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Said something wrong in front of my boss

What should I do in this situation after saying something stupid in front of my boss? [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake on Aug 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Articles/research on employee satisfaction, turnover, etc. in retail

I'm creating a proposal as an exercise to increase the retail employees at my place of employment a significant amount in two years. This would bring them in line with higher paying retailers such as CostCo and Container Store. Please link me articles, employee surveys or research studies that support higher wages/benefits for retail employees related to employee satisfaction, decreased turnover, increased engagement and other similar metrics.
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jul 15, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I do something nice for my boss?

What can I do for my boss that would be nice? I am trying to get back into her good graces and a suggestion was made that I do some one nice thing for her each week. I don't know what she is into. She's not into any of the things that I am. I do know that. Although, I don't necessarily think that matters. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Mar 26, 2014 - 26 answers

Do I ask for a raise?

Do I ask for a raise? My long-term contract is being renewed for the second time, and for the second time on the "same terms", i.e. no increase in my hourly rate. I'm torn between asking for a raise because "I should" - my role and responsibilities have expanded greatly over time - and accepting the offer because, well, I'm not going to leave over this and based on my cursory knowledge of similar positions elsewhere I'm still paid competitively. And I don't want to make a fuss. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Mar 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Vendor/Contractor

I am thinking of going to vendor/contractor from full time. [more inside]
posted by Greenlight2b on Jan 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Need help creating employee "fun" company website

Our company has 3 different locations (all US) and a couple hundred work from home employees. We want to create a website that would allow us to communicate, have fun, and increase employee engagement. [more inside]
posted by jseven on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Public sector employee wants to maintain privacy but also use Linkedin

I am a public sector employee, and I would like to stay in touch with former private sector colleagues via Linkedin. But I don't want the public-at-large to be able to find me easily. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jan 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Was I slandered, or am I just paranoid?

I recently got the opportunity to apply for a cherry job that would have solved a lot of my current problems, but I seem to have blown it. I'm wondering if a bad employer reference might have done me in? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

HR Filter: I think I have an employee conducting drug deals in parking

HR Filter: I think I have an employee conducting drug deals in parking lot. [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 on Nov 20, 2013 - 34 answers

My church, my taxes and me

I think my employer is doing something shady. I think it affects me. I am really upset and I don't know what to do. It's a tax question with an emotional backstory. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 11, 2013 - 20 answers

miss manners: government shutdown edition

How can I, a government employee, tactfully field ribs about being furloughed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2013 - 38 answers

ch-ch-ch-changes: out with the old, in with the new employees

I run a small-scale but pretty profitable business (5 employees). Entertainment agency. I'm very fortunate to both love my job and really really like the people who work for me. I feel positive about our company and the work we do. We're growing all the time. One of them - the administrative lynch-pin/office manager/keeper of all knowledge is moving abroad to join her long-distance boyfriend. I'm gutted and feel she's going to be really hard to replace. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Sep 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I take this job?

After interviewing for a full-time position, I was offered the job as a contract-to-hire. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 23, 2013 - 29 answers

The 'good employee/bad fit' conversation. A good or bad idea?

I realize I may have to fire a member of my team after about 3 years. This is one of the first times that I truly think that this is a 'good employee/bad fit' situation, but I'm wavering between having and not having that part of the conversation. So here's the question: Would you want this to be a conversation you had with your boss? If so, what would you want to hear? What would you not want to hear? When would you want to hear it? Both actual experiences and never-happened-but-here's-what-I-think thoughts appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2013 - 27 answers

Laying the Golden Egg: Employer unilaterally shifting my contract.

I took a job which I initially really enjoyed and was doing well at in a small company, by far exceeding standard targets across a variety of measures. Shortly after my six month review, my employer has began to play loose with the terms of a pretty weak contract, and it's impairing my performance as I weigh whether I need to shift my own priorities. Is this symptomatic of problems ahead or just a lack of business sense that I can leverage myself sufficiently to deal with? What is my next move and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by skermunkil on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Best site for conducting employee background checks?

I'm involved in a fairly new business which is small but growing pretty fast. We figure it'd be a good idea to start doing background checks (primarily concerned with criminal/sex-crime record) on new hires, but I'm not sure what's the best way to go about it. When I research online there're dozens of options which I've listed below. Intellius / Talentwise and US Search seem to be the best known and reputable ones, but also the most expensive. If I go with one of the more no-name sites, such as criminal-records.org, am I taking a risk that their database is incomplete/outdated, or even that using them doesn't comply with employment law (DPPA, FCRA)? [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

What exactly is the "Employee Awareness Association"?

This group has apparently been invited to speak at our office for a free "lunch and learn" seminar. On the surface it looks all legit and something our company's HR department set up to promote health and whatnot. But my spidey-sense is tingling the more I look at the flyers and try to find out stuff on the web. Best I can tell now is that this is some kind of fluffy good-health seminar backed by a heavier sales pitch at the backend. Any thoughts? What I've found is below the fold... [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Mar 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Resources for giving constructive criticism to employees?

I work with someone (technically an assistant, but in reality does work for multiple people in the office, with most of their consistent work coming from me), and need to have a conversation regarding accuracy, timeliness, etc with them. Any suggestions or links to resources for the best way to approach this so they don't get defensive? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Feb 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Microsoft employee (fte) question

Curious if anyone is/was from Microsoft, I had an employee based question. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 19, 2013 - 5 answers

The new employee is sketchy, and only I know it.

