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Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Find my chair

This is a long shot, but I have a chair at work that is extremely comfortable and I would like to buy the same chair for my desk at home. Does anyone recognize this chair and know the brand/model name? Alternatively, where might I be able to find a logo or identifying mark on a chair? (I haven't been able to find one so far, but I may not be looking in the right places on the chair.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How to dress with a knee brace?

I broke my leg 10 days ago, and had surgery on it this past weekend. While I've been fine hopping around the house and to doctor's offices in shorty-shorts or mens basketball shorts I've started thinking about what I should wear back to the office. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Jul 16, 2013 - 20 answers

If a person is acclaimed, is it OK to say said person is elected?

ResumeFilter: Jane MetaFilter runs for an elected office in her student government. There are initially other candidates, but they end up dropping out of the race and as a result, Jane is the only candidate. As a result, Jane is acclaimed to the position. On Jane's resume, is it fair game to say that she was elected? Or must she say that she was acclaimed? Is it best to compromise -- perhaps to altogether avoid the use of "acclaimed" or "elected"?
posted by demagogue on Jun 17, 2013 - 25 answers

Need a vendor to come on-site at work and stop a squeaking chair?

My boss has asked me to have someone come on-site and stop the squeaking of the CEO's chair--I cannot think of what kind of vendor might perform this service. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jun 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Good headphones for blocking out all work chatter

I'm currently working in a smallish office where people arrayed around a group of tables chat to each other during the day. I'm hoping to find very comfortable headphones for listening to music (mostly just soft wordless music - my base station is Pandora's 'classical for studying' station) that will let me not hear voices, but also will not leak and be obnoxious for my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jun 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Is this a normal work setting?

I'm trying to figure out if I should be more agressively searching for a new job or if I would just be jumping into the same situation at a different company. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jun 13, 2013 - 8 answers

DIY Network Architecture for 50+ person co-working space?

I'm helping design/manage a 50+ person co-working space. It's a non-profit, so we're doing a lot of things DIY. How do we deal with (mostly wireless) networking? Or do we really have to hire an IT consultant? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Venus Flytrap in the Office?

Any advice on having a carnivorous plant in the office? My understanding is that if it's directly under a fluorescent light it may be okay. Also, any studies on how many flies one might eat? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Jun 6, 2013 - 13 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

Paying for Public Documents by the Government

Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Too hot to work

So, for the nth year in a row the air conditioning system in our office is busted. It's not even summer yet and it's already way too hot in here. I need some way of keeping cool and sane. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Fung shui in my office

Fung shui in my office [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on May 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Is this behavior from a coworker as odd as it seems to me?

I work with a woman who refuses to speak to me unless she is forced to do so and will otherwise pretend so thoroughly that I don't exist it's as if I hadn't spoken at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 65 answers

Inexpensive desk lamp with adjustable brightness?

I'm looking for a nice, inexpensive task lamp to put on my desk at work. It should have adjustable brightness (low/high is fine) so that I can have either a little or a lot of light, as required. Free-standing, not clamp-on. $30 or less would be ideal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Learning to use VBA

I have read that John Walkenbach's books are the de-facto standard for learning to use VBA in Microsoft Excel. I'd like to know what books are recommended to learn to use vba in other Office products - primarily Access, but also Word and Powerpoint. I'm more interested in books than in websites.
posted by Proginoskes on Apr 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Working with employee cynicism

How to work with employees who don't like what you're doing, but won't work towards making things better? Specifically vocally negative long-term employees who think they know it all, but refuse to share their wisdom beyond flat-out complaints because it's "not their job"? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

Class A, B, C real estate?

Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Healthy Takeaway/Delivery in London

I spend a bit too much time in the office, and regularly have dinner delivered there (paid for by the company, thankfully!) but am putting on too much pudge from the constant pizzas. Could anyone recommend healthy deliveries or takeaway that will service the W1 area? Thanks!
posted by emergent on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Calendar Editing and Syncing Between Two Mac Users

I'd like to sync a shared event/appointment calendar with a work colleague, which we both can edit (not just view) on our iMac computers, preferably without having to go to an external website to make edits, or paying for an outside service. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 answers

All-in-one printer/scanner/copier/fax recommendations ?

March 2013 edition ! A non-profit that I volunteer with is looking to buy a new all-in-one machine to do its printing, scanning, copying, and faxing for its office. Non-profit uses windows. Initial budget is $300-500. Other pluses: Dual-sided printing Most of the printing will be in b&w but will occasionally need to print in color (not for photos but for small logos on flyers, etc). What should I recommend to them ? Laser ? Inkjet, no right ? They'd rather not since space is at a premium there.
posted by fizzix on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I select pre-written paragraphs to insert into letter?

