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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

Looking for books, articles, and advice on managing software engineers

Yaaaay! I just got a new job managing a team of software engineers! Looking for books, articles, and advice on how to be most effective in my new role. I'm particularly interested in the "people skills" side of the job. [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Sep 6, 2016 - 8 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 - 79 answers

What to do when my job title doesn't match my skill-level?

I have the title Marketing Manager, but I only have three years basic experience and have never worked in a Marketing department or under an actual Marketing Manager. My experience is limited, and now I'm finding my job options are. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by littlepeeo on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Being Undermined at Work?

I am ostensibly the head of my department at work, which is a small startup. It’s also a small department, which is a subsection of, let’s say, Marketing. (It’s not Marketing.) Let’s call my department Widgets. My title is Head of Widgets. My team consists of one direct report whom I hired personally last summer and another direct report who was assigned to me from another department this past winter. I just found out that the VP of an entirely different section, say, Product, had an in-person interview with someone who would have the same title as my direct reports. I was not notified by my VP nor the other VP. I found out because one direct report saw it on the calendar and let me know. What now? [more inside]
posted by sockermas on Jun 1, 2016 - 25 answers

Coping strategies to reduce/eliminate negative thoughts about my boss

I need help to stop hating my boss. I don't think that my boss is a bad person. I do think they are a terrible leader and that their actions are directly impeding both my ability to be effective in my role and to advance my career along the path I have been (wildly successfully) on. I also think that they, consciously or subconsciously, are working to sabotage me, or at the least smother me with power-plays and microaggressions to "keep me in my place" and under their control. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2016 - 11 answers

What's the professional way to say that I'm bored to tears?

I'm bored at work, to the point where I frequently cry at my desk. I want to talk to my manager about it, but I need a script. This is my first office job, and I don't have a lot of experience with this part of the whole working professional deal. Can you help me?
posted by topoisomerase on Mar 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Not a team player

Our MD accidentally attached some harsh comments meant for an external training company to the the entire organisation. Basically, it breaks down person-by-person, their 'weaknesses' as he sees it. What recourse if any do I have/how do I approach this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Dec 7, 2015 - 40 answers

I can quit my miserable job — but should I?

I started a new job a little over a year ago. After starting I realized the job (and company culture) was not for me, but it is very "prestigious," I liked my coworkers and found it tolerable, at least, so decided to stay. After a series of management shakeups and horrendous treatment of my department, all of my coworkers have left... leaving only me. I can quit, but should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 41 answers

Is this sexist? Should I talk to him about it?

My boss frequently makes comments about the clothes female employees are wearing. I'm wondering if they are considered sexist and if I should talk to him about them. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Mar 20, 2015 - 41 answers

Take a deep breath and count to five...

WorkFilter: Is it ever appropriate to ask to be moved to another team at work because of management style? [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Feb 13, 2015 - 12 answers

How to catch hold of a disorganised boss to resign?

I've gotten a job offer I'm happy with. My boss is the distracted, goalpost-is-always-moving kind of guy. As in, his schedule changes day to day, always last minute, even up to the hour before. How is the best way to catch him to advise of my resignation? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

How to give employees unwelcome news

Half of my team makes widgets and half of my team makes sprockets. Next week, I need to tell my widget-making employees that we are cutting back on widget production and ramping up sprocket production -- they will start making sprockets 25-50% of the time. How do I make this unwelcome (but needed) change in job responsibilities suck less for my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work?

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work? I have never supervised others in my entire working career. Given my story beneath the fold, should I consider doing so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2014 - 13 answers

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings?

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me help them!

I'm an assistant manager now. I want to be a manager, and there will be job openings in a month or so. What can I do to increase my chances of getting promoted? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Help this graphic designer become the best production manager ever

I have been a graphic designer, or in related jobs, for most of my work life. Now I'm moving into a new print production manager position at the marketing agency where I work, and I will be doing a diverse range of stuff, much of which is new to me. Help me kick ass! [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 18, 2014 - 3 answers

I need a system for managing a shared email inbox.

Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

I will go down with this ship

How does an insecure person become a good manager? Is it possible? - [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on May 28, 2014 - 15 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

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Bad to Worse

I asked for advice regarding a meeting I had coming up. Well, the meeting has come and gone and it wasn't good. I don't know what to do or think. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Oct 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Getting over a toxic boss in time for a new job

For the past year or so, I've been supervised by an especially moody and critical manager. Fortunately, my contract ended and I'm getting ready to start a new job at a different organization. How can I get over my grudges and feel confident in my new position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Saying "That won't be possible" isn't really possible

The question: Should I provide a lukewarm reference for my recently fired ex-manager to avoid awkwardness? Or should I tell him no, and if so, what is the code language to use? I can't say "Sorry, that won't be possible" for reasons outlined herein. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 40 answers

A manager I work with - not MY manager - is....odd.

