Ask a Manager

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Need expert advice on handling workplace dilemmas and dramas? Alison Green, founder of the popular website AskAManager.org, 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 employee lied about a reference

31:05 | Mar 27th

An employee who lied to get a reference, avoiding hugs, and lots more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How to say no to your boss

27:57 | Mar 20th

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN say no to your boss -- as long as you do it the right way. Alison walks you through how to do it, what to say, and what not to say. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Help! I work for a micromanager

36:09 | Mar 13th

Is there a way to get a micromanaging boss to back off? Maybe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
I saw an email I wasn’t supposed to see

33:50 | Mar 6th

The hazards of having access to your boss's email, touchy-feely coworkers, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Tone in Job Interviews

31:21 | Feb 27th

The power dynamics in job interviews can make job seekers overly deferential. Don't do it! Today we talk about nailing your tone in an interview. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
My coworkers overshare -- and it gets really personal!

30:46 | Feb 20th

Coworkers who tell you way more than you want to hear, references you didn't offer, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
My coworker is unbearably negative

30:08 | Feb 13th

Being around negative people who complain all the time can be exhausting, especially when they're a coworker and you're trapped in the office with them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We're All Awkward Creatures

28:05 | Jan 16th

Alison talks with awkwardness expert Melissa Dahl about the things that make us cringe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-...Show More
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis...Show 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
My Boss Uses an Offensive Slur

27:06 | Nov 5th, 2018

A boss who uses an offensive slur, juggling job offers, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Toilet Trouble

27:17 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Dealing with the office non-flusher, personality tests in hiring, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...Show More
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...Show 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Yelling Boss

21:48 | Sep 19th, 2018

What can you do if you have a boss who yells? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choi...Show More
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertiser...Show More
The Talkative Intern

22:45 | Jul 18th, 2018

If your intern rambles on and on, is there a kind way to rein her in? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What Should Salary Negotiation Sound Like?

18:08 | Apr 18th, 2018

What do you say when negotiating salary, and what should your tone be? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Am I a Mansplainer?

17:17 | 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Behind the Scenes with Captain Awkward

05:37 | 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Maligned Coworker - with Captain Awkward

16:58 | 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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Do I Like Bad Bosses?

15:20 | Mar 28th, 2018

If you like managers who your peers dislike, what does that say about you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Happiness and Work - with Gretchen Rubin

20:38 | 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
My Employee Works From Home Too Much

19:07 | Mar 14th, 2018

Flexibility is great, but what if an employee is using it in a way that doesn't work for your team? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Helpless Coworker

12:31 | Mar 7th, 2018

How do you deal with a coworker who leans on you for help way too much? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
I Can't Quit You

12:00 | Feb 28th, 2018

I quit my job three months ago, but I'm still training my replacement. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Friend Boss

15:13 | Feb 23rd, 2018

My friend is becoming my boss! How do I navigate this? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers