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Dear Liz, my manager favours my colleague, what do I do?

Dear Liz, my manager favours my colleague, what do I do?

Hi Liz, I am a Project Manager at a creative agency and work as part of a small team of 3 which includes another project manager and our line manager. I’ve been with the agency for 2 years while the other project manager and line manager have been working together for 5 years. Unfortunately it is beginning to feel like my line manager favours my colleague and they end up getting all the great projects and accompanying praise. Any ideas how I can address this issue with my boss without sounding bitter? Read more

Ask Liz: swearing in the office

Ask Liz: swearing in the office

Dear Liz, our new team assistant works really hard and produces great work but she has a very informal manner and often drops swear words into conversations when talking to colleagues. What can I do to encourage her to act more professionally, without taking away her friendliness? Read more

Ask Liz: Colleague Conflict

Ask Liz: Colleague Conflict

Dear Liz, our line manager recently told us we have a new colleague joining soon, who will be working alongside me. After finding out the name of the new starter, I realise it is somebody I clashed with at an old place of work, which is one of the reasons why I chose to leave. I don’t want to make anything uncomfortable within the office when they start, but I know they will remember our history. How do I approach building a new relationship when the old one is so damaged? Read more

Ask Liz: Socialising Dilemma

Ask Liz: Socialising Dilemma

I recently joined a young and dynamic agency where there is a large emphasis on after work drinks. Although I have attended a few of these, they are becoming so regular that I feel pressured into attending in order to build and maintain relationships. I have other commitments in my personal life and am finding it hard to balance the two, along with late nights. I’m also worried this will soon affect my energy levels at work, what can I do? Read more

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