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Shitting where you eat.

I made the very classic mistake of sleeping with a coworker and now trying to pretend nothing happened. What is the protocol for this, because I have suspicions she is breaking it. Medium-long post. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Challenged by coworker's personality

How to keep perspective about a coworker that I dislike, and maintain focus on work? [more inside]
posted by LeeNicholson on Feb 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Feeling like a perpetual schadenfreude victim.

Annoyed by annoying coworker...and it's eating me. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 - 23 answers

take this coworker and shove him

I'm leaving my job in part because of a toxic coworker. Do I tell my bosses the real reason for my departure, and how? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Dec 1, 2011 - 28 answers

I've made a huge tiny mistake

Should I run away from the job I just got because a to-be-coworker's wife is sending up danger signs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I get my coworker to stop barging in on my and everyone else's conversations?

A coworker keeps intruding on everyone's conversations. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 - 14 answers

What's the proper way to deal with an unpleasant coworker who's older than you and has worked there longer?

What's the best way to handle a situation where you feel a coworker isn't treating you as well as they should? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Oct 22, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm attracted to a new co-worker, it's making me act all stupid, and there's no escape. Halp!

I'm attracted to a new co-worker, it's making me act all stupid, and there's no escape. What techniques or strategies can I use to turn myself back into a sensible adult when I'm around her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 - 19 answers

I Don't Want to Jobshare With this Crazy Lady Anymore.

Help. I'm in a job-share situation with a woman who is making everything very difficult and I think I want to quit. Shortest version possible: I got hired the second week of school as a middle school special education teacher in my #1 choice of district; I had been very excited about the possible opportunities here. However, I'm hired to share the job 50% of the time with someone who has been doing the job forever, and according to my coworkers, who does the job very badly. And she's making every day miserable for me and all I want to do is quit. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Oct 5, 2011 - 28 answers

My annoying coworker is turning me into a rageaholic

How can I stay calm and productive when I have the most annoying coworker in the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 15 answers

My socially disordered coworker scares me more than he annoys me.

Coworker definitely has a social disorder (undiagnosed) and the suggestions given by my boss to handle the situation have not worked and I've become very anxious and have difficulty keeping myself from acting out towards this person when they continue with the unsettling behavior. [more inside]
posted by RoadMapper on Sep 6, 2011 - 45 answers

FAA furlough help

My coworker's wife was furloughed from the FAA. I'd like to help out in some small way... what's appropriate? [more inside]
posted by underflow on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

What's the protocol for drunken office hookups?

I drunkenly hooked up with a coworker. We haven't talked about it since. Should we? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 - 32 answers

Please help me deal with my friend/coworker who is an alcoholic.

How can I deal with an alcoholic coworker/friend? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jun 15, 2011 - 8 answers

What kind of present can I get my coworker?

My coworker (and friend) just got an amazing new job, I'd like to get him a small gift... but what? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on May 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me avoid my awkward coworker

I started a small beer club at work with some of my coworkers. One of them invited a coworker who makes me incredibly uncomfortable. How do I get out of this? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on May 10, 2011 - 35 answers

Irritating but Harmless

How do you deal with people you see often and find annoying? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Mar 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Stop touching me!

My coworker is touching me and I need to make her stop without making a scene. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 54 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

I suck at reading men and he's like Gravity's Rainbow

Hi. This was me eight weeks ago. I still have a crush on my coworker and I am still pretty certain he feels something too, but he's acting hot and cold and I can't decipher WTF is going on. Please help me catch or release. [more inside]
posted by supermetasock on Mar 3, 2011 - 52 answers

Should I let him stay in the closet?

I had a crush on a boy. It ended badly; he confessed to me that he doesn’t know if he is straight or gay or bi. There was crying, hugging, and complete regret from him since he has never told anyone this ever. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Jan 17, 2011 - 31 answers

Meddling coworker.

Change of venue: meddling coworker. [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Dec 29, 2010 - 36 answers

Meet me at the water cooler in three weeks?

I'm crushing on a coworker - what to do? Complication: extended business trip [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 26 answers

Stuck with a Know-It-All/Pontificator

If I am trapped in a meeting or group with a co-worker who likes to hear himself talk (I mean really pontificate)...how do I go zen on it all? How do I adjust my own frustration? He sometimes has an entourage/fan club which isn't my business but I get really frustrated when stuck with him. He also tends to show up in the same small group parties I have attended. Deep breathing doesn't seem to be helping. I'm thinking about a flask of whiskey.
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Should I stop sexually fantasizing about my coworker?

I'm married and I have a crush on a married coworker. Should I stop sexually fantasizing about him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 - 46 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

Is it ok to ask out a co-worker who already has a boyfriend?

