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negotiating an offer when you haven’t talked salary at all

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

A reader writes: After four interviews and a performance assessment, the company has signaled that they plan to make me an offer next week. I’m excited! But the tricky part is that we haven’t discussed salary expectations on either side. At all. They didn’t share a range, and they haven’t asked for mine. I wish […]

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what comp time policy should I set for my team?

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A reader writes: I head an agency with around 40 employees. I’m struggling with our policy on compensatory time for travel. For years, every waking minute during travel, from departure to return, has been counted as work time, with staff receiving comp time for any time over eight hours per day. For example, an employee […]

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my boss finally saw the light about my horrible coworker — but I’ve been warning him for years

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A reader writes: I’ve been at my company for eight years. I’m a senior manager and a very high performer. I’ve received multiple raises and promotions. I’m very calm and pragmatic and don’t easily get pulled into drama. It’s a small company and there are a lot of great things about it, including 98% of […]

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when an employee struggles with a task, cell phones at lunch, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Should I accept my employee just isn’t well suited to a task? We are a small team of very silo-ed job types. Twice a year, for about a week each time, we have a meeting with lots of external stakeholders to review content for a […]

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the charismatic aura, the glowing tan, and other amazing items seen on resumes

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Last week, I asked about the strangest things you’ve ever seen in cover letters and resumes. You shared some amazing stories — here are some of my favorites. 1.  “A candidate happily let me know ‘I just got laid this morning’ (I assume he meant ‘laid off’ but it made me laugh).” 2.  “I had […]

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how can I shut down gossip at work?

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A reader writes: I like my job and my coworkers, but there’s one thing that keeps bugging me: There’s a real culture of gossiping, and I keep getting sucked into it. I used to be a huge gossiper myself, but at a previous job I was the target of some untrue and hurtful gossip, and […]

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my employee yelled at a coworker — but I don’t think she should apologize

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A reader writes: I recently joined a public agency as a director after working in the private sector previously. One of my employees, let’s call her Anna, works with various employees from the IT department in a working team on projects that are very much needed to advance our team’s work. She does her job […]

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does being salaried just mean I work a ton of overtime for free, coworker won’t share a file, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Does being salaried just mean I work a ton of overtime with no extra pay? My position became salaried a while back and, while I understand the general idea of it (no overtime compensation), I’m wondering how working overtime hours should or does function in […]

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Memorial Day open thread

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It’s Memorial Day! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about.

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weekend open thread — May 25-26, 2024

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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: Very Bad Company, by Emma Rosenblum. An executive disappears at a dysfunctional start-up’s annual retreat. If you like company gossip, even if not your […]

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open thread – May 24-25, 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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 5 days 18 hours ago

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I got rid of my office’s furniture by mistake, is combined PTO better than separate sick and vacation time, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. I got rid of my office’s furniture by mistake We downsized our office recently, and I was in charge of getting rid of all the excess furniture. I’ll admit, I probably could have paid better attention in the one (one!!!) meeting we had that showed […]

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my friend is in trouble for attendance issues caused by her dad being sick

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A reader writes: I’m wondering if you have any advice on encouraging a coworker (or former coworker) to stand up for themselves. I have a feeling there’s not a lot I can do, but I feel so helpless watching this situation. My former coworker and friend, Jane, is still at the job where we met. […]

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 6 days 15 hours ago

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where are you now? (a call for updates)

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

It’s mid-year updates season! If you’ve had your question answered here in the past, please email me an update and let us know how your situation turned out. Did you take the advice? Did you not take the advice? What happened? How’s your situation now?  (Don’t post your updates here though; email them to me.) […]

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what are the strangest things you’ve seen in resumes and cover letters?

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

Let’s discuss the weirdest things you’ve seen on resumes and in cover letters. To kick us off, some highlights from past commenters: One of my coworkers once received a super long cover letter that included the fact that the candidate had been proudly celibate for several years. A college student applied for a summer internship […]

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my project was moved to another team, employer wants everyone back in the office, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I feel like a failure because a project was moved to another team I received an unexpected meeting invite today and was surprised our manager would take time away for a meeting when we were in a dire time crunch on a major project for […]

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our boss is being a jerk about bereavement leave for miscarriages

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A reader writes: My company recently updated our bereavement policy. While reviewing it in our company-wide staff meeting, a staff member asked if a miscarriage would qualify and the immediate answer was “no.” No room for discussion. The temperature of the room immediately dropped; it was so uncomfortable. I am not a mother, have ever […]

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should I hire an ex?

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A reader writes: My company is starting a massive and complex two-year project. We advertised but after interviews we haven’t found a suitable candidate for the position that’s probably most critical. Rather than advertise again given the urgency, we’ve tapping our networks for candidates to interview. One of my exes has the qualifications to be […]

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employee treats coworkers as if they stink

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A reader writes: I work with a group of people who are public-facing in a building (retail/public service type environment) and we rotate people on different desks on a set schedule throughout the day. I have a few coworkers who are sensitive to fragrances, and our policy was recently updated to be a “fragrance-reasonable” workplace. […]

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I’m scared of hiring my first employee, an email squabble, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Was I wrong in this email squabble? I have a question about a little email tussel I recently ended up in. I am a contractor for a professional services agency and was working on a project for a client. Part of my work includes using […]

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