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my favorite posts of the decade

It’s the end of the decade. Here are 20 of my favorite posts of the 2010’s. My favorites of the weird My coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her “master” Because come on. A coworker stole my spicy food, got sick, and is blaming me (and the update) Because total ridiculousness so rarely gets such […]

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most popular posts of 2019

Here are the posts that interested people the most this year, via two lists: the most viewed posts and the most commented on posts. Most viewed posts of 2019: 10. I’m distracted by my coworker’s very visible cleavage 9. Here’s a real-life example of a fantastic cover letter 8. What’s the worst case of helicopter […]

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vote for the worst boss of 2019

It’s time to vote on the worst boss of the year! We’ll crown the worst boss of the year later this week, based on your votes … so please vote below. (Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday night.) Who was the worst boss of 2019?

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all of my 2019 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 love and think everyone else should read. 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 […]

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35 gifts for every type of employee on your team

If you’re the boss and want to buy your staff holiday gifts, you might be struggling to decide what to get people. Last year New York Magazine asked me to create a gift guide for bosses buying gifts for employees — and people liked it, so this year they asked me to update it. Some […]

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grown women are not “girl bosses”

To all the marketing people who keep emailing me pitches where they call grown women “girl bosses”: This is gross and sexist and you should stop. They’re women, not girls. And the default for “boss” is not male. “Boss” covers all genders. You don’t need to modify it with gender, just like you wouldn’t (one hopes) […]

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interview with an office admin in the adult industry

I recently started talking with someone on Twitter who sent me an amusing story about her work in the adult industry, and I of course had more questions I wanted answered so she kindly agreed to let me interview her, and here’s our conversation. (She also comments here as Carrie Oakie.) Tell us a little […]

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where are you now? (a call for updates)

At the end of each year, I publish a slew of “where are they now” updates from people whose questions I answered here in the past. In past years we’ve had several hundred each December and it was amazing (and has let me take most of the month off, so thank you). If you’ve had your […]

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