I work closely with another team and their manager in my job. The manager has started some weird, what feel like, personal attacks on me. In case you want to skip the long explanation inside, basically the question is how to deal with a manager who is not my manager (but I am expected to work with anyway) and has a very abrasive style which is kind of offensive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 14 answers

10-year plans don't say what needs to be done tomorrow.

How can I better "manage my managers" who can only think in the long-term? They have lots of really great ideas which never go anywhere because they don't schedule people to work on them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 3 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

I want to be an awesome manager. What books should I be reading?

I want to be an awesome manager. What books should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2012 - 14 answers

How open can/should I be with my boss/manager?

How open can/should I be with my boss/manager? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Aug 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Managing your boss

Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I respond to professional praise?

My manager fairly frequently sends me email praising me for my work. I think I'm just doing my job. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 - 28 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

What is the common practice for turning in a notice to quit, is email good, or do I need to do it face to face with the board?

What is the common practice for turning in a notice to quit, is email good, or do I need to do it face to face with the board? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 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

Blessed or cursed?

I've been offered a promotion, yay! But would taking it be a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

How do I tell my manager to wake up?

How do I (or we) speak to my manager about his increasing lack of involvement in what we feel are the core components of a product's (re)launch, especially when the stakes in the launch include: our careers, the fate of the company, and the jobs of fellow colleagues in the office? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Tattling during an audit

My department is being audited (by an external company) on a project I spend the majority of my time doing. There are numerous problems with the project. I need advice on how to handle myself in a meeting where I may feel like I am tattling on others. [more inside]
posted by soelo on Jul 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Lazy and Inexperienced or Latent Management Material?

I am mentoring a college kid who wants to be a programmer. I am detail-oriented; he does the bare minimum required to get the job done, but he gets things done. Am I right to push him toward thinking about doing project management rather than hands-dirty techie-developer type stuff? Or is he just lazy and needing to be schooled? [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 23, 2010 - 28 answers

I know that I might just be being a wuss, so I thought I'd ask...

How do you respond to the situation at work where people, be they superiors or peers, take credit for your work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2010 - 23 answers

My boss can't keep a promise or make a commitment

How do I politely get my boss to follow through and keep promises he makes to my customers? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Making the most of a challenging coworker

How do I make the most of a work situation with a co-worker whose behavior is just annoying enough to disrupt work regularly, but not annoying enough to cause him to be fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 13 answers

"Umm, what do YOU think about my career?" won't cut it.

How do I approach a "career coaching" meeting discussion with my manager? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Jul 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Is "Human Resources Manager" really a great job or is Money magazine lying to me?

I noticed that Human Resources manager was on Money Magazine's "Best Jobs" list. I want to hear from people with experience in the field - is it all it's cracked up to be? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Apr 3, 2008 - 7 answers

work blog question

How big a deal should I be? Do I deserve my own work-related web page? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Oct 16, 2007 - 10 answers

First Day Advice

First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Aug 24, 2007 - 17 answers

How do you maintain your sanity while managing an overwhelming workload with multiple large projects?

Tips on preventing work burnout and handling job stress. How do you handle an overwhelming workload with grace and sanity? How can I quickly become a good project manager? What should I do until I have the project management skills to actually handle the workload I've been assigned? (I'm kind of freaking out here.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2007 - 11 answers

How can I decide if I'm management material?

How can I decide if I'm management material? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2005 - 17 answers

ManagerFilter: Improving Staff Morale

ManagerFilter:Need some easy, cost-effective tips for making the workday more fun and upbeat. [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 24, 2005 - 17 answers

Moving On Up... or Not

My manager is resigning. Her position, by all rights, should be mine. I have recommendations from all the various people I work with on a daily basis, and at least two managers (my own, soon-to-be-gone, and another in a related department). The CFO doesn't think I'm ready, however, and is currently trying to head hunt....apparently with some success.

Should I resign if he ignores all these folks and doesn't even at least discuss the issue with me? I think it shows pretty clearly I don't have a future with this company....I've been here for years and can do the job.
posted by taumeson on Dec 10, 2004 - 23 answers

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