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My manager asks the impossible

I work for a publishing company. A few days ago, my manager asked me to prepare some mock-ups of the jacket for a book we’re working on. That’s something I don’t usually do, nor do I have the best software for it (and I was also really busy). When I said it would...

The lazy shouldn’t unionize

I just moved into a new condominium complex—it’s a co-op—and so far I’ve been really disappointed with the staff’s work ethic. The receptionist/concierge spends most of her time texting, and everyone else seems either distracted or bored. Meanwhile, packages go...

My employees are ingrates

I’m an assistant manager at a high-end restaurant in a major metropolitan city. I love my job…except for the long hours, needy customers, and potential for burnout! But in all honesty, I enjoy interacting with the public, and it keeps me out of trouble.     ...

I don’t want another corporate desk job

I’m in my early 60’s and in need of a regular paycheck. I’m not interested in returning to the corporate world, however, or even a desk job. I’m in decent physical shape for my age – in fact, both for health reasons and as a personal preference I’m looking...

Happy Holidays, not Merry Christmas

I recently attended my company’s annual “holiday” party and during the pre-dinner cocktail hour our CEO came over graciously thanked my partner and I for attending. I thanked him in return for holding it – and then, without thinking, I added a heartfelt “Merry...

My manager listens to idiots

I’m a senior scientist working in research and development in a very technical field (it’s not rocket science, but it’s close). I’m struggling because I have a manager who’s a big fan of “consensus decision-making”. He likes to hear from everyone on the team before...

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