Is it ok to ask out a co-worker who already has a boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by gunners on Sep 19, 2010 - 46 answers

Infatuated with coworker

I'm completely in love with the girl who sits next to me at work. I can't stop thinking about her. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 31 answers

coworker invades personal privacy

My coworker read my personal files. Should confront him, avoid the confrontation, or bring the issue to Human Resources? [more inside]
posted by arugula on Aug 10, 2010 - 29 answers

There's one in every office.

Uncomfortable situation with coworker. Please advise. (Apologies for what is inevitably an TL;DR.) [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 29, 2010 - 45 answers

Flowers for coworker's (and eventually more, I hope) birthday?

I've fallen hard for a coworker. Things seems to be moving in a positive direction and I feel like I'm reaching the point where I need to make my intentions more clear. It just so happens that her birthday is coming up. Would flowers be a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2010 - 23 answers

Are we the next Jim and Pam?

I've read all the previous threads about coworker relationships. It's a polarizing issue, and I've generally fallen on the side of opposition of them. Of course, the universe being as it is, I've found myself in a situation where I've fallen pretty badly for a coworker who reciprocates my feelings. We cannot decide if this is worth pursuing. Can you help us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Collecting money for family of coworker who passed away

Coworker is collecting money for family of another coworker who passed away. (It's customary here.) Coworker wants to know whether to make a list of those who donated. I advised to do so, just in case. WWMFD?
posted by SillyShepherd on Apr 14, 2010 - 20 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

He seems permanently stuck on the fence - what should I do?

7 months ago, I started a new job and immediately struck up a friendship with a co-worker of mine who had a girlfriend. I'll call him Derek. From day one, Derek and I realized we had an eerie amount in common. Our conversations were always electric and we never failed to make each other just cackle with laughter. Us having a fantastic time together at work was as far as it ever went, but that was enough. Looking back on it, I have to say that I was oblivious to how important he would become to me. I acknowledged that I was infatuated with him, but as that sometimes happens when you work with attractive people, I expected it to fizzle out in time and then we could get back to being friends. That didn't happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 40 answers

I know that I might just be being a wuss, so I thought I'd ask...

How do you respond to the situation at work where people, be they superiors or peers, take credit for your work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Making Bets And Paying Debts

Help me pick out the perfect picture to go up on my co-worker's wall...FOREVER! [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jan 5, 2010 - 47 answers

Help me not freak out at my boss or have my boss freak out at me

How to deal with a boss who might have Asperger's? I'm the new nanny for a 4-year-old child on the Autism spectrum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 - 29 answers

Just a friend?

More-than-a-former-coworker-filter: How do I know whether a former co-worker is more than a friend? Lengthy, quasi-insane description/details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 34 answers

Is there still honor among theives?

A coworker was robbed this week, and a box of very sentimental items was taken. Can anyone offer some advice for possibly having them returned or found? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Oct 1, 2009 - 17 answers

How to deal with a narcissist?

I mistakenly became friends with a narcissist, who I also work with. I've avoided a confrontation with her, but she keeps prying to find out if I'm mad at her or don't like her anymore, and I feel like eventually I am going to have to explain myself. But how do you tell a narcissist that you just don't care about them without having them explode? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Sep 14, 2009 - 42 answers

Help me get over my fear of inadequateness in workplace

I'm having trouble adjusting to an environment where everyone around me seems to be leaps and bounds more advanced. [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

Making the most of a challenging coworker

How do I make the most of a work situation with a co-worker whose behavior is just annoying enough to disrupt work regularly, but not annoying enough to cause him to be fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) that is distracting me at work?

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) who is distracting me at work? [more inside]
posted by Buttons on Aug 5, 2009 - 12 answers

File transfer from Creative Zen to Windows Vista?

Asking for a co-worker I wish to impress: how to transfer music from a Creative Zen ONTO his new (Vista running) laptop? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx on Jun 24, 2009 - 4 answers

How to deal with 'innocent' stereotyping from a coworker?

How do you deal with ethnic stereotyping from a colleague in the form of innocent questions? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Jun 24, 2009 - 26 answers

I don't want your drama, miss thing.

So, I've been promoted at work and everything is going swimmingly except for some difficult interpersonal stuff with a few coworkers. I need help to decide how to handle these situations... [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Jun 21, 2009 - 23 answers

DoNotWantFilter: How to avoid buying tschotkes from coworker?

How can I politely decline to buy stuff from a coworker who is constantly selling candles, Tupperware, etc? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 19, 2009 - 30 answers

A Virginia ham? Why, thanks!

What gift can I give my European colleagues that is quintessential Virginia/Washington DC, without straying into "miniature Washington Monument" territory? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jun 5, 2009 - 23 answers

tension with a coworker

Problem with a coworker [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 - 23 answers

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