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).

your office is filthy … and Jolie Kerr can help

I get a lot of questions that relate to cleaning at work: Why is the microwave in the office kitchen so disgusting, and how can we keep it clean? The person who shares my workspace leaves it in a terrible mess. How do I lead a meeting when I just spilled soup all over my […]

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my coworker gets away with everything

A reader writes: My coworker has a family member who was a pretty big deal in the company. Said relative has since retired, but her legacy sort of lives on. My coworker gets away with EVERYTHING. She treats her superiors with no respect, does whatever she wants, never has consequences. I have literally heard her […]

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my team is overworked — and I’m the boss

A reader writes: I’m a newish manager at a small non-profit whose work site is overseas. I report to an international Executive Director and oversee a small office in the U.S. We’ve recently grown our U.S. team to address problems of overwork. The dominant culture on the team is to sacrifice to get work done, […]

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my boss uses an offensive slur

A reader writes: I have a tricky situation that I’m not sure how to navigate. My boss keeps using the word “retard” as a derogatory term. She doesn’t use it to describe people, but she does use it to describe things and ideas. We don’t work in the same office, but we often travel to […]

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when work gets spooky

Today’s episode of the podcast is a special Halloween episode, filled with stories of people’s spooky experiences at work — we’ve got voices when no one is there, a creepily laughing doll, a fired guy’s ghostly revenge, and much more. If you’re ready to be creeped out by those stories, you can listen here: You […]

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my boss is burning out

A reader writes: Over the last nine months or so, I have been slowly burning out at my job, but that’s not the problem. I am taking steps to combat my own burn-out.  The problem is that over this time, I’ve been watching my company add more and more work to my boss. It’s like the higher-ups have asked […]

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my new job isn’t what I signed up for

In today’s podcast, I talked to someone who’s worried that her new job isn’t what she signed up for. Here’s the letter: I recently graduated with a master’s degree a few months ago and just started a new job a month ago. The new job has moved me from a customer service/assistant role and into […]

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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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