I have a scenario where I have to evaluate work performance. There are 5 categories I'm evaluating. Now when the person fails to meet a benchmark, I want to send him a letter explaining why he didn't meet the benchmark. So I have 5 paragraphs (one for each category) that explains what was wrong and how to fix it. Instead of copying and pasting from a document to create the letter, I'd like to be able to select from a list of responses, and have those responses formatted in a letter form. More after the the jump. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I deal with inappropriate comments in the office?

What is with my workplace? Need help dealing personally and professionally with a variety of inappropriate behavior from my coworkers and supervisor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Office chair for the very tall

Are you a tall person with a great office chair that works great for you? I am looking for an office chair to fit my very tall (6'4") self. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Mar 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Puppy in the office!

What should I do with my puppy when he's not sleeping or playing with me? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Mar 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Type font for numbering on old post office boxes

I'm looking for a type font that was used for the numbering on early-to-mid twentieth century post office boxes. The font is brass or gold in color, with slight shadowing or some other contrivance that gives it some dimensionality or relief or shadowing. It's sort of the same font that you see from the 1950's on lawyer's office windows or doors in cities, although that's a fleeting impression I have. [more inside]
posted by eaglehound on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Best white noise solution

What is the best white noise app or machine for a workplace that requires a more sound proof solution to normal ambient noise in an office. [more inside]
posted by MT on Feb 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Stand in the place where you work

Should I get a standing desk? Please share your pros and cons, and any tips! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 30, 2013 - 27 answers

How will the new web-based Office 365 affect my monthly data cap?

I have satellite internet service with a monthly download/upload allowance of 15 GB. I am a heavy Microsoft Office user. With Office 13, apparently there's a web-based subscription option, and it sounds great (5 licenses vs. 1). But will constant communication with the servers eat away at my monthly allowance? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Jan 30, 2013 - 1 answer

Posters to finish my coworker's office makeover

One of my developers just had got an "office makeover" (mostly a much needed paint job), and now has about a half dozen Ikea RIBBA frames on the walls. Unfortunately, he hasn't figured out what to put in them. Fortunately, we're all here to help him out. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 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

What do I do with superfluous office space?

I have a 42 inch wide, 32 inch deep, and 28 inch tall void between my desk and the wall of my office. (see: here) My company is relatively lenient on personalizing our offices - in that image, you can see the SMB wall decals - but I'm struggling with coming up with a good use for the space. I'm pretty handy from a carpentry standpoint and I have access to power tools / a space to do some carpentry work in, so pretty much anything goes for this one. What the heck do I do with my Corner of Shame™ to turn it into a Corner of Pride™? [more inside]
posted by Mali on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

I need help with an office phone

Good Morning Hive! I'm having a little trouble setting up my office phone. Here's the info: [more inside]
posted by oviedo on Jan 10, 2013 - 5 answers

How weird is it for an office to lack a desk?

I would like to take the big, corner desk out of my office and instead have a couch, along with a laptop table that I can use as needed. Or maybe a small stand-up desk off to the side. I am wondering what the outside perception might be, as well as any potential problems I may not have considered. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jan 9, 2013 - 22 answers

How comfortable are the first generation of Steelcase Leap chairs?

How comfortable are the first generation of Steelcase Leap chairs? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Jan 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Everyone loves a good sit.

Office chair recommendation? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010?

Advice for help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system

How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland on Dec 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Help ID uniforms in an old drawing

Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Existing Windows installation to Virtualbox. Avalanche inside.

How do I successfully take an existing Windows 7 installation from HDD and put it into Virtualbox on Debian, on an SSD? Avalanche inside. [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Affordable office chairs?

Any recommendations for office chairs under $150? [more inside]
posted by zinegurl on Dec 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What are your favorite lamps that you have used to do work under? What light bulbs do you recommend for these lamps?

What is the best way to outfit an office in an apartment with quality lighting for studying? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Nov 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Ergo, I need help.

Looking for an ergonomics person who will come to my office and ergonomicize my deskal region. Harrisburg, PA area. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 15, 2012 - 1 answer

help me get habituated into my office!

Help me "settle" into my graduate student office! I try to make myself more comfortable by bringing an electric kettle and tea bags. I also put a pair of slippers there. What else should I so that I can "settle in" the way I do in my office at home or in a coffee shop? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Nov 8, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to work *less hard* for the money

Help me sell out! How can I manipulate a resume full of customer service and food jobs to land me an entry level office job? [more inside]
posted by jaksemas on Nov 5, 2012 - 10 answers

judging a flop

What percentage (either of a movie's production budget or of the final receipts) of a movie's box office receipts are expected to be produced in the opening weekend?
posted by goethean on Oct 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Make me the cool gift giver!

Christmas gift shopping for ladies in the office, need help with ideas and online shops! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Where's the Gift of Fear for the workplace?

What did you first notice about your supervisor, coworkers, subordinates, or office environment when you were about to take a job that turned out to be a negative experience? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Oct 25, 2012 - 69 answers

Inter-office conflict

Please help me manage/cope with this grad school inter-office conflict. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

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