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Is this 'Best Boss Ever' cake too obvious?

I work very closely with my (supportive, hardworking) boss on a daily basis and she's always juggling her ridiculous amount of responsibility with thoughtfully planning little birthday celebrations for her direct reports. No one has stepped up yet to organize something small for her, so I'd like to return the favor in a genuine, humorous way. I'm also sensitive to people who hate going to these types of things and it coming off as a big suck-up event. Suggestions needed! [more inside]
posted by goodnight moon on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 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

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

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

Confused about giving up my job that I know (almost) inside out.

Been working at the same not-for-profit for 4 years and I feel that I'm 'in with the bricks', get on with my colleagues and am the 'go to person' in the organisation. However, I've ALWAYS been unsure about the ethics of my boss regarding such things as favouritism, making rules up as she goes along, finance etc. I've now been offered another job as an Executive Assistant for local council - more money, better holidays etc BUT I'm scared. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

How to cope with working for a narcissist?

I love my job, but my boss' narcissistic personality is causing me a great deal of personal stress. I don't want to leave my job. Looking for resources to help me cope! [more inside]
posted by youdontknowme on Sep 18, 2015 - 18 answers

I don't trust my boss.

I work for a small organization and the more I learn about how my boss runs it, the more wary I become that some of what is happening is not just mismanagement (as I first assumed), but possibly unethical and maybe even fraudulent behavior. Can/should I stay working there? If I stay, how can I work effectively when I have such reservations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Help!! My boss wants to be Facebook friends. What to do?

My boss just sent me a friend request. I would normally just ignore it, but I'm not sure this is the best course of action. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus on Aug 6, 2015 - 35 answers

workplace woes: my boss seems to love correcting + debating minutia

During unofficial, in-between-meetings office banter, I tend to speak "loosely" and casually, giving estimates instead of precise directives. Everyone does this -- it's normal in many breezy conversational settings. Unfortunately, my boss seems to love correcting people or debating minute points, even when they're just riffing informally. I'll be spitballing hypothetically and he'll take that as a super literal representation. I need tips on how to deal! [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jul 16, 2015 - 23 answers

Quick/fun birthday gift ideas for new boss

I need to get a birthday gift for my new boss (I've worked there just a couple of months and this is the first office birthday since I started). I'm told we do gifts around $10 plus lunch for the birthday person. Extra layer of difficulty: the birthday is early next week. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jul 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Most professional way to get out of doing my "Extra" job

For a few months, I have been the acting head of my office while my supervisor went on unexpected leave. I want to give appropriate notice that I am no longer comfortable doing this without a pay raise. How do I do this with the most professional grace? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

If i invite one boss, am I obligated to invite the other?

The CEO of my company shot me a chat saying something alongs the lines of "My wedding invite must have been lost in the mail". (I requested time off from my job and cited the reason that I was getting married). [more inside]
posted by memi on Jun 10, 2015 - 23 answers

my boss is kind of mean

My boss has been very short with me lately, and now it's bordering upon hostile. I can't think of anything that should have provoked this. How do I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Was I being tested, or am I just being paranoid?

Unsure whether my new boss was testing my integrity, or whether I should take his actions at face value. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Boss is undermining friend: to tell or not?

A former colleague & friend from institution A applied for a job at institution B. She did not get the job because the current boss at institution A told the boss at institution B that she was a bad employee. This is untrue. Do I tell my friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2015 - 22 answers

I have to lay people off (while hiring). Help me be a good human.

I am a new boss at a small company and our business model recently changed. I have to hire about 10 new people — and layoff about 10 current staffers. The moves are to bring on the new skills we need for this new era. How can I do this kindly, respectfully, and in a way that sets up the team members who are staying with us for success after this rough period? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on May 22, 2015 - 28 answers

Gift ideas for boss

My boss's birthday is coming up and our small team always gives gifts. I am struggling with what to buy her. I know her well, but I don't want something too personal. Here is some background: We work in mental health crisis. She also lives on a hobby farm where she takes in animals who are in crisis (sick, dying, or on their way to the slaughter house) and has a heart of gold. She loves her chickens and horses. She is a soon to be empty nester. She also enjoys cooking and baking. So far, my only thought is a magazine subscription to the Modern Farmer, but I am not 100% on it. Any thoughts or suggestions?
posted by LinneaJC on May 20, 2015 - 22 answers

How can I stop being so nervous/anxious around my boss?

