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Really nice coworker - who is also a Trump believer

I work at a small company and sit in the vicinity of someone who is very nice, friendly, helpful. Right now, I can not stand his stupid smiling face. He was already a bit annoying but tolerable in small doses. [more inside]
posted by puppup on Nov 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Is this bullshit or am I nuts? Workplace edition.

I was hired a year and a half ago to a position that I very much like and work very hard at in an extremely niche field. Everything has gone swimmingly until this week. Looking for some extra outside insight into this situation. Anybody had this happen to them? Or something similar? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Oct 21, 2016 - 16 answers

My boyfriend doesn't like life with me and our baby.

I found out my bf has been telling a female coworker he's unhappy with me and our newborn baby. I am hurt and angry. Now what? [more inside]
posted by piranna on Oct 14, 2016 - 33 answers

Bad coworker question #842

I live in the U.S. in a fairly progressive city. I have an ethnic sounding last name, an ethnicity which happens to be uncommon to this area and so it makes my name easily identifiable and, apparently, memorable. My co-worker feels the need to sing my full name, at random, in an accented voice that is characteristic of my ethnicity. This is loud enough for all of my cube neighbors to hear. Yeah, awkward. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Sep 27, 2016 - 31 answers

Coworker is a registered sex offender and I'm having a hard time dealing

I recently found out my coworker is a registered sex offender - plead guilty to molesting a 7 yr old girl. How do I get over this? [more inside]
posted by amme on Sep 20, 2016 - 33 answers

How do I put someone at ease? Complication: potential mutual attraction

I have to work very closely with someone that seems to be very anxious around me. Is there anything I can do to make this person more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I completely and utterly ignore a pretty unpleasant co-worker?

How do I completely and utterly ignore a pretty unpleasant co-worker? It is starting to affect my mood & ability to work. He is in my field of vision (2 meters away from me) and his negativity is… radiating? I cannot block the view, that would be pure passive aggressiveness. [more inside]
posted by BlackBirdFly on Jul 27, 2016 - 37 answers

Mean coworker makes me dread going to work

I think my coworker at the cafe I work at is treating me really passive-aggressively. Is there anything I can do to ease the tension? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Jul 23, 2016 - 27 answers

Impossible work situation...

I had a friend hire me for a job, and quickly use her position over me to cut my hours and cause me undue stress. I'm at a loss as to what is actually going on, and how to proceed from this point on. [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova on Jul 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Fables about workplace behavior: focus on your job instead of mine

Please share your published stories/fables/whatever that communicate this simple idea: focus on your job instead of mine. I'd especially like something geared toward children. [more inside]
posted by teabag on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Need advice dealing with micromanaging coworker

I’m relatively new in a job (just shy of 1 year) and am trying to figure out the best way to deal with a micromanaging coworker. This coworker, while my peer and not my supervisor has many years experience at this job and in this industry. Still, her involvement often leaks into what should be my role, not hers. [more inside]
posted by TheGreatSloth on Apr 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Work Peer Keeps Doing my Job; Help.

I'm a relatively newer addition to a special education team, having started in October although I am a 12+ year veteran teacher. There are 5 teachers who share a classroom, we each have caseloads of about 30 students each. A big part of our work beyond supporting the students is paperwork. We have a lot of reports to write, state requirements to file, etc. The problem is there's one other teacher who double-checks everything I do and is making my job a nightmare. I want her to stop but she won't. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Mar 11, 2016 - 21 answers

Dealing with a needy & draining coworker

A needy coworker that sits behind me relies heavily on me as a lunch/social companion, I have made a few work friends myself that I prefer to hang out with ,and have tried to invite her out along as a an attempt to help her meet some new friends, but she always ends up completely silent at the table and makes everyone uncomfortable. She's not a pleasant person to socialize with in the first place, how may I untangle myself from her without causing strife at work? [more inside]
posted by 01080591 on Mar 7, 2016 - 12 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

Co-workers will know I got a raise! What can I do?

Short Version: I got a raise and my coworkers will find out. This makes me feel uncomfortable and I want to know the best way to handle the situation. Has anyone been through something like this before? Long Version below. [more inside]
posted by Girl from Ipanema on Dec 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Not attending friend's wedding

How much money should I give to a friend for not going to their wedding? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Aug 31, 2015 - 14 answers

How to ask my coworker to stop chewing gum so loudly?

My coworker chews gum really loudly and it annoys me. Best way to tell him (if at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2015 - 18 answers

Co-worker drama over complaining

Navigating the post-friendship relationship with someone in a small work environment. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jul 20, 2015 - 28 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

Distance myself from an annoying work friend

I've got a coworker who I've gotten to know over the last 6ish months. He's made a big attempt to be friends. We've hung out together socially a few times. I've realized that I just can't stand his personality. I don't enjoy spending time with him. He's not a bad person. I just don't enjoy hanging out with him. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz on May 23, 2015 - 22 answers

How to deal with hostile, but passive-aggressive, coworker?

