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it’s your Friday good news

This post, it’s your Friday good news , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time. 1. I read your recent “you need to ask for a raise” post and decided that you were absolutely right. I’ve been in my current position for 10 years and I’ve never asked...

open thread – May 14-15, 2021

This post, open thread – May 14-15, 2021 , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*,...

talking about Jesus on a resume, I threw my boss under the bus when I quit, and more

This post, talking about Jesus on a resume, I threw my boss under the bus when I quit, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Candidate’s resume talks about Jesus I manage 16 direct reports as well as our internship program and I ran into something that stumped...

we need paid family and medical leave — and a new bill in Congress would give it to us

This post, we need paid family and medical leave — and a new bill in Congress would give it to us , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s no secret that the U.S. has terrible support for workers, particularly around paid family and medical leave. No federal law requires employers to offer paid leave at all. Some states have...

my employee barely speaks to me

This post, my employee barely speaks to me , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I manage two wonderful employees who share an office next to mine. One of my employees (we’ll call him Neal) is very outgoing and friendly. We have some similar views on life (politics, child-rearing, etc) and talk easily and...

how can I stop coming across as quiet and timid?

This post, how can I stop coming across as quiet and timid? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m a few years into my career and am an introvert in an industry full of extroverts (advertising). Every time I have a performance review or am up for promotion,...

my dad wants to call my boss, are out-of-office auto-replies unprofessional, and more

This post, my dad wants to call my boss, are out-of-office auto-replies unprofessional, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I don’t want my dad to call my boss I am fresh out of college, with a secondary education degree. Currently, I am working as a full-time...

I had a great interview but didn’t get the job — what happened?

This post, I had a great interview but didn’t get the job — what happened? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: A few weeks ago I had what seemed to be a terrific interview for a dream position. I had great chemistry with the team from the get-go, answered their questions well, and was invited back for a...

what’s the etiquette for taking vacation time?

This post, what’s the etiquette for taking vacation time? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. With people bursting to take post-vaccination vacations this summer, what’s the protocol for taking time off from your job? This kind of etiquette often isn’t written down anywhere and instead you’re just expected to somehow intuit...

my employee is overwhelmingly emotionally needy

This post, my employee is overwhelmingly emotionally needy , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I am a department head for a medium-sized nonprofit. I have eight direct reports and I report directly to the CEO. I am at my wit’s end with one of my reports who needs constant validation to the point of obsession...

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