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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).

one of our coworkers isn’t flushing the toilet

The questions on today’s podcast are: Someone’s not flushing the toilet Using personality tests in hiring My manager keeps me late with no notice How do you do layoffs the right way? Did I make a mistake in leaving my last job? The show is 27 minutes long, and you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google […]

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my boss is a jerk — but only to me

In today’s podcast, I talked to someone who started started a new job and her boss is being a jerk to her — but not to anyone else. Here’s the letter: My boss is a horrible, mean person. I just joined this company recently and have just hit my two-month mark. I love the company, […]

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I’m drowning in too much work

The questions on today’s podcast are: I’m drowning in too much work People keep getting promoted past me My coworkers are obsessed with my weight loss I’m having panic attacks from my high-stress office My difficult coworker hums incessantly Why are our temps getting paid more than me? The show is 28 minutes long, and […]

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people say my tone sounds mean

In today’s Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to someone who’s worried her tone sounds mean. Here’s the letter: I really appreciated your episode about tone and I was just listening to it again today because I’ve realized that *I* am the coworker who is too direct and makes people feel defensive. This problem has […]

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my coworker sucks at her job and my manager won’t address it

A while back, I encouraged people to record shorter questions for the Ask a Manager podcast on the show voicemail — questions that wouldn’t take a whole show to answer. I ended up receiving so many of them that we’re moving the show to two episodes a week. Starting today, you’ll be able to listen […]

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am I the annoying intern?

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to an intern who’s worried that she might be the annoying intern in her office. Here’s the letter: I have been an intern with a small government agency for a month. I personally love the mission and work of this agency beyond words, and have […]

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I don’t have enough work to keep me busy

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest who has too much downtime at work. Here’s the letter: I have never had a job without significant downtime. I make myself available for new assignments and readily volunteer to take on work from stressed colleagues. The problem is that there’s just […]

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my boss yells, and it’s scaring my coworker

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest whose boss yells — and is making things quite unpleasant. Here’s the letter: My boss can get worked up when things are not going according to plan and will often end up yelling for minutes on end. This usually happens in group […]

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I’m bad at taking feedback

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest who doesn’t take feedback well. Here’s the letter: I would love to talk more about accepting negative feedback or just criticism in general. I’m finishing my PhD in chemistry and am currently interviewing for jobs. I have gotten feedback a few times […]

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I need to be more confident at work

This week on the Ask a Manager podcast, I talked to a guest who struggles with worries that she’s not good enough at her job — and it can affect the way she deals with coworkers. Here’s the letter: I work as a chef and am currently four months in to a new job at a […]

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