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Can a software company in California insist employees limit drinking?

Can a software company in California insist that employees participate in a system that limits drinking after hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me find good working music!

I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Company in turmoil; how to talk myself down off the panic ledge?

My company is undergoing the first steps into being sold. How do I stop panicking long enough to figure out my next steps? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Mission Impossible: Having a relaxing weekend

I had a rough meeting at work this afternoon and now I'm confused, sad, and hurt. Help me focus so I can move forward. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 10, 2014 - 21 answers

How do I stop asking for help?

I have my first post doc job and am feeling out of my depth most of the time. I also don't have much supervision and can easily panic with problems that I don't know how to solve. I keep reaching out to my former PhD advisor that has given clear signs that he doesn't want to help anymore. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Jobs Like Journalism, Minus the Writing

I've been working in either journalism or communications for a few years now and while I like it a lot, I feel like I still haven't quite found the right job. What are some career trajectories for someone who is really good at research, loves talking to people, and has an overwhelming sense of curiosity, but is tired of writing everyday. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Oct 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I add coworkers on LinkedIn?

In my new job, there is a clause in the contract which says "you must not signal on your professional networking profiles that you work for company name". Would adding colleagues count as signalling that I work for the company? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Oct 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Anything to be done? Great job but supervisor doesn't like me.

The very good news: A couple months ago I started a new job that I love. It's a high stress career, but basically my dream job. I get along well with almost all of my colleagues, including my peers, the big boss (person in charge of the organization), and big boss's second in command. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Oct 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Taking The Counteroffer Still Bad Form?

I told them I was underpaid. They didn't believe me. I got another job and resigned. Now I hear they're putting together a counter offer. What to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2014 - 30 answers

Music for my opium den

Please help me find music that's mellow, percussive, and contemplative, but fades into the background and lets me concentrate on my work. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Oct 3, 2014 - 20 answers

What to do if I'm being paid less than agreed upon in an interview?

I recently took a part-time job tutoring at a nonprofit, and was told that I'd get paid $X/hr. Today, I was pulled aside and told by my supervisor/interviewer that I would instead get paid $Y/hr. I should have confronted her about it at the time, but I wasn't confident that I could think clearly in the moment so I asked for some time to think things over. What should I do so that I can get at least some of this back? [more inside]
posted by coolname on Oct 1, 2014 - 23 answers

How to support someone who uses nonbinary pronouns at work?

I supervise a youngish person who is sort of like an intern at my job. They told me on the first day that they prefer to use a variation of their name and the pronouns "they, them, and theirs." Great! But how do I get my older coworkers to sign on for this? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Oct 1, 2014 - 31 answers

Take this job offer?

I turned down a job offer. I regretted it, and then I got laid off. Then I asked them again and interviewed with a bunch of other companies. I got the offer again, but there is another company I really like. Should I just take it since it's a "bird in hand" and it's the second time, or should I ask for more time and consider all my options? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

How do you get to work in a studio apartment?

I've got a 480 square foot studio. The layout's fine, and I've got a desk and kitchen table to use, but I never want to do that, actually I don't feel like working at all when I'm home. How can I set things up so I will? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Sep 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me be stronger and more resilient

Self defeating thoughts make it hard to get things done. I want to be able to enjoy my time at school, but my low self confidence causes a lot of anxiety. Is there a way I can shift my perspective? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Sep 28, 2014 - 7 answers

How can a lawyer get a real job after a long absence from the workforce?

46, lawyer, musician. I have been fallow for an extended time and am coming out of a bankruptcy and divorce. I have a couple years experience as a criminal defense lawyer (from 4-5 yrs ago) but haven't really done much since. I don't want to continue in criminal law. I find jobs that are intriguing but my resume is spotty at best. So how do I write an effective cover letter and create a resume that doesn't reflect my lazy attitude toward work these last few years? [more inside]
posted by werebad on Sep 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How to not let negative coworker get me down?

I work in the same department as a very good friend of mine, we'll call him Tom. Tom hates his job and is very vocal about it all the time. I don't know how to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 33 answers

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work?

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work? I have never supervised others in my entire working career. Given my story beneath the fold, should I consider doing so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Too much free time - should I get a second job or learn some skills?

So, I recently moved to a new (small) city and started a job with a government agency. I am finding myself with more free time than I need, so I was considering trying to get a second job to pay off some debt. My other thought is to use this free time to build some useful skills, possibly something like programming or web development. So what do you thing? Am I better off working for money to help pay off debt or investing my time in learning skills that could earn me far more money in the future? [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

To Quit My Job and Move to Montana in October or Winter in Chicago?

Mr. fancydancing and I are toying around with the idea of moving to Montana. I'm not super happy in my job now and both of us want to get out of the Chicagoland sprawl. But fear is holding me back. Why? And what kind of jobs can I apply for that are more in alignment with my interests and values? [more inside]
posted by fancydancing on Sep 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Heathen medical missions

I am an atheist, and a nurse, and I would like to possibly participate in a medical mission, but all my options seem to be religious in nature. [more inside]
posted by doogan nash on Sep 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Should I have to earn EDOs to cover excess family care time?

