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the thief and the hero, the crockpot discrimination, and other stories of potlucks at work

Alison Green

This post, the thief and the hero, the crockpot discrimination, and other stories of potlucks at work , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Here are 12 more of my favorite stories you shared about potlucks and other food gatherings at work earlier this month.

boss confided family issues to me, I don’t want my horrible manager at my wedding, and more

Alison Green

This post, boss confided family issues to me, I don’t want my horrible manager at my wedding, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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blackballing people who didn’t work this year, my coworker is bad at Twitter, and more

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This post, blackballing people who didn’t work this year, my coworker is bad at Twitter, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Blackballing people who didn’t work during 2021.

my employee keeps fake quitting

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This post, my employee keeps fake quitting , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I hired an employee less than 90 days ago. The team had not been fully staffed for several months and was happy to have him.

10 Ways to Keep Your Hourly Employees

Getting and keeping hourly workers is no longer as simple as offering them more cash. Employees have options. But this guide from Paycor will help you put your best foot forward to recruit, retain, and develop hourly workers so you can remain competitive.

the axe thrower, the carpet glue, and other astounding first impressions made by new employees

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This post, the axe thrower, the carpet glue, and other astounding first impressions made by new employees , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Last week I asked about the most astounding first impression you’ve seen made by a new coworker. Here are some of my favorite stories you shared. The axe. We had a guy apply for a staff job. His very first day he was helping clean up brush along the edge of a mountain biking course.

should the interviewer dress up, I can’t afford to go to an event recognizing my work, and more

Alison Green

This post, should the interviewer dress up, I can’t afford to go to an event recognizing my work, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Should the interviewer dress up?

did I make a mistake by sharing my salary with a coworker?

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This post, did I make a mistake by sharing my salary with a coworker? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I have always believed that knowledge is power, but when it comes to salaries, is there ever a reason to keep such things quiet?

can I ethically hire when the company is a mess, employers that want a reference from your current boss, and more

Alison Green

This post, can I ethically hire when the company is a mess, employers that want a reference from your current boss, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Can I ethically hire when the company is a mess?

my employee seemed really frustrated in a meeting where she didn’t realize she was on camera

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This post, my employee seemed really frustrated in a meeting where she didn’t realize she was on camera , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m writing after an unusual Zoom meeting last week.

How to Improve Team Effectiveness & Reduce Workplace Stressors Through Exceptional Culture

Speaker: Galen Emanuele - President, Shift Yes LLC

Having a great workplace culture increases engagement and performance, yet many leadership teams lack the tools they need to successfully develop one. In this webinar, you will receive guidance on how to adapt your workplace culture and improve your employee experience.

an unreasonable tattoo policy, I went to a college run by a religion I no longer follow, and more

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This post, an unreasonable tattoo policy, I went to a college run by a religion I no longer follow, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

warning a hothead personal trainer, taking six months off to hike, and more

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This post, warning a hothead personal trainer, taking six months off to hike, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. How do I warn a hothead personal trainer I’m on the verge of firing him?

I disabled my coworker’s caps-lock key, employee calls me his “manageress,” and more

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This post, I disabled my coworker’s caps-lock key, employee calls me his “manageress,” and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. I’m on vacation today.

I was kicked out of a work lunch because I couldn’t eat, attracting employees when we can’t pay more, and more

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This post, I was kicked out of a work lunch because I couldn’t eat, attracting employees when we can’t pay more, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

I was told I could bring my dog to work but now I can’t, companies that don’t check references, and more

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This post, I was told I could bring my dog to work but now I can’t, companies that don’t check references, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

updates: exercising during work breaks, being under-qualified, and more

Alison Green

This post, updates: exercising during work breaks, being under-qualified, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. How do you learn what types of jobs exist?

I started a job without agreeing on a salary — and then it turned out to be too low

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This post, I started a job without agreeing on a salary — and then it turned out to be too low , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Last month, I received a call from my friend Jason, a teacher at our local community college.

my manager posted a “wall of shame” of people who didn’t volunteer to work more

Alison Green

This post, my manager posted a “wall of shame” of people who didn’t volunteer to work more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Reframing the Way We Work: How to Take Advantage of Disruptions

Speaker: Stela Lupushor, Founder, Reframe.Work Inc.

