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Author: iHeartRadio & Alison Green

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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 calls and talks directly with listeners about how to successfully tackle clueless coworkers, toxic bosses, impossible employees, crazy clients, and much more. Learn more at AskAManager.org and subscribe now!
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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
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
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
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

Tone in Job Interviews

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Holiday Mayhem at Work

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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 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 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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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
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 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
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Comments (4)

Destiny Jackson

I can relate to this almost to a T!! It is so crazy how this can be so common a topic like this can come up.

Nov 11th
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Mairi Beacon

Great stuff. It's nice to hear the nuance in some of the things Alison suggests and the further back and forth with the letter writers that isn't really there in the (also excellent) column.

Sep 25th
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Anneley Allen

I have a co-worker that kept saying that she loved me and that I was her best friend. I told her to her face she was just an acquaintance and then she became clingy. I don't do clingy and I am constantly picking up her slack. I have mentioned to both supervisor and manager and they haven't said or done anything so I just stopped speaking to her. no because I'm upset with this person but it was the only way to get this person to stop being clingy.

Sep 5th
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