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Perplex on plexiglass and mounting pictures

I have a small assortment of things I'd like to hang (photo prints, posters, papers, etc) and a trip to the framing store came out with a bill of nearly $200 to do everything. I do have several sheets of plexiglass left over from another project and I'm trying to figure out if I could simply sandwich the things I want to hang between two sheets of plexiglass and bolt it together without any long-term ill effects.
posted by Socinus on Apr 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I Stick With My Current Company, or Leave for a New One?

I've come to realize the people I work for are fake and opportunistic to the point I've been looking quietly for a job. Then they offered me a substantial promotion. Do I take it and tolerate them until I can go elsewhere? Or do I quit now and move laterally on to something else? [more inside]
posted by priskyprisky on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Standing desk hacks

As much as I hate "hacks" (I don't care if that's the way monkeys peel a banana), I've recently converted to a standing desk and am in need of tips to keep comfortable, productive, and potentially avoid health risks from standing for long periods. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Surviving the first trimester in an office environment

I'm having a hard first trimester, what can I do to make my work week better? What about calling off? Other HR questions inside... [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Mar 21, 2016 - 11 answers

To Catch A Petty Thief

I've recently had 2 items take from my desk overnight and I'd like to get some options on how to expose this petty thief. [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Mar 18, 2016 - 19 answers

What are some interesting plants I can grow in my office?

Looking for suggestions for uncommon plants that will do well in the specific environment of my very dry, well-lit, well-ventilated, cool office. Specifications within. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

How to keep mac Outlook 2011 folder structure after reinstallation

I will be reinstalling mac OSX Yosemite because of constant problems with it but I am looking to retain the folders that have been previosuly created to organise my mails. I am using Outlook 2011 as my mail client. Does using: File - Export - selecting outlook for mac data file (.olm), when imported back, retain the previous folder structure that I have used to organise my mails? If not could anyone suggest how I could keep the existing folder organisation? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Mar 7, 2016 - 1 answer

Dealing with a needy & draining coworker

A needy coworker that sits behind me relies heavily on me as a lunch/social companion, I have made a few work friends myself that I prefer to hang out with ,and have tried to invite her out along as a an attempt to help her meet some new friends, but she always ends up completely silent at the table and makes everyone uncomfortable. She's not a pleasant person to socialize with in the first place, how may I untangle myself from her without causing strife at work? [more inside]
posted by 01080591 on Mar 7, 2016 - 12 answers

Office Newsletter - what would you include?

I'm responsible for composing and constructing a new monthly email newsletter for our very large department..... if you were to receive such a newsletter, as an associate, what kinds of things would you want to see? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Feb 23, 2016 - 12 answers

What's your lunchtime gym schedule?

Lunchtime gym-goers with office jobs: How do you make it fit into your workday? I understand this will vary heavily by workplace - I'm interested in hearing a range of experiences! [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

Post-apocalyptic office instructions

I am looking for a cartoon I saw years ago. It was a long wordless comic, done in the style of in-flight safety cards, for an office environment. I can remember the beginning, where people are smashing up office equipment. Later, they hunt wild game (deer?) through the office building, and raise children there. [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Feb 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Have no money, need roboceptionist.

I'm looking for an app (iOS or Android or webapp, no preference) that displays the names (and ideally pictures) of the six people that work in my office, and when a name is tapped, an email is automatically sent alerting the person that they have a visitor. And it needs to be free. Explanations within. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jan 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Eating lunch at an eating-averse office

I'm in an office where there is no kitchen to eat your lunch in and eating at your desk is not really a thing. Silently chewing a sandwich or drinking a yogurt is ok, anything requiring cutlery is tolerated but frowned upon. Most people eat out, but I'd like to minimize my eating-out budget. Also, I'm tired of sandwiches and even chocolate croissants get boring if you're eating them every day. Smoothies are cool but leave me hungry. So, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jan 25, 2016 - 32 answers

Let's play house! In an office!

I'm getting a new office and want to spruce it up! All the suggestions for cool looking office decor is for home offices. Can you help me find some inspiration for design for an office in a boring, typical, corporate office building? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 17, 2016 - 10 answers

Be a good person or a good employee

I recently found out that a department head at my office has accepted a position at a rival firm. No one at my office knows. Should I tell the division head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2016 - 18 answers

I'm the office punching bag - what do I do?