Boss is proposing that I accumulate EDO (extra) time and use it to make up time caring my my daughter when she's sick. He says the average days off (family care +personal sick days) at our company is 5 and I'm too far beyond that ( 9 total out of an entitlement of 3 family care + 9 personal sick days). I think he is going to bring it up again today. Is this a fair and reasonable request? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 26, 2014 - 32 answers

Can I put companies' writing sample exercises on my own website?

I've had a few job applications leading to interviews and phone interviews without being hired. Can I post the various writing exercises I was asked to do on my own website as samples? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Sep 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Them old consulting blues

Solutions to work problems that are not, strictly speaking, happening in a "workplace" framework? Weird details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Job interview went well...but I left someone out

I had a job interview last week that I think went pretty well. However, I've realized in my online application I didn't put down a reference that I probably should have. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Sep 23, 2014 - 10 answers

How to decide on a career?

I graduated in English Lit. around 8 years ago, and I've tried working in a few different areas - banking, hospitality, teaching. I've just relocated back to London and I'm looking to make a career change, but I'm not sure which direction I should go in. [more inside]
posted by sunbeam89 on Sep 23, 2014 - 7 answers

What are some resources to help me do better at confrontation?

I am in the second year of my first big-girl job working with and leading groups of people. I am looking for advice/suggestions for ways to a) learn how to confidently negotiate a confrontation without feeling physically ill and b) recognize my personal avoidance tactics for these situations and assess whether this is me taking the "easy way out" or if the actions I am taking really are correct. This is specifically for business situations. Are there classes out there? Is there a book I should read? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 23, 2014 - 16 answers

How to avoid getting caught up in gossip and back stabbing at work?

I am half at fault for this. My desire to be liked and accepted has led me to participate in making fun of people that I shouldn't. I have now seen the error of my ways. [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Sep 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Ways for an American to work in the UK?

Let's say I, a California software engineer and journalist, wanted to find an employer who would sponsor me to work in London. I've read a little about the work visa situation and various recent restrictions closing various avenues. Assuming the odds are probably pretty bad against succeeding, how might one try for this anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2014 - 7 answers

I need a better title than "Jack of all trades"!

I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Relocation challenges out the wazoo......

I'm attempting to make a big change to help myself professionally and the challenges are proving much more formidable than I anticipated. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Sep 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Income or Skills for Disabled Student?

In March, I had a stroke the week before Winter Quarter finals and it resulted in right hemi weakness. I have made lots of good progress in recovery and continue going to physical therapy, but after a summer of my savings being eaten by medical bills, I am trying to figure out ways to make some money. My circumstances make that difficult. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Life coach through employer: Good idea?

I'm struggling in a few areas of my life (mostly related to doing the bulk of the parenting for two little kids, with a spouse who works long hours and travels frequently) and having a bit of trouble staying focused at work. I was looking into our employee assistance program, which is run through HRI, and they offer "short-term counseling" and online/telephone life coaching. I would like to hear the experiences of anyone who has used this type of service; I have never used any flavor of mental health care. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Sep 17, 2014 - 18 answers

How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Makeup For Clueless Professionals

What products - types of products, not specific brands - should I purchase to create a 'starter makeup kit' for a young professional? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Sep 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings?

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Productivity (ugh) hacks?

Hello AskMe! What is your most effective hack (ugh, I know!) for productivity working at home/on the road/otherwise outside a day job? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Unemployment after voluntary retirement

I have new direct management and what was an occasionally unpleasant job has turned into a nightmare of forced meetings and overhead I've never had to deal with and won't in any way help me in my work. There's a possibility that instead of just quitting, I could take advantage of a voluntary "retirement" whereby I continue to receive a salary for some period of time after leaving. That brings up a question. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Is this phone screen unreasonable?

Just got sprung with a phone screen and wondering if it was unreasonable--any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

How to discuss possibly sexist behavior

Is there a way to have an open conversation with someone about behavior that may be discriminatory toward women (but could be explained in other ways too) without accusing them or putting them on the defensive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 16 answers

But I wrote it!

Help me take my work with me after I leave my job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 38 answers

How to talk to support staff without sounding like a condescending jerk?

I need to start to shift the work culture among a couple members of our support staff. Snowflakes and unicorns inside. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 9, 2014 - 37 answers

Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Sticky Work Situation - Worth Bringing Up?

I'm in a sticky work situation. My account manager, who I'm partnered with, is pretty great overall - tries to be understanding, gives me enough rope to succeed but enough support to perform, even spends extra hours with me for development. But we're all in our early to mid-twenties, which can be kind of a rough age. One of our other account managers is pretty blunt, quite potty-mouthed, abrasive with terrible delivery. For example, she will regularly say people "shit the bed" "absolutely fucking suck" "is a sack of shit" as a reason not to work with them. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 8, 2014 - 31 answers

How to quit without being a jerk

Long-term work project starting. I want to quit my job. How do I start the project when I really, really hope that I am not here to finish it? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Sep 8, 2014 - 20 answers

Job etiquette/decision help!

After months of nothing, I am now undergoing a couple interview processes simultaneously. There's been a bit of a bump in the timeline I expected and I am looking for help deciding how to do what is best for me without burning bridges, if possible. [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

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