Month: February 2020

Update: New Manager Keeps Telling us We’re Frustrated and Defensive

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Remember the letter-writer whose manager kept telling her and her team that they were frustrated and defensive, when they were simply trying to answer questions and provide context?

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White Middle-Aged Men Can’t Call the Shots for Much Longer

Is your company culture vibrant and engaged? Does it draw in talented people from different backgrounds, minorities and age groups, to out-think and out-perform competitors? Or is it guilty of tired ‘top-down’ management, sleepwalking into disharmony, under-performance, and lack of competitiveness, all because of a continuing failure to engage existing and new talent using smart

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Updates: The Dog-Phobic Coworker, the Ghost Expenses, and More

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. How much should we compromise for a dog-phobic coworker in a dog-friendly office? Initially there were a few conversations about

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Updates: Employee Won’t Work When it Snows, Boss Hates Me, and More

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. My employee doesn’t want to work when it snows I have an update on the snow absences situation. There was

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AT&T continues more layoffs despite profits

‘They’re liquidating us’: AT&T continues layoffs and outsourcing despite profits Cindy Liddick had worked at the AT&T call center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 12 years before it closed earlier this month. The former customer support specialist is among the more than 16,000 people in the United States who have lost their jobs at the communications

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