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Returned to my old team in a new role but it's going badly. What's next?

I joined a temp agency in January 2016 and was given a six week-long assignment at a foreign consulate. Six weeks turned into six months following several extensions. I left in July on great terms and in October, my former manager offered me a new assignment from November to April, covering some of a departing colleague's responsibilities. Unfortunately, things just aren't going as well as they did the first time. How should I discuss my concerns? I'm not even sure if I should stick it out until April... [more inside]
posted by aerofuturist dance on Jan 15, 2017 - 6 answers

Is it better to move up in a role (promotion) or specialize in a skill?

Is it better to move up in a role (promotion) or specialize in a skill? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Jan 14, 2017 - 9 answers

How to ask "why wasn't I assigned this project?"

I started a new (web/software development) job in October. Recently a small-ish project was assigned to another employee (with admittedly less experience than I in the chosen framework), on which I would have enjoyed working. Is it possible to constructively ask for an explanation about why I wasn't chosen for this project? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2017 - 8 answers

Just quit a bad job--should I keep it on my resume?

I left my job after 4 months, unhappy with my work and my boss. I need help deciding whether or not to keep this job on my resume. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2017 - 6 answers

Do I break up with my business-mate, or ask him to clean a fifth time?

My friend and I are both acupuncturists. We have share a private studio in a commercial space. He is extremely pleasant, but has not cleaned once since we moved in 7 months ago. I've cleaned the space multiple times. I have asked him 4 times to take his turn, and together we came up with various systems to make sure it gets done, which he has ignored. [more inside]
posted by dreamsofhorses on Jan 11, 2017 - 31 answers

What's the deal with remote jobs?

My life change and impending move has meant I have to figure out all over again where to work and what to do. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Jan 10, 2017 - 10 answers

In which the poster may be gaslighting themselves.

I took a new job recently, and am a veteran of several toxic work environments. The new one has a few aspects I'm not sure about. Please help me turn off the gaslights and determine a course of action. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2017 - 11 answers

The 40 Hour Workweek

I am self employed and work from my home office. I enjoy what I do for work. I make sufficient money to pay my bills. But I am only averaging about 15 hours a week and need to start continuously working 40 hour weeks. I am not sure where the time is going, if this is a motivational issue, or how to best address this. Please help me figure out the easiest way to transition. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Jan 7, 2017 - 41 answers

Lesser known ways to travel and live communally

About a decade ago, a book called "Delaying The Real World" came out, and it detailed ways to travel the US and the world and listed many organizations and ways to stay in a place for free and communally, while also being of service in some way. Is there another, more recent guide to ding this, or does anyone have resources for how to do this? I know/have done WWOOF and Workaway, but many of my destinations are cities and do not have these options (NOLA, Portland, the PNW in general, Nashville, Santa Cruz, Northhampton Mass, Provincetown). Thanks!
posted by Kombucha3452 on Jan 6, 2017 - 2 answers

How do I know if I have too much work or if I'm incompetent?

My job consumes most every waking hour of my life, and--though I generally enjoy what I do--causes me immense amounts of stress. I want better balance, but I'm having trouble parsing whether this situation is my fault or the job's fault. Are my job responsibilities too much for anyone, or do I just need to learn to be a better worker? What tools do I use to figure this out? [more inside]
posted by AFittingTitle on Jan 4, 2017 - 8 answers

The Anti-Work Reader

I recently came across this article on why the corporate fad of 'time management' is bad. It neatly summarized and expanded on a lot of thoughts I've had about working culture for a while now. Help me find more like it! [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jan 4, 2017 - 7 answers

Help me develop better coping strategies for difficult work environment

Hi all, I am looking for some thoughts and ideas on managing stress and emotions better regarding work stuff, because I've found myself being awfully negative lately, getting into anxiety loops, and dwelling on anger & frustration. What I am going to describe is not a great situation, of which I am fully aware, but there are many, many, many reasons why I have no interest in leaving this job now so please do not suggest it. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Jan 1, 2017 - 9 answers

My passion, at arm's length

Seeking perspective: Am I going to regret it if I take a job in my favorite subject matter but am not going to ever interact with said subject matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2016 - 24 answers

Serious work, working less than full time? Examples? Resources?

Looking for information/examples on ambitious/accomplished people working less than full time. Can you do serious work, and take it seriously, while spending less than 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year on it? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 30, 2016 - 24 answers

How to tell my bosses I'm bored

I'm bored at work. I don't want to be bored. How do I talk about this with my bosses at my performance review? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2016 - 11 answers

How to turn a viral article into work?

I'm a writer. I don't have a steady job and things are looking a little grim. Yet I recently hit the viral jackpot with an article linked on the blue and BoingBoing and all over the place, and it's sprinting toward 40,000 hits since I posted it Tuesday night. Much of it was timing; it was a way to tie up some surprising (to me) feelings I had about Carrie Fisher. Nevertheless, anybody know how you're supposed to use these things for work/job purposes? [more inside]
posted by mobunited on Dec 29, 2016 - 7 answers

In Slack, how to get notified when people DON'T reply?

