Weekend open thread – April 13-14, 2024
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1d 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: The Husbands, by Holly Gramazio. A woman discovers that the ladder to her attic produces a seemingly endless supply of husbands. I didn’t know where this was going at first, but it ended up being surprisingly engrossing. * I make a commission if you use that Amazon link. You may also like: all of my 2022 and 2023 book recomm ..read more
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Should a successful gamer put it on their resume, “free” company gifts that aren’t free, ad more
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2d 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. If you’re a successful gamer, should it go on your resume? My son is in college and needs to find a job while he’s home for the summer. He hasn’t had much luck so far, and his experience is limited to stocking shelves at a grocery store for two years, and some volunteer work. He didn’t work at all last summer — I had surgery and was out of commission for quite a few weeks, so he took care of me, the yard, the laundry, shopping, etc. (It’s just the two of us.) This spring b ..read more
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Someone who barely managed me put negative feedback in my annual review
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2d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I just received my annual review. I’ve been passed between four managers over the past 12 months – one of whom was fired, one who was very hands-off for the majority of their time with me, one who worked with me for three months, and one who became my manager relatively recently. All my managers other than the fired one contributed to my annual review. Each of their comments show up separately, in one place. The majority of the feedback was positive: I am intelligent, hard-working, and thorough. The critica ..read more
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Update: dealing with a problematic member of a board games group
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Remember the letter-writer who was dealing with a problematic member of a board games group? The first update was here, and here’s the final installment. I am the letter writer who runs a board games group and used Alison’s excellent advice about communication to deal with a problematic member of the games group and the issues their behavior was causing. We had a twist in the tale recently when Q, the member who was asked to leave the group because their behavior was negatively impacting others, asked if they could come bac ..read more
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Knowledge swap! share your expertise with people here
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Are you good at something and willing to share that expertise with others here? We did this six years ago and it was a great success, so we’re doing it again. Here’s how it works: 1. In the comment section below, name something you’re really good at that you’d be willing to answer questions about. It could be Excel, or running meetings, or make-up recommendations, or resolving customer service problems, or anything else that you’re awesome at and willing to take questions on. 2. Ask questions of others, and answer the questi ..read more
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I manage my sister, and she overshares about her breaks and sick time
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m hoping you can help me with this conundrum. This situation is complicated by the fact that this is a family business, and all employees are my relatives and/or their romantic partners, but we have virtual assistant team members (independent contractors or third party services) who are party to these conversations. Background: I’m the main operator, but not the owner, of our family business, which leans more informal than most workplaces. We have some on-site operations, but significant “back office” adm ..read more
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Mistakes at work: a round-up
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3d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Here’s a round-up of posts about mistakes at work. what to do when you make a mistake at work you made a mistake at work — now what? how do I recover from a huge, fireable mistake at work? how do I handle a serious mistake on my self-evaluation? how big of a deal are mistakes when you’re new to a job? how to rebuild your credibility after messing up at work when you didn’t make a mistake, but someone thinks you did my boss thinks I made a mistake — but I didn’t how can I explain a mistake wasn’t mine without looking like a t ..read more
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Company won’t do anything about a horrible coworker, eating tiny lunches in a group, and more
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4d 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. My company won’t do anything about our horrible coworker I have a very problematic coworker, Alex, but everyone, including HR, seem to be unable to fire them. And when I say problematic, I mean it. Earlier this year Alex outed me at work as gay (that’s a whole other letter), lied about another coworker sexually harassing me and minors (which I promise never happened), tried to get our managers fired, has been actively scuttling interviews with possible new hires when we ar ..read more
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My coworker’s obsession with coffee is an all-day distraction
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5d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: This is probably going to be more venting. It is bugging me, but I don’t want to risk being the office jerk. I work in an office setting. Bill from another department is a really nice guy. Probably to an obnoxious level. I really am not big on small talk, but usually keep things to a brief, friendly conversation. I think my team is mostly the same way. We have good working relationships, just not big talkers. Bill used to be located one hallway over. I know he’s always been a talker, but we’ve had some dist ..read more
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My employee quit over a misdirected email
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5d ago
This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I have two employees who can’t stand each other but they’ve managed to be civil and professional. Sarah is a mid-top performer with a consistently good work product. She’s not a superstar but she is dependable. Dani is temperamental, doesn’t always listen to peers, and has created problems for her teammates when her part of projects either missed the mark or missed the deadline. Dani is on a PIP for performance issues but has been making an effort to improve. Last week, Sarah had apparently had enough and f ..read more
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