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Alison Green

Career and Management Coach

As the blogger behind Ask a Manager, Alison Green functions as the Dear Abby of the workplace, answering readers' questions daily on career, job search, and management issues. She's also the author of “How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager” and “Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader's Guide to Getting Results”, and the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management.

How Do I Fire a Popular Employee Without the Staff Hating Me?

I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order....

What Your Boss Won’t Tell You (But You Should Know)

Have you ever noticed that when people are promoted to a management position, their whole perspective on workplaces issues often changes? That’s because, as managers, they see things that they might not have been exposed to as employees. As a...

How Do I Manage People in Areas I Don’t Know Well?

I’ve been put in charge of overseeing four different departments, including two in which I have no expertise at all (IT and communications). Luckily, those departments both have competent managers (who each report up to me), but what should my...

Help! My Employee is Flirting With Me

I was promoted to management in a small business fairly recently. I'm female in my early twenties and most of my staff are males in their thirties. Most of the guys have gone through a phase where they casually flirt with me then move on.   One...

Is Crying at Work Ever Okay?

How should I react to someone who cries in a meeting where I'm giving potentially difficult feedback? I come from the corporate consulting world where crying would be a huge sign of weakness, but now I'm in the nonprofit sector, where (at least...

Is Your Boss Bringing You Down?

Ever had a coworker you just couldn't stand? Your dislike probably biased you when it came to judging their work, right? Well, imagine what happens when it's the boss who dislikes someone. If your boss has a bias against you (whether it’s...

Help! My New Boss Hates Me

I’ve always had managers who liked my work, but my old boss left a few months ago and her replacement just doesn't seem to like me. She gets along well with my coworkers, but nothing I do seems right with her. She seems annoyed when I try to talk...

How Can We Find the Right People?

I'm a senior-level associate attorney at a major law firm and work in a small, close-knit practice that's nationally known and very demanding. We've had several performance-related terminations and it's become clear that part of the problem is in...

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