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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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my favorite posts of 2020

Here are my favorite posts of 2020, in no particular order: 1. I messed up at work and I’m so ashamed Because so many people deal with this, and fixing it can bring you so much peace. 2. Update: my coworker is blackmailing me not to take time off for my honeymoon Because this was […]

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the best office holiday party date story of all time

Last year, 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 kind of assumed […]

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all of my 2020 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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the worst boss of 2020 is…

We have a winner! The final votes are in, and the worst boss of the year is the company that planned to absorb any government stimulus checks that employees receive for themselves — with 52% of the vote in the final match-up. There was a lot of debate of the nominees year! Here are some […]

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update: my coworker is upset that I’m pregnant

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. Remember the letter-writer who shared an office with someone who’d been struggling with infertility and started treating the letter-writer coldly when she suspected she was pregnant? (#2 at […]

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