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An office gift that keeps on giving

I have a staff of 25 and I'm looking for a holiday gift that will give everyone a little lift every day they are at the office. In the past, my go-to gift was gift cards, but they seem so impersonal and forgettable. Some ideas that come to mind are: - new Keurigs and stock an assortment of coffees, teas, and ciders - snack cabinet and stock it with snacks and drinks - personalized stationery [more inside]
posted by jraz on Nov 25, 2015 - 24 answers

How to navigate the 'current boss as work reference' Catch-22?

I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Lack of references

What to do if I don't have a lot of work exp/references during the job search? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2015 - 7 answers

High Functioning Slacker Transition to High Functioning Go-Getter?

Have you or someone you've known started changing your attitude/work level, even if you're doing great by just getting by? How'd it go? How did you make steps required to change? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I quit my full-time job to do a Masters degree full time instead?

Obviously it will be more expensive, but if I'm not taking the program seriously enough, is it foolish to keep overworking myself? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Nov 21, 2015 - 12 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Quick fixes for imposter syndrome

I'm at a conference and feeling like a failure. I know about power poses, I've started blasting upbeat music in my headphones when I'm going from place to place, and I've started doing little mindfulness/body checks if I'm feeling really alarmed. What else can I be doing to combat my imposter syndrome/crises of confidence, right now?
posted by c'mon sea legs on Nov 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Recurring Headaches, Only At Work

Over the last few weeks I've start getting recurrent and consistent headaches...at work. And only at work. Nothing has changed and I don't know how to go about fixing this. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Nov 14, 2015 - 28 answers

How hard is it to be a US expat in Ottawa?

I have been offered an opportunity at a promising company in Ottawa, Canada. However, I'm a US citizen who has never lived outside of the US. Have any Metafites done this before? Do you regret it? Is this just a Bad Idea (TM)? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey on Nov 13, 2015 - 15 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I best negotiate moving from full-time to part-time at work?

What is the best way to approach asking my employer to move from a full-time schedule to part-time? What is reasonable to expect in terms of changes to pay and benefits? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Nov 9, 2015 - 5 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for another job?

It seems like the multi-national that owns my division will be shutting us down next year. Already, people are quitting and not being replaced. My boss is trying to find ways to ensure we all keep our jobs next year. He wants me to think about what I'd like to be doing- should I tell him I'm thinking of quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Keeping in touch for the terminally awkward - employment edition

I am terrible at maintaining contact with former supervisors/professors and have the tendency to put it off until it can't be avoided, then I feel like a jerk for only reaching out when I need something. How does one word a professional keep in touch email? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

LinkedIn for remote jobs?

How does one search LinkedIn for WFH opportunities; also, how to present yourself as someone only interested in those types of jobs? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Political differences with boss

My very politically conservative boss is outspoken about her political beliefs and frequently spouts off about issues on which my opinion is the opposite (I’m very politically liberal). Her remarks tend to skirt (but not exactly cross) the line of what’s overtly offensive. I don’t want to jeopardize my working relationship with her, but I need some help and advice on how to cope with this situation, especially with the next presidential election coming up (I’m in the USA). [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Nov 5, 2015 - 26 answers

"Quarterbacking" in the arena of international business

I work in a large company with offices around the world, but with head offices in North America. Today, as I was reading a policy update, I came across the usage of the term "act as a quarterback". To me, this idiom seems to be a little biased towards North American workplaces (especially given that my company has a presence outside of North America), and can easily be replaced by "coordinator". But I'm not sure if I should let it go or to ask the copywriter of the release to consider using a different term to eliminate unconscious bias (and in the unlikely event that I do contact the copywriter, what would be the best approach) so I would like to see how everyone on Metafilter thinks. Thank you in advance!
posted by Tsukushi on Nov 3, 2015 - 31 answers

It's Occasionally Techy in Philadelphia

After 10+ years away, I'm considering the possibility of moving back to the Philadelphia area for the right career opportunity. Unfortunately, I don't know much about what the job market for software developers is like there now. Does anyone have any thoughts on what things are like for senior software developers in Philly these days, or any recommendations for reputable tech recruiters in the area? What about some good companies to work for that believe in work/life balance, are paying decent money, and doing interesting things? Details follow after the fold. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 3, 2015 - 2 answers

How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"

I have a coworker that I report to, and they constantly ask, "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!" But then they seem to want a literal answer and I have no good response. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 87 answers


My cubicle neighbor's water bottle makes the most annoying noise and I don't know what my options are. [more inside]
posted by delight on Oct 29, 2015 - 35 answers

How to deal with having a colleague become your boss?

