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How to trial medical cannabis

I’m considering trying marijana to help with pain management from a chronic illness, specifically Ankylosing Spondylitis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2017 - 16 answers

Help me be the new (new) manager

I've been made a manager. But the team hasn't been managed and doesn't want to be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2017 - 17 answers

Tell me about being a technical account manager!

I've decided that it's time to look for a new job, and based on the aspects of my current job role, I think I'd like being a technical account manager. However, I don't have friends with that specific job title, so I'm looking for some first-hand accounts about this position, and potentially reasons why it's not as good as a fit as I think it might be. [more inside]
posted by Transmissions From Vrillon on Nov 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Desk signs in "startup-styled" corporate offices

Recently I've noticed that some corporate offices I've visited have started to implement a "startup-style" organization to their office layout. One of the aspects of that is a "desk status sign," explaining if the employee is OOTO (out of the office), ready to collaborate ("yes collaborate with me"), or busy. I'm looking for images of these in any corporate setting for one part of a research project. Are these at your office? Or have you been in an office where these have been part of the system? I saw this for the first time while contracting at a Capital One office building in Virginia this past year, but refrained from taking a picture to maintain some professionalism. If someone on MeFi works at that office and recognizes what I'm talking about, that would actually be ideal, but that's a long shot.
posted by Tamagotchi on Nov 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Financial advice for a single woman

I'm in need of some basic financial advice and tips of general personal money management, on things like how to keep tabs on my spending, how to control/set budgets for some areas and how to set good savings targets. More inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump on Oct 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me move on from a recent bad job and understand what happened.

I need help distinguishing what was my fault and what was bad management. Also need help dealing with the anxiety that still comes back to me about it. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Oct 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Successfully promoting great software engineers to leadership roles

I've noticed a pattern at the software company I work for: our best engineers (not just in terms of engineering but also in terms of their social skills, collaboration, coaching and working well with others) are promoted to engineering leadership roles and given direct reports. This reduces the time they spend actually making things by at least 50% due to the time they spend in management. They often don't make great managers (at least at first) and in some cases they eventually ask to return to being an individual contributor. How can we make this work better? What patterns of success have you seen for this in your own workplaces? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2016 - 20 answers

Micromanaging isn't quite the word...

My manager gets defensive when they come into contact with parts of my work they don't know how to replicate and acts as though I've caused A Problem. Help? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot on Oct 4, 2016 - 16 answers

Maternity leave for managers

Managers of Metafilter, how did you handle coverage for your maternity leave? If all goes according to plan, I'm going to tell my boss that I'm pregnant next week, and I'd like to have some ideas/suggestions for her when she starts wondering how to handle my leave. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Club membership management software needed

I'm looking for software to create an online membership management system for a club. The system needs to be accessible to officers but not to members. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 21, 2016 - 2 answers

I'm a new manager and I messed up

I got a note from HR that the performance review for one my employees is overdue by 6 (!!) months. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 13, 2016 - 20 answers

My best manager did this...

I am taking up a new management position this month and I have been enjoying asking these two questions of my friends to help me prepare mentally. Can the Green help too? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 2, 2016 - 81 answers

Supervisory experience I have... and don't

I'm applying for a management position. It is within my current job field, and my boss would still be my boss. The two year supervisory/management requirement is a hard rule. HR is just that way. It's a position which I completely qualify for, in terms of skills and experience but not in that perfect way. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I avoid runaway, deadend projects?

Yay - I'm starting a new job! Boo, I don't want it to turn out like my previous ones! I'm happy about the new position, but there's a definite pattern in my career that I want to avoid this time. Basically, I have a tendency to get stuck with under-resourced projects that sprawl badly out of control until they consume my life and I have to quit to get away from them. Obviously you are not me and can at best guess what might be happening, but has anyone else experienced this pattern? What were the root causes? How did you improve things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Telling an employee they smell and it's a problem

I manage a small team in an open plan office (a dozen people or so). One of my people is a guy who, on some days, smells pretty bad. This is obviously a problem when other people need to be close to him, and it is also a problem in that if it weren't for that, he is an engaging and useful person who could be interacting closely with clients. We all like him in every way but olfactory. What is the least worst, humane, decent, but effective way to talk to him about the problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me sort out workplace culture time management issues

I switched roles to a new location with a different culture and I want to make a good impression without messing up my schedule. My employer offers a great work/life balance and the new location's culture seems less aligned with it. I can't figure out how to navigate this effectively. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato on Aug 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Retirement Lifestyle Question--need more structure

