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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

Chair me!

What would you recommend as an office/desk chair for a small room? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Oct 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me pack a lunch for the whole week.

Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 23, 2010 - 18 answers

STFU, coworkers!

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]
posted by momus_window on Oct 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Employee Evaluations

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]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 20, 2010 - 2 answers

It's a scavenger hunt...for scavenger hunt ideas!

[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]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there an app for it?

Is there a Mac app to convert OpenOffice documents to Word? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me deal with this awful work environment.

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me organise an excellent Melbourne Cup sweep

How can I make my office's Melbourne Cup sweep interesting? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 12, 2010 - 15 answers

How do gay pride mailing lists work out at work?

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]
posted by Elfasi on Oct 12, 2010 - 9 answers

How to cope with a noisy workplace?

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?
posted by lipsum on Oct 12, 2010 - 46 answers

The Kitchen Cops are calling for backup

How can my coworkers be made to do their dishes? [more inside]
posted by i'm offended you're offended on Oct 11, 2010 - 56 answers

Minimal Office Chair

Help me find a comfortable desk chair that fits my minimalist office aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 7, 2010 - 6 answers

We might or might not be open. Ring the bell to find out.

How do I overcome a literal fortress mentality in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 16 answers

Why does changing my keyboard layout in Windows change my editing language in Word?

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]
posted by dhens on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Excel hell

Excel 2007 filter: How do you change the dictionary language for specific cells/columns/rows? [more inside]
posted by bethist on Oct 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Should I quit my job?

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]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Sep 30, 2010 - 46 answers

3 Hole Punch

I am looking for a good quality, yet very lightweight three hole punch. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Sep 30, 2010 - 7 answers

How to create Outlook email links in plain text?

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]
posted by sprocket87 on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Need alternative MS office 2010 download link

Purchased MS Office 2010 Academic version yesterday. Exceeded 25 download attempts somehow. Is there another place I can download from? [more inside]
posted by fallsauce on Sep 26, 2010 - 2 answers

what does the 64-bit version of MS Office 2010 have going for it?

What would the 64-bit version of MS Office 2010 get me that the 32-bit version of MS Office 2007 would not? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Sep 26, 2010 - 6 answers

I think the post office may have lost my mail, what can I do?

I think the post office may have lost my mail, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Sep 24, 2010 - 13 answers

I need to find the perfect piece of art.

Art novice filter: in my new office, there will be a space for a large piece of art, right next to my desk. It will hide things (computer monitor etc) some of the time and be 'rolled' away the rest of the time. I can purchase an image/print/painting, commission something or... I have no idea where to begin. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Sep 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me make my iPad work for work

So, iPad, huh? Help me make it work (for me). [more inside]
posted by dg on Sep 20, 2010 - 13 answers

forgetful in the membrane

How can I be more careful/detail-oriented at work? I don't know how to fix something when I'm already trying my hardest at it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Fugly Technological Behemoth

How can I camouflage this monstrosity hanging out in my office? [more inside]
posted by chara on Sep 17, 2010 - 22 answers

Unusual things for work

What are some unusually / useful things you keep at your desk? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Sep 16, 2010 - 109 answers

Cheap, yet functional phone system.

So, I'm setting up a small office (3-4 stations). The roadblock I'm running into is the phone system, or lack thereof. My client would rather not drop three grand on it - understandably - but, this limits my options. Any suggestions? Used is fine, but I'm having trouble tracking one down locally. Thanks, in advance. [more inside]
posted by converge on Sep 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Pretty Things To Hang on Office Surfaces

What's a good and safe substance to use for pretty-ing up boring office cabinets? They've given us new cubicles at work and they're nice enough, but awfully bland. I was thinking that shelf paper or that paper they put on doors at Christmas might work out. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Sep 10, 2010 - 9 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

Being an admin at a non-profit - what's it like?

I'm an executive assistant and office manager considering a move to the non-profit sector. What can you tell me about the hours, atmosphere, and work style of non-profit offices? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Sep 8, 2010 - 17 answers

I wanna rock down to inappropriate name avenue.

How does one go about changing the name of the street their house is on? (United States) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Sep 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Business Advice for the Mathematically Challenged

A colleague has asked me to share an office space with her. We are not in the same place financially in our careers. I'm trying to figure out what would be a fair deal for both of us, but I can't seem to get my head around the business logic. Can you guys help? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Sep 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Ugly office needs a makeover!

I desperately need an office makeover. DIY tips, recommendations (photos inside) and links to your favorite design blogs would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Aug 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Turning a small closet into a productivity wonderland.

How do I make a small storage closet of an office livable for the next year? What kind of space saving measures/organizational things can I buy to make this work and keep myself sane? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 25, 2010 - 9 answers

I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.

How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
posted by winna on Aug 19, 2010 - 32 answers

Office Renovation

I've a lovely office at work and I want to redecorate. The result should be a cross between a Victorian scholar's study and Captain Nemo's cabin. Suggestions and sources appreciated!
posted by alaaarm on Aug 18, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I best advertise office space for rental in Covent Garden?

I'm looking for the best way to rent out some office space in the UK — specifically, one floor of a building in Covent Garden. Help! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Aug 18, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Envelope help

Quick question about the USPS: Can I ship a flat-rate Priority Mail envelope by printing postage for it online and then dropping it in a blue USPS mailbox? Or do I need to take it to a post office?
posted by mekily on Aug 5, 2010 - 13 answers

How to get Aeron chairs fixed on-site?

We have six Herman Miller Aeron chairs in varying states of disrepair in our office. Some need new parts and a couple don't tilt or raise properly, etc. Some were bought new and some were bought secondhand, and everything I've found online says to take them to a dealer, which I'd like to avoid (hassle, having no chairs for a while, etc). I'd like someone to come over and diagnose them and replace parts and/or fix them on-site (I'm in Manhattan). Anybody know a service that does this?
posted by notclosed on Jul 31, 2010 - 3 answers

What kind of hardware would I need to convert the top of my desk to an adjustable sit/stand?

I'm really intrigued by the idea of a variable height sit/stand desk, but for a couple reasons, I'm probably stuck with my current utterly inconspicuous, heavy wood composite desk. Fortunately, the top comes off, so I think I might be able to modify the desk so that I can raise/lower the top independently of the rest of the desk. What kind of hardware would I need, and where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Pleasing Their Masters?

Is there any research that has been done on the idea that lower, subordinate offices aspire to, or are geared (through staffing, logistically, policy or philosophically-wise) to, if not emulate, please its higher office, regardless of its technical mission? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 25, 2010 - 4 answers

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