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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

The thing that I hate about you is everything.

How do you dial it back when you've gotten to the point where you seem to be permanently, irrationally annoyed with someone? Imagine that this is a person who you can't avoid completely - a coworker, roommate, in-law, something like that. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on May 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Quitting on ethical grounds, for selfish reasons

A coworker told me that our boss is sleeping with another coworker, his subordinate, our peer. This is the latest development in a dysfunctional workplace. I would like to quit on ethical grounds without implicating the friend that told me. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by sabatourist on Apr 30, 2013 - 42 answers

Is this behavior from a coworker as odd as it seems to me?

I work with a woman who refuses to speak to me unless she is forced to do so and will otherwise pretend so thoroughly that I don't exist it's as if I hadn't spoken at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 65 answers

Should I confront a coworker about his incessant cursing?

I can hear my colleague constantly cursing in his office throughout the day. It's making for a tense and disruptive work environment for me and my other colleagues. Should I talk to him to get him to stop? [more inside]
posted by Argyle Sock Puppet on Mar 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Should I ask her when would be a good time to call her for a date?

I (30) met this woman (35) at a work-related meeting ten days ago. We were in a small group (2 men, 2 women), and chatted briefly. Among a few other things, she asked me if I was married and had children (no to both). She is divorced and told us (most of the interaction was with the group) that she was on her own, and had to work really hard to support herself and her two young children. She seems a very loving mother, in addition to an attractive and easygoing person. Before leaving she asked me (and the other guy) for our email addresses and told me she would send me a facebook friend request. This didn´t mean much in itself, as we might conceivably need to get in touch for work-related issues. Later that evening I see and accept her fb friend request, and we chatted for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Mar 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Can one bad person ruin a career?

Job Filter: What am I getting into?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Help, I'm the victim of a hostile takeover of my job!

I'm not her assistant but she's treating me like I am. Frankly I'm ready to just quit but I can't afford it without another job lined up. To rub salt in that wound, she's micromanaging and professionally lazy and generally gets under my skin... Help me stick it out while I look for another job! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

How to deal with strange co-worker?

One of my relatives got a strange note from one of her co-workers. She was minding her own business when this guy comes by and gives her a note that says, "I'm sometimes suicidal. My niece makes me feel better, maybe you can make me feel better too." Should she tell HR? Call the cops? What does that crazy note even mean? More details below... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 24, 2013 - 55 answers

The beatings will stop when morale improves.

How do I deal with a difficult colleague who doesn't respect me when I'm getting zero support from my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 16 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

I'm Okay, You're a Wreck.

Coworker/friend/mentor really, really depressed... and with good reason. Can/should I help? How? Wall o' sadness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 11 answers

You know I don't want to talk to you!

How to deal with a junior coworker who's overbearing? [more inside]
posted by ergo on Nov 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Yeah, I get it already!!!

How to deal with a overly opinionated coworker/friend. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Nov 9, 2012 - 36 answers

We're no strangers to love / You know the rules and so do I

How to properly pursue a budding romance when hoping for some kind of fairly serious relationship. Difficulty level: I am young and foolish and what is this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I cool it with my long distance friend until he leaves his girlfriend?

Divorce from abusive ex almost final, unexpectedly slept with a friend. We have loads in common but he's not (yet?) available. Cool it, or enjoy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 31 answers

Do I tell an old coworker that her "private" pictures are online?

Do I tell an old coworker that her "private" pictures are online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Quotes for a coworker's goodbye card

Need a movie, comic, or not-sappy quote to write in a card for a geeky coworker who is moving on to a better job. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Aug 30, 2012 - 16 answers

A perfect storm of complications: acting on a crush on a shy coworker

Despite all advice to the contrary, I'm trying to get to know my shy coworker crush better -- have I made a hash of it? Or does it sound like I'm doing okay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Keeping my chin up?

I’m going to be working with the (presumably unaware) friend of someone who sexually assaulted me in the past, and the perpetrator also has personal information on me that I’d rather not be made public. How should I interact with the friend personally and professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Awkward coworker issue - is it any of my business to dig deeper?

We talk friendly, appropriate coworker talk about our lives, but he never talks specifically about his spouse though he's married and uses the pronoun "we" when talking about his personal life. I'm feeling awkward not asking him any other details about this part of his life, but also wonder if I should just leave it alone until he brings it up since it's really none of my business and this is a professional work environment. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Jul 3, 2012 - 40 answers

Am I overthinking this?

Coworker and I are spending time together outside of work, hitting it off, and I think she's interested. She's also on the verge of getting a divorce. Am I setting myself up for something bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 - 24 answers

Do I let my wife's baseless jealousy interfere with my career?

Setting: My wife is (IMO irrationally) jealous, and thinks that a co-worker of mine likes me. There is nothing there, and I have told her she is worrying needlessly, but she is still suspicious. Complication: A position recently came up at work, in an area I prefer over my current job and with better job security. BUT, this co-worker is on the team. Resolution: ??? [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Jun 14, 2012 - 67 answers

How do I collaborate with my bossy coworker and her nervous supervisee?

How do I cope with a coworker bossing me when she's not my boss? Today my coworker straight up told me that she was delegating a specific project to me and her supervisee "to free up [her] time for other things." Although I want to work on the project, I don't want her thinking she can just delegate work to me whenever she gets too busy. Bonus: I’m finding it difficult to work with her supervisee. [more inside]
posted by Sock Career-Puppet on Jun 14, 2012 - 25 answers

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

How to get my coworker to back off?

How do I get my coworker to back off and remain in the friend zone that he so desperately tried to put me in? Now that I don't want him, he wants me! He never told me about his girlfriend, brought her up one day, lied and said he broke up with her, and now he's in my face. I don't see him in that way anymore though. How do I get him to see that? [more inside]
posted by lastcall17 on Jun 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me deal with an evil coworker.

I really need some advice on how to deal with a coworker who loudly takes credit for the work we do as a team, among other things. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jun 10, 2012 - 20 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

Being Mentored by Boss and Colleagues are Feeling Insecure!

How should I handle this tricky situation at work? My boss has taken me under her wing to guide me on the path of success. I feel she did this because I was open to her assistance. We have now developed a friendly "quid pro quo" type of agreement. She assists me by sharing her expertise on certain work-related items and vice-versa. I will in turn share with my colleagues when I feel capable of doing so. Some of my closest colleagues are feeling insecure about my friendly and close relationship with our boss. It seems like they feel threatened by it...like they think I am privy to all this "important information" that I won't share with them. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Mar 19, 2012 - 15 answers

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

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