My husband and I retired and moved to a resort town and immediately met great friends who are very active athletically and we are constantly being invited to do beautiful hikes and wonderful social things with them. I have actually become very fit and have benefited by all the social activity. (I am an introvert). So my question is how to balance all the social/hiking with my need for down time/alone time/homemaking time. I need more homemaking time but don't want to cut off the hiking invitations. Having my husband around more had given me even less alone time so I am feeling like I need more structure to my weeks. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Aug 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Ripping off the bandaid on a tricky work situation

I start a new job in a month leading a medium-sized non-profit! Horray! The issue is that at my new job, we already had to make a hiring decision to replace someone who is retiring after 35 years. The person who is the best fit to take that spot is someone i supervise at my current job. I offered him the position today; he accepted on the spot. I need to figure out the best way to break the news about this to my current employer. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Aug 3, 2016 - 13 answers

best photo review software?

I have about 2000 images (100 GB of RAW+JPG) that I shot on my two week vacation. What's the best free or cheap software for reviewing and culling the best shots? My goal is to prune them down to my 100-150 favourite shots. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Jul 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Project Tracking Software for a Beginner

What's a good piece of non-cloud software to track project completion for a small office? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jun 26, 2016 - 9 answers

What are the unknown unknowns of opening a restaurant?

I may be part of a team opening a new restaurant and bar..... [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jun 23, 2016 - 30 answers

I've been evicted--now what?

I just received a 60-day eviction notice. I am pretty sure it is because the owner wants to sell, and I am interested in buying so that I won't have to move. I don't know the owner directly since they use a property management company. What is the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jun 3, 2016 - 13 answers

How to tell my supervisor that we need more supervisors?

I love my supervisor: She's attentive, smart, a great advocate, and does not micromanage. She "gets" our work and values us. Butttt....... There's not enough of her to go around. Can I tell her this? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 12, 2016 - 12 answers

How can I stop worrying and learn to love Slack?

I just friggin' hate Slack, or at least what it is doing to my workday. I feel like I am losing an hour a day to watching ping-pong matches that I can't ignore because it will be hard to capture what's being discussed later (and/or people drop references to things they're asking me to do in the threads, sometimes without @mentions). [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on May 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Money Management when I'm not there to manage it

What should I do with a not insignificant amount of money that is sitting in an account in a different country? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Magical Unicorn Carrot

So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department... [more inside]
posted by museum of fire ants on May 2, 2016 - 13 answers

In with the new

In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for me and his staff. If you've experienced something similar, what was helpful for you (or would have been helpful)? [more inside]
posted by infodiva on May 2, 2016 - 4 answers

"You must like dealing with people to be great at management"

From an article that got some views on reddit etc:
Imagine you spend a full day in back-to-back 1:1s talking to people. Does that sound awful or awesome?
It sounds pretty awful to me. The post then goes on to say that if this is a problem, you're not cut out to be a manager. Since I'm moving into a position that involves managing people -- is this true or false? Are you a successful introvert manager? If so how did you do it?
posted by aeighty on Apr 6, 2016 - 29 answers

Colleague is not pulling her weight and nothing is being done about it.

Our main customer service person has basically stopped doing her job and it's reflecting badly on all of us. The managers don't manage. We haven't had performance reviews in years. Nothing is changing. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Apr 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me become my company's scheduling expert!

I work for a general contracting company and I'd like to learn more about scheduling construction projects. Can you recommend any resources? Books, online resources, webinars, classes, anything. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Mar 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Teacher for advanced management skills in the workplace?

Do you know anyone who can teach advanced people and management skills in the workplace? I'm looking for an experienced, scientifically-minded manager who can teach first principle people skills, walk through handling specific personnel cases, and instruct on useful responses for common (and not so common) workplace problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me be a better festival coordinator?

I'm looking for (a book? an app? an instructional video? tips & tricks?) to help me better manage priorities for my crew, artists, and volunteers during the hectic installation week for an arts festival. Am I looking for project management material? Or is there a different name for what I am seeking? [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Feb 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me develop complicated spreadsheet

Note: NOT Homework. Real world application here. I have to come up with a spreadsheet based on a formula that allocates dollars to people based upon role and participation. I'm good at Excel but this one is boggling my mind. Details and example inside [more inside]
posted by arniec on Feb 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Inspiring best practice in your team

If you manage a team, what are some good ways to get people following best practice rather than sloppy shortcuts? Often there are ways to do things that seems like the easiest method but they can cause problems down the line. However, those problems are not guaranteed to occur and if they do, it's normally for a different person so motivation is lacking to make effort. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Feb 19, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I be a competent supervisor?

I'm a charge nurse in a residential facility where I work with 5 nurse's aides and 2 med techs each evening. Part of my job is supervising them. Before this job I was a floor nurse for 2 years with a charge nurse that I myself reported to. This is the first supervisory job I've had. I am so bad at managing people and I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Feb 18, 2016 - 13 answers

How to start strong leading a new team?

