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Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Ballantine Books
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I first ran across the Ask a Manager blog years ago, during some dark times when I was struggling in a particularly awful workplace. Alison’s advice was calm, measured, and spot-on; her explanations helped me understand that my work environment was not normal, and most bosses didn’t behave like that, and it was well past time to find a new job. I will always be grateful for that, and for the kind community in the comments section.

Ask a Manager is essentially all of that wisdom in the blog conden
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much like her website, the Ask A Manager book is full of no-nonsense, easily accessible workplace advice from an expert you can trust. In a field where managers often are promoted with zero managerial training, this book is a godsend.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
Margaret Sankey
I've read this blog for a long time, so this is a useful distillation of the most common problems and constructive ways to frame solutions--and Green includes the all time favorites, like the boss who insisted he was a Mayan Shaman--which serve as a reminder that you can work at a place which so twists your perception of reality that this seems like something you need to ask politely about.
A. Elizabeth West
Thank you, Ballantine and Goodreads Giveaway, for this ARC of Alison Green's latest book. I first found Green's Ask a Manager blog while job hunting in 2012 and have been a loyal reader ever since. This book is like a printed version of that: a handy reference to situations you may encounter at work and how to address them.

The book is divided into chapters--bosses; coworkers; if you're the boss; and finally, interviewers. Each section contains a ton of common dilemmas. For each one, she tells y
Christopher Shawn
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pulled from a popular blog of the same name, Ask a Manager is exactly what you'd think it is.

Quick, to the point answers and advice for all those sticky situations that pop up in the workplace.

Typical things like loud chewers, stinky co-workers and the like are covered as well as some outrageous cases that were sent in the to author by her fans.

How do you deal with a co-worker in a sub/dom relationship who insists on calling her SO "master" 24/7, including work events?

How do you tell your boss y
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I listened to the audiobook of this. I love Ask A Manager and I find both Alison's voice and her advice very soothing.

One thing that really ticks me off though is her advice on apologising for things like lateness, or resumé typos, which tends to be along the lines of, "I'm neurotic about punctuality so I'm mortified" or "I'm a neurotic proofreader." Neurosis is a mental disorder, not a character trait, and I find Alison's use of it in these contexts incredibly aggravating.
Heather F
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I first found Ask a Manager while googling "quit new job" on my phone in the bathroom at said new job seven years ago. Her blog is a daily visit for me. I'd hoped this book would be an expansion on that, but frankly it's a recap-something that might make a nice gift for the college grad in your life, but fans will have already read most of the stories and concepts. Also, there are infantile doodles throughout the book which are off-putting. 3.5/5 starts
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
Anne Morgan
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For all of those people who have wanted advice about any number of potentially awkward workplace discussions, without reading dry tomes on how to be a better person, Alison Green's Ask A Manager is the answer! Green approaches workplace issues with both experience and humor, and the realization that people are only human- and need to be treated as such.

Ask A Manager is broken down into 4 sections: you are the manager, you have a manager, you work with others, you're interviewing for a job. Even
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I follow Alison Green on Twitter and am usually glad to see anything she writes, so I was excited to receive an ARC of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I am lucky in that I don't have a ton of professional problems, but this year at my job has been a bit tumultuous - particularly with regard to leadership. This book, though it's intended for business professionals and not academics, turned out to be tremendously helpful and allowed me to identify a couple of specific frustrations I'd had trou
Tom Donaghey
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, how-to
ASK A MANAGER by Alison Green is a handy guide to dealing with “Situations” at work. They happen to all or us. Our co-workers do irritating things, our bosses are jerks, the people around you seem to be doing everything in their power to make sure you are not successful in your work. Most of these are minor things, but they do tend to accumulate, making your workplace a site you tend not to like.
Alison Green has been writing her “Ask A Manager” blog for over ten years now and in that time she
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, read2018
as expected - insightful & entertaining.
I won a copy of this book from goodreads. I had heard of Ask a Manager and have read a handful of posts over the years, but am not an avid blog reader. I am still working on reading this because its more of a reference book than a book you could read straight through. Alison has numerous wording suggestions for different situations which I had a hard time differentiating when I read many in a row without taking a break. As a speech-language pathologist, I am considering how I could use the examp ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading the Ask a Manager blog for a number of years now and recommend it to just about everyone who works. While the blog is in a Q&A advice column format, this book summarizes the most common types of questions through four categories: conversations with your boss, conversations with your coworkers, conversations when you're the boss, and conversations with your job interviewer. If you're a long-time blog reader there probably won't be much here that's new or surprising, but I st ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic, favourites
Alison Green's Ask a Manager blog is a daily must-read for me, so buying this book was a given.
Whether you read it all at once, or piece by piece like I did, you'll be a wiser person by the time you hit the last page.

It's all based around conversations you might need to have at work, whether they're with a co-worker, someone you manage, your boss, or an interviewer. These conversations are wide-ranging and include suggested wording and advice on tone. Sprinkled with real examples from people w
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A concise and neatly-organized snapshot of the topics covered in her blog of the same title. The book is broken into chapters based on the work relationship involved: conversations with your boss, with your coworkers, with your employees, and with your interviewer. Each chapter starts with a sort of overview before proceeding into a numbered list of situations. The explanations/suggestions are typically under a page in length, and often only a paragraph long, making this a speedy read.

I will sa
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ask a Manager is a practical, helpful guide for navigating sometimes tricky interactions with bosses, coworkers, employees, and interviewers. (Some examples: how to tell your boss your work load is too heavy, how to ask for feedback, when another co-worker takes credit for your idea/work, employees missing too much work, an interviewer asks an inappropriate question, etc.) Alison Green has sound advice and suggestions for how to frame these conversations and what to say to get the desired result ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
You may have heard of the "Ask a Manager" blog, run by author Alison Green that answers questions of all sorts about jobs and job hunting. How do deal with someone who steals your work lunch? What if the thief is your BOSS? How do you navigate salary negotiations? What do you do when someone is going through a very tough personal time but it's affecting their productivity? What is the reasoning for certain rules regarding the workplace? And so forth.

This is a condensed version of that blog that
Alex Can Read
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have been a long-time fan of Alison Green’s Ask A Manager blog, where she dishes out practical advice for workplace questions all week long. The letters she answers range from the mundane to the absolutely absurd and hard-to-believe. I am so excited about her new book, where she distills years worth of advice into a handy workplace manual that will be useful for new grads and seasoned professionals alike.

The great thing about Alison’s advice is that she empowers readers by giving them scripts,
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been reading the Ask a Manager blog for a few years, and it's been really useful for various things -- for know which things are reasonable and what a healthy work environment looks like (something probably particularly helpful for grad students), and also frequently for amusement at some of the strange situations. And for someone like me, who can have a tough time figuring out how to communicate, the scripts Alison gives are really nice.

Now as for this book... I was hoping it would be more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, review-copy, work
Like some other early reviewers of this book, I'm a longtime reader of the author's blog. Her book is a distillation of her approach into insights and scripts for a litany of situations, like "coworker steals my ideas" and "employee won't take no for an answer." The format is a lot drier than the blog, which is often very colorful but still useful, because the advice she provides is always grounded in a way of looking at work which you can eventually internalize and evince yourself. Unlike the b ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced copy of Ask a Manager in a Goodreads giveaway.

I was glad to win this book as at work I had to do a development goal and I didn’t have to go buy a book for work.

I found the situations varied and the responses to adapt useful. There are co-worker to co-worker situations and dealing with managers, or those who have to be managed. Also an interview section that covered most of the sticky points that can come up. The questions and situations from reader made my workplace pretty seem
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the Ask a Manager blog pretty religiously. Like, every new post, going back and reading old posts, following comments. I was really excited to get this book. And it really is a good book with practical details for everyday working life (more geared toward office work.) There are sections based on your role in the office (boss, employee, etc.) and they include bullets of practical advice, scripts for difficult situations, and stories taken right from Green's blog. It is a little dry in poi ...more
Denise St Pierre
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great, quick read for anyone in the workforce, entering the workforce, or leading the workforce. It has the signature wit of Alison's blog and even some of the more questionable stories from readers, but all the advice is framed in a way that's useful, accessible, and adjustable, depending on your position and industry. I know this book would have given me a lot more confidence back when I was approaching my boss about a raise, and would have reassured me that asking wasn't an imposition, but ...more
Ginae B.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how we wish that this sort of book were around when we were ensconced in the workforce. It can be brutal out there. So many issues can arise when one is working. The biggest challenge of all can come from learning some modicum of diplomacy while dealing with those above us.

Allison Green tells it exactly how it is. There's no floofy fluff or garbage. What began as an advice site has evolved into something more tangible.

If you have a single inquiry, you might just want to Google that inquiry.

Fast paced as an audiobook, which I guess is a good summary on what after will be a good reference book in the text form.

Regarding its value outside of the workplace, I found the guidelines on handling an employee's mistake somewhat relevant regarding meeting with people who turn out to have a flexible concept of time and appointments; so far it always was weird to approach in a way which kept the relationship ongoing, but turning into a "what do you do and can we fix it" situation was insightfu

Stephanie R.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who has a job
Everybody who has a job should read this book! It gives you ideas on what to say in many different conversations that you might have with your coworkers, your boss, your direct reports, and even at a job interview. The only reason I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars is because I read Dear Alison's blog so much that there wasn't much new information for me. This book would be best as a reference book, so when you need to have a certain conversation you flip to that page and then use her ideas.
SUPER useful book on how to navigate tough or uncomfortable discussions and situations at work. While tact and diplomacy may seem like common sense, it can be hard to find the right words to convey what you want to say, and this book not only gives useful tips for specific situations but also examples.

*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Ik vond dit echt een interessant boek dat me al een paar x heeft doen nadenken op het werk. MAAR: het is geen leesboek, eerder zo'n boek dat je vastneemt om naar een bepaald antwoord te zoeken. En de delen "jij bent de baas" en "je gaat solliciteren" (toch 1/2 van het boek) zijn momenteel niet relevant, dus ook die tijdelijk geskipt.
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this blog but I wish this book had gone into a little more depth, or had a few more anecdotes, at times. There is good overview information, but it can sometimes feel beginner. Still, it is nice to have it in one place.

Structurally, I don’t understand having the content about interviewing at the end of the book instead of the beginning. After all, that’s the beginning of the process.
Gabrielle Simmons
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy the Ask a Manager website, so when I saw she had written a book, I immediately entered the giveaway. Thankfully, just like her website this book was extremely enjoyable, informative and had lots of interesting questions. This is a great reference book, as she has literally touched on everything and I will refer back to it many times I'm sure!
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