Weekend open thread – February 24-25, 2024
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9h ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Good Material, by Dolly Alderton. Reeling from a breakup with his girlfriend, a struggling stand-up comic tries to figure out why she left and how to move forward. Like everything she writes, it’s funny, relatable, and a good time. * I make a commission if you use that Amazon link. You may also like: all of my 2022 and 2023 ..read more
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Open thread – February 23-24, 2024
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17h ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on any work-related questions that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to take your questions to other readers. * If you submitted a question to me recently, please do not repost it here, as it may be in my queue to answer. You may also like: my coworker wants us to call her boyfriend her “master” my office has a burn ..read more
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Management talks to us like we’re children, napping in the wellness room, and more
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1d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. Management talks to us like we’re children I am a healthcare professional who works for a home health agency. We are all nurses, rehab therapists, or social workers — educated people with specialized skillsets. We rarely meet in-person but have daily phone calls, so I hear from the office staff very frequently. There seems to be a culture in the office of using infantilizing language — referring to everyone as “friend,” as in “hi friend, have you finished your documentatio ..read more
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Can I bring a friend-with-benefits back to my hotel on a work trip?
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2d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Next month, I’ll be attending a professional conference with several of my coworkers. This will be my first work trip. I have a friend-with-benefits who lives in the city that the conference is being hosted in. Would it be inappropriate for me to invite her to stay with me at my hotel? If it is, can I stay at her place instead of at the hotel? My coworkers know I have a close friend there (though obviously they don’t know the full nature of our relationship), so me spending time with her during downtime won ..read more
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I’m a night owl — how can I adjust to a new job with early hours?
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2d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I am very much a night owl (the best job I ever had for my sleep schedule was bartending). One silver lining of our company switching to remote work has been that I have been able to sleep in much later than the old days. (And to be clear, I’m not looking to hear what I should have been doing the last couple of years. Much as I’d love to be someone who wakes up naturally at 6 am to work out, that’s not my reality.) That said, I’ve accepted a position on a new te ..read more
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I was fired during my probationary period, mentioning kids in a cover letter, and more
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2d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I was fired during my probationary period If you are fired during your probationary period, should you expect it to be without warning? This just happened to me, where I was let go of at the 60-day mark. I had a 30-day check-in, where the only feedback given was that my boss appreciated that I was at work every day, that she was “frustrated” with something I had done on my second day (when she was gone, as she worked part-time), and that I needed to do more things independ ..read more
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My boss reprimanded me for not answering an email … in four minutes
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’ve been at my new job for just over a month and have very grave doubts about whether it’s going to work out. I’m finding it impossible to make my supervisor, Martha, happy. Her criticism is frequent, harsh, and, in my opinion, often very unreasonable. The incident that has me writing to you happened today, when she reprimanded me in writing for failing to answer an email in four minutes. To set the scene: Earlier this week, Martha and my other boss (I support two teams but it’s an uneven split; unfortunat ..read more
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My employee eavesdrops on me
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: At first I thought I was being paranoid, but on three separate occasions, I’ve wrapped up a closed door conversation others in our C-suite, only to discover my employee directly outside my door. Our office set-up is odd; we’re essentially one huge office that was cut into thirds–one side is her office with a door, a hallway/narthex, and one side is my office with a door. There is a utility cabinet in the hallway, which she could be using, but she has never been in that cabinet when she’s been caught–she’s p ..read more
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Is it safe to share at my company’s “courageous conversation” on menopause?
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: My company is proposing a workshop to have “courageous conversations” with colleagues about menopause. There is no professional facilitating this; it is an open discussion. The message about it says it will be “a safe space that is inclusive and supportive” and “an informal discussion among peers.” My company is heavily promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) right now, but it’s through low-cost initiatives, like workshops, employee training, and the like. They haven’t taken concrete steps like pay ..read more
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Should I be worried by maxed-out company credit cards, an aggressive-driver coworker, and more
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. A recruiter got angry that I contacted a company directly Someone contacted me through LinkedIn and said he was recruiting for an executive assistant role and asked if I had any contacts who might be interested. I used to work as an administrative coordinator with a specific community that the organization he was hiring for also worked with. I asked if he had a job description and any other information about the company, which he provided. The job description was thorough ..read more
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