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Frenemies R Us, Workplace Edition

I'm currently working with, for the first time in my life, someone who I can truly classify as a frenemy. 50% of the time, all smiles and sweetness; 50% of the time, undermining, secretive, backstabby, and manipulative. This is someone I actually *have* to work with-- we're on a number of teams together. Lately she's been telling others that a project I created, developed, and sold to a client was actually "a fluke" and that my contributions were minimal. How to deal with this in the most productive way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me not fall apart.

I need to get out of this dysfunctional work place but I'm stuck and feel myself breaking down. [more inside]
posted by peasncarrots on Feb 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Am I being undermined at work?

Something upsetting happened at work that makes me feel totally undermined, but I'm not sure how to handle it. Can I get some help from the office politics gurus of MeFi? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Kill the spam, keep the fuzzies.

Help me handle a growing intra-office "spam" problem without killing the camaraderie or antagonizing the team. [more inside]
posted by rada on May 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Love my new job but discouraged by closely knit coworker

I got a new job and have, in record winning pace, managed to be the outsider weirdo of my team (yay!) Details below and advice on both practical and professional ways to deal welcomed. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Jan 15, 2013 - 30 answers

Possible new job, help me leave the old one

References and a toxic job--Help me navigate workplace politics so's I can get myself into a better workplace. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Sep 26, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I fix my social reputation at work?

What would you suggest for improved social skills, fitting in, decreased awkwardness, and undoing a reputation for being annoying at work? I'd especially love help for nerds with social anxiety who need to fit in with mainstreamy socialite sorts of people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Book recommendations

Books/Autobiographies which inspire? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

I don't know how to play this game

Do you have tips or resources that would help an overly earnest "nice guy" type navigate political maneuverings at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?

Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 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

How to handle uncommunicative colleage?

How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Jul 30, 2011 - 23 answers

Geez, I'm not a pageant queen here

The VP of my company has made a habit of teasing me about whether I'm smiling. I'm getting to the point where if I don't say something soon, I might blow up one day. How can I communicate my distaste for this kind of teasing without offending and/or alienating him? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Mar 4, 2011 - 56 answers

Office Politics-Book

Books on dealing with office politics [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I stay above the fray?

Good news: it looks like I'm being groomed for a new position at work, one I really want. Yay! Bad news: there's rumors that the person who currently has the position is getting fired. I'd like advice on how to deal with this gracefully. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 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

Secretary with the big "S"

Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Kinda like musical chairs....but without the music, or the chairs.... just the humiliation of being the one left without a seat.

So, I finally have a job with opportunity for advancement, and two positions have opened up. The glitch is that I'm competing for one of these two positions with two other people, both of whom I work closely with. Also, once the decisions have been made, the two who are selected will have to work with the un-selected one until replacements have been found. I need advice on how to navigate this awkward situation with professionalism and grace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 - 5 answers

The Game

Teach me about "The Game" and how people, including yourself, play it. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 15, 2010 - 40 answers

Wise to find out reason for being passed over?

I suspect I am being passed over for a position. Should I attempt to find out why? [more inside]
posted by swooz on Mar 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Your mother doesn't work here....

People at work, including my boss, are always raving about how organized I am. Normally, this would be a compliment, but lately I wonder if I'm not being underestimated. How can I get my boss to take me more seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Pregnant woman needs help controlling her moods

Anger management for beginners? Help me deal with pregnancy/hormone related rage at work! [more inside]
posted by heytch on Oct 12, 2009 - 13 answers

How to influence people positively

How to stay cool with a fellow coworker and encourage them to do a god job at same time? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 24, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I tell someone they're dressed inappropriately at work?

An intern at work is dressing very inappropriately. Is there any way I can tell her nicely to tone it down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2009 - 45 answers

Look, he compared Obama to the antichrist...

What do I do about my annoying coworker who talks conservative politics all the time? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Apr 17, 2009 - 41 answers

Avoiding arguments politics at work...

How do I avoid getting into discussions/arguments about U.S. politics at work? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Apr 14, 2009 - 21 answers

[Office Politics Filter] How long do I nag my boss about a crappy worker?

We've got an intern that doesn't appreciate his chance to work in our studio, but my boss just won't fire him! How long do I keep giving my boss reasons? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Feb 23, 2009 - 41 answers

How to handle a negative reference without giving up the referencee?

How to bail on a Job Interview due to bad reference for the employer (doing the hiring) without stepping on toes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Translating normal thoughts into office speak

I could use some help translating normal thoughts into office-speak and playing it cool at the office during professional negotiations and meetings. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Dec 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Did the Company ask me to do something illegal?

Did the Company ask me to do something illegal? Either way, how can I say no? [more inside]
posted by MichaelKnight on Nov 13, 2007 - 36 answers

Misfortune of a fortunate job?

Help analyze my terrible work situation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2007 - 23 answers

How do I talk to my boss about changes in responsibilities.. that weren't at all what I expected?

How do I adapt to unexpected and unclear changes in roles for myself and my immediate colleagues? A new person has joined my small department (we build and maintain web sites) and I was surprised to find out my boss has plans for this person to take on some responsibilities that I wanted.. and had thought I'd be assuming.. but now I don't know what to think. More detail follows.. [more inside]
posted by citron on Jun 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Employee Pit Fight

how would you moderate this conflict between two employees? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on May 31, 2007 - 12 answers

Being a team player on the short bus ... or how to tell your boss, "NO, I won't keep teaching these inept morons you keep hiring"

Professional/career/office politics filter: How can I once and for all tell my boss that I don't want to keep teaching the unqualified workers he hires ...without getting fired for insubordination or seeing like I’m not a team player? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 on Feb 2, 2007 - 16 answers

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