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weekend open thread – February 4-5, 2023

This post, weekend open thread – February 4-5, 2023 , 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: Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner....

it’s your Friday good news

This post, it’s your Friday good news , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s your Friday good news: I had just started my job hunt when I saw a posting for Dream Job at Dream Company — a position that never existed in my area until it recently got relocated here. I purchased your How to Get a Job: Secrets of A Hiring...

open thread – February 3-4, 2023

This post, open thread – February 3-4, 2023 , 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...

I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss, can I file a complaint about my spouse’s manager, and more

This post, I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss, can I file a complaint about my spouse’s manager, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss so frequently I have a good manager. He is friendly, supportive, and very flexible...

why do hiring managers ghost me after promising they won’t?

This post, why do hiring managers ghost me after promising they won’t? , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’ve had a few terrific interviews that I thought went really well. The hiring manager and I have had great discussions, insightful questions were asked on both sides, and it seems like the role is...

Ask a Manager in the media

This post, Ask a Manager in the media , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to Money about whether you should use Chat GPT to write your cover letter. I talked to Vox about what to do before, during, and after a layoff. Quartz covered the AAM letter...

I’m unprofessional and not detail-oriented — but I still need to earn a living

This post, I’m unprofessional and not detail-oriented — but I still need to earn a living , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. I am not a detail-oriented person. I’ve had jobs where I was responsible for things like making sure that a packet of materials was the correct color...

I feel stuck working for my father, boss disclosed my pregnancy, and more

This post, I feel stuck working for my father, boss disclosed my pregnancy, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I feel stuck working for my father I’m in my second or third career now, if I ever had one. My father is the president of a small company and has...

a higher-up is pushing an unwanted volunteer on us

This post, a higher-up is pushing an unwanted volunteer on us , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: This descriptor is helpful and accurate, so I’m going to borrow it: “I work in a cultural/academic/nonprofit institution, and am part of a professional community small enough that I don’t wish to identify it,...

how can I get my employees to be more comfortable figuring things out on their own?

This post, how can I get my employees to be more comfortable figuring things out on their own? , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’ve been a manager for a few years, and I’ve been working hard to build my bench. I keep running into an issue where I assign an employee a new task with as much lead time...

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