My former colleague got promoted to become my boss, and isn't happy with me having discussions with my old boss (who new boss reports to). This is despite old boss saying I will always have access to him, as this situation isn't what I signed up for. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by althanis on Oct 29, 2015 - 17 answers

How to stop obsessive thinking about getting fired?

Every job I have ever had I become convinced I am getting fired. How can I stop believing this and sabotaging myself at work. [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Oct 28, 2015 - 26 answers

When do you know it's time to take a sick day?

I'm taking my first sick day in a long time, after my boss told me to go home from a meeting because I had actually lost my voice. I'm not good at knowing when feeling crappy merits taking a sick day and when it merits just sucking it up and hauling yourself in to work, especially if you have meetings planned or are supposed to be teaching a group. How do you decide that the level of sick you're feeling is sick enough to require calling in?
posted by sciatrix on Oct 28, 2015 - 43 answers

How much do people actually work at work?

Most questions about work hours and productivity imply that it's normal to be focused on work the entire time you're at the office, with short breaks and maybe a lunch break. I've seen lots of advice suggesting that you may have ADHD or depression if you spend a lot of time, say, surfing the Internet while procrastinating. Is procrastinating really a pathology, and is 90-100% productivity really normal? [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Oct 22, 2015 - 37 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Ideas for a staff pick-me-up?

Hi - I have a staff of about 15 people who have been working valiantly for me lately and I want to give them a little morale booster. Ideally nothing in the form of sweets, and nothing that takes up a bunch of time from the day (like a trip to the movies or something). Any ideas? I can spend up to about $750 total.
posted by malhouse on Oct 21, 2015 - 26 answers

How to get over my ex-boss "hating" me?

My old boss seems to hate me, and I just can't get over it --- how do you deal with that? Especially since I know it's more or less my fault. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Oct 21, 2015 - 28 answers

Editor-in-Chief: Should I take the job?

Hi, Ok here's my situation. Last year around this time I was diagnosed with bipolar. I lost my job, my apartment, everything. I was living several states away and I had to move home to live with my grandparents. When I arrived back home, I contacted one of my old employers who let me come back on part time as a writer and photographer. I love the job!! It gave me so much of my confidence back. However, it's only part time so the only reason I could afford to work there is bc my grandparents did not charge me for rent or food. I am 30, by the way. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Oct 19, 2015 - 19 answers

A coworker sniped my assignment-- what's the appropriate response?

I am a paid intern for a small SaaS startup, and in the past month or so, I've been drowning a little at life. I remoted into the office this weekend to play catch-up, and discovered that a coworker, who until recently was also an intern, had publicly 'completed' (badly) the task clearly assigned to me, which I had already spent some time on. Our workflow tool indicates he assigned himself to the ticket. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Oct 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Looking for and starting a new job while trying to get pregnant

I've been affected by a round of layoffs and am looking for work. The search has been going well and there are some prospects. My major source of anxiety right now is that this is happening while I am trying to get pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Should one take the first potential job offer right off the bat?

I interviewed for a job position at this university health clinic a month ago, and received promising news. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Oct 18, 2015 - 3 answers

We can't all be Sheryl Sandberg. Help me lean out.

How can I respectfully and professionally decline opportunities to learn more/give more at work? [more inside]
posted by Owlcat on Oct 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Bait-and-switched in a new job report structure. Don't know what to do.

I went through a long interview process and it turns out the person who was leading that process knew they were leaving, knew whom I'd be reporting to once they were gone, and actively withheld that from me. I don't think I can stay, I'm not sure what my next steps should be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me be the consummate professional at work.

I've gotten out of a ten-year plus job that was essentially (if not in reality) a protected workplace and not too difficult and now am going to tackle (have been hired for) a new, higher-up and better paying one (before the first job I was very sick for quite a while and therefore couldn't work at all so missed out on the opportunity to learn about much about the Big Girl/Big Boy details of life in the workplace). Because of this, I feel like I really don't know what I should be doing (besides the work I mean). What is your very best advice for being/appearing professional on the job? I know about not gossiping and being on time.
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Home is where the heat is?

