Alison Green

Columnist, the Cut.

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    How the Hell Are We Supposed to Work Now?I’m hearing from people who are concerned about all the ways coronavirus and social distancing will impact their jobs.
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    ‘My Manager Expects Me to Babysit Her Rambunctious Kid at Work’She’s abusing her power, whether she intends to or not. You weren’t hired for this.
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    Job Interview Tips: How to Survive 10 Awkward SituationsWhat should you say when you don’t know the answer to a question? How do you explain you were fired?
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    ‘My Boss Keeps Trying to Hang Out With Me’Few people want to receive critical feedback on their work from the person they had drinks with last night.
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    How to Write a Perfect Resignation LetterTo leave on good terms, you should have a face-to-face conversation first.
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    ‘How Can I Stop Being So Nervous in Job Interviews?’Often you can change that dynamic in your head by deciding that you’re there to interview them.
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    How to Make a Résumé Interviewers Actually Want to ReadHiring managers spend about 20 seconds scanning a résumé. Here’s how to get their attention.
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    ‘Apparently, I Am the Smelly Co-worker’You shower daily, wear deodorant, and keep your laundry clean. The more you can see this as a weird thing rather than a personal failing, the better.
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    ‘I’m Stuck in Endless Interviews With a Company That Can’t Make Up Its Mind’They’re showing you that these managers have an inability to make decisions, disregard people’s time, and perhaps a worrisome comfort with chaos.
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    ‘My Employee Has an Attitude Problem’If you haven’t been crystal clear in the past about what needs to change and how critical the problem is, make sure it’s unmistakable now.
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    10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job InterviewTo show employers you’re exceptional, and find out if it’s the right job for you.
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    ‘My Rich Boss Won’t Pay Me Back for Lunch’Let him know he owes you money, and assume that if he’s not a monster, that will take care of it.
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    How to Survive the Office Holiday PartyFirst of all, do you really have to go?
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    ‘Do I Have to Get Gifts for My Co-workers?’All your questions about holiday gift-giving at work, answered.
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    35 Gifts for Every Type of EmployeeWhen you’re the boss giving gifts to your team, you can find thoughtful things for each person without playing favorites.
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    ‘My Boss Keeps Blowing Off Our Meetings!’What’s important is that you get what you need, not that you never get bumped.
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    ‘My Boss’s Incompetence Fills Me With Rage!’How to avoid freaking out and getting fired.
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    ‘My Boss and His Girlfriend Bullied Me!’It’s really common for companies with drinking-heavy cultures to have dysfunction like this.
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    ‘My Boss Texts Pictures of Strippers to My Co-workers’What to do when your boss is treating the office like a frat house.
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    ‘My Evangelical Boss Tried to Convert Me!’The power dynamics can make you feel trapped.
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    ‘My Boss Is Always Making Racist Jokes!’One of the problems with working for start-ups is that they often don’t have HR.
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    ‘My Co-worker Hates Me!’If she’s badmouthing you to your coworkers, that’s concerning.
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    ‘I Have to Work With the Woman My Husband Had an Affair With!’It’s not unreasonable to find this upsetting.
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    ‘How Can I Make Sure I Don’t End Up in Another Horrible Job?’The key is not to rely so heavily on what your employers tell you about themselves.
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    ‘I’m So Nervous at Work, and It’s Holding Me Back!’It’s normal to make some mistakes, especially when you’re new.
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    ‘My Boss Keeps Guilt-Tripping Me for Leaving My Job!’You haven’t done anything wrong here.
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    ‘Is It a Bad Idea to Work at the Same Company As My Boyfriend?’You have to commit to keeping any issues in the relationship out of the office.
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    How to Be a Good InterviewerYou need to know what qualifications you’re looking for, and how to assess them.
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    ‘Is It Just Me, or Was This Job Interview Full of Red Flags?’The reality is that job hunting is aggravating.
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    ‘I’m My Boss’s Favorite, and It Sucks!’It’s not cool for your boss to complain to you about a co-worker.
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    ‘I Keep Getting Rejected for Jobs I’m Perfect For!’There are lots of reasons why qualified candidates get turned down.
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    ‘My Boss Wants to Change My Job, and I’m Not Happy About It!’It’s okay to push back, especially when you feel this strongly.
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    ‘My Co-worker Keeps Fighting With Her Husband in Our Shared Office!’When you share work space, you have to be thoughtful about how your personal life affects others.
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    How Much Severance Pay Am I Entitled To?Everything you need to know to negotiate the stressful world of severance pay.
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    ‘My Boss Lectured Me About Arriving On Time and I’m Furious!’When you’re working overtime, it can be tone deaf for your employer to nickel and dime you about what time you’re getting in.
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    How to Give Constructive Criticism Without Making It AwkwardIf it’s done well, giving feedback at work doesn’t have to be unpleasant.
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    ‘I Feel Awful About Giving a Bad Performance Review!’If you’re doing your job well, sooner or later someone isn’t going to like you.
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    How to Answer ‘Why Are You Interested in This Position?’ in a Job InterviewThis is usually one of the first questions asked in an interview, and you shouldn’t wing your answer.
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    ‘I Have Zero Motivation to Do My Job’Ultimately, it all comes down to who you want to be professionally.
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    What to Do If You Were Just Laid OffThere are steps you can take to decrease the amount of time you’re likely to be out of work.
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    ‘My Boss Is Insecure and Petty!’Even if she never turns on you, you still can’t trust her.
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    How to Write an Out-of-Office MessageToo many people share too much information.
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    How to Shut Down Gossip at WorkIt helps to decide if the rumors are helpful or harmful.
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    How to Ask for More Vacation TimeThis is (a) something people do, and (b) a request that’s often granted.
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    How to Answer ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ in a Job InterviewThere’s a simple way to approach this question.
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    ‘I’m Allergic to the Birthday Cake My Co-workers Gave Me!’Food allergies at work are the worst.
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    ‘My Co-workers Won’t Stop Talking to Me in the Bathroom!’If you allow people to interrupt you, you’re teaching them that their behavior works.
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    ‘I Had a Great Job Interview — Why Haven’t I Heard Back?’It’s really impossible to tell from the outside what might be going on.
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    ‘Is My Co-worker Trying to Sabotage Me?’There’s only one good to way to disarm her.
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    I’m Treated Like a Boss But I’m Not One!This is rarely the right thing for your career.
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