I recently took some disability-related work accomodations and time off. This pissed off a coworker of mine, who doesn't think I should get accomodations for a disability she doesn't think is that serious. Since then, she's been treating me badly at work and taking passive-aggressive action against me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb on May 21, 2015 - 32 answers

A coworker of mine keeps trying to get me in trouble

I think a co-worker of mine actively has it out for me. He tried to get me fired by reporting my moonlighting work. What should I do, if anything? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by AspirinPill on May 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Not Getting Distracted by a Work Crush

How do I not get distracted by, and keep in perspective, a work crush? [more inside]
posted by bearette on May 3, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I be a better coworker?

I wrote a note at work that read, "Someone threw away my pizza that was labeled and in the fridge for less than a day. I was expecting to have that for dinner. That sucked. Please don't do that." Now there's drama. I know I handled this badly but I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Apr 26, 2015 - 41 answers

Can I suggest my colleague we share a hotel bedroom?

A couple of weeks ago a female coworker I hadn´t had much contact with approached me (male) in a more-friendly-than-usual way and after chatting for a while told me she would be interested in attending a seminar she knew I was attending out of town. She asked me if the two of us could travel together. We did and spent the day together at this event sharing the trips, breaks, and meals. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Apr 24, 2015 - 69 answers

Can I send a condolence card under these circumstances?

I just found out that a colleague of mine from a while ago died suddenly. I'd like to send a condolence card to her brother, but I'm not sure it's appropriate. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Apr 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Dreading the negative review I have been asked to write about coworker.

I have to write an honest but negative review of a co-worker I have shared a room with for nearly five years. We are friendly and she considers me an ally in the office and she is going to feel betrayed and I feel terrible about it. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Apr 8, 2015 - 25 answers

I no longer want to be friends with my friend/co-worker. What to do?

How should I handle a work relationship after having gone on a 7-day vacation where my friend and co-worker revealed herself to be selfish and inconsiderate? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Is it unfair to tell my colleague I'm in love with her?

I'm in love with my female colleague. We went on a date in 2014 and left it as friends. Now I'm thinking of finding a new job - should I tell her why or is this unfairly burdening someone else with my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 53 answers

What is he DOING in the bathroom?

I work in a small office. The boss of our group works remotely but is in town occasionally. One of my (male) coworkers tends to go to the washroom 1-2 times a day for periods of 20-40 minutes, when our boss is not in town, but abstains from this behaviour when the boss is around. What could he be doing in the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by sockermas on Jan 22, 2015 - 73 answers

Competitive colleague trying to take my big project - help!

A colleague of mine is fairly new to the organisation and wants to make a big splash. So far, however, although he talks a very good game his actual work has been a real letdown to those who have seen it. I, unfortunately, do not talk a good game (though I'm working on it). My work, however, is considered excellent. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jan 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Romantic Triple Threat! How to move forward?

I’ve fallen for my coworker-friend-roommate I’ve known for a year-and-a-half, and I need advice on how to escalate without it all blowing up in my face. We've roomed together (just the two of us) for six weeks, but I've been away for half that time. Also, we get along well and flirt occasionally, but I’m the worst at reading signs. [more inside]
posted by Nunipaht on Dec 28, 2014 - 46 answers

How do I deal with a co-worker making harmful allegations at new job?

I am starting a new job tomorrow with a former co-worker with whom I have had a tumultuous past with. She has approached management and stated that she feels uncomfortable and unsafe working with me. What course of action do I take and what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Oct 26, 2014 - 22 answers

How to not let negative coworker get me down?

I work in the same department as a very good friend of mine, we'll call him Tom. Tom hates his job and is very vocal about it all the time. I don't know how to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Sticky Work Situation - Worth Bringing Up?

I'm in a sticky work situation. My account manager, who I'm partnered with, is pretty great overall - tries to be understanding, gives me enough rope to succeed but enough support to perform, even spends extra hours with me for development. But we're all in our early to mid-twenties, which can be kind of a rough age. One of our other account managers is pretty blunt, quite potty-mouthed, abrasive with terrible delivery. For example, she will regularly say people "shit the bed" "absolutely fucking suck" "is a sack of shit" as a reason not to work with them. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 8, 2014 - 31 answers

Should we pay friends to babysit?

Mrs. Zooropa and I have a 17-month old, and are finally having a date night tomorrow night. We are new to the area, and have few friends and no family nearby. A co-worker of mine and his wife have agreed to babysit for us. Here's our quandary: do we pay them? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 18, 2014 - 35 answers

Are we talking or are you trying to give me an eskimo kiss?

