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Need expert advice on handling workplace dilemmas and dramas? Alison Green, founder of the popular website, is here to help you resolve your toughest, most frustrating, or just plain weirdest work predicaments. Each week, she takes ca...Show More

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My coworkers say my boss is in love with me

30:14 | Feb 6th

Addressing problematic gossip from coworkers, negotiating salary when you get a written offer, a boss who freaks out when you're a few minutes late, and more.

How can I be a good manager?

37:18 | Jan 30th

Being a good manager is hard, and managers often don’t get a lot of guidance. Our guest is a new-ish manager who wants to make sure she’s doing a good job.

What's Wrong With Being Chilly at Work?

29:34 | Jan 23rd

Why should you have to be social with coworkers, managing two employees when one is much stronger than the other, and more.

We're All Awkward Creatures

28:05 | Jan 16th

Alison talks with awkwardness expert Melissa Dahl about the things that make us cringe.

I Don't Want to Become the Office Secretary

27:36 | Jan 9th

When you're getting stuck with all the menial work, a rambling boss, and more.

How Do I Start a New Job on the Right Foot?

36:08 | Jan 2nd

Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking and awkward. Here's everything you need to know about being the new person.

Where Are They Now? Updates from Past Callers

29:54 | Dec 26th, 2018

Questions about office holiday parties and gift-giving, and stories of times that office holiday celebrations went terribly wrong.

Holiday Mayhem at Work

32:27 | Dec 19th, 2018

Questions about office holiday parties and gift-giving, and stories of times that office holiday celebrations went terribly wrong.

Will I Ever Find a Job I Like?

32:31 | Dec 12th, 2018

Will you ever find a job you like, what to do when you're asked to report on your boss, and more.

The Weird World of Interviewing Teenagers

28:05 | Dec 5th, 2018

The principles that you use when you’re hiring adults don’t always work when you’re talking to teenagers. Alison talks with a summer camp owner who hires lots of teens about how interviewing teens is a whole different world.

I'm the Boss and I Messed Up

28:56 | Nov 28th, 2018

Recovering from a mistake as the boss, letting an employee change their mind about quitting, and more.

How to Cope with a Work Problem You Can't Change

27:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

When you're stuck in a difficult situation at work and you don't have the power to change it, how do you hold on to your sanity? 

Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Succeed at Work?

28:27 | Nov 19th, 2018

Do you have to be a self-interested jerk to succeed at work, what you're supposed to talk about in one-on-ones, and more

Your Office is Filthy (with Jolie Kerr)

42:16 | Nov 14th, 2018

Jolie Kerr, of Ask a Clean Person, joins us to talk about cleaning at work: How much clutter in your office is too much? Why is the office microwave so gross? And much more.

My Coworker Gets Away with Everything

28:40 | Nov 12th, 2018

Dealing with a coworker who can do whatever she wants, leaving a career you love, and more.

My Team is Overworked - and I'm the Boss

38:50 | Nov 7th, 2018

You're a manager and your team is working way too much -- how can you get their overwork under control?

My Boss Uses an Offensive Slur

27:06 | Nov 5th, 2018

A boss who uses an offensive slur, juggling job offers, and more.

When Work Gets Spooky

28:27 | Oct 31st, 2018

A special Halloween episode, where we talk about Halloween in the office – and hear from callers who have had spooky experiences at work.

My Boss is Burning Out

32:32 | Oct 29th, 2018

How to stop a boss from burning out, an employee who goes over your head, and more.

My New Job Isn't What I Signed Up For

27:34 | Oct 24th, 2018

If your new job turns out to be different from what you thought you’d be doing, is there any saving the situation?

Toilet Trouble

27:17 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Dealing with the office non-flusher, personality tests in hiring, and more.

My Boss is a Jerk to Me

36:47 | Oct 17th, 2018

If your boss is horrible to you -- but only you -- is there any way to fix it?

I'm Drowning in Too Much Work

28:21 | Oct 15th, 2018

What to do if you're overworked, weird comments on weight loss, and more.

People Say My Tone Sounds Mean

33:47 | Oct 10th, 2018

Getting your tone right makes a huge difference in how you come across to people. Today’s guest is worried that her tone at work sounds too confrontational and is making people feel defensive.

My Coworker Sucks at Her Job

27:55 | Oct 8th, 2018

What's this? We're moving to two episodes a week. In this one, Alison tackles a bonanza of questions, including dealing with a coworker who can't do her job, an excessive apologizer, and more.

Am I the Annoying Coworker?

26:24 | Oct 3rd, 2018

We've all had annoying coworkers before -- and today's guest worries she might be the culprit! We investigate.

