Boss’s Day is a crock and we need to kill it off

Boss’s Day is tomorrow, and it’s time to kill it. Sorry, bosses. But the day is a crock. Here’s why: 1. The power dynamics are all messed up. It’s not appropriate to solicit recognition from people below you, especially when they feel it’s obligatory! Plus, in many offices the expectations have turned into celebrations that…

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my coworker tipped me

A reader writes: Recently I took care of some work-related writing for a coworker. It’s definitely his job as a manager (although he’s not *my* manager), but I knocked it out in half an hour and did a much better job than he would have. He made a joke about paying me, which I laughed…

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how to interview job candidates who won’t stop talking

A reader writes: While I try to be understanding of job candidates who give five-minute responses to interview questions that should never ever take that long to answer, I just can’t get past it, and it makes me want to fidget uncomfortably. Would it be rude to put specific time limits on their answers, like…

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weekend free-for-all — October 12-13, 2019

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes. A recent widow whose grief is complicated gets to know a baseball player whose arm stopped working and…

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open thread – October 11-12, 2019

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted…

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