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Staff meeting icebreaker

I am facilitating our staff meeting today. At the beginning of our staff meeting, we always do an icebreaker. I'm terrible at thinking of these. We have a team of 6 people, pretty informal office, sitting all around a big table, about 10 minutes. What are your icebreaker ideas for something fun, informative and not-too-personal? Thanks!
posted by rabu on May 29, 2014 - 34 answers

New Teacher Hired, Pissing Off Veteran Staff, Help?

I'm in my first year as a principal at a special needs high school and recently, the school director (above me organizationally) hired a new teacher who isn't quite fitting in. Far too many staff members have approached me and basically, this new teacher is pissing a lot of people off. It's not worthwhile to get into specifics, but it is fair to say that their issues are valid and this new teacher acts like a know-it-all, she's fairly abrasive and dismissive to seasoned staff. These teachers are well-respected in our field and great at their jobs. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Apr 15, 2014 - 23 answers

To get involved or not to get involved?

Our new project leader is making my staff miserable and threatening the professionalism and success of the project itself. Both project and staff are dear to my heart, as well as my professional identity. No one wants to make waves while on the project; I've recently transferred to a different project. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Running staff meetings

At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
posted by mejicat on Jul 29, 2013 - 35 answers

What will happen to the volunteers?

An non-profit organization with staff and volunteers has been non-union for its existence. Because of proposed changes by its board of directors, staff have applied to unionize. Some staff perform the same tasks as volunteers, but volunteers perform the overwhelming majority of the core work of the organization. The ratio of volunteers to staff is about 35 to 1. First, can a non profit unionize? And second, if it becomes a union shop, what will be the status of the volunteers?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it.

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it. Much more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 49 answers

How to manage the schedule and preparation for a very busy public official.

Can you help solve a public official's staff project management woes? [more inside]
posted by metamush on Apr 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Help with the help: Occupy my imaginary penthouse

Let's pretend I'm rich. Maybe not a member of the 1%, but definitely a member of the 10%: What kind of household staff would I have? What would I call them? And what would they call me? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Dec 13, 2011 - 53 answers

how do I manage a foundering co-founder?

How can I be less strong at work? I am managing equity development for a start-up in Europe. Bad times so please don't bother mentioning it. I have had a good run since I arrived in October and was rewarded with two staff for my department last week. Problem: one of them is the co-founder of my company. He is not capable of working on a project he will not get public credit for. I am at my wit's end with his shirking of deadlines and his "right away" promises. How do I deal with this difficult position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 - 7 answers

We want to buy something new and shiny, but a direct to dvd camcorder from 2005 seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas?

We want to buy something new and shiny, but an ancient direct to dvd camcorder seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Feb 28, 2011 - 1 answer

I mean, other than annoying?

Does this style of of oft-viral video actually have a name? Do you have a favorite? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Feb 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Staff Training Costs

I'm looking for survey results or data on the amount of money spent annually on staff training and development by organizations similar to mine (public sector, Canadian, 1000+ employees). Comparisons to U.S. organizations would be fine too. Is there such a thing as an industry standard for staff training, e.g. $150 per person, per year?
posted by Paid In Full on Jan 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What is this crazy flag?

What crazy flag is this?
posted by Optimus Chyme on Nov 19, 2009 - 18 answers

How to be a good "new boss"

I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 33 answers

Why Should You Use Social Networking at Work?

Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Oct 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Go Green for Obama?

Does anyone know what those green lapel pins are that about a third of Obama's staffers seem to be wearing in the photos here? (via)
posted by limeonaire on Jan 15, 2009 - 14 answers

Supporting someone returning to work after depression

How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Should I warn another employer