The work world is changing faster than ever before. How can we future-proof the organization we work for or with, our team’s impact, or our personal ability to continuously transform and upskill? In this exclusive webinar, Stela Lupushor will help you navigate this new reality.

crop tops at work, arguing with a client, and more

Alison Green

This post, crop tops at work, arguing with a client, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. Wearing crop tops at work.

clients don’t understand what I do, business casual for men, and more

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This post, clients don’t understand what I do, business casual for men, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Does my team need in-person stuff for me to be a good manager?

employee got pulled over during a Zoom call, are firm offers a mistake, and more

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This post, employee got pulled over during a Zoom call, are firm offers a mistake, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My trainee got pulled over during a Zoom meeting.

I gave notice 2 months ago but I’m still here, I can’t get a raise without taking on more work, and more

Alison Green

This post, I gave notice 2 months ago but I’m still here, I can’t get a raise without taking on more work, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. I gave notice two months ago, and I’m still working here.

What You Really Need to Know to Build an Effective Global Hiring Strategy

Speaker: Carrie Corbin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hope Leigh Marketing Group

Join Carrie Corbin, Global Workplace Executive, Strategist, and Consultant, for this discussion on some of the most common questions around building a global hiring and attraction strategy.

evaluations penalize my highest performer, getting rid of company swag, and more

Alison Green

This post, evaluations penalize my highest performer, getting rid of company swag, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Our performance evaluations penalize my highest performer.

office romance drama, my contact ghosted my friend, and more

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This post, office romance drama, my contact ghosted my friend, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My coworker is thinking of resigning because she and a coworker broke up.

another manager complained about my employee, resigning before you’re fired, and more

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This post, another manager complained about my employee, resigning before you’re fired, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Another manager complained about my employee.

new company is really micromanagery, I got promoted but they won’t change my salary for months, and more

Alison Green

This post, new company is really micromanagery, I got promoted but they won’t change my salary for months, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My new job is really micromanagery.

The Empowered Workforce: A Human-Centric Approach to the Employee Experience & Retention

Speaker: Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, and Felix Eichler, co-founder and CTO of Userlane

As Yoda is known to say, "Do or do not, there is no try." Join Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, and Felix Eichler, co-founder and CTO of Userlane, for this insightful discussion on meeting talent where they are and creating empowering experiences.

my coworker takes too many smoke breaks, applying for a job when you can’t afford their products, and more

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This post, my coworker takes too many smoke breaks, applying for a job when you can’t afford their products, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My coworker takes too many smoke breaks.

it’s your Friday good news

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This post, it’s your Friday good news , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s your Friday good news!

interesting jobs: interview with an ombuds

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This post, interesting jobs: interview with an ombuds , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. I was recently contacted by someone from the International Ombuds Association , suggesting that Ask a Manager readers might be interested in learning about the work that ombuds (previously called ombudsmen) do. I learned a little more, and it is fascinating!

cutting off a hired mentor, dealing with pushy new grads, and more

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This post, cutting off a hired mentor, dealing with pushy new grads, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. How do I tell a business mentor I don’t want to continue meeting? I am trying to start a small business.

7 Ways To Avoid Today's HR Compliance Risks

With remote work on the rise, salary history bans in effect, and Fair Workweek laws passed, HR compliance has become more challenging. Discover the 7 most prominent HR compliance hurdles of today, and learn how to avoid them detailed in Paycor’s recent guide!

I had to clean up after my boss’s toddler, refusing to interview after business hours, and more

Alison Green

This post, I had to clean up after my boss’s toddler, refusing to interview after business hours, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I had to clean up after my boss’s toddler.

is my employee lying about needing sick time?

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This post, is my employee lying about needing sick time? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I just took over job duties for a departing manager and inherited a new employee. He does a generally good job, although I have had some concerns about his work ethic (that’s a different story entirely that I plan to address). This employee is a huge sports fan, and his favorite team is in the playoffs.

a tale of two companies

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I want to highlight two very different approaches by employers that were described in the comments on one of last week’s letters.

company has a men-only weekend trip, did employer lie about their interview process, and more

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This post, company has a men-only weekend trip, did employer lie about their interview process, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Company hosts a men-only weekend trip.

Enhance Your Remote Culture: A Social Connection Strategy

Speaker: Kaleem Clarkson, COO of Blend Me, Inc

For some, a return to the office can cause remote employees to feel isolated and disconnected from their team. Join us to discuss leadership's role in developing a social connection strategy based on data and collaboration between team members.