I got a fantastic job offer, but it's in Phoenix. I'm not sure I'd like living in Phoenix. Is it worth taking a much (much!) better job if you're not crazy about the locale? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 17 answers

Am I crazy or are they purposely ignoring me?

I feel insane for even posting about this, but my (ever-so-slight) anxiety is getting the best of me! Around two months ago, I accepted a job with a great company. It is what they are calling a "W2 contractor" position. So, I'm a W2 employee where they take care of deducting taxes from my paycheck for me, but I don't receive any health benefits, PTO, etc. etc. I'm paid hourly, and my hourly wage is well above the norm, I'm guessing to help offset the lack of benefits. Some weeks I work 40 hours, others I work 15 or so... it depends on the workload available. Essentially, it's kind of like being a part time employee. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Door #1 or Door #2? - Job edition

I may be coming up on two different opportunities within my company and I'm debating which one to take. I'm looking for advice on what others have done in similar situations and how it worked out for them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2015 - 6 answers

I am sick of making labels. Please hope me.

How do I transition from "pink collar" admin jobs to...anything else? Wrinkle: most likely moving to a (much) smaller city some time next year. [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 15, 2015 - 6 answers

What public figure has a great office in the New York area?

What public creative person (defined pretty broadly, but hopefully at least somewhat famous) has a really cool office in the NYC area? We're looking for someone with a rich, interesting-looking space, interesting tools and great stories. Examples might be say, magazine writer Gay Talese, who works in his townhouse in Manhattan surrounded by memorabilia from all his past stories, or the honchos at Pixar who have special secret hideaways and whatnot. (Definitely looking for personal workspaces, not big companies with fancy buildings and foosball tables.)
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Gaslighting and sabotage at work. What can I do?

A co-worker has taken against me for unknown reasons. She has also influenced another co-worker to turn against me. Co-worker 1 is very aggressively gaslighting and sabotaging me and my work, making a case against me. She already got 1 earlier co-worker fired. I believe I'm next. But I CAN'T lose my job--though the stress is actually making me sick--because my ex-, who provides a lot of the financial support to me and kid, has been unemployed for many months and we're living on the absolute edge of poverty. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Oct 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I quit a job I like due to no room for growth?

Help me navigate what for me is a complex situation in a very small company and to get some perspective. I feel like I was treated unfairly, and would like to get some perspective. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Roe99 on Oct 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Road Warrior: Expenses Edition

I am weighing a job offer that is 50% travel (consulting). As I consider it, I realize that part of the issue that has me hung up is that I have no idea how to think about living expenses as a person who is only home 50% of the time. Help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Oct 9, 2015 - 14 answers

What does a healthy team member-supervisor relationship look like?

After several years working for a boss who's also a friend, I've made a move to a new career and and a much more impersonal manager. I'm struggling with what to expect from my new boss and in building a professional relationship with him. What level of engagement/communication from your boss is reasonable to expect and how do you get more engagement if it's not meeting what you need? [more inside]
posted by thatquietgirl on Oct 9, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

It's not paranoia, if they ARE out to get you.

I've had an issue throughout my career of helping less senior women in their careers only to have them turn around and try to sabotage me in some fashion. Help me not become paranoid of women. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Oct 8, 2015 - 29 answers

Does my previous drug use preclude me from being a firefighter?

Do I have any chance of being a firefighter with my previous drug use or am I simply wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Was there a happy ending, being the old person in that college class?

I've been working through a career change decision and it involves going back to school. Did you change careers in your 30s and go back to school? Did it work out? (More details/specifics, but I'm interested in eventually practicing Clinical Psychology). [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Oct 6, 2015 - 38 answers

What's my passion? (INTJ)

I'm 29 and seem to be going through a sort of quarter life crisis. The events of the last few months have caused me to want to change directions, but I need help deciding what that new direction is. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Oct 6, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I figure out what job/career I fit into?

I've been applying and interviewing a bit, but most applications get no response, which I know is common enough, but maybe I could be going about this better. I am in dire need of guidance at this point as to what sort of other jobs or fields I might fit into and be happy with. (Long) details inside. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Oct 2, 2015 - 9 answers

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