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Uses for lots of unneeded space on my desk?

I have a rather large desk (probably about 2' x 5') at my new job, but I only need my laptop to get work done. What fun, or useful, things can I put in the remaining space? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Jul 29, 2015 - 25 answers

give me your colorful, cute, glam office supplies yearning to be free

I'm trying to find colorful and/or cute and/or glamorously lady-style desk accessories and office supplies. Where should I go looking? Are there blogs that I should look at? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jul 21, 2015 - 20 answers

The perfect desk chair

I'm looking for a chair for my bedroom desk. Requirements: white, comfortable and supportive for a person with short legs, not too office-y looking, minimal assembly required, under $650 but cheaper is better. Any tried-and-true recommendations? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jul 19, 2015 - 4 answers

What should I put in my terrarium?

I'm planning to buy a terrarium like the one pictured here for my office. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 answers

How to approach supervisor about moving from 1.00 FTE to 0.75 FTE?

Another department recently offered me a 0.25 FTE position, and I'm sort of nervous about approaching my current boss about asking if my current department would support/allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Conflicts in a law office

I'm writing a story in which some of the characters are employed at a law firm. I'm looking for realistic conflicts in such an office that would involve senior partners, junior partners, associates, paralegals, and staff. Not life and death struggles like a John Grisham novel, but more day-to-day things.
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 11, 2015 - 20 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

How to dress stylish for work

I'm wanting to look more put-together and stylish for work. I work in a government office, live in a moderately cool climate (daily maximums from 10 to 40 degrees C), am 32 and female. Please help me do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jun 28, 2015 - 14 answers

What is the best way to organize multiple offices

I work in three offices on the average week: At my home office, and at two offices in two separate universities that are in two separate states. I have a laptop that goes with me everywhere and a dropbox account to keep files in as well as ample office supplies, but often feel a bit scattered with moving between so many separate offices. What can I do to stay organized, happy, and productive when I'm never working in the same place more than two days in a row?
posted by _cave on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I prevent entering another toxic workplace environment?

Just interviewed for a new position and most likely getting the official offer next week. I am feeling excited and joyful, but also very worried about entering another toxic working environment, like the one I am in currently. How can I identify the red flags in advance and prevent this from happening again? More inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Jun 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Is any large corpus of Office documents available for download?

I am looking for a large (>1000 files) corpus of real-world Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, though I wouldn't turn down Open/LibreOffice/Gnumeric/etc. formats). [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this Chinese website?

When I click on the 'Manage Account' button in the Account settings menu in my copy of Word 365, it launches a new web page - stores.office.com - where I can then log-in to my account. All straightforward. But at the same time a separate tab is also launched for the site www.59e.com, which is all in Chinese. What is this? I'm in the UK, using Firefox.
posted by srednivashtar on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I buy my own office supplies?

I work in a startup. Our office chairs and some other equipment aren't ideal, and I'm considering buying my own stuff. Is that sort of thing done, or should I just suck it up? Is there another way around this? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on May 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Jacques Pepin everyday egg breakfast

I'm trying to recall a cooking method. I saw it mentioned on, I believe, Top Chef within the past few seasons. I'm pretty sure it was Jacques Pepin, and he mentioned that his daily breakfast was a soft-boiled egg he prepared in a mug, possibly in a microwave. It basically seemed like a hack of his eggs en cocotte recipe. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on May 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared!

Emergency LibreOffice help: all of my footnotes just disappeared! [more inside]
posted by saladin on May 9, 2015 - 3 answers

New job, new phone system, not working

So I'm at my new job. The main thing I'm supposed to be doing is calling people. Thing is, my phone isn't working and the tech support person's wife just had a baby, so he's incommunicado. A little help? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Best place to purchase a nice desk name plate/sign

I'd like to purchase a friend a nice-looking (probably wood?) desk name plate/sign to celebrate a recent graduation. Probably something along these lines, but open to suggestions. I would want it customized with just her name. (I know this sounds a little random, but knowing her I believe she will get a kick out of it.) [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Apr 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Grass is greener? Job edition.

Considering leaving a teaching career for something completely different. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Apr 5, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Ergonomic desk set up that does not require a clamp

Does this exist? I'm looking for the ability to sit/stand at my desk. However, because I have cabinets over/attached to the desk itself, and the desk cannot be moved from the corner it is in, I can't get an accessory to hold two monitors that needs to be clamped to something.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me understand USPS rates

Are the USPS rates quoted online the same as the ones you get at the postal counter? [more inside]
posted by rancher on Mar 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I report the questionable things my co-worker said

I overheard my co-worker saying some potentially extremely damaging things the other day - not sure if I should tell our boss or not? Trying not to be self interested but worried our team could be at risk. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Mar 22, 2015 - 30 answers

How do I handle this awkward work situation? Details inside

I was basically accused of lying at work. Now what do I do? I've been working a temp (with potential to become permanent) job for a little over a month. Prior to this I had been unemployed for over 7 months after a lay off. I worked for my previous company/job for almost 15 years. I am working in a completely different industry and role than I had in my last several jobs. This is a clerical/support position in a conservative company. More... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Mar 20, 2015 - 20 answers

LibreOffice Calc Conditional Date Magic

Wondering if some conditional work with dates, working across multiple sheets, is possible in LibreOffice Calc. [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

I THINK It's Toilet Paper...

What would lead to these very small toilet paper scraps ending up on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Feb 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Decorate my data mine!

