Ask a Manager by Alison Green

Ask a Manager

There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Green does—and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career. You’ll learn what to say when• coworkers push their work on you...

Details Ask a Manager

TitleAsk a Manager
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreNonfiction, Business, Self Help, Adult

Reviews Ask a Manager

  • erforscherin
    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 Manage...
  • Fran
    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 con...
  • Carol
    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.
  • Lindsay
    Lots of really great topics in here, and the format makes it a quick read. Of course, Green can't answer all *my* specific questions (though I could write in to her blog), but I feel like I am a little stronger of a manager having this information now. I also started listening to her podcast--some of the topics covered there are duplicated in this book, but I'm still interested to hear if there's any other insight.
  • 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.
  • Kirsten
    This is a wonderfully straightforward and useful book for just about everyone who has to work for or with other people. The greatest strength is Green’s scripts for many, many situations.
  • elizabeth
    If you work with people and have to talk to them, chances are there's something in this book that you'll find helpful. Honest, straightforward, useful advice and phrasing.
  • Nadiah Razali
    3.5 for meLesson learn from this book, try to learn how to relay certain message and communicate correctly among your peers,boss
  • 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...
  • Christopher Shawn
    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,...
  • Heather F
    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...
  • L O R I L I N
    Over a decade ago, Alison Green created an advice column called Ask a Manager, where she gives advice on how to deal with all kinds of workplace drama. This book is a collection of that advice. It has four sections: 1) Conversations with your boss (e.g., you missed a deadline, your boss yells at you, you want a raise)2) Conversations with your coworkers (e.g., your coworker asks nosy questions, your coworker eats your food, your coworker monop...
  • Anne Morgan
    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 wor...
  • Molly
    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 ident...
  • Tom Donaghey
    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 Man...
  • Jai
    as expected - insightful & entertaining.
  • Gretchen
    Soothing and logical advice, would highly recommend.
  • Katy
    So much excellent advice, and mostly useful & constructive language for difficult situations. It’s also refreshing to know that those office relationships and coworker quirks you’re trying to navigate are almost universal! Great to keep in your desk drawer or by your computer when you need to know how to handle random situations!
  • Amanda
    Not bad at all, but pretty basic if you're a regular reader of the AAM blog (like I am). The scripts/suggested wording for potentially awkward conversations are good ideas, though. This is probably more of a reference book than something you really need to sit down and read cover-to-cover - it would probably be a good gift for someone graduating from college or otherwise about to start their first office job!
  • Kayla
    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 patho...
  • Jessica
    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 b...
  • Orla
    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 o...
  • Katy
    I've been a reader of the Ask a Manager blog for over a year now, so of course I had to get Alison's book when it came out, and I'm very glad I did. For anyone unaware, Ask a Manager is a work-focused advice column blog that is well-known for its bizarre, absurd, and often hilarious letters. It also has a brilliant and helpful commentariat and occasional open threads on specific topics. It is a wealth of information about how to survive in the wo...
  • Elaine
    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 pa...
  • MariLee
    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 conve...
  • Bookworm
    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 fo...
  • Meagan Houle
    Whether you're a faithful "Ask a Manager" reader or you've never heard of Alison Green, this book is a must-have reference for anyone who spends time in the professional world. I can think of very few people who wouldn't find Alison's direct but diplomatic approach useful, even outside work relationships. Best of all, unlike many other bloggers-turned-authors out there, Alison does not simply recycle her blog's content and call it a book. She doe...
  • Alex Can Read
    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 advic...
  • Lena
    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...
  • Emily
    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 eventu...