Alison Green

Alison Green
How to Get Along With Annoying Coworkers

How to Get Along With Annoying Coworkers

Unless you’ve worked alone your entire career or you’re extremely tolerant, you’ve probably had your share of annoying coworkers — the busybody who peppers you with intrusive questions, the slacker who does no work but somehow takes all…

How to Manage Off-Site Employees

How to Manage Off-Site Employees

I’ve recently started managing two employees who work off-site — one from a branch office across the country and one who works from home. I’m used to having my team in the same location as…

How to Manage your Boss

How to Manage your Boss

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…

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make

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…

8 Things Your Boss Wishes You Knew

8 Things Your Boss Wishes You Knew

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…

How Do I Manage Work I Have No Expertise In?

How Do I Manage Work I Have No Expertise In?

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…

Is Crying at Work Ever Okay?

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…

What to Do When Your New Boss Hates You

What to Do When Your New Boss Hates You

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…

How to Deal with Common Workplace Issues

How to Deal with Common Workplace Issues

Does this sound familiar? Your office has a hiring freeze and your workload triples. You show up to work one day and your boss has been let go, or your co-worker Melissa has taken credit for all of your…

Soft Skills You Need for a Successful Career

Soft Skills You Need for a Successful Career

Want the secret to career success? Hint: It’s not just the mastery of a specific software program, excellent writing or organizational skills, or anything else that might show up on the list of must-haves on a typical…

Coach Me: How Can I Lead a Team Through Crisis?

Coach Me: How Can I Lead a Team Through Crisis?

In the last month, my team has been reorganized and cut by 25 percent as part of overall company layoffs. My staff members are, understandably, freaking out and wondering if more cuts are coming. It’s more important than…

What Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

What Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

People often write in to my advice blog to ask about what interview questions are best to ask — both as the interviewer and as the job candidate. Here are the top five questions to ask, from each side of…

How to Be an Effective New Manager

How to Be an Effective New Manager

As a workplace advice columnist, management consultant and former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit, I’ve witnessed a lot of managers who struggled to transition from being part of a team to effectively managing one. In fact…