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 Bounce Back After a Promotion Doesn't Go as Planned

How to Bounce Back After a Promotion Doesn't Go as Planned

Dear Office Mom,

I was just promoted to a new role within a health organisation in the UK. Less then two months in, my manager let me know I was trying too hard, she is worried about me and that I have lost my sparkle. I have not had the chance to enjoy my promotion because some of my peers have not given me support and others were angry because of the promotion…

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Is Finishing Up Your College Degee Going to Pay Off?

Is Finishing Up Your College Degee Going to Pay Off?

Dear Office Mom,

I’m 29, over-worked, underpaid and miserable. I graduated from High School at the top of my class and everyone assumed I would go out into the world and cure cancer or something, but that hasn’t happened…(yet). I made some poor decisions and dropped out of College before finishing with 32 credits to go.  And now I feel stuck…

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The Best Way to Handle Conflict with an Older Co-Worker

The Best Way to Handle Conflict with an Older Co-Worker

Dear Office Mom,
I'm having a battle of the generations with my co-worker. She's older and set in her ways. She's got seniority in more ways than one and her word is gospel. I'm in my early thirties and open to trying things differently (mostly more efficiently) and have no issues voicing my objections…

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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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How to Bounce Back After the Boss Gives You Negative Feedback

How to Bounce Back After the Boss Gives You Negative Feedback

Dear Office Mom,

I just started a new job with a new company, and my boss told me she thinks I am “trying too hard”. I am shocked. I guess I was just excited and trying to do my best. I was hired because of my background and because in my last job I got great reviews and was promoted several times…

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