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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 - 10 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 - 5 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

A Cloud-based system for managing photos of components and case details

Can anyone recommend an app or cloud-based platform for storing photos and inputting case details? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Sep 16, 2015 - 3 answers

[advertorial filter]Need interview questions for management school dean

Hey hive mind, I'm in desperate need for some last minute help. I'm slated to conduct an 90 minute interview with the dean of a top-tier U.S. west coast based management school (public uni, though the school appears to be independently supported) tomorrow morning, and I'm drawing blanks as to what to ask her. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Sep 15, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I manage people, including my current boss?

I'm likely to be promoted to a position that's higher than I've ever been, and given some struggles I've had in the past with this organization, I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Sep 14, 2015 - 4 answers

You're half fired!

How do I take away half of an employee’s accounts and income without losing him? For now. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 1, 2015 - 52 answers

All happy workplaces are the same, but...

I'm having trouble respecting my boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Resources for mentoring an employee in a protected class

I'm researching resources for a manager (M) who mentors with someone (S) who has experienced discrimination and disadvantage throughout their life. M wants to support S practically and with sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Aug 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Can anyone help me find this article about academic time management?

A while ago I came across an article written by a professor about time management in academia. It was a really great and valuable article but no matter how hard I search, I can't find it again. It was basically him (her? think it was him) detailing his techniques that he uses to manage his time. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Aug 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Applying for an internal job: use home contact info or work contact info

This feels like a super-dumb question but Google isn't giving a clear answer. My resume has always had my full personal contact info on it. For an internal application (municipal government job, management level) should I change it to all my work contact info? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 9, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I convince my employer to let me go from full-time to part-time?

I plan on leaving my current job to pursue making art for a living before summer is out. This means my wonderful, supportive wife and I will be dependent on her salary alone until I can get all that sweet, sweet art lucre flowing. This will be a sustainable situation, but won't necessarily be an ideal one. I'd like to attempt to ask to go from full-time salaried to part-time salaried, for some added financial peace of mind. I am not sure how to best approach my manager about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Seeking more diverse resources on management and professional leadership

I am a new manager, and most of the resources (books, blogs, and podcasts) on management and professional leadership that have been recommended to me or that I've found through my own research are written or curated by white men. I'd like recommendations for leadership and management resources from a much more diverse set of people. [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood on Jun 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Boss who gaslights, stonewalls and bullies me & my coworkers.

I work with a team of people (less than ten) under a supervisor who consistently uses insulting, bullying language and intimidation tactics that are so detrimental to team's morale and productivity that we have decided to take this to our company's anonymous hotline for reporting misconduct. How do we best phrase our concerns/strategize our approach so that the company takes these concerns seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Good books or tips on managing agile enterprise software teams?

I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Solution to track acknowledgement of emails

I am looking for something to track that an email has been acknowledged within 24 hours and send to a backup/manager if not. We use Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. I am not even sure what to search for on this, but any direction is helpful. (rules or addins would be fine.)
posted by slavlin on Jun 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Customer Service or Management Training That Isn't Hype

I manage customer support at an education software company. My company offers to reimburse money spend on tuition and classes, and I’m being highly encouraged to take advantage of it. I can take any kind of management class, or a class about customer service, or something in that vein (though I could probably take something a little out-of-the-box). [more inside]
posted by Garm on May 22, 2015 - 3 answers

I have to lay people off (while hiring). Help me be a good human.

I am a new boss at a small company and our business model recently changed. I have to hire about 10 new people — and layoff about 10 current staffers. The moves are to bring on the new skills we need for this new era. How can I do this kindly, respectfully, and in a way that sets up the team members who are staying with us for success after this rough period? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on May 22, 2015 - 28 answers

Help me be a decent supervisor, please.

What specific tips do you have for someone who just got their first supervisory position? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on May 7, 2015 - 22 answers

Resource Management Software? Help, please.

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I'm looking to find a resource management software that will help me keep track of which of my 150-170 facilities are in use right now, and which will be in use in the coming days. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Seeba on May 7, 2015 - 2 answers

I've been given a job in a field I know nothing about

A family connection has coopted me to do a job I know nothing about, namely, running a cocktail bar. How do I make this a success? [more inside]
posted by Pechorin on May 6, 2015 - 23 answers

Intermittent Manager

I'm finding myself intermittently managing the work of a rotating carousel of people on an ad-hoc informal basis. Help? [more inside]
posted by annie o on Apr 26, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I develop my sense of time awareness?

Help a grad student with a very skewed perception of time! How do you train yourself to become more aware of time passing? What mechanisms/tricks have you used successfully to become more timely? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 19, 2015 - 16 answers

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