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my coworker is a talker and whines when I ask him to stop

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This post, my coworker is a talker and whines when I ask him to stop , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m a mid-20’s woman and I share a tiny office with two coworkers who each have multiple grandchildren. My male coworker, Bob, is a talker.

how do I get out of my office’s toxic positivity meetings?

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This post, how do I get out of my office’s toxic positivity meetings? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: So I work at a small nonprofit in a non-U.S. country, during this pandemic.

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my staff is anxious about reopening, even though they’re vaccinated

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This post, my staff is anxious about reopening, even though they’re vaccinated , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I manage a staff of about 50 in a publicly funded, public-facing organization.

do I have to wear a bra when I go back to the office?

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This post, do I have to wear a bra when I go back to the office? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I (25, she/her) have been lucky enough to work from home this past year.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

is being salaried a scam?

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This post, is being salaried a scam? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m at the highest hourly position in my company. Most upward mobility for me at this point is becoming salaried, and as I’ve explored it, I am perplexed.

interview with an employee at a majority-autistic company

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This post, interview with an employee at a majority-autistic company , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Symone is a regular reader here, and she works for a majority-autistic company and is autistic herself.

I want my employee to be more engaged and work more hours

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This post, I want my employee to be more engaged and work more hours , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Just to preface, I’m not in the U.S. The minimum wage in my country is about $20 an hour, but the cost of living is higher than the U.S.

employer rejected me, then sent a list of everything I did wrong

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This post, employer rejected me, then sent a list of everything I did wrong , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m a younger person who is job searching for something full-time for the first time.

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people are freaked out about going back to their offices

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This post, people are freaked out about going back to their offices , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Many workplaces that went fully remote last year are starting to set timelines for bringing people back to the office, and their employees are not happy.

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

Just as the tech industry revolves around innovation, so does technical recruiting. To advance their career by attracting top candidates in a competitive landscape, modern recruiters must commit to actively adapting and advancing their hiring strategies. This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

HR questioned me for hours about a sex injury

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This post, HR questioned me for hours about a sex injury , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: This happened a few weeks ago and I’m hoping it’s resolved, but I’m at a loss as to what I could have done differently.

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job candidate was fired twice previously, I have to pay to volunteer, and more

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This post, job candidate was fired twice previously, I have to pay to volunteer, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. How much of a red flag is it if a job candidate was fired twice previously?

a man claiming to have an Oscar (he doesn’t) wants to give me advice on my field (that he’s not in)

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This post, a man claiming to have an Oscar (he doesn’t) wants to give me advice on my field (that he’s not in) , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

lunch meetings when I can’t eat, I’ve fired my new employee before, and more

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This post, lunch meetings when I can’t eat, I’ve fired my new employee before, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Lunch meetings when I can’t eat.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

is this office culture cutting-edge or a cult?

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This post, is this office culture cutting-edge or a cult? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I recently saw an entry level job opening at a fairly new company that would be a great fit for me as long as the company isn’t a weird cult. The style of the job listing gave me pause. It was less explanatory about the role and more intensely vouching for the company culture.

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can I ignore a toxic employee who’s leaving, warning candidates about weirdness in our hiring, and more

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This post, can I ignore a toxic employee who’s leaving, warning candidates about weirdness in our hiring, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Can I ignore a toxic employee during her last few days?

new employee has gone AWOL, asking someone to mentor me, and more

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This post, new employee has gone AWOL, asking someone to mentor me, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. New employee is AWOL.

I was offered a job, not given much time for an answer, and then things went south

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This post, I was offered a job, not given much time for an answer, and then things went south , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Last week I was offered a job at a big government agency after a six-week interview process.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

is “dear sirs” outdated or sexist?

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This post, is “dear sirs” outdated or sexist? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I am hoping you can settle a debate that was brought up at work. Is “Good morning Sirs” correct, either grammatically or in modern convention?

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I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off

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This post, I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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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, with more accounts of success even in this weird time. Last year my company was so great when it came to COVID.

do I really have to have career ambition?

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This post, do I really have to have career ambition? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m the type of person who works for one and only one reason: to earn a living. I do a good job, but this is 100 percent because I’m terrified of starving in the streets and 0 percent because I genuinely care about work or want to build up a “career.”. There aren’t any jobs in the universe I’d ever actually want to do.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

I’m constantly interrupted while I work, no comfortable space to work in at home, and more

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This post, I’m constantly interrupted while I work, no comfortable space to work in at home, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I can’t get work done because of constant interruptions.

my boss wants my husband to come to work so he can scold him, vaccines and BMI, and more

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This post, my boss wants my husband to come to work so he can scold him, vaccines and BMI, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

my employees ignore my wife

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This post, my employees ignore my wife , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I own a small business, with about seven people working in our local office. My wife runs accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and handles all the books.

pretending not to know my old boss, waiting for a ride after an interview, and more

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This post, pretending not to know my old boss, waiting for a ride after an interview, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Can I pretend not to know who my old boss is?

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

my coworker put a magical curse on her boss

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I am very happy to be starting 2021 with a letter about witchcraft. A reader writes: I am an employee at a gas station. We have been hiring new people to fill a few positions, and I have been asked to train our new members of the team.

if you lost your job recently, you’re eligible for 6 months of free health insurance

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This post, if you lost your job recently, you’re eligible for 6 months of free health insurance , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. If you lost your job in the last 18 months, you can now remain on your employer-sponsored health insurance for free through September 30 , as part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law last month.

I reported my boss to HR on my first day, an AWOL manager, and more

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This post, I reported my boss to HR on my first day, an AWOL manager, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I reported my boss to HR on my first day.

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being in a play with an employee, my boss yelled at my recruiter for hiring me away, and more

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This post, being in a play with an employee, my boss yelled at my recruiter for hiring me away, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Can I be in a play where my character tries to assault my employee?

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Ask a Manager speed round

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This post, Ask a Manager speed round , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s the Ask a Manager speed round! Until 4 pm ET today, I’ll be answering as many questions as I can live, in the comment section below. How to ask questions: Submit a comment below with your question.