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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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???
Unique chair from TV series. [more inside]
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]
We're a small office - what's a good platform to use for shared checklists? [more inside]
Books on dealing with office politics [more inside]
Had this office chair and it royally fucked my back. Which office chair should I get for under $200? [more inside]
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]
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]
Setting up multiple "Send As" addresses in Outlook (2011 for Mac) [more inside]
Office Politics - Idiosyncratic language usage or Hindi diss? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ? [more inside]
I need to mask the noise that comes from my office. What's a simple way to do this? [more inside]
High ergonomics to cost ratio office furniture for people who sit at their desks 12 hours a day? [more inside]
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.
I need help making a form letter easier to change in Word. [more inside]
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.
What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need to receive business shipments. How can I keep my postal mailbox costs low? [more inside]
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!
What would you recommend as an office/desk chair for a small room? [more inside]
Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
My work area is noisy; often there are several competing conversations going on at once. How do I deal? (Yes, I read the question a week ago.) [more inside]
I am writing an article about employment in the U.S. federal government. Where can I find information about what supervisors are allowed by law to tell other government agencies recruiters about their employees, and what they sometimes tell those recruiters that is against the law? [more inside]
[Scavenger Hunt Filter] Help me help my boyfriend scavenge and hunt. My SO is a web developer, and next week he will be out of town for a week-long Java training session. I need help thinking of scavenger hunt missions to send him on. Also, the scavenger hunt is a special snowflake. [more inside]
Is there a Mac app to convert OpenOffice documents to Word? [more inside]
Need coping mechanisms and/or advice for dealing with an often times soul-crushing work environment that I can't get out of for at least 1-2 years. [more inside]
Do you have a mailing list at your place of work, for gay people to chat with other gay people on? A pride list, as it is commonly known. What are your experiences of it? Do you know anything about how it was originally set up? How does it work for you; what are the pros and cons of such a mailing list in the workplace? [more inside]
I work as a web developer in an open space, and unfortunately, I am the type of developers who needs silence in order to concentrate on my code. This is a small startup, where people leave their music, ringtones, and other noisy devices, open. There's noise through the whole day, and I'm having difficulties to be productive. I've informed my managers about this, but since they are quite happy with background music, they've disregarded my requests and needs. How do you cope with such a situation? Are you aware of any good corporate "noise policy"? What do you think I should do?
How can my coworkers be made to do their dishes? [more inside]
Help me find a comfortable desk chair that fits my minimalist office aesthetic. [more inside]
How do I overcome a literal fortress mentality in the office? [more inside]
I often write in several languages (French, Dutch, and English) and so I use multiple keyboard layouts (on Windows 7) and multiple editing languages (in Microsoft Office 2007). I find that when I have Word open and I change the keyboard setting in Windows (from US to US-International or vice-versa), Microsoft Word will change the editing language back to English (United States), Word's default language, no matter what other language (Dutch or French) I was working in at the time. [more inside]
Excel 2007 filter: How do you change the dictionary language for specific cells/columns/rows? [more inside]
I need advice, Metafilter. I’m being bumped out of my office of 5 years to make room for a new hire and being put into a trailer 10 minutes away instead. Should I quit? [more inside]
I am looking for a good quality, yet very lightweight three hole punch. [more inside]
How can I get Outlook to create a text link to an email instead of a graphical icon link when drag-and-dropping into another MS app? [more inside]