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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.

Are You Sending the Right Signals at Work?

When it comes to how you’re perceived at work, it might be tempting to think that the quality of your work is all that matters. But the reality is that your colleagues’ perceptions of you depend on much more than just the work you produce....

How to Manage Any Manager

If you’re like most people, you probably have frustrations with your boss. If you’re lucky, they’re only occasional; if you’re not lucky, they might be daily. But whether it’s a boss who always cancels meetings or doesn’t respond to your emails,...

My New Staff Resents Me — What Do I Do?

I recently started a new job where I manage a department of five people. One person on my team applied for my role but didn’t get it — and I’m getting the sense that he and the rest of the team resent me for it. How do I smooth things over and...

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make

Managers receive remarkably little training, given how important the role is to a team’s success and how many people managers interact with daily. In fact, the vast majority of managers end up in their jobs because they were good at something...

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...

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