How to Decline a Wedding Invitation When you Feel Obligated Because It's the Boss

How to Decline a Wedding Invitation When you Feel Obligated Because It's the Boss

Dear Office Mom,

My boss and I were on very friendly terms for the first couple of years, but I made some technical errors, and our relationship suffered due to it. Right or wrong, her response to my struggles was to 'ice' me out the way junior high school girls do and changed the way she treated me overnight…

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How to Work with a Toxic Boss When Leaving Isn't an Option

How to Work with a Toxic Boss When Leaving Isn't an Option

Dear Office Mom,

I finally found a job with a salary that I can support my family with. After 30 years, I can finally pay my bills, make ends meet, and possibly get myself out of debt. Here lies the problem. This job is the most toxic position I’ve ever held and the owner (my boss) is impossible to please and verbally abusive…

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How to Get Your Boss to Stop Overpromising so You Can Stop Apologizing

How to Get Your Boss to Stop Overpromising so You Can Stop Apologizing

Dear Office Mom,

My boss makes promises to others that I have a hard time keeping. The dynamics are these: He's at the C-level and makes promises to his peers without asking if it's doable first. His philosophy is to always say yes and then figure it out later. However, he seems to have little understanding of the complexities and the practicalities of the promises he makes…

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How to Respond to Your Boss' Negative Feedback

How to Respond to Your Boss' Negative Feedback

Dear Office Mom,

I'm in my mid 20's and currently, work for a not for profit organization in finance. I am currently learning to do new tasks that are at a higher level. We got along well before she became my boss however now my boss often criticizes me and because we have an open plan office space everyone can hear…

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