I am currently interning and hope to work long-term in the environmental field (but office-based). I like outdoor activities but I am a bit overweight, out-of-shape and am inexperienced. Most of the people in my field are super fit and outdoorsy, and have already invited me on a variety of excursions that are way above my skill level. I've had to decline them all because I know it would be unmanageable at my current fitness state, and I'm worried people will just think of me as anti-social and unlikeable. How can I deal with this? [more inside]
I feel like a co-worker is trying to steal my job. We are also friends outside of work so this is difficult to navigate. What to do? [more inside]
I am looking for ideas for a (fun!) baby shower game for my boss who is expecting. The shower is happening in a restaurant with a small group of co-workers so it can't be too involved or outlandish. There's also that whole I-work-with-you atmosphere that makes things that I would normally think of for friends seem strange. Would be thrilled to see if anyone has suggestions. Thanks in advance.
I have been sharing an office with a guy for the last month. We spend 40 hours a week sitting next to each other. Now he asked me to have a day trip with him and his gf on the weekend (just 3 of us). Weird or perfectly fine? [more inside]
There was an incident last week. I have a 1-on-1 with my boss today, and I think I should bring it up with him. How should I bring it up, or is bringing it up a bad idea? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I've been learning new skills to grow at my company, and seemingly successfully, but then suddenly asked to stop by a co-worker (who's been here longer but isn't my supervisor or anything). Story of details inside, but looking for the best response: accept this, or if I can argue against it how best to do so. [more inside]
I just started working at a medical supply company the past 2 months. I was fortunate to land the gig after being laid off from my previous job of 8 years. I have a pretty simple role: Call the doctor offices/clinics/hospitals and etc in order to obtain the necessary docs for insurance billing. We have moved into our own building in July, and our phone system has changed. Recently, I've been taking a lot of phone calls that belongs to other departments. I end up troubleshooting the issue for the patient before eventually transferring the call to the appropriate party. At times when I put the patient on hold and call one of my co-workers to explain what is going on, it seems like they don't want to take the call thus they tell me what to say or do. It's one of the more frustrating things at times when you're still new and trying to figure things out promptly without coming off as a total newbie. Every time I approach a certain person at work, she jokingly says "you're not looking for me right"? As much as I'd like to resolve an issue over the phone, I don't want to compromise my specific job duties for the sake of other people's convenience in not taking inbound calls. Maybe I just have to learn from experience on not biting more than I can chew in regards to the type of circumstance taking place. Anyone's 2 cents on the matter is much appreciated as always.
I am the owner of a very small business which I purchased (with 2 silent partners) 3 years ago. On most days there is only me and two other employees. The problem I'm having is my two employees have gotten into some type of conflict where they are now not speaking to one another. [more inside]
Gift ideas for veterinary co-workers that have recently helped me with my cats? [more inside]
Previously happy work environment has started to show signs of toxicity. I loved my job until recent weeks. Is it time to look to getting out now or can this be salvaged? [more inside]
Snacks for my co-workers? [more inside]
She wants my advice, my empathy, my help, and my attention. I just want to date her. What is my next move? [more inside]
Part-timer and fairly new in the office. I want to hand out Christmas cards to my co-workers this year but there are a few people out of my department whom I've not spoken to besides "hi" and "bye" because our jobs simply don't require us to cross paths. Should I do cards for everyone anyway? [more inside]
My one-time crush is looking most definitely unrequited but now I'm worried that my feelings of friendship are. This deeply saddens me. How to proceed after being rejected on what is looking like two fronts? [more inside]
Why might my co-worker talk about the two of us hanging out after work and then never follow through? Details of our situation inside, of course. [more inside]
I am an introvert and the recent stimulation is making me miserable. How do I approach my boss for an office?
I am an introvert. The situation/stimulation at work has escalated to a painful level. What is the best way to approach my boss to get an (available) office? [more inside]
I'm heading overseas in 6 months, on-again/off-again girl is heading overseas next week for 8 months. She wants to catch up at a festival in a foreign country....good idea/bad idea? (complications inside) [more inside]
How do you include yourself in exclusionary conversations? [more inside]
How do I make sure I get off on the right foot with my new co-workers? [more inside]
recently started going to therapy. how do i explain (or not explain) to co-workers why i am missing an hour of work every week? [more inside]