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complaints about a new hire before she’s started, employer sent my rejection to my father, and more

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

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. We got a complaint call about a new hire before she started We hired a new executive director, who starts in a week. Did multiple reference checks (including a former direct report and a former supervisor), criminal background check, employment and education verifications, licensure verification, […]

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I’m in charge of our disgusting office kitchen

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A reader writes: I am an administrative assistant for a small company (about 50 people). My problem, especially now that folks are fully returned to office, is the cleanliness of the kitchen. As any admin in charge of the office kitchen will tell you, it is a NIGHTMARE. Food left on counters, molding fruit in […]

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our company has an annual golf trip … but the women don’t play

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A reader writes: Our smallish family-owned business has been taking our sales team on a long weekend golf trip on and off for many years. It is intended to be a reward, and little if any business is discussed when we are there. It’s mostly beer drinking, side betting golf, in a beach town with […]

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I lied to my interviewer about being employed

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A reader writes: I got a job offer last week that I’m really excited about, especially because I was let go in mid-January and it’s been stressful to job hunt. I was recruited to apply for a few different positions, and one ended up with an offer. I told the recruiter I wasn’t currently employed, […]

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I can’t carry coffee at work, employee refuses to do a critical duty, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. An employee forced an unwanted kiss on my employee — and now they want to do mediation I run a nonprofit. Six months ago, a male employee of another nonprofit began kissing my female employee on the lips at the end of a series of […]

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update: my boss is abusive and blames it on PMDD

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Remember the letter-writer whose boss was abusive and blamed it on PMDD? Here’s the update. I have an update for my boss who was blaming her abusive behavior on PMDD. It ended how I was starting to suspect it would. After your response, my husband and I started working on moving our kids onto his […]

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video calls are the worst way to do job rejections

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Imagine you’ve interviewed for a job you really and have been waiting to hear back. When the hiring manager messages you to invite you to a video call, you’re thrilled—this must be the offer, you think, so you clear your afternoon, make yourself look presentable, and log into Zoom … only for the hiring manager […]

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company asked me to spend an hour giving feedback on their hiring process

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A reader writes: I recently went through a lengthy interview process (five interviews, one of which lasted over two hours, plus two assessments) for a position, and after the final interview, the company asked me to join them for a feedback call. Interestingly, the feedback call was an opportunity for me to tell them how […]

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candidate said “you shouldn’t hire me,” inappropriate music in a family-friendly store, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. A candidate said “you shouldn’t hire me” at the end of our interview I wanted some feedback on the interview I conducted with a candidate earlier today. Overall, the candidate performed exceptionally well during the interview process, showcasing their skills and experience effectively. However, towards […]

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weekend open thread – February 24-25, 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: 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 […]

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open thread – February 23-24, 2024

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 […]

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management talks to us like we’re children, napping in the wellness room, and more

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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 […]

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can I bring a friend-with-benefits back to my hotel on a work trip?

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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? […]

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Ask a Manager in the media

This post 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 Katie Couric Media about Ask a Manager and stressed out middle-managers. I talked to Self about how to manage anxiety at work. HR Dive featured AAM in a piece on therapy at work. The Daily Dot and a bunch of other […]

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I’m a night owl — how can I adjust to a new job with early hours?

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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. […]

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I was fired during my probationary period, mentioning kids in a cover letter, and more

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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 […]

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my boss reprimanded me for not answering an email … in four minutes

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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 […]

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my employee eavesdrops on me

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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 […]

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is it safe to share at my company’s “courageous conversation” on menopause?

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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 […]

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should I be worried by maxed-out company credit cards, an aggressive-driver coworker, and more

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 […]

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