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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

Can you help me find a unique foot rest for under my desk?

Help me find something comfortable, functional and maybe fun or unique to rest my feet on under my desk. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Sick of the cite of this thing.

How do I cite a legal case in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Oct 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Excel colour schemes are making me go blind

How do I permanently change the colour scheme in Excel (2010) so that I don't keep on going blind due to other people's spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Oct 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Bringing lamps to the lightless

Potentially-nonexistent-product-filter: Is there such a thing as a light system that emulates dawn-to-dusk daylight? Something that brightens and dims relatively closely following actual sunlight? [more inside]
posted by erst on Oct 15, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the best free (open source) Office software for Mac Snow Leopard?

I just installed a new hard drive in my older (early 2008, 4 GB ram) macbook pro laptop and installed Snow Leopard. I need an office application, something like Open Office. What's the best current "stable" version of this OSS software for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Best crash course for general office software?

After a year off after graduating from art school, my friend needs to find a job and is contemplating a temp agency to look for general office work. I know that agencies typically run prospective hires through computer based proficiency evaluators, and we're wondering the best/quickest way to polish up these skills before hand. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Oct 6, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I insert a separator between items in the Office 2010 ribbon?

I have finally been forced to switch from Office 2003 to Office 2010, and I am attempting to come to terms with the Ribbon interface. In the built-in Ribbon tabs, items are separated by short vertical "separator" lines, but there does not appear to be a way to insert these separators into custom tabs. [more inside]
posted by alby on Sep 29, 2012 - 3 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

Help Me Cope With a Noisy Eater

I have about three weeks to come up with a game plan on how I'm going to deal with a noisy coworker's return to our shared desk space. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Sep 25, 2012 - 18 answers

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