I just started a new job as a researcher. They hired a few people around the same time as me and we all have start dates around now-ish. I've been there a week. There is a new guy starting in my department in a more senior position than me, but not supervising me, on Monday. I just got his name today and looked him up, and... there are some things about him that a little bit of digging uncovered that are sketchy. (It's definitely him, please give me the benefit of the doubt here.) His job is not likely to be impacted by these revelations about his recent past, but if it were to get out that his history includes these things, it could endanger my company's reputation if a competitor or journalist found out. Nothing he did is illegal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 18 answers

How to discreetly monitor an employee's computer/Internet usage?

I am looking for recommendations for software to track/monitor/record someone's computer/Internet usage. Windows XP, one user account. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jan 30, 2013 - 12 answers

How much is equity typically worth for early employees of startups?

There's plenty of thinking around how equity is split in startup companies, as well as projections of how much it's worth when employees cash in. Are there any real-world numbers, like there are for salaries? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 23, 2013 - 12 answers

You Don't Fire Me, I Contract!

Have you convinced your corporate overlords to let you transition from a full-time employee to an independent contractor? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TELL ME HOW YOU DID IT. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I renegotiate my salary in light of this job posting?

How can I renegotiate my salary in light of this job posting? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Jan 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Suspending employee access to email account

What are the laws and or regulations about "possession" of employee/company email after an employee is terminated? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Dec 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Is employee conduct or disciplinary standings protected information in B.C.?

[YANML] Are private sector managers in British Columbia restricted in what they can discuss amongst themselves with regards to employee's conduct or disciplinary actions taken as a result? [more inside]
posted by pahalial on Nov 16, 2012 - 1 answer

clueless supervisor

As a supervisor, what can I do to help my assistant feel more needed or is it a lost cause? Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains on Oct 24, 2012 - 27 answers

I'd really like to like this job

I have a job that I like (or at least I like sometimes) with a boss who alternately micromanages and is totally hands-off. Morale at the store is really low, particularly lately, as we've had several big tasks to juggle. I need advice on how to deal with it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions.

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions. [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

tech start up concerns

What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Jun 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it.

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it. Much more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 49 answers

Initial wins at a new job

First day/week and month on a new job [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Dumb questions are driving me crazy.

Help me learn how to help people come to their own conclusions and learn from their previous experiences in a friendly manner. (Warning: super long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Mar 31, 2012 - 24 answers

How do I gracefully curb my employee's know-it-all tendencies?

How do I gracefully curb my employee's know-it-all tendencies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Two Careers & Retirement

Three questions: (1) How many current civil service employees are also reserve/national guard members, (2) How many current civil service employees were also active duty military service members, and (3) How many of both groups retired from the military? I've been to DOD, the Census, OPM ... I'm not having much luck.
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 16, 2012 - 5 answers

My coworker used drugs with a student. What should I do about it?

Should I confront, report, or ask a fellow employee at an educational institution about his alleged relationship/illegal activities with a student? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 44 answers

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents. This seems very not okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I decline a raise request, yet still maintain employee morale?

Small business owners: Is it possible to turn down a request for a raise from employees, yet maintain workplace morale? On the flip side, have you been turned down for a raise, but stayed in your position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 42 answers

Do I have to give the money back?

Can my employer force me to pay back tuition reimbursement if I leave before the required time is up? [more inside]
posted by p. kitty on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

employee expense reporting

looking for employee expense reporting solutions for a multi-national medium sized business [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Jan 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I found someone's employee badge. Help me get it back to them ASAP!

On the way home from work today I found an employee badge that someone appeared to have dropped and lost (it was right next to the bus stop I usually wait at). The badge's owner was nowhere in sight (it was a photo ID) and I don't know anyone who works for the company identified on the badge. What's the best / quickest way to get it back to its owner, especially given tomorrow is a (US) holiday? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 23, 2011 - 21 answers

More training? But what was this Master's degree for then?

I have questions about the amount of training a professional should get, and how the training and the time spent on training is compensated. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Nov 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me confidently add social media-er director-thing to my resume!

My boss has given me a weekly budget to run "social media" bonuses for our employees (finicky teenagers). Social media experts, any tips on how to make this project effective? Also ideas for bonuses/challenges very welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Best questions to find a great I.T. helper?

What are the best questions to ask a potential employee to identify that they are knowledgable and effective as a I.T. professional? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Oct 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Employer-sponsored party?

What is 'jubilee' in the context of employee benefits?
posted by IndpMed on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

#1 Nanny

Question for parents who have used an in-home nanny in the past- what are some ideas for being the best nanny in the world and really impressing the parents? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Hypothetically was this person fired?

[Hypothetical Employment Legal Filter] In the following hypothetical employment situation, is the law being broken? If so where? Is it legally worth pursuing this and putting a hypothetical person’s business prospects in jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Managing Gossip for Senior Management

Any good books out there on handling employee gossip, from a managerial perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Copyright a procedure manual?

Can I copyright a procedure manual or a process written/created as an employee? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Aug 11, 2011 - 6 answers

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