I'm working in an office job at a small non-profit. As a junior member of staff, I'm repeatedly being blamed quite aggressively for things that either aren't my job or aren't anyone's fault. My concerns about this are being brushed off. The job consists of constant firefighting, there are constant non-specific threats over my future at the organisation and the stress and anxiety is making me sick. I'm planning to move on next year - but how do I make this place bearable in the interim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2015 - 49 answers

Is my office ready for Windows 10?

I ended up with the responsibility of managing the computers at our office. For a ten person staff with fairly simple computer needs -- only a couple of us routinely use anything more complex than Microsoft Office -- is Windows 10 the right choice yet? [more inside]
posted by chimpsonfilm on Dec 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Seeking the Ultimate Office Chair That is Not Ugly

Please help me find a chair to pair with my antique desk that will both save my arms, neck, and shoulders, and look good. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Oct 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Los Angeles Company Holiday Party - You are seriously, my only hope.

We are completely lost for ideas. The last 4 years our non-profit group has held our holiday party at a Thai restaurant, at which, 2 employees couldn't eat because, peanuts. Our budget is around $42 per person (give or take). We are 30 employees. We need a private room. We are located in West L.A. Staff is willing to travel as far south as Culver City-ish. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Oct 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Anything crucial that only Microsoft Excel does?

Is there anything MS Excel does that LibreOffice doesn't that an undergrad econ major is likely to have to do? I am not asking about esthetics. I know one is prettier. Is there a crucial missing capability? Likewise Google Sheets. Anything important missing? Or, something that just works so differently as to be crazy making? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Oct 16, 2015 - 17 answers

A good executive nap mat?

Google "nap mat" and you get a zillion results, all meant for small humans. Surprisingly, "executive nap mat" (as a phrase) yields zero. There's a niche there that will make someone a lot of money one day, but in the meantime: suggestions for a mat that I can put on the office floor to catch 40 winks? [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Sep 28, 2015 - 24 answers

Is it pooping?

I clean house for a friend every other week. Her office chair, with its standard plastic caster wheels, is leaving chunks of black, sticky goo on the floor. It then, of course, gets rolled through the gunk, repeatedly, and I have a huge mess to scrape up with a butter knife. How do I fix it, make it stop, something, without damaging or replacing the chair? (And if those ARE the only options, please recommend some cheap high-backed office chairs.)
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

What's a good balance board for a standing desk?

I use an adjustable desk at work, and alternate between sitting and standing. After a coworker mentioned the Level, I really want to try using a balance board while standing, but maybe not a $400 one! So what should I look for instead? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Sep 7, 2015 - 1 answer

What would you want in your gift bag?

You are travelling to a different city, which you may or may not have visited before, on business. You check into your hotel to find that someone from your office has prepared an awesome gift bag for check-in. What's in there?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 20, 2015 - 28 answers

Help me figure out a new part time work schedule

I am going back to work, after a year of maternity leave, as an architectural designer in November and would like to work part time, mostly from home. My boss and office is quite flexible about me deciding my own hours in the future. Trying to figure out how to maximize time spent at work while reducing stress & commute times in order to balance home & work life. I also have questions about holiday pay for part timers. (Alberta Canada). Lots more below. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Cutting edge, professional, "thiking" fidget toys

We're trying to present ourselves as a super cutting edge team. Traditional fidget/thinking toys like Rubik's Cube, pipe cleaners, wooden blocks elasticated together, wooden puzzles, brain teasers, etc, are ALL OUT. They are sooo retro which is NOT what we're going for. I'm looking for CUTTING EDGE toys - gadgets and gizmos that team members can fiddle around with during a meeting or class, and make us look new and fresh.
posted by rebent on Aug 6, 2015 - 28 answers

Uses for lots of unneeded space on my desk?

I have a rather large desk (probably about 2' x 5') at my new job, but I only need my laptop to get work done. What fun, or useful, things can I put in the remaining space? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Jul 29, 2015 - 25 answers

give me your colorful, cute, glam office supplies yearning to be free

I'm trying to find colorful and/or cute and/or glamorously lady-style desk accessories and office supplies. Where should I go looking? Are there blogs that I should look at? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jul 21, 2015 - 20 answers

The perfect desk chair

I'm looking for a chair for my bedroom desk. Requirements: white, comfortable and supportive for a person with short legs, not too office-y looking, minimal assembly required, under $650 but cheaper is better. Any tried-and-true recommendations? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jul 19, 2015 - 5 answers

What should I put in my terrarium?

