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]
Purchased MS Office 2010 Academic version yesterday. Exceeded 25 download attempts somehow. Is there another place I can download from? [more inside]
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]
I think the post office may have lost my mail, what can I do? [more inside]
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]
So, iPad, huh? Help me make it work (for me). [more inside]
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]
What are some unusually / useful things you keep at your desk? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How does one go about changing the name of the street their house is on? (United States) [more inside]
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]
I desperately need an office makeover. DIY tips, recommendations (photos inside) and links to your favorite design blogs would be much appreciated! [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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?
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?
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]
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]