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the Bigfoot artifacts, the disappointing Australians, and other funny customer complaints

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

Last week, we talked about strange customer complaints. Here are 25 funny stories you shared. 1. The Bigfoot artifacts I worked in a small history museum and got a complaint that we didn’t have any Bigfoot artifacts, like bones or fossils … from Bigfoot. 2. The bewitchment I used to work in sales for a […]

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my office has a sticker chart for our feelings

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A reader writes: I work in an office of a large company. The work my team does is often stressful, so sometimes staff morale suffers. The managers of my team have created a feelings chart that has giant emoji representing various levels of being happy, stressed, and angry. There are stickers of all our names […]

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my manager is a hoarder — how do I nope out of our office?

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A reader writes: My manager is a hoarder, and our office space is odious. There is no trash can, because my manager treats the office as one giant trash can. She leaves leftover lunch and discarded wrappers all over, sometimes even on my desk. She uses the office as an extension of her own home: […]

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asking employee to have their eyes checked, frustrated with daughter’s new job, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I’m frustrated with my daughter’s new job Our daughter is struggling. Her job has asked her not to come in for the rest of the month as they are “giving her time to work on herself.” She is a new employee of a brand new […]

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weekend open thread — July 13-14, 2024

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This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Jackpot Summer, by Elyssa Friedland. In the wake of their  mother’s death, three of four siblings win Powerball, but it turns out becoming millionaires […]

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it’s the last day for a massive discount on the Ask a Manager job-hunting guide

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It’s the final 24 hours of the annual sale on the Ask a Manager job-hunting bible, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager! This is your last chance this year to get a massive 40% discount off the regular $24.95 price. Use this discount code: newjob   This e-book gives you step-by-step […]

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open thread – July 12, 2024

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on any work-related questions that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to take your questions to […]

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feuding coworkers, is saying “my calendar is up to date” rude, and more

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It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. My coworkers are feuding over a text, a lack of condolences, and some coffee We have two colleagues in our office, Pam and Sarah, who do not get along. Sarah’s mom passed away recently, and she sent a text message to our people in the […]

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should I apologize for being a bad employee?

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A reader writes: Do I need to apologize to my managers for being a less-than-stellar employee? I’m a contract employee on my second year of employment with an organization that hires its employees on one-year contracts. During my first year, my performance was good — not outstanding, but at least good enough to have my […]

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updates: we have to cook food to feed our well-paid managers, and more

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Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. We have to cook food to feed our very well-paid managers I realized that I might be one of the few people who could push back on this because I am a long-term employee with a good record who is about to retire so any potential retribution […]

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what’s the strangest customer feedback you’ve heard?

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This week’s “ask the readers” question comes courtesy of this reader: I was talking to one of my friends the other day and the topic of hilarious customer comments/complaints came up. I had one that I’ve carried with me for about a decade now and I wanted to share it: “The worst paper in all […]

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is my employee taking credit for my work, manager favors our two-faced coworker, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Is my employee’s conference presentation taking credit for my work? My question is one part reaction check, one part management advice. I run a small marketing team that didn’t exist at this company before I created it five years ago. I had some adjacent experience […]

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an industry colleague is lying to me about a dispute we had years ago

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A reader writes: Six years ago, I was vice president of the board of a national advocacy body (Org A) that had a long-standing, mostly good, relationship with another national advocacy body (Org B). The two organizations had some commonalities but also quite well defined swim lanes. While I was VP for Org A, Elsa […]

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here’s a huge discount on the Ask a Manager job-searching bible

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Looking for a job? Once a year, I offer a big discount on my my e-book, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager, and it’s happening now. Use this discount code today for a massive 40% discount off the regular $24.95 price: newjob If you’ve ever wished that you could look into the brain of […]

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anti-vax employee is pressuring a coworker not to vaccinate her baby

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A reader writes: I have three people who I have supervised for the last three years. Although I am not their official manager, I am the person who handles the bulk of their day-to-day responsibilities. I’ll call them Cordelia, Willow, and Dawn. All three are hard workers and are good at their jobs. They are […]

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I manage someone who’s bored and grumpy, I saw an anti-union training on our CEO’s credit card bill, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I manage someone who’s bored and grumpy at work I work on a small team and manage one person, A. The nature of A’s work can often be quite monotonous and she knew this might be the case when she joined. A is the type […]

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how should I balance workplace red flags vs. the necessity to get a job?

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A reader writes: I’m searching for a job in the real workplace for the first time — previously I’ve only been family-employed and self-employed. So I have work experience, but not necessarily in an official workplace context. I’ve been job-searching for four months and haven’t gotten a job yet. I’m moving to a different state […]

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how to negotiate for the largest possible salary before you accept a job offer.

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The easiest time to get more money at any job is before you’ve accepted. You can always ask for a raise later on, but you’ll have the most leverage – and be more likely to be able to secure a bigger increase – while you’re still negotiating whether you’ll come aboard at all. At New […]

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my coworker won’t speak to female customers if they’re with a man

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A reader writes: I work in retail currently, after decades of doing something else. I’ve been doing this for about a year, and I’m finally becoming comfortable in the role. We have a lot of regulars, and some of them are couples or families who always come in together as a group. I’ve noticed that […]

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manager trashes me behind my back, promoted without a raise for a “test period,” and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I reported a manager, who’s now trashing me whenever my name comes up I need a gut check here. This has been really bothering me but I’m not sure it’s really a big deal or if I just need to be more resilient. I previously […]

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