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Ask a Manager: Wacky workplace woes (#DearlyDepodded)

The Premise (from Apple Podcasts):

Need expert advice on handling workplace dilemmas and dramas? Alison Green, founder of the popular website, is here to help you resolve your toughest, most frustrating, or just plain weirdest work predicaments. Each week, she takes calls and talks directly with listeners about how to successfully tackle clueless coworkers, toxic bosses, impossible employees, crazy clients, and much more.⠀⠀⠀

Series or standalone:


Begin listening to:

Any episode


Call-in advice show


Allison Green, author and boss extraordinaire

Sound/production quality:


Rating/age suitability:

For adults

Approximate length of episodes:

30-40 minutes

Curricular ties:

None, but it's a good one to recommend to young people starting out in the workplace

Similar recommended pods:

Safe for Work; Dear HBR

Podcast Librarian’s Review:

This is the first in a category I am coining the Dearly Depodded (get it—like Dearly Departed?) series of podcasts that have ended but that I miss dearly. I have a habit of listening to work-related podcasts on my morning commute, and this was always a favorite. Luckily, Ask a Manger is also a website that continues to answer readers’ work dilemmas (the good, the bad, and the gross), so I don’t have to mourn too much. Still, Alison had a truly lovely podcast voice and carried the show beautifully, taking calls from listeners and interviewing them about their predicament to help explore all the options about how to proceed. Alison approaches the situations with empathy and understanding, even when they’re about tricky or weird situations like toilet troubles in the office (there are so many poop-related work issues 💩 ) or coworkers making totally inappropriate comments about pregnancy or weight changes. This pod gives great advice for both employees and managers, and all the episodes are wildly entertaining, so it’s worth it to go back and binge all of these episodes (which are only about 20 minutes each)!

P.S. I feel a great kinship with Alison Green because my name is also Alison, and I get excited when I meet someone with my name who spells it the same way. 😉

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