What should you do if you’re feeling envious of a colleague who’s younger than you, seemingly unappreciative of the opportunity you’re giving her, and also — in your opinion — inappropriately flirty at networking events? Reader J wonders: I’m a 40 yr old business development manager at an engineering firm. I’ve formed a group of female colleagues that helps … Read More about Feeling Jealous of a Younger Colleague
Advice on Being a Boss
Getting to the C-suite isn't always as easy as it seems -- being a boss can be trying in new and challenging ways. Whether you need some help getting to be a boss, or now you're a boss and need advice on things like delegating and managing subordinates -- we've got you covered.
Hiring friends: yea or nay? Does your answer vary if you’re hiring a friend to be a colleague/equal versus hiring an assistant? We’ve talked about interviewing with friends, but not the reverse situation, hiring a friend. Reader M wonders… I work at a small law firm. I’m pretty junior, but I have a considerable amount … Read More about Should You Ever Hire a Friend?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to become a better manager (and links have been updated below), but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on online women’s management training. How do you become a boss and a more effective leader — whether you’re new to management or you’ve supervised people for a while and want … Read More about Becoming a Better Manager: Books and Online Resources
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on buying a wedding gift for your assistant, even if you’re not invited— links have also been updated below. If one of your coworkers is getting married and you’re not invited to the wedding, should you give her a gift? What if it’s someone really important — for … Read More about Should You Buy a Wedding Gift for Your Assistant if You’re Not Invited?
2019 Update: Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 24, 2019. You can check out our most recent thread on what we’re getting for our assistants on Administrative Professionals’ Day here. In the past, we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped stories of amazing assistants — our … Read More about PSA: Administrative Assistant’s Day is Wednesday!
Do you feel like you have to be a “bitch in business” to get ahead? How do you reconcile as a woman leader wanting to be liked — versus wanting to be respected?
Should you friend your boss on Facebook or other social media sites? What about colleagues? What do you do when your superior sends you a request? We haven’t talked about Facebook and bosses for a long time, so I thought we’d revisit. While there are still a ton of amusing stories of people getting fired … Read More about Should You Friend Your Boss On Facebook?
2020 Update: Wondering what are the best secretary gifts? Check out our latest gallery of gift ideas, below. Some great standbys include cash, this cardigan, these earrings, or some of our favorite little purchases that make our life better. We still stand by this advice on secretary gifts, but you may also want to check … Read More about Gift Guide: Personalized, Small Gifts for Your Assistant or Secretary
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to be avoid becoming an office mom — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on how to avoid office housekeeping tasks. Here’s a fun question for you: are you the office mom*? I’ve read that being the office mom … Read More about Are You an Office Mom?
2018 Update: We still stand by these tips on expanding your suiting collection, but you may want to check out our recently updated Guide to Suits, as well as some of our more recent Suit of the Week picks! We also had a fun discussion about whether you can wear interesting suits to court. How … Read More about Expanding a Suiting Collection
Should you manage men differently than women? We’ve talked about becoming a boss, delegating work, motivating a lazy secretary, and whether you should be friends with staffers — but not this particular topic. I’m honored to welcome Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl to the blog — a new mama herself (congrats!), Anna is a … Read More about Guest Post: Successfully Managing Men at Work
2019 Update: Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 24, 2019. You can check out our most recent thread on what we’re getting for our assistants on Administrative Professionals’ Day here. Although Wednesday is officially Administrative Professionals Day, it’s been spreading into a weeklong affair for a few years now. Readers, what are you getting your administrative professionals … Read More about Happy Administrative Professionals Week!