a podcast as spouses, and we […]

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what should your tone sound like when you’re the boss?

Earlier this year, I did an episode of the Ask a Manager podcast about what kind of tone to use in tricky conversations at work. That episode was one of the reasons I was excited about launching a podcast in the first place, because while I talk a lot about tone here, it’s hard to demonstrate […]

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how to deal with an angry, disruptive coworker

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talk to a guest whose coworker’s behavior is disruptive and unsettling. She’s already talked to her manager and HR about it, but the problem is continuing and she’s wondering where to go from here. The show is 24 minutes long, and you can listen on  Apple […]

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how can I stop showing off at work?

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talk to a guest who struggles with wanting to show off at work – and she’s trying to figure out why, and how to keep it under control. You can listen to our discussion on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Volumes, or Anchor (or here’s the direct RSS feed). […]

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