I started a new job almost 3 months ago now and I'm generally liking it, but I'm still feeling very nervous when I interact with my boss. I almost feel afraid to interact with him. How can I end this? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Mar 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Is this sexist? Should I talk to him about it?

My boss frequently makes comments about the clothes female employees are wearing. I'm wondering if they are considered sexist and if I should talk to him about them. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Mar 20, 2015 - 41 answers

How do I avoid burnout in my new position at a non-profit

I am a detail oriented, personable woman in my late twenties that really likes what I do. I work for a small non-profit that is highly respected in the mid-size town that I live in. Before I had this job I worked in DC on Capitol Hill for several years in a demanding job. Last fall I was promoted to Associate Director. We also got a new Executive Director at that time (he's the one that promoted me). He is a good guy, and I enjoy the environment that I work in. That said... in the past two weeks I have started to feel a little burnout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 14 answers

My potential boss is making me uncomfortable but I need this job

In light of the recent Ask and Meta about sexism at work, I thought I'd bring this dilemma to you guys. My potential boss is flirting heavily with me. I'm not interested in him but I really need the job. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Jan 22, 2015 - 34 answers

What we have here is...

I have a yearly performance review coming up. I need help addressing worsening communication issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 24 answers

Gift etiquette: Boss's children, holiday edition

My direct manager is having an open house / work-related party tonight (the 30th) and he has invited me and most of the department. We are planning on bringing a small 'host' gift, i.e. flowers or chocolates. Since it is so close to Christmas my wife thinks that we should also bring a small gift for each of my manager's two children (~6 and ~2 years old). I'm unsure whether this would be seen as 'sucking up' or if this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Dec 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Gift giving: Secret Santa edition

I have been paired up with a co-worker to be a Secret Santa. Caveat, she is my boss. And she is pregnant. Everyone on my immediate team are public health nerds and/or general data geeks with a sense of humor, so any ideas for a quirky, funny, yet work and situation appropriate gifts are most welcome! Thank you in advance.
posted by mooselini on Dec 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Is my boss out of line or am I?

My job has an externship program that frequently hires externs once their externship is complete and they have completed their degree. I have been mentoring an excellent externship who have out performed any other extern I have mentored. She is fantastic and I want her for our team but my department supervisor refuses to offer her an job. Complication inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 - 16 answers

How to catch hold of a disorganised boss to resign?

I've gotten a job offer I'm happy with. My boss is the distracted, goalpost-is-always-moving kind of guy. As in, his schedule changes day to day, always last minute, even up to the hour before. How is the best way to catch him to advise of my resignation? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Dealing with a Machiavellian Boss

How do I deal with a new boss who has turned out to be extremely Machiavellian? [more inside]
posted by LN on Oct 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Out of office, all the time

My boss travels 300+ days per year, often to countries in which internet and phone connections are unreliable or nonexistent. Communication is often bursty, sporadic, at odd hours, and tinged with anxiety. How can I better manage expectations and limit stress for both of us? [more inside]
posted by a bird, it's a bird on Oct 13, 2014 - 14 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

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

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

Getting yelled at by my boss

Is getting yelled at by your boss really a big deal? [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake on Sep 5, 2014 - 26 answers

How Do I Leave a Job Without Quite Leaving Yet?

I have a new temp-to-perm position, but my boss is a total nightmare! I called the agency that employs me and told them I want to quietly, slowly look at other options. Apparently, this triggers some automatic process wherein the agency calls the hiring director at my job and tells her I'll be leaving and that the company can keep me on as a temp worker until they hire someone new or that they can terminate my contract immediately. This is happening more quickly than I expected! How do I slow it down? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Sep 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Was I rude on accident for not introducing my boyfriend to my boss?

I'm a teacher who didn't introduce my boyfriend to my supervisor at an informal gathering and I'm wondering if I should apologize to to him [the supervisor]? Was this rude or perhaps OK for the circumstance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Said something wrong in front of my boss

What should I do in this situation after saying something stupid in front of my boss? [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake on Aug 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Calling in...intermittently

I have been working for an agency for 8 years in an upper-management position. My new-ish supervisor hates me and is creating a negative/hostile work environment. My doctor thinks I qualify for intermittent FMLA due to workplace related stress. What are people's experiences with using intermittent FMLA? Is it only going to make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

New boss wants to hire his unqualified friend. What to do?

The company I work for has a new owner. He wants to hire a friend to do part of my job, a part I don't want to give up. This friend is grossly unqualified and downright mean, but the owner is head over heels. Help me figure out what to do. (I don't want to do the job of two people. I'm already extremely overworked. I am aware that life is unfair.) Bunches of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by hifidelity on Aug 4, 2014 - 25 answers

How do I get my boss to take my raise request seriously?

I'm underpaid after a year in my first job after Grad school. I've done great work and my boss is happy, but she won't put me up for a raise. I am in the process of looking for a new job and have an interview, but I'd prefer to stay at this one if she would take my request seriously. What's the best course of action? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jul 24, 2014 - 28 answers

Asking for direction at work

I'm in an awkward position at work. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Leadership 101

I am an I.T. worker who does technical work, and does it well. Now, I’ve done it so well for so long, that my supervisor has advanced me to a position of “Team Leader” and I am now in charge of telling other I.T. people what to do. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jul 21, 2014 - 9 answers

But you never asked!

I've had a consistent problem in my work life recently, and I'd love some advice. Since I've had so much trouble getting work, I defaulted to Executive Assistant positions. I figured this was in line with my personality, since I'm fairly thick-skinned and cheerful, and I'm pretty organized. The only problem is that I keep getting temp-to-perm positions where the C-level exec I assist accuses me of forgetting to do things he never asked me to do! [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Jul 17, 2014 - 26 answers

I need a system for managing a shared email inbox.

Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I prepare myself to resolve this toxic situation with my boss?

My boss and I got along fairly well before I got promoted to a full-time position. She was clear about priorities but fairly hands-off, which I liked, and open to questions (of which I had many, since I'm just starting out). At the time of the promotion, I was given many, many additional responsibilities and started to run into a micromanaging side of her I hadn't seen before. And a weird, contradictory expectation. If I asked her things, she started to tell me to figure them out myself. She wanted me to take initiative. Great, I thought. I'm fine with that. Except that when I started taking initiative, she was then critical if I didn't do things in exactly the way she would have done them.... [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Mar 31, 2014 - 14 answers

[sh*tstorm filter] I don't know how (or if) I can/should help a friend

I am unsure on how to advise a friend on a complicated interpersonal matter despite making promises on looking into possible solutions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I do something nice for my boss?

What can I do for my boss that would be nice? I am trying to get back into her good graces and a suggestion was made that I do some one nice thing for her each week. I don't know what she is into. She's not into any of the things that I am. I do know that. Although, I don't necessarily think that matters. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Mar 26, 2014 - 26 answers

Should I formally thank my boss?

I am a hostess at a small, family-owned restaurant. Yesterday, when I got my pay envelope, there was a small note inside indicating that I had gotten a raise (there were no words; it simply showed the hours I had worked multiplied by my new wage). I noted the change, and did not mention it immediately because my boss was not there at the time; I went about my day and forgot about it--until this afternoon. [more inside]
posted by gypsyroseme on Mar 20, 2014 - 33 answers

Should I quit my job?

Overworked and about to be more so. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

New job issues - should I stay and work things out or cut and run?

I started a new job last year and it's becoming clear that things are not going as planned. I'm dealing with a micro managing boss and I am at my wits end. Please help me decide if I should stay and work things out, or start job hunting for something better - wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2014 - 15 answers

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