Topic: Bosses

PR Boss Commits Ultimate Professional Sin By Writing On Blog About Her Love Life

PR Boss Commits Ultimate Professional Sin By Writing On Blog About Her Love Life

Company handbooks do their best to cover the rules for professional behavior, but they can’t cover every contingency. For instance, should an executive write on an employee’s personal blog about her own five-year affair with a married man? Who knows! Luckily for us, Patrice Tanaka, the co-chair and chief creative officer of the PR firm CRT/tanaka, doesn’t know either. She contributed a jaw-dropping guest post to Simply Solo, a blog written by her employee, in which she writes, “The man I’ve been in love with for the past five years – the love of my life – is married to someone else.” More »

5 Ways To Celebrate National Boss’s Day

5 Ways To Celebrate National Boss's Day

Today is National Boss’s Day. The story goes that Patricia Bays Haroski, a State Farm Insurance secretary in Illinois, dreamed up the holiday in 1958 as a way of celebrating her boss on his birthday. Her boss just happened to be her father, which may have given her extra incentive. A few years later, the governor of Illinois recognized Haroski’s innovation as an official holiday, and it has spread from there. (Though, er, not THAT far. Had you ever heard of it before now?) If you’re in the mood to celebrate your boss today, here are a few ways to do it: More »

7 Lines A Manager Should Never Say

7 Lines A Manager Should Never Say
Good managers say things like, “Job well done!” or “I really appreciate your taking on this extra responsibility” or “It’s time for a raise.” Terrible managers are much scarier. Thank goodness for Liz Ryan at Bloomberg Businessweek, who compiled as a helpful list of 10 thing only bad managers say. Let’s take a look at a few of the worst ones. If any of these lines are spoken frequently in your office, it might be to start polishing your resume.

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Don’t Invite Your Boss To The Wedding You Paid For With Embezzled Money

Donât Invite Your Boss To The Wedding You Paid For With Embezzled Money
There’s already plenty of reasons to question the judgement of couples who spend money they can’t afford on a wedding. (Don’t go into debt to pay for a one-day party, numbskulls.) But how about a woman that asks her boss for a loan to help make ends meet, then embezzles hundreds of thousands of dollars from him, then uses the cash for a no-holds-barred ceremony and reception, and then invites him to the wedding?

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Nightmare Or Dream Job? Women Who Work With Their Moms

Nightmare Or Dream Job? Women Who Work With Their Moms
Most people love their mothers. (Hi, mom!) But loving your mom is different from wanting to work with her. Mothers can be wise, but they can also nag. They can love, but they can also smother. They can make you laugh, and they can also annoy the bejesus out of you. Are those tensions that anyone would want to deal with in the workplace? For many women, the answer is yes.

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There’s A Fine Line Between Teasing and Bullying At Work

There's A Fine Line Between Teasing and Bullying At Work

I was chatting with a friend a few weeks ago about her new job in a new city, an exciting opportunity that had so far been going well. That is, until the “Great Snacking Incident of 2011.” Sitting at her desk enjoying a mini bag of chips on a busy day, her boss strolled by and made a catty remark about the afternoon nosh. She laughed it off. A few days later, they went to lunch together, and her boss teasingly brought up the chips yet again. Back at the office, the boss roped in a co-worker and together they poked fun at her. When does a boss’s teasing cross the line? Is it possible to put a stop to it without putting a stop to your job? More »

Coworker Conundrum: The Sneak

Coworker Conundrum: The Sneak

If you’re somewhere in middle-management, you never see “The Sneak”. This employee doesn’t deal with people in the middle. They constantly bypass and ignore the chain-of-command. Upper-management knows “The Sneak” because they’re always asking for a favor. Entry-level employees know this co-worker because they’re always doing their dirty work. Everyone else sees “The Sneak” peripherally, as they jump behind their back and out of sight. More »