When sending messages in Slack to specific people, I would like to have a notification if they don't reply back to me within a certain amount of time. How to do this? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Sabotaging myself with lateness and over-sleeping

I've always had difficulty with waking up early and being on time. I've struggled through school and lost jobs because of this. I'm on the brink of being fired again despite my best efforts and I'm feeling desperate and furious with myself. Help! [more inside]
posted by selene_sophia on Dec 22, 2016 - 43 answers

Tips on writing for ESL readers.

I do a lot of work-related communication with people whose English is less than 100% fluent, and sometimes there are miscommunications that I think result from incomplete comprehension of the things that I say. I'd like to do what I can to minimize that. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for a career counselor in Toronto

My cousin and I hold BFA degrees from Europe, so that rules out finding career counselors via universities here. I really want to find someone who can advise us both in our career paths--preferably someone who is experienced in terms of design-related and (operations) management careers. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Dec 21, 2016 - 1 answer

Best men's polo shirts that are not wildly pricey

Looking for the best quality men's polo shirts that can be had in a size XL for a non-exorbitant ($35/under?) price. [more inside]
posted by fairlynearlyready on Dec 21, 2016 - 18 answers

Should I accept job offer?

I've been looking for a new job and have just received an offer that meets many of my criteria, including location and salary - in fact, by many measures, I'd be silly not to accept - but for some reason I'm leaning towards turning it down. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jonrob on Dec 19, 2016 - 6 answers

How to discuss home life with your coworkers when you're polyamorous

I've been polyamorous for a long time, and kept it quiet at work for most of that time because it's seemed unprofessional to do otherwise. But now I work at the kind of place where my teammates and I all know the names of each other's partners and kids's partners and parents and pets and blah blah blah — and I'm in a serious, stable, committed long-term relationship with two people who I hope to spend the rest of my life with, so hiding the existence of one of those two people is starting to feel Real Weird. I also expect to stay at this company for a long time. How can I navigate this situation other than "Keep lying forever"? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Dec 19, 2016 - 62 answers

How to make work... work?

I've worked a lot of crappy, low paying jobs. In fact, that's all my work history has consisted of. I'm looking to change this but I'm really struggling in doing so. So how do I make work work for me? [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Dec 17, 2016 - 12 answers

how to deal with negative work contact

I recently started a new post as a service manager for a small non-profit organisation. One of my volunteers resents me and has also consolidated her power within the organisation so that she is now in a position where I am, in some ways, accountable to her. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons on Dec 17, 2016 - 14 answers

I just can't take this anymore, but

... am I just too sensitive? If I get out, how do I do it? Work edition [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Dec 16, 2016 - 33 answers

When should I tell my co-op employer about my medical needs?

In January I will start a paid, four-month long co-op position as part of a college program. It is likely that for the duration of the work term I will require four to five medical appoints per month (about one per week) as part of a treatment for chronic pain. This includes physio and nerve block injections. These appointments are short (45 minutes to an hour) and do not affect my ability to work. Should I inform them now, or wait until the intake process on my first day?
posted by Gin and Comics on Dec 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Feelings are Dumb and Should Be Hated

Looking for recommendations of articles like this subject of a recent FPP -- Emotions are Work -- with certain features. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Dec 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Recommended Reading for Kicking Ass at Work?

I'm looking for books or blogs to read before I start a senior CS / sub-team supervisor job in January. Things about organization, interpersonal relationships, de-escalating situations and longer term planning then I have a test Tuesday [more inside]
posted by Liger on Dec 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Is there an easy way to rent a car for someone else?

I sometimes need a short-term car rental on behalf of out-of-state employees on short notice. I have no trouble doing this for airfare and hotels, but car rentals have been a unique hassle. Is there an easy way to do this that doesn't put the employee out-of-pocket? [more inside]
posted by churl on Dec 12, 2016 - 12 answers

Asking for the First Raise in My Career

When is the best time of year to ask for a raise and how can I leverage timing and/or a turndown? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Dec 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Good part-time jobs (UK) / how to fund a Masters

What can I do to support myself but also have spare time to spend studying? (So ideally it would be well-paid (not minimum wage).) I'm prepared to do a few months of prep work to be able to get that sort of work. I have a Maths degree, but not much recent work experience. Learning Wordpress? or some other coding thing? (I have a basic level of ability to program, but not enough to make an app or anything.) Something else? [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies on Dec 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Job quitting anxiety

I have to tell my boss that I am not going to renew my contract at Awful Inc. and am really nervous about the whole thing and never finding any (better) job ever again. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Dec 8, 2016 - 15 answers

How to time management? ADHD Edition

I have ADHD and am struggling with time management at work. If you have ADHD, how do you get things done in a timely manner? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Dec 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Finding focus and mental energy for side projects

I would like to spend more free time working on side projects, but I can't find the focus by the end of a workday. Can you? Tell me how. [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Any tips on running a book club at a Jewish non-profit?