I have a co-worker that is a close-talker and it makes me uncomfortable. We are becoming good friends and I enjoy talking with with her, but if we are face to face I find myself having to back away. If I am sitting at my desk, sometimes she will come behind my desk and stand right next to me while I am sitting in my chair and lean in so that we are face to face. I need some advice on how to non-nonchalantly ask her to not close-talk or at least give me a little bit of space. She is great and I do not want to hurt her feelings so I want to let her know casually if possible. Background if it matters...Im a guy. She is not hitting on me and does not like me (I know because I have seen her do the same to others and she has a long term boyfriend).
posted by frednorton on Jul 16, 2014 - 29 answers

The Quiet Man and Knocky Guy at My Office

Short version: new coworker stands in my doorway not saying a word while I am at my computer until I notice him and another coworker bangs on doorway while barging in. Can I do anything about these two? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 8, 2014 - 25 answers

Social Media Protocol: Unfriending a Coworker Edition

What's the protocol for blocking/unfriending a coworker if you still want to be friends with almost all your other coworkers on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Beyond Flowers

I work with a woman whose adult son passed away a little over a year ago. My mom also passed away 2.5 years ago, and we really connected over our losses. Last year for Mother's Day I sent my co-worker some standard flowers. This year I'd like to do something different, but need ideas. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Apr 28, 2014 - 17 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

Less talkie, more workie.

I work in a small office environment: there's me, two other people who do the same job that I do, my boss, and his administrative person. I genuinely like everyone that I work with, which is wonderful. However, I'm encountering a problem with my boss's administrative person, who I'll call Cathy. Cathy has an irritating habit of cornering me and my co-workers into long "conversations" that eat up a lot of my workday, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Feb 21, 2014 - 25 answers

Why am I so hung up on this jerk?

I've been nursing a crush on one of the bartenders at the restaurant where I work for a few months. I always knew that he had "a way with the ladies," so to speak, but didn't realize how much of a ridiculous womanizer he is until I had lunch with a friend today and she spilled the details to me and ugh I FEEL TERRIBLE AND STUPID. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by takemetosocktown on Feb 17, 2014 - 22 answers

Welcome to our company! Here, have a pony.

My office is looking for ideas on housewarming presents to welcome new employees. (Semi urgent as we have someone new starting Monday.) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 24, 2014 - 33 answers

Can I offer to help this person (without being condescending)?

I teach at a night school. One of my coworkers is a reserved 45 y.o. Literature teacher with whom I share my 10-minute walk back home once or twice a week, plus conversations during breaks. Although this man seems very well-read and intelligent, for some reason he does not have a cell phone or e-mail address and does not use the internet. I feel that he might gain access to a wealth of resources which could be very interesting to him by learning the basics (google, youtube) about the web. I would like to offer him some help to start surfing, but I understand that my suggestion-although well intentioned-might conceivably be perceived as condescending and even intrusive. Should I try this? [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Oct 30, 2013 - 31 answers

My coworkers are brushing me off, is there anything I can do?

Two months ago I started teaching at a small community college, a 90 minute drive away from home, two afternoons a week. There are two other teachers who live in the same neighborhood as me who also work at the same college. Actually, it was one of them who alerted me about an opening position there and told me it would be a good opportunity for me. Only one of the three of us owns a car and the three of us carpooled a few times when I started work there. Then, one day I stopped receiving texts saying "We'll pick you up at X". [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Oct 18, 2013 - 33 answers

How do I get over a co-worker I have a crush on?

I am a lesbian with a crush on a male co-worker. That, however, is only the beginning of my troubles. At first I was willing to just laugh off my crush to myself as something silly and unimportant (I mean, I understand human sexuality is weird and fluid, whatever), but recently my crush went out of town for a week and I found myself missing him a lot more than I thought I would, so much so to the point that I ended up texting him something innocuous and then crying when he didn't write back. I've decided that this is getting ridiculous and I need to get ahold of myself. So how do I get over someone I see almost every day? Fuller explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by gypsyroseme on Oct 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Over-fragranced co-workers; HR hems and haws.

I need help. I understand this has been covered in Metaland; I even cut and pasted part of the prior posts when I left the worst offender a note. She promised to tone her perfume down; and she did for a bit. She was very sweet. Then she started popping microwave popcorn every day. (It's a large room with about 20 cubicles.) She's next to me and the smell makes me ill. I e-mailed HR, who said, "Get your supervisor involved" and "We'll bring it up at the next policy meeting." That'll be ten years. My supervisor retired this summer and I am waiting for the replacement person. We now have new people, one of who thinks it's OK to splash on after lunch. I am pretty desperate. Thanks for any ideas, outside of one of those masks...which would certainly send a message....
posted by Prairie on Sep 24, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I let a coworker know I'm unequivocally interested in him?

With the caveat that I know 'shitting where I eat' is a bad idea, I'd like to let a coworker know I'm interested in him. Asking him out isn't an option too, because I'm pretty shy and would probably blush and flub anything that's supposed to be casual. How do I do this? We have zero interaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 30 answers

How to ask out a coworker?

How to/Should I ask my coworker, who may not even know my name, out on a date? [more inside]
posted by Robocat on Aug 31, 2013 - 22 answers

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