Soon, I'll start managing a different team in the same company. What are some things I can do in the first days/weeks to make everyone feel great about this change and excited for what's coming in the future? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Feb 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Changing google auto-suggestions

I am helping someone freshen up their google results. As per previous asks we are registering Linked-In accounts etc to push the juicier results down to the second page. Much good that does while Google auto-suggests Bob Bobsworth conviction when you start typing his unique name. Anything to be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Your problem is real but your solutions are racist

Are there any management courses or training programs geared towards a supervisor managing ESL employees with not-great English skills? Are there tactful methods of encouraging ESL improvement without singling out said employees? Employees are very educated white-collar professionals, no complaints there, but poor ESL skills are causing difficulty in communicating with the larger company. Also: aforementioned supervisor is a loved one whose frustration has started manifesting in some solidly racist rhetoric. Help. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Home management company doesn't want to fix clothes dryer

Wondering about the best way to navigate this situation: I rented a house unfurnished with the exception of a washer/dryer, refrigerator, and microwave which were included "as-is". The clothes dryer has never been all that great, but it seems to be dying. I'll put in a load, expect it to have been completed, but then come back to find them damp ( and with that awful damp smell in the clothes ) and have to send it through the wash again. ( and then through the dryer twice ). Its costs me time and electricity. [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Jan 4, 2016 - 20 answers

Getting non-technical teams to use an issue tracking system

I am responsible for managing a small, distributed, non-technical team at work. I'd like to get the team to work with some variety of issue tracking software so we can better track what is being worked on, remember tasks that aren't actively being worked on, and communicate the status of projects more effectively. I'm looking for advice on introducing non-technical folks to this software and making it part of their workflow. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Dec 22, 2015 - 14 answers

How did you decide whether to go into management?

My department manager recently announced they were leaving, and asked me if I would be interested in their job. It's not really something I had thought about before, and now I'm trying to figure out whether I should apply for it. It's certainly not guaranteed that I would get the job, but I believe their recommendation would carry a lot of weight. How do I make the decision on whether to apply for his job? [more inside]
posted by mumbleitaliano on Dec 7, 2015 - 13 answers

What do you wish you'd known before coming out as trans at work?

I am a trans man and I am legally changing my name and gender marker in 2 weeks. I have still not come out at work. I am extremely anxious about this and want to hear other people's experiences. Preferably from the trans person perspective, but also HR or managers of trans people, especially in white collar environments. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Advice on how to offer help and let upper management know my strengths.

Our organization is in a bit of a crisis. There were issues with staff not completing their jobs (notes are incomplete/incorrect) as well as management issues (supervisors signing off on incomplete/incorrect notes). The reorg has already started. People at the top and bottom were let go and jobs reassigned. I know that with a case like this, I wouldn't know all of the details however, being in upper management, I want to help. I have a list is skills that I can offer (process improvement, creating tools, improving morale, finding inneffiencies). I am also good at learning and plowing through mundane tasks like scheduling and billing. I am good at both discrete tasks and strategy but obviously not great at everything. [more inside]
posted by PeaPod on Nov 19, 2015 - 5 answers

GTD Practitioners: How do you prioritize daily tasks?

I've read David Allen's "Getting Things Done" for the second time and gone all in on implementing the system. The only area I feel the system and guidance are a bit weak on is planning your day-to-day and moment-to-moment choices for next actions. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Nov 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Good citation re engineering performance metrics.

Please help me find good, preferably publicly available, citations regarding eg # of commits as lousy performance metrics. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Seeking info & resources on data privacy/confidentiality in UK hiring

We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 1 answer

The best team management app for a small recreational group?

I'm looking for the best team-management tool for my recreational a cappella group. Right now we use a mishmash of email, Facebook, Google Calendar, and texting, so tons of important information slips through the cracks and we waste time trying to get everyone on the same page. I'd really like to consolidate all of these to a single, centralized platform. [more inside]
posted by shabaabk on Oct 8, 2015 - 4 answers

[CRM filter] Can Salesforce do all these things for my nonprofit?

I’m helping my nonprofit shop for a CRM! Along with all the other useful features of Salesforce (e.g. member/donor management, grant tracking, contact logs), we want to integrate volunteer management, program enrollment and more. Is Salesforce the answer? And some other questions... [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me become a good manager.

I'm looking for bullshit-free, low-cost resources or training programs that I can use to become a more effective manager. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Oct 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Project management software for visual people with lots of deadlines?

I need help finding a great project management tool for visual people with too many deadlines. Overly-demanding list of criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by mjm101 on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

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