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Help me not move my office into a dank cave

What’s the cheapest way to make an unfinished basement work as usable living/working space? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 3, 2011 - 11 answers

office plant identification

could you help me identify these two species of plants I picked up? they were sold to me as hardy office plants: image. That’s an indoor bamboo on the top left but there’s two of the same species on the bottom left that I’d like to identify, and one on the bottom right. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on May 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Heating up milk at the office

How can I heat up milk for my coffee at work and without a microwave or stovetop? Is there some kind of stand-alone gadget that will heat (not just froth) milk, while being office-appropriate? [more inside]
posted by pourtant on May 19, 2011 - 31 answers

Is office surveillance demoralising?

I have just shelled out for a quite pricey IP camera for the office I remotely manage, but I'm having second thoughts installing it. I run a small business, 3 staff, and I have moved away from the city and visit only once a fortnight or so. I trust the staff, but it's the type of qualatative work where it is very hard to track the amount of time spent on each task, so I'm thinking of adopting some camera or tracking software. Would it do more harm than good? I feel like I have a right to keep tabs, but also it seems quite disrespectful. And I am wondering about the ethics of tracking keylogs or screen captures. Any and all thoughts appreciated
posted by choppyes on May 19, 2011 - 38 answers

What is the name of this film?

Please help me identify this foreign film. [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on May 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Where can I find an IT support refresher course?

I need to brush up on and refresh my memory of various topics in the area of IT technical support for an interview. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by karizma on May 19, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm obviously busy. Come back later.

What's the correct etiquette for interrupting people in their office? What's polite when someone interrupts you in your office? [more inside]
posted by Acton on May 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Office chair for the bedroom?

What comfortable and stylish desk chair doesn't look like the typical office chair but can still recline? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on May 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Looking for the bastard lovechild of your office pen holder and the Barbie Party Palace

I am looking for a pink castle-shaped pen holder. It should be suitable to hold the kind of stationary your average office worker needs. Glitter and fur a bonus. Must be from some where that delivers to the UK. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on May 3, 2011 - 8 answers

much ado about nuthin'.

What do you do in your downtime in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 - 30 answers

Upgrade from Outlook 2003 or no?

Should I upgrade from Outlook 2003 or just keep using it forever? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Apr 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Basic HTML Knowledge of New Employees

Is it unreasonable to expect most knowledge workers entering the job market today to have basic HTML knowledge? [more inside]
posted by tuzy2k on Apr 19, 2011 - 97 answers

How do I deal with an expectation of perfection at work while receiving little constructive feedback?

How do I deal with an expectation of perfection at work while receiving little constructive feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I'm at a cross-roads career wise and am going round in circles trying to work out what to do. The situation is complicated by the fact that my current job involves working with deeply nutty people. Would be great to have some advice from impartial observers. [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Apr 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Hunting for office space

How would one go about finding unserviced office space to rent in major uk cities?
posted by nam3d on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

New Home Office "HR" Policies

I'll soon be working from home full time. What are some "policies" I can enact for my home office to keep my productivity, sanity and health intact? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Mar 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Office Management Software for Dentists

What are some of the most popular office management software suites for dentists? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo on Mar 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Will Symantec PC anywhere work for me?

Will symantec PC anywhere 12.5 work for me? I want to access my desktop office pc from other locations over wifi. Ideally would be able to access all desktop functionality programs etc. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Mar 24, 2011 - 4 answers

How fortuitous. Now get out of my sandbox.

My boss recently hired a former coworker for an open position in the department. This person will be working on many of the same tasks and projects as I am. He was both well-liked and skilled at the job when he left years ago, and I am afraid that he's going to come back and completely outshine me. How can I handle this situation professionally? [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Mar 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me set up my mission control room.

I am interested in wall-mounting a TV in my office conference room with visions of all sorts of cool uses like presentations, video conferencing (skype?), and monitoring live twitter streams. Has anyone seen a nice example of such a setup? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Mar 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Good help forum for Office 2010?

Can anyone recommend a good, well-trafficked forum for Microsoft Office (particularly 2010) questions? Seems like this should be eminently Googleable, but maybe because there are so many of them, I'm not finding the one that is the one. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman on Mar 19, 2011 - 7 answers

upgrading our office

IT filter: Whats the fastest route to a closed office network on windows? Goals: remove local admin rights for users, create white/black lists of software that can be installed by them, remotely manage routine maintenance for them (updates, virus scans). [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Mar 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Hilarious office pranks that won't get me fired?

There are only 24 shopping days left until April Fool's Day! Please give me suggestions for hilarious office pranks that won't get me fired. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Mar 8, 2011 - 37 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

How to show and voice a presentation on a PC?

I am having real trouble recording presentations on my Windows Vista laptop. I have this killer presentation on Open Office Impress and have CamStudio and Audacity. But, Audacity keeps crashing and I can't get CamStudio to record the entire screen. When I set "Full Screen" it just records a corner of it. I am wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to make this presentation work. I also have a Flip Mino and a slideshare account but I don't want to put the presentation online as its a course audition and very rough. Suggestions???
posted by parmanparman on Mar 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Looking to buy a chair.