For the next few months, I'll be spending a good deal of my time wrangling data and doing statistical analyses in a tiny ground floor room, one wall lined with file drawers. I have no windows. What can I do to make it pleasant? What is your favorite thing about your office? [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski on Feb 13, 2015 - 16 answers

How to transition from working at home to corporate office life?

About two years ago I left my fast-paced corporate job to do freelance work for the same company from home. I thought I would hate it, but actually I discovered that I loved not dealing with the day-to-day interpersonal bullshit and the various stress of office politics. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Feb 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Can you identify this food (?) someone left in my office refrigerator?

This uncovered bowl of mystery things has been sitting in the communal refrigerator in my office all day. At first glance, I thought they were shrimp, but... they are not shrimp. Link and more inside. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Feb 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me eat a healthy breakfast

Every day I make a cup of instant oatmeal at the office. This is the ideal breakfast setup for me - quick, easy, cheap, low-calorie, fairly non-perishable food that I can store in my desk drawer - except I'm not sure it's all that healthy. Is there a nutrient-rich alternative to this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Office chair mat - but small?

I need a new chair mat for my small office - but I can't find anything small enough. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Escaping from clockwatching office hell

I'm bored. So bored that I think I'm going to have to jump ship on my IT/office administration job. There's just nothing to do. I'm loath to quit with nothing to go to - but I'm looking for other options, other types of work so I don't have to jump straight into another job like this one. What kind of work is there that I can do, that's more hands-on, less computery, has more to do each day and has more tangible and material results? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

(I Don't Want to Have) Telephony Nightmares

I am searching for an inexpensive way to provide phone service for a small business. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jan 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Is office culture in England really as lewd as portrayed in The Office?

Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Quickly search attachments/messages by person in Outlook 2013

I guess it's time to finally give up Xobni... [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi on Dec 17, 2014 - 3 answers

USPS mail volume data

Is it possible to get monthly or yearly data on the volume of incoming and outgoing mail from each US post office? [more inside]
posted by molla on Dec 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Teach me how to Dilbert

Just accepted a new job. Yay! It'll be my first 8-5 Monday-Friday job ever. And I'm in my 30s. I'm apprehensive about the switch. Right now I work 3 twelve hours shifts and I have a fair amount of freedom to move. In my new position I'll be more tethered to my desk. Give me tips on how to survive. I've read all the guides about the desk exercises, and those are helpful, but I still feel like I'll be struggling to stay focused and not get bored.
posted by MadMadam on Dec 13, 2014 - 15 answers

I have six months to prepare for a talent show...

I have six months to prepare for an office talent show. Pressed to make a decision, I said I'd do a magic trick. I need to entertain 50 people for 5 minutes. I have no previous magical experience. What can I do?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Dec 12, 2014 - 12 answers

You're Not The Boss Of Me

What's the best way to deal with a bossy coworker who isn't, welp, the boss of me? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 11, 2014 - 63 answers

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy today

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy in-person in SF [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Dec 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Leave my job, or stick around until September?

For Reasons, I've got to come to a decision regarding my current job. It's to do with housing, and my two choice are: leave pretty much immediately after Christmas, or commit to living in the area (and therefore the job) until September (with no option to leave before then)? It's a well-paid job with a few big drawbacks - so snowflakes are inside! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Dec 8, 2014 - 13 answers

How to smooth over problem with co-worker in a professional manner?

My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Winter shoe recommendation for urban commuter?

I'm looking for a warm shoe that I can wear to the office and handles the gross curb slush in NYC. so far I'm considering Merrell's jungle moc. I am a dude. Thanks for your help!
posted by cgs on Nov 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Please help me replace aim.

Basically, our company would like to replace aim for our office instant messaging solution. After much googling and some testing, the top two currently on my list are hipchat and slack. [more inside]
posted by JackT on Nov 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I best administer a very large collective gift?

Each year, my office (~1500 people) pools together to give our building support staff (cafeteria workers, cleaners, mail room) a holiday gift. It's a tradition that's been going on for as long as I've worked in this office, and this year it's my turn to collect the gift. I'm looking for the best method of collecting the gift. [more inside]
posted by kdar on Nov 21, 2014 - 1 answer

Fun desk accessories

Do you have anything on your desk that is a fun distraction? [more inside]
posted by aviatrix on Nov 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Could you give me tips on navigating hostilities at work?

My supervisor has TERRIBLE, life-endangering, totally illogical judgement. After serious consideration I have decided to go to her supervisor and though she has been welcoming and has taken things seriously, I feel horribly sneaky and I am having trouble being at work. Could you help me cope? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Nov 11, 2014 - 23 answers

How does my office thermostat work?

Is there any guide for best practices on setting a 2-dial thermostat like the one pictured here and here? And what do the two dials represent? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Nov 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Is this calendar NSFW?

Is a playful calendar from Pin-ups For Pitbulls inappropriate for my office? [more inside]
posted by feste on Oct 30, 2014 - 23 answers

Administrative roles in oil/gas and offshore

What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Oct 24, 2014 - 7 answers

what shall i do with the ex i work with in the same office 3 feet away?

my ex and i have been working together for 3 or 4 years, and we dated for 1.5 year. he broke up with me a year ago. the post break up year is full of drama. i couldn't let go. the chemistry we had was awesome, and before we dated we used to be the best friends at work. sex is mind blowing good too. at the spot when we broke up we were pretty seriously. neither of us could actually move on given the fact we still see each other everyday. the reason why neither of us has left the company yet is because both of us got some tremendous opportunity or reward for our hard working in the past years for this company. i can't give it up for this break up. so i stuck to it for a year. [more inside]
posted by Freyaaaa on Oct 21, 2014 - 24 answers

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