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weekend open thread — June 15-16, 2024

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 Paris Novel, by Ruth Reichl. When her difficult mother dies, a woman is left a plane ticket and instructions to go to France, […]

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open thread – June 14, 2024

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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 […]

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thongs at work, the best interviewing order, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. Thongs at work The other day, while I was at a healthcare facility where they do both clinical visits and operations, I saw a female employee walking by me, wearing her perfectly-acceptable scrubs, who was clearly an operating room doctor or nurse. For whatever reason […]

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update: my coworker watches a daycare livestream all day

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose coworker watched a daycare livestream all day? Here’s the update. I took your advice to mention it to management because we randomly had a […]

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update: all the men I work with go on an annual camping trip together, and women aren’t allowed

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer whose male coworkers all took an annual camping trip […]

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update: can I do anything about a senior-level colleague who doesn’t do any work?

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. 1. Can I do anything […]

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I’m a terrible procrastinator

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It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’ve recently realized something about myself: even though I am a high perfomer with glowing reviews from bosses and coworkers, I am a terrible procrastinator. But instead of procrastinating by doing nothing, I find other things that is of lesser importance but still need doing. […]

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I don’t want to bake for my coworker, needlessly cruel layoffs, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is this method for layoffs needlessly cruel? I am writing this email while sitting at my work computer even though I am off contract and not being paid for my time. My college announced a month ago that they will lay off half our workforce […]

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updates: our admins hate all the coffee I buy the office but they insist I have to keep trying, and more

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. Our admins hate all the coffee I buy the office, but they insist I have to keep trying I chickened […]

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update: my coworkers complain I’m violating the dress code, but I’m not

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s more to come. Remember the letter-writer whose coworkers complained she […]

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I don’t want to help rude networkers

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A reader writes: I’ve been in my industry for eight years now. From the outside, it’s a very cool area to work in (and mostly it is…) and it’s definitely more on the map as a career path than it was when I started. Lots of grads are very interested in a job like mine, […]

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update: I was rejected because I told my interviewer I never make mistakes

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer who wondered if he was rejected because he told […]

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employee never eats at work, office is angry I didn’t pay for a plane ticket after I resigned, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My employee never eats at work I added a new (and wonderful) person to the team I lead about six months ago. We share an open work space. Most folks eat lunch communally, but sometimes people pop out to buy something or go for a […]

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update: my boss wants to hire us out for our “unique talents and skills” that have nothing to do with our jobs

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past.  Remember the letter-writer whose boss wanted to hire them out for their “unique talents and skills” that had nothing to do with their jobs? Here’s the update. I found […]

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update: HR says I have a moral obligation to tell everyone I’m autistic

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s still more to come. Remember the letter-writer who was told […]

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what to do if you’re paid less than a male coworker

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With more people than ever talking openly about their salaries, you might learn at some point that you’re being paid less than a male coworker for doing the same work. Or you might have seen the data on how commonly this happens and want to find out if it’s occurring in your company – and […]

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update: my new manager is someone I slept with years ago … and he doesn’t know we have a child

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day. Remember the letter-writer whose new manager was someone she slept with years […]

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angry ex told my boss I’m a drug addict, manager lets employee insult me, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. An angry ex emailed my boss saying I’m a drug addict I had a great job as a systems analyst working remotely, but this job coincided with some drama in my personal life. I was dealing with a messy breakup with my ex-partner — I […]

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updates: my coworker won’t stop touching and complimenting me, and more

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. My coworker won’t stop touching and complimenting me (#2 at the link) I acted very cold and avoided him the […]

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updates: how can I pull back on a friendship with a coworker, and more

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It’s a special “where are you now?” season at Ask a Manager and I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. There will be more posts than usual this week, so keep checking back throughout the day — there’s more to come […]

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