I'm planning to buy a terrarium like the one pictured here for my office. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 answers

How to approach supervisor about moving from 1.00 FTE to 0.75 FTE?

Another department recently offered me a 0.25 FTE position, and I'm sort of nervous about approaching my current boss about asking if my current department would support/allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Conflicts in a law office

I'm writing a story in which some of the characters are employed at a law firm. I'm looking for realistic conflicts in such an office that would involve senior partners, junior partners, associates, paralegals, and staff. Not life and death struggles like a John Grisham novel, but more day-to-day things.
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 11, 2015 - 20 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

How to dress stylish for work

I'm wanting to look more put-together and stylish for work. I work in a government office, live in a moderately cool climate (daily maximums from 10 to 40 degrees C), am 32 and female. Please help me do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jun 28, 2015 - 14 answers

What is the best way to organize multiple offices

I work in three offices on the average week: At my home office, and at two offices in two separate universities that are in two separate states. I have a laptop that goes with me everywhere and a dropbox account to keep files in as well as ample office supplies, but often feel a bit scattered with moving between so many separate offices. What can I do to stay organized, happy, and productive when I'm never working in the same place more than two days in a row?
posted by _cave on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I prevent entering another toxic workplace environment?

Just interviewed for a new position and most likely getting the official offer next week. I am feeling excited and joyful, but also very worried about entering another toxic working environment, like the one I am in currently. How can I identify the red flags in advance and prevent this from happening again? More inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Jun 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Is any large corpus of Office documents available for download?

I am looking for a large (>1000 files) corpus of real-world Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, though I wouldn't turn down Open/LibreOffice/Gnumeric/etc. formats). [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this Chinese website?

When I click on the 'Manage Account' button in the Account settings menu in my copy of Word 365, it launches a new web page - stores.office.com - where I can then log-in to my account. All straightforward. But at the same time a separate tab is also launched for the site www.59e.com, which is all in Chinese. What is this? I'm in the UK, using Firefox.
posted by srednivashtar on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I buy my own office supplies?

I work in a startup. Our office chairs and some other equipment aren't ideal, and I'm considering buying my own stuff. Is that sort of thing done, or should I just suck it up? Is there another way around this? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on May 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Jacques Pepin everyday egg breakfast

I'm trying to recall a cooking method. I saw it mentioned on, I believe, Top Chef within the past few seasons. I'm pretty sure it was Jacques Pepin, and he mentioned that his daily breakfast was a soft-boiled egg he prepared in a mug, possibly in a microwave. It basically seemed like a hack of his eggs en cocotte recipe. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on May 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared!

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared! [more inside]
posted by saladin on May 9, 2015 - 3 answers

New job, new phone system, not working

So I'm at my new job. The main thing I'm supposed to be doing is calling people. Thing is, my phone isn't working and the tech support person's wife just had a baby, so he's incommunicado. A little help? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Best place to purchase a nice desk name plate/sign

I'd like to purchase a friend a nice-looking (probably wood?) desk name plate/sign to celebrate a recent graduation. Probably something along these lines, but open to suggestions. I would want it customized with just her name. (I know this sounds a little random, but knowing her I believe she will get a kick out of it.) [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Apr 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Grass is greener? Job edition.

Considering leaving a teaching career for something completely different. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Apr 5, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Ergonomic desk set up that does not require a clamp

Does this exist? I'm looking for the ability to sit/stand at my desk. However, because I have cabinets over/attached to the desk itself, and the desk cannot be moved from the corner it is in, I can't get an accessory to hold two monitors that needs to be clamped to something.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me understand USPS rates

Are the USPS rates quoted online the same as the ones you get at the postal counter? [more inside]
posted by rancher on Mar 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I report the questionable things my co-worker said

I overheard my co-worker saying some potentially extremely damaging things the other day - not sure if I should tell our boss or not? Trying not to be self interested but worried our team could be at risk. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Mar 22, 2015 - 30 answers

How do I handle this awkward work situation? Details inside

I was basically accused of lying at work. Now what do I do? I've been working a temp (with potential to become permanent) job for a little over a month. Prior to this I had been unemployed for over 7 months after a lay off. I worked for my previous company/job for almost 15 years. I am working in a completely different industry and role than I had in my last several jobs. This is a clerical/support position in a conservative company. More... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Mar 20, 2015 - 20 answers

LibreOffice Calc Conditional Date Magic

Wondering if some conditional work with dates, working across multiple sheets, is possible in LibreOffice Calc. [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

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