my boss sends me work to do when I’m out sick

A reader asks: I work for the finance department of a nonprofit. Whenever I call/email in sick, I receive multiple emails from my boss (on my work email) asking me to complete tasks as though I am in the office — things like making lunch reservations, printing off documents for him, fixing something on his…

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if you’re having trouble sorting the salary spreadsheet…

If you’re having trouble sorting the spreadsheet of people’s salary data: Your link may have defaulted to a /htmlview view. Try removing “htmlview” from the URL in your browser, and that seems to be fixing it for people. If that doesn’t work, try removing “htmlview” and adding “edit“ with a space after it. Still stuck? Copy the…

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how much money do you make?

It’s hard to get real-world information about what jobs pay, especially tailored to a particular industry or geographic region. Online salary websites are often inaccurate, and people can get weird when you ask them directly. In 2014 and 2017, in an effort to take some of the mystery out of salaries, I ran posts asking…

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my boss found out I’m job-hunting

A reader writes: I’m a few years into my current job and decided that I want to move into a different field that is tangentially related to my current field. After a long job search process and many interview rounds, it’s finally down to me and just one other candidate for a position in the…

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how do I stay in touch with former managers?

A reader writes: I started a new job about a year and a half ago with a manager who was amazing — very supportive and patient. He was one of the perks of the job. He recently found a new opportunity and moved on from my organization a little more than a month ago. When…

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