I'm going to be starting up a book club at my work, a large Jewish non-profit, and I'm looking for some advice and getting some answers to my questions. HR knows about this and is on board. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Dec 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Does complaints for sexual harrassment result in victim getting fired?

So I am a guy getting harassed by another guy at work, and by the way, this is a "professional work environment". A couple months ago this guy comes up to me and starts making comments like "you are looking good today" and just stares at me for a prolonged period of time with a smirk. And he has said other things too that make me uncomfortable. Now, I do what I can to avoid him but he is trying to gain rapport with me, but I just ignore him; so now it has been 3 months. I was initially going to talk with my boss (the CFO) and let him know what this guy has been doing. But, I have asked this question before on this website, and someone pointed out that I could get fired for making the complaint even though I am the victim. And then I did more research on the internet where victims of sexual harassment can actually get fired for making a complaint. I am just wondering how often does this happen, and if anyone has ever seen it happen before?
posted by pieceofcake on Dec 4, 2016 - 18 answers

Surviving a Toxic Work Place: To Leave or Not To Leave?

I'm the only female in my group at work and I'm rarely spoken to by any of my male colleagues, including my boss...not even courtesy greetings. They avoid me and only talk to me when they need something from me. [more inside]
posted by Kobayashi Maru on Dec 1, 2016 - 27 answers

Should I donate my services to the school auction?

I work for myself doing a particular service for homeowners that is in high demand right now. I'm considering donating a consultation to my kid's school's auction. What should I think about before I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2016 - 14 answers

My best manager did this...maternity edition

I posted this a few months ago and found it very helpful! Can we try again, but this time with maternity leave related questions/answers? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Nov 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Recommend me books about work

I'm looking for books about how to manage your working life effectively. That could be anything from productivity, to managing stress, to interpersonal relationships, to broader musings on work-life balance or authenticity or ambition. I know that the airport bookshops of the world are full of this kind of thing, but what's actually worth reading? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Nov 27, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I moderate exhaustion from career-related emotional labour?

My career requires me to periodically muster up tremendous amounts of emotion, energy, and enthusiasm, and perform huge amounts of emotional labour. It's like a rollercoaster: really fun and exhilarating once it gets rolling, but then it ends and drops me into a pit of fatigue and inertia. I mostly enjoy the highs, but how can I get better at managing the drops? (Lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2016 - 4 answers

how to volunteer for a suicide hotline and yet go to work well-rested?

I'm thinking of volunteering for a suicide hotline. I found the Samaritans', but their volunteer program requires one overnight shift per month. I work 9-5, and cannot afford to show up sleep-deprived on a regular basis. Are there alternatives that do not require overnight shifts? How much sleep can I expect to get during one of the Samaritans' overnight shifts?
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Am I overreacting to an office prank?

My boss and one of my direct reports teamed up to play a public practical joke on me. It feels mean instead of funny. Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2016 - 57 answers

Passport Renewall

I'm an American who has lived in Amsterdam for the past 7 years. I work for a travel company, and have to go to the US at least once a month. Although my passport doesn't expire for another three years, it is now full and no longer valid as each trip to the US takes up one page of stamps (one stamp for entering the US, one stamp for leaving the US, and then the same for Holland). I rarely travel outside of Europe for personal reasons, and more than 3/4 of the stamps in my passport are from work. I now need a new passport due to my extensive work travel, my company will not help chip in for a new one. I have another work trip next week, and now need to pay for an expedited passport on top of the regular fees for the new document. Am I being unreasonable in thinking my employer should help pay for this?
posted by alipie on Nov 24, 2016 - 14 answers

Being diplomatic towards current job during an interview

I'd like to leave my current job because of my boss. How do I handle discussing this kind of thing when I'm asked about why I am leaving during a job interview? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Shake-ups happening at work. Suggestions on how to handle it?

I work as a copywriter at an university in D.C. Lately, things has been piling up at this job with a series of events, and really starting to get to be too much. I'm not exactly sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Can I buy a future for myself?

I'm middle aged, and I seem to be unemployable. But I have some money. Not enough to live off for the rest of my life, but surely enough to start a business. How do I invest €250 000 in a (low-risk) way that provides me with a job and a modest but steady income? I live in an affluent EU country. [more inside]
posted by kattebjorn on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Looking for a leftist lily pad....

In light of the recent election, it has become more evident to me that I need to become part of a community where there is more of a liberal presence. This includes not only political persuasion, but also religious leanings as well. Currently in AZ. I would like to leave this area and relocate to a place that would be a better fit. Additionally, in researching potential cities, I can't help but noticing that a lot of the most desirable leftist cities also have very high costs of living. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Nov 16, 2016 - 39 answers

Letting go of a failed relationship...while we work together?

Gay filter: I am a 23 year old gay male. I started a relationship with a man of the same age that I work with. The relationship started fast and ended even faster. I went back to him after he hurt me, but soon decided enough is enough. Now I can't stand the pain when I see him in work, and I am still lingering over feelings of attachment to him...even though he hurt me! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Lewnatic on Nov 15, 2016 - 10 answers

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