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How to reject a gift (bribe?)?

I just got a very personal gift(TM) from someone in my company. This kinda feels like a bribe, because she's always asking for work favours. I want to not accept it, but nicely. [more inside]
posted by milque on Jan 17, 2017 - 22 answers

How to support a colleague with a sick cat?

My colleague's cat is ill and it sounds like things may not go well. We work in a small, friendly, collegial group, but we aren't friends exactly (e.g. don't talk/hang out outside of work) so I want to be careful not to overstep; but I do want to be as supportive as possible, especially if the outcome isn't good. [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog on Jan 6, 2017 - 14 answers

How do I explain this to my boss?

I am being considered for a promotion and am scheduled to have a chat with my boss about it next week. At the same time, I'm going to need to tell my boss that a colleague (at the same level as me but newer) hasn't been doing his work and that I've had to take it on in order to meet a deadline. How do I explain this to the boss in a way that doesn't come back to bite me? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jan 5, 2017 - 11 answers

Working with an overbearing, disorganized colleague

I have a senior colleague who is dedicated, bright, well-meaning, and hard-working, but extremely scatter-brained and not particularly respectful of other people's opinions. I started this job recently, and worked with this person in a team for the first few months. It made me miserable and affected my performance and health. I have to work with him again soon. How do I keep my sanity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2016 - 19 answers

Some of my coworkers are incompetent. Help me be less annoyed by them.

I really, really like my job - but the one major downside is that a not-insignificant number of my colleagues are incompetent. How to not let these people get to me? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Feb 2, 2016 - 35 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

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

My colleague has disappeared

My colleague and somewhat friend has not come into work for three days and doesn't answer her phone or doorbell. I am starting to worry and don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

How do you deal with rude people?

I'm really sick of dealing with rude people. Its like everywhere I go people are terribly rude and mean. Like people who are supposed to be doing their jobs and greeting you and being polite. I respect and treat people good but they are rude and condescending and it makes me so angry because I don't understand why they talk to me in such a way when I haven't done anything wrong. [more inside]
posted by home on Feb 27, 2015 - 46 answers

Relating to a colleague who has come out as Transgender to me

A woman at work came out to me earlier this week as Transgender (she is, I am fairly certain, a woman who was assigned male at birth). I'm not sure I handled it well and based on the generally sensible, kind, and intelligent way that Trans* issues are discussed on Metafilter (especially when compared to other places on the web) I am hoping for some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 23 answers

Why would someone have several bachelor's degrees?

A certain (older) contact of mine on a certain business networking website is listed as having three bachelor's degrees. Out of curiosity, what possibly led them down this path rather than getting master's degrees in those subjects? (I hope I don't sound creepy, but said colleague rarely discusses their education in depth.)
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 9, 2014 - 39 answers

Help me (emotionally) graduate from middle school.

This question is very difficult for me to ask, but it has been on my mind enough that I need to swallow my pride and throw it out to you fine folks. I have not been a teen for over a decade; I am, overall, a well-adjusted adult. I am at the top of my game professionally, I am happily married, and I have some wonderful friends. I also have perspective on "real issues"... I've survived some fairly significant tragedies and dealt with family drama that has rendered my therapist speechless. So why do I let the petty antics of a few former friends (who are also colleagues) ruin my day? [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jul 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Work problem got moved to collegue, feel bad about it.

I wasn't happy with my work-issued laptop and mentioned this to my supervisor. He announced a switch, my collegue would get my laptop and I would get her new one, which is due to arrive next week. She is not happy with it either, but didn't protest. I feel bad about it. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Triton on Jun 18, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I not mess this up?

How do you have a platonic relationship with someone who has expressed non-platonic interest in you? Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Mar 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Workplace mistake: What to do when my coworker throws me under the bus?

My office was submitting a grant and the wrong application was uploaded to the grant agency website. My coworker submitted the final documents - and it is clear to me already that he will find a way to throw me under the bus if he has to, to protect his interests. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 12 answers

What can I do about a sick person who insists on coming to work?

My clearly ill coworker refuses to go home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 - 58 answers

Stinky coworker

How can I de-stink my immediate surroundings when I have no control over the source of the stink? Or, how can I learn to get used to the smell? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Shower me with shower ideas

I'm hosting a bridal shower for a colleague at work. What games can we play that are easy to execute? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Jul 12, 2012 - 7 answers

We don't want to be the mean girls

I am navigating a very awkward, uncomfortable situation with a coworker who wants us to be friends. I'm in need of smart, sensible advice on how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 - 85 answers

Colleague problem. Problem colleague. What do I do?

My colleague is becoming a nightmare to work with, and I'm worried both about our shared projects and about her personally. There's no clear official procedure to follow, and taking it further up the ladder is getting me nowhere. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How fortuitous. Now get out of my sandbox.

My boss recently hired a former coworker for an open position in the department. This person will be working on many of the same tasks and projects as I am. He was both well-liked and skilled at the job when he left years ago, and I am afraid that he's going to come back and completely outshine me. How can I handle this situation professionally? [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Mar 22, 2011 - 11 answers

How to support a colleague going through a divorce

A colleague is going through a divorce. He told our boss and me that his wife left him last week. I feel really sorry for him. What should I do to support him through this period? [more inside]
posted by bbyboi on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Business Advice for the Mathematically Challenged

A colleague has asked me to share an office space with her. We are not in the same place financially in our careers. I'm trying to figure out what would be a fair deal for both of us, but I can't seem to get my head around the business logic. Can you guys help? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Sep 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Job Dilemma

Do I take this job or shove it? Great opportunity except for one thing. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 2, 2010 - 11 answers

"I like you but hate your taste in books". Can this be improved?

What's the most polite way to return a book to someone who loved it, and lent it to you because they were sure that you would also love it -- but which is so far from your preferred genres that there is no way you will ever get through it? [more inside]
posted by impluvium on Apr 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Creative office hiding places for an ongoing coworker prank?

My colleague and I are in a battle to hide a silly stress toy in each other's work spaces. Help me think of creative ways to get it to him! [more inside]
posted by aquanet on Apr 13, 2010 - 47 answers

Please help me come up with an appropriate gift for an injured colleague.

Please help me come up with an appropriate gift for an injured colleague. (Warning: the injury description within is a little gruesome, but, I think, necessarily so. Please be advised if you're squeamish.) [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Feb 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me get out of this weird friendship!

How do I politely and professional break of ties with a sort of creepy former colleague? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 24 answers

I wonder if I can buy a gag in the company colours...

Please help me find the most tactful way to deal with a coworker who never shuts up. Long ranty details follow. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 22, 2008 - 29 answers

How can I deal with a person at work who seems to be publicly shunning me?

How can I deal with a person at work who seems to be publicly shunning me? (She is not my direct supervisor, but she does hold some control over the funding for my department, and therefore, my job.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2008 - 20 answers

Clarence Thomas good judgement filter:

Should I report my colleague's sexual harassment? I am a male faculty member at a unionized academic institution. A male colleague frequently uses sexual innuendo during department meetings. (Examples: After being assigned a task: "I like to get used" to the more offensive: "I was orgasmic!") But now he's taken to making some comments to others one-on-one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2006 - 31 answers

What do I get you?

SayonaraFilter: I've shared an office with a colleague for 3 years and tomorrow is his last day. I would very much like to get him some sort of sincere gift, but he doesn't drink booze or eat chocolate, so that's both my plans nixed already. To make matters worse... [more inside]
posted by russmail on Nov 10, 2005 - 36 answers

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