I Don't Have Enough Work

27:07 | Sep 26th, 2018

Not having enough work to do can be incredibly boring and can make the work day really drag. Today’s guest finds herself chronically underworked.

The Yelling Boss

21:48 | Sep 19th, 2018

What can you do if you have a boss who yells?

I'm Bad at Taking Feedback

30:42 | Sep 12th, 2018

Do you handle negative feedback poorly – get defensive, upset, or shut down? It can be hard to change your reaction, even if you want to.

I Need More Confidence at Work

28:26 | Sep 5th, 2018

A lot of us struggle with worries that we’re not good enough at our jobs – and when things go wrong, it can feel like proof of that. Plus, if you struggle with confidence, sometimes that can bleed into the way you deal with coworkers too. Here's how ...Show More

How Can I Control My Emotions at Work?

28:07 | Aug 29th, 2018

Part of being professional is keeping your emotions in check – but that doesn’t mean that you magically stop having them. Our guest is worried she has a habit of emotional outbursts at work and wants to try to stop them.

Evil HR Lady, Bedbugs at Work, and More

38:57 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Bedbugs at work, invasive interview questions, and bosses who can't stop emailing from vacations. Suzanne Lucas of Evil HR Lady joins us to help advise.

My Assistant Keeps Mothering Me

24:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

In the market for a mom? This week's guest has an assistant who can't stop mothering her colleagues

I'm So Burned Out at Work

23:58 | Aug 8th, 2018

If you're exhausted and overwhelmed at work, how can you tell if it's fixable or not?

I Want More Feedback

21:51 | Aug 1st, 2018

If your boss only praises you and never gives you any constructive criticism, that's not as nice as it might sound at first. Here's how to get useful feedback.

I'm the Boss's Daughter

25:33 | Jul 25th, 2018

What if you’re getting direction from two different people, and they’re not always telling you the same thing? And what if one of those people just happens to be your dad?

The Talkative Intern

22:45 | Jul 18th, 2018

If your intern rambles on and on, is there a kind way to rein her in?

The Lazy Coworker - with Han and Matt

33:17 | Jul 11th, 2018

If you're friends with the office slacker, are you obligated to intervene?

Getting Your Tone Right as the Boss

24:34 | Jul 4th, 2018

If you're the boss, people will pay a ton of attention to your tone. Here's how to get it right.

The Angry Coworker

24:29 | Jun 27th, 2018

What should you do when your coworker is angry, disruptive, and a little scary, and your employer isn't acting?

The Clingy Coworker

25:04 | Jun 20th, 2018

It can be awkward when a coworker you’ve become friends with wants a more intense friendship than you do. Our guest this week has a coworker who’s a little too clingy for her.

Am I Showing Off at Work?

17:12 | May 1st, 2018

This week's guest wants to show off at work, and is trying to figure out why and how to keep it under control.

How to Get Your Tone Right in Tricky Work Conversations

12:43 | Apr 25th, 2018

Tone really matters when you're raising something awkward or tricky. This episode has a bunch of examples of how to get your tone right.

What Should Salary Negotiation Sound Like?

18:08 | Apr 18th, 2018

What do you say when negotiating salary, and what should your tone be?

Am I a Mansplainer?

17:35 | Apr 11th, 2018

After I asked for volunteers, a man who worries that he might be a mansplainer was brave enough to come on the show and talk about it.

Bonus Content - behind the scenes with Captain Awkward

05:55 | Apr 5th, 2018

In episode 7 of the show, I talked with Jennifer Peepas of the Captain Awkward advice column. Here's some of our conversation that didn't make it into the show.

The Maligned Coworker - with Captain Awkward

17:16 | Apr 4th, 2018

You thought you were helping an unfairly maligned coworker ... but the situation wasn't what it seemed. Featuring Jennifer Peepas of the Captain Awkward blog!

Do I Like Bad Bosses?

15:37 | Mar 28th, 2018

If you like managers who your peers dislike, what does that say about you?

Happiness and Work - with Gretchen Rubin

20:55 | Mar 21st, 2018

Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project and The 4 Tendencies joins us to talk about how to be happier at work.

My Employee Works From Home Too Much

19:25 | Mar 14th, 2018

Flexibility is great, but what if an employee is using it in a way that doesn't work for your team?

The Helpless Coworker

12:49 | Mar 7th, 2018

How do you deal with a coworker who leans on you for help way too much?

I Can't Quit You

12:18 | Feb 28th, 2018

I quit my job three months ago, but I'm still training my replacement.

The Friend Boss

15:31 | Feb 23rd, 2018

My friend is becoming my boss! How do I navigate this?