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I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I handle an emplyee who walked out, then tried to change her mind

Employee H was incommunicado over the weekend, having sold all her belongings and skipped town, leaving me with a minor mess to handle. She left her work phone and company keys on her desk for me to find today, and planned on giving me no notice, or anything. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 17, 2014 - 74 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 32 answers

Theories of time management for volunteers

How can our organization stop people from feeling simultaneously guilty and oversubscribed? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Can I gracefully exit a management role? Should I?

I took a management role at a fast-growing startup for a mix of good and bad reasons. Eight months into the new role, I'm realizing my boss & I have very different styles, that the expected "management perspective" and accompanying behaviors feel itchy. I don't want to leave the place — I just don't think I like a situation where I'm constantly managing up, down and sideways. How can I get out of this without having to leave altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Boss me around, please!

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

What's my Job Title?

Currently, I'm the "Office Manager" for a large, family-run restaurant that employes 170+ people. I am in charge of Design (internal/external, web, print, etc - this is actually what I have my degree in), limited PR (we have an external firm that I liaise with, I do all social media and PR asset management), Bookkeeping/Payroll/Accounts Payable, Limited HR (onboarding new employees, helping to create and maintain training materials, but no hiring/firing/discipline), IT/Tech Support, Project Management, Answering Phones/Reservations, etc etc... oh, and managing the actual office, too (ordering supplies, filing, printing menus, fixing the copier, what-have-you). I need a better job title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Retire already why don't you! OK, just help us prepare before you go.

One of our sales reps is retiring in two weeks and I am to take over his accounts and duties. The problem is he isn’t exactly helping with the transition process. How do we motivate him to help us prepare and be ready for his exit? Right now we might end up high and dry without access to important information we need to work after he's gone. We need to know what is going on with the accounts and everyone we should be working with. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 answers

What does simple project management look like?

What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Feb 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me focus on the hourly details of agency work

My company is becoming more focused on billable hours and resource allocation and I an sinking. Please help me stay afloat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How to respond to friendly/slightly diminishing comments from employees

I'm petite, younger, female and upper management in a male-dominated physical line of work. Several of my colleagues and employees regularly make casual friendly but slightly condescending comments to me. I generally push back pretty firmly with employees and ignore it from colleagues, but I feel uncomfortable and am unsure if MeFi might offer some better tactics for responding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 55 answers

What can an organization do when it's best employees disengage?

I work for a large government agency where the "management cadre" is separate from the "professional cadre." Top- level professionals make as much or more than managers, at least up to the middle levels. More and more people are deciding to stay in their professional or "field" jobs, so managers are now coming from outside, with little substantive experience, and get overwhelmed almost immediately. When they founder, as is more often the case, there are few ambitious people under them looking for an opportunity to shine by taking on extra responsibilities, so they just keep chewing up the scenery. The fact that it is next to impossible to fire anyone at any level for any reason means there is little incentive for anyone to change, and the crappy economy means nobody wants to let go of a good salary, not to mention a great pension. Lather, rinse, repeat. Have you ever been part of this dynamic, and if so, how did you handle it? Have you ever seen an organization dig itself out once the situation got to that point? What constructive actions can the professionals in this scenario take, short of taking on responsibilities that don't belong to them ( and that they don't have the authority to carry out anyway)? [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Feb 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Organizational Restructuring for Dummies

I work at a small non-profit academic organization (30 staff). We're currently in a period of "organizational restructuring," spurred by the (coincidentally timed) resignation of several of our key leaders, and I've been asked to be part of the team that helps decide what this new structure should look like. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Running staff meetings

At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
posted by mejicat on Jul 29, 2013 - 35 answers

Received promotion with disappointing pay raise. Should I ask for more?

Just received a long-awaited promotion. However, the accompanying pay raise was a massive disappointment, and now I'm strongly considering looking for a new job. Is it worth it to ask for more money? If not, should I stay at my current company or find a new job? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jul 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Hey you're in my workspace

Advice sought on solving a workplace dispute between several departments [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet on Jan 23, 2013 - 6 answers

My employer stole my money?

How to pursue check theft with my employer [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 13, 2012 - 28 answers

Is this too good to be true?

You've seen sales companies that bring you in, train you to sell for them, and after a certain amount of time train you to manage a team. Is this a viable pursuit or is there a catch? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Preparing to be a manager?

Questions for my boss's boss about preparing to be a manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager.

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager. [more inside]
posted by picapica on Nov 8, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I review my manager without repercussions.

How honest can I afford to be in my upward manager review when he will know instantly that it's me? I have real issues to address but fear repercussions. And yes, it's supposedly anonymous. [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Oct 29, 2012 - 26 answers

Civilian Review Committees for Federal Employee Decisions

How does the idea of a civilian review board for previewing the firing and disciplinary actions of federal managers against civilian employees sound? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

I sort of lost it at a semi-work function. Should I apologize to my colleagues who were present?

I sort of lost it at a semi-work function. Should I apologize to my colleagues who were present? We work in the web industry and were having a sort of day where we all get together in one room and fix bugs, discuss new features, etc. Present were people from our company as well as other users of the software. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Aug 6, 2012 - 47 answers

Background Checks

What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 2 answers

When you can't have what you want, try to want what you have.

I have two career options to choose from, and neither is the one I want. Help me make the best of the choices I have. [more inside]
posted by Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

"But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired."

Quality-of-life issues with an otherwise awesome job. How to deal with lazy coworkers and an incompetent manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I transition from a manager to a director role?

How do I get my mind ready to move from manager to director? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Remote Management

How do I win friends and influence people when I don't know what they look like? My new job requires me to manage client projects remotely. Most of my time with clients is spent either in conference calls, one-on-one phone calls, or communicating through email and Basecamp. I usually have no idea what these people look like. As a project manager I need to keep the client moving towards the finish line by making decisions quickly and getting things done on time. My question is two fold: 1) How do I motivate and influence a team that works for another organization?, and 2) How do I best do this being remote? I am looking for techniques and tools that will help me be an effective, remote, 3rd party project manager. If it matters I work for a Software as a Service company. My clients are implementing our software on their websites. The client may or may not have a dedicated project manager. Help me drive things forward!
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 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

Help me get demoted!

I am meeting with my District Manager soon to ask for a demotion. Hivemind, what are your experiences doing so? Probably too many details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Wanted: Minions (Equal Opportunity Employer!)

Human Resources Voodoo: How does one land a supervisory position without ever having really supervised anyone? [more inside]
posted by jph on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Inventing a promotion. Possible?

Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Any jobs that deal with classifying or indexing information?

Please help me come up with jobs where the main duty is organizing or classifying information. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 6, 2011 - 13 answers

Go to book on working with an assistant?

I am a busy executive level position in a small consulting firm. Business is booming and I'm in high demand - as such I am beginning to feel the need to hire an assistant to take some things off my plate and allow me to focus on some higher level thinking. Is there a respected book, resource, or school of thought on how to incorporate a personal / administrative assistant in to my personal workflow? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Oct 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Advice for new manager

Hello...I'm thinking of applying for a manager position but hesitate because not sure I'm ready or that my skin is thick enough. Anyway, I'm interested in finding resources for new managers that might help me determine whether I am willing to take on this new challenge now. I saw a similar thread but it was back in 2007 so I am wondering if there have been any recent resources in particular that you would recommend.
posted by lirael2008 on Sep 17, 2011 - 11 answers

DC Management Training Resources?

Where in DC can I find good training course series about managing a department within a non-profit? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Sep 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Should I let my team watch tv at work?

Am I being too nice by letting my team watch tv at work? [more inside]
posted by zebraspots on Aug 18, 2011 - 41 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

How to deal with a team member who seems to make a point of disagreeing with and questioning everying I do?

What's the best way to deal with a team member who insists on being uncooperative and confrontational regardless of the approach taken to resolve the sitation at either a team or personal level? [more inside]
posted by NeonSurge on Jul 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Project manage THIS

Considering making a switch to becoming a project manager. Please tell me about your best and worst project managers! [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I manage a resistant employee?

How do I manage a resistant employee? I'm new to this job and I need some advice on people management of a difficult person. [more inside]
posted by dawn_chorus on Mar 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Is what I need a freelance manager, or something else?

I'd like to outsource a fairly large, multi-person job. How do I do this, and what should I know first? [more inside]
posted by piato on Mar 25, 2011 - 1 answer

Need help dealing with recent promotion

I'm awful at delegating, and need some help - looking for suggestions of books, training classes, mentors in the Boston area, or anything that might help. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I better deal with stress?

How can I better deal with stress and manage my workload? I work part time, and go to school full time and I am having a hard time coping. [more inside]
posted by mister-m on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Needed: More management help!

Still trying to be a great boss; what did I do wrong? [more inside]
posted by adverb on Dec 7, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me create champion team

In two weeks I'll be starting a new job (in the same organisation I work for now) setting up and managing a new team. What can I do right from the start to build a great team? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Nov 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Employee Evaluations

I am writing an article about employment in the U.S. federal government. Where can I find information about what supervisors are allowed by law to tell other government agencies recruiters about their employees, and what they sometimes tell those recruiters that is against the law? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Can people really be friends at work - disillusioned here.

Should I talk to my new superior “B” (also my friend who this question is about) about what I’ve found out about her clandestine strategic maneuvering? I’ve done nothing so far, but I’d love to query the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by lonemantis on Oct 12, 2010 - 35 answers

Simple project management software needed

Time-tracking project management software solution needed [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me be a great boss!

How do I learn to be a good manager? I just became a manager for the first time, and I have no idea what I'm doing. The position I supervise is an entry-level web position and needs a lot of direction. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

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