Unique chair from TV series. [more inside]
posted by JohnE on Feb 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Examining 300 MS Word documents, looking for shortcuts

How would one go about the task of recording the word-counts of hundreds of MS Word documents? Is this something that could be automated? [more inside]
posted by cac on Feb 24, 2011 - 4 answers

We're a small office - what's a good platform to use for shared checklists?

We're a small office - what's a good platform to use for shared checklists? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Feb 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Office Politics-Book

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

Office chair for under $200?

Had this office chair and it royally fucked my back. Which office chair should I get for under $200? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Feb 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Help supply our windowless office with a little dose of nature

What images or video should we play on our office TV as a pleasant background? Basically, we want a fake window to a nicer world. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Feb 9, 2011 - 16 answers

I grew up. Help me prove it.

I'm going back to a job I hated, and want to get along better this time around. Seeking mind-hacks, specific behaviors, or little tasks that I can consciously do throughout the day- anything to make it feel like a new environment, and help me adjust my behavior. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help managing multiple Send As addresses in Outlook

Setting up multiple "Send As" addresses in Outlook (2011 for Mac) [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Jan 26, 2011 - 0 answers

Is 'she' intentionally disrespectful?

Office Politics - Idiosyncratic language usage or Hindi diss? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Jan 25, 2011 - 33 answers

Weekend Ergo

Where the heck can I go to try out a serious ergonomic office chair in Seattle (e.g. Steelcase Leap, Aeron, etc.) on a weekend? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Tense all the time about imaginary firing

I am terrified of being fired, even though I don't have any reason to suspect I might be let go. How can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Need an expandable phone that isn't awful

I need a new phone for the home office. Degree of difficulty: Home phone service is VOIP, so the "base unit" must be in a closet in the living room, but I need speakerphone functionality (ideally a constantly-plugged-in unit, not a handset) three rooms away in the office. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Jan 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Workstation for two large LCDs with shelves above

Vancouver computer workstation shopping: We need a desk about six feet wide with one large flat desk area to hold 25.5" 16:9 LCD displays, a laptop, mouse, and two shelves above. Cannot afford Anthro, Steelcase, HON or other expensive office furniture. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Software Licensing

I'm trying to start an internet cafe-type business and I'm having real trouble understanding how to properly license copies of Microsoft Office, as well as Adobe software (e.g. Photoshop). There's a further caveat, which is that customers will use thin clients to access virtualized PCs on a central server. [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ?

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

I need to mask the noise that comes from my office

I need to mask the noise that comes from my office. What's a simple way to do this? [more inside]
posted by whatideserve on Dec 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Office furniture for people who sit all day and work too long.

High ergonomics to cost ratio office furniture for people who sit at their desks 12 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by snafu on Dec 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Gift Ideas for a white elephant office party - under $20

Longtime lurker, first post. Could you help with some ideas for a white elephant gift exchange party with my coworkers. The company is a fairly conservative large corporation. The gift needs to be secular, inoffensive, good humor and under $20. Last year some popular gifts were Snuggie, Dilbert calendar and so on.. Food/wine seems to be ok but not popular. Any trendy gifts for 2010 or techtoys will also help. Thanks much.
posted by whistle on Dec 3, 2010 - 24 answers

I need help making a form letter easier to change in Word.

I need help making a form letter easier to change in Word. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Dec 3, 2010 - 1 answer

Office holiday activities

My office is having a potluck lunch next month to mark the holidays. We need some fun activities to get people in the spirit of the season. Difficulty: most of my dozen co-workers are middle-aged introverted engineer types. We’ll be joining a similar-sized business analyst team that is a little more outgoing. Some of the past years’ games include a photo contest, sweet tooth challenge (guessing contents of candy filled jars), charity raffle, secret santa, and yankee swaps. I like the idea of a photo contest with a funny topic where artistic merit is irrelevant.
posted by Dragonness on Nov 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Vegetable friend for my underground lair

What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
posted by swift on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I get hired as a legal documentation specialist?

I want to get a job as a legal documentation specialist (word processor). I have no prior work experience in law firms. What's the work like, and how do I get hired? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Nov 10, 2010 - 11 answers

How to best preserve a whiteboard illustration long term?

A friend of mine drew an illustration of my son on our office whiteboard. We are moving offices shortly, and I'd like this illustration preserved. [more inside]
posted by djacobs on Nov 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Small business needs to keep postal mailbox costs low

I need to receive business shipments. How can I keep my postal mailbox costs low? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me be a more efficient transcriber

I've started offering transcription services as part of my business, but at the moment I'm using Windows Media Player next to a Word document, switching to the player to press pause and play each time I want to stop and start. Not ideal. I learnt to audio type using a foot pedal and I'd like to do that again, so, transcribers and secretaries/PAs, please recommend! I'm in the UK and would prefer to buy something available (online is fine) within the UK. If it works with Windows Media Player, fine; if not, please recommend (inexpensive) software I could use. If you need more info, let me know!
posted by LyzzyBee on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

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