Want to know what the boss is really thinking? SmartMoney got a number of managers to open up honestly on issues from hiring to snooping to bullying. The headline: 10 Things Your Boss Won't Tell You.
2. "You're too old for this."
4. "Your kid? Your problem."
7. "I don't promote based on performance."
9. "I don't have time for you."
Another tip, though not necessarily new, is that many companies read your emails and IMs. Wedbush Securities, the firm mentioned in the article, collects all of its employees messages and web traffic and reads 5-10% of it on any given day. You'll have to click through for the full list — and to read the explanations.