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[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

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

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

Is this person sabotaging my chances at getting a job?

I have recently finished my doctorate and am interviewing for postdoc positions. I gave my main PhD advisor as a referee. Twice now I have failed at getting a job after the reference check despite being assured that the job is mine after the interview. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 30 answers

How to deal with an overbearing, perfectionsist boss?

I am from the United States and love my new job in a developing country. I believe in what the organization is trying to accomplish. There are two bosses. One is laid back and lets me do my thing. The other is a complete perfectionist who is so overbearing at times that I want to cry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Use headhunter as well as the boss-approved method to get an interview?

I was contacted about a job with a company by a HR recruiter (not from that company) on LinkedIn. I was aware of this job from the company’s website and also I have a friend who is working at that company in a peer position. That friend said he spoke to his boss, and his boss said I should apply for the job via the company's website, so I did. Would there be any benefit following up with the HR recruiter from LinkedIn anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Telling a new boss about a medical condition?

My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Professionalism 101?

One of my colleagues often disparages my work to our customers. I'm not sure how to react and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Getting over a toxic boss in time for a new job

For the past year or so, I've been supervised by an especially moody and critical manager. Fortunately, my contract ended and I'm getting ready to start a new job at a different organization. How can I get over my grudges and feel confident in my new position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me have a pleasant farewell to this F#%! job in the final days.

I recently gave my two week's notice at work. It seemed to go well, but now my boss seems to be turning it into a negative thing by freaking out and being dramatic. Please help me navigate my last few days here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Saying "That won't be possible" isn't really possible

The question: Should I provide a lukewarm reference for my recently fired ex-manager to avoid awkwardness? Or should I tell him no, and if so, what is the code language to use? I can't say "Sorry, that won't be possible" for reasons outlined herein. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 40 answers

Is it me or my job?

I recently began my first job six months ago at a creative agency. Now, I'm unsure if I should continue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2013 - 11 answers

It's Not Me, It's You

I'm asking this question because I can't really verbalize it as well as I'd like to since I'm trying to look at it from all perspectives. I've been under the management or oversight for a couple of total assholes this past year and a half. The first was the director of the graduate program I am on leave from, and the second is my current boss, a cafe owner. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 32 answers

I have thirty minutes to make my boss stop hating me.

My boss treats me like garbage. My coworkers encouraged me to set up a meeting with her to discuss how we can have a better relationship. Our meeting is tomorrow and I'm regretting scheduling this talk. How can I go through with it and get the best results without humiliating myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 23 answers

You lying asshole.

So I'm on a performance plan at work due to dishonesty. Please help me turn this around. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2012 - 53 answers

How to convey to my boss that I'm not incompetent?

Despite my otherwise agreeable work environment, I have a boss who's increasingly scolding me for following standard procedures and doing my job as normal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

is my old boss giving me a bad deal?

I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Dealing with a boss who won't take no for an answer

I'm being asked to engage in business practices that are probably bad for my company in the long run and driving me nuts personally. I'm also a new temp and not in a great position to rock the boat. Is there any way to make this situation more bearable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 14 answers

It's time to change for the better

Fast forward one year later, boss situation changed again. Help me make it change for the better this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Would I Be an Office Tattletale?

I have a newish job at a law firm. I like it. It's not in my field and I'm a bit overqualified, but I need the money and a sense of accomplishment. I work very hard, am trying to learn quickly, and have had excellent, enthusiastic feedback from my boss. However, a coworker who has some problems with my work style and constantly tells me I'm a sloppy worker wants to have a sit-down meeting with me at Starbucks tomorrow to discuss my work. This person is not my boss, and my actual boss has made it clear to me that this person is in no way my boss. Do I tell my real boss what this guy is doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 - 47 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for a new job?

Should I tell my boss I am looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 26 answers

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it.

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it. Much more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 49 answers

Wrong Career Move- Advice Please

Wrong Career Move- Advice Please [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

how to talk to boss about subpar work due to depression

Boss wants to talk about why I haven't been in the office that much these past few months and why my work is not up to par. I've been struggling with depression. How can I talk to him about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 28 answers

What do I ask a person who's job it will be to tell me what to do?

I have the chance to interview people who are likely to be my manager. What should I ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Please calm my job-related anxieties

In a flurry of self-doubt, excitement, apprehension regarding my career, boss. and social life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I tell my supervisor I'm interviewing elsewhere when I need them as a reference?

I have a job interview next week. Meanwhile, my current supervisor is anxious to start the work plan and budget process for 2012. I feel dishonest committing to projects that I have no intention of carrying out. I need my supervisor as a reference and I can't burn this bridge - how do I tell my boss I'm interviewing elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard?

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard? I've noticed certain behaviors about my boss that bother me, and I need some validation and outside opinion on whether my boss is being overboard. Everyone else at work seems to just shut up and accept such behavior. To what extent are these things acceptable in a work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 28 answers

My boss hates me.

So, my new manager doesn't like me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it just communication problems or does my boss think I'm incompetent?

Do I have a chip on my shoulder or is my boss underestimating me? Or maybe it's both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

how to survive perfectionist boss until a new job offer comes

My boss is brilliant at what he does - except for the management part. He is highly critical of himself and others, has little to no people skills, and he's making me miserable. It's making me self-doubt my abilities and the negativity is creeping into my personal life. What can I do to deal with my perfectionist boss while I make my exit strategy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 - 8 answers

I already work for you for free!

Can you help me navigate a conflict situation regarding differing expectations for my responsibilities as a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 23 answers

How to deal with screaming boss

My boss is harassing me, she has always been hyper and hateful, but this week was hell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 - 25 answers

my boss seems to want my job at her salary.

My boss's work-related (lack of) boundaries is really getting on my nerves. Help me figure out how to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Hope me.

My boss never says "please" or "thank you." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 - 36 answers

Change, so far, is not a good thing

New boss in old job with political connections/implications, help us make this work [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

I DO care about how you do it BUT not about the final results

How much impact does a boss have over an employee’s happiness and career? What is your experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Blub, you lose!

What has helped you take criticism better, and avoid losing your nerve when you feel that your work is being evaluated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Do I have to tell my boss I'm applying for another job in our office before I land it?

I am applying for a job within my small department. Career counselor says I MUST tell my boss this before landing the job. I don't wanna, but can't see a way around it either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Never be friends with your boss?

My friend is now my boss. How does our friendship change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

My boss thinks I'm dumb. Maybe I am.

My boss thinks I'm incompetent. Maybe I am. Sinking self esteem inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Should I take a loan from my boss?

I'm strapped for cash, and am saving up money to move to a cheaper place in a few months. My boss has offered to personally loan me money to help me move. Should I take him up on his offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Really? You're not coming in today? Well, that's a shock.

My boss is a compulsive liar. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 27 answers

Crappy situation at work, who is at fault?

Either I am oblivious to my own ineptitude, or my boss is reacting disproportionately, how do I tell? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I tell my boss I don't like my job?

Do I tell my boss that I'm unhappy at my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Should I Get My Boss In Trouble?

I have the opportunity to get my boss, who has been very nasty towards me lately, into a lot of trouble, with the distinct possibility that there will be little to no blowback on me. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 39 answers

I would give you a heads of but I would like to keep my head.

I am in the process of applying for a new job. I have not told my current employer that I am doing so. I would prefer that my new perspective employer not contact my current one. What do you do when they say they will need to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Please don't fire me QUITE yet?

How can I minimize the risk of getting fired from my current job when the boss finds out I'm seeking employment somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 - 14 answers

I screwed my new boss. Now I want to date him. Help?

One week into my new job, I slept with my boss. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 40 answers

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