How To Deal With Work Stress, With Ask A Manager’s Alison Green 

How To Deal With Work Stress, With Ask A Manager’s Alison Green 

Whether you’re dealing with a bad boss or disgruntled employees (or a great boss and enthusiastic employees) you’ve got an opinion on the employer/employee dynamic.

Last week we asked you, the Lifehacker audience, about your worst bosses, and boy, did you tell us. In this episode, we read a few highlights from your comments and emails. Then Lifehacker’s Managing Editor Virginia Smith talks to Ask a Manager’s Alison Green about everything managers want you to know. Finally, Alice and Melissa discuss the out-of-office auto-reply: Does anyone really need it?

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In This Episode

Introduction and Worst Boss Stories (0:00 – 10:02)

Alice and Melissa discuss their worst boss stories and share some of the juiciest tidbits from last week’s “Tell Us.”

The Interview: Ask a Manager’s Alison Green (11:48 – 28:00)

Alison Green joins Virginia Smith to discuss bad bosses, setting boundaries at work, how to know if you’re the bad boss, and more.

Bad Hacks (29:26 – 33:49)

Alice and Melissa do not like the out-of-office auto-reply email. Stop it. (Fight us in the comments.)

Ripped From the Archives: Mike Steib (34:02 – 38:24)

If your work stress is out of control, it’s time to find a new job. The best way to meet people in your industry is through networking, but most of us find networking to be awkward at best, painful at worst. According to Mike Steib, CEO of the XO Group, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Alison Green With 5 Steps to Being a Good Manager (38:34 – 40:35)

Alison returns to tell us everything a manager needs to know to excel. She solves the management crisis!

Upgrade of the Week (41:55 – 48:09)

Levi, Alice, and Melissa discuss the Chess app (challenge username levisharpe —he thinks he can beat you), humility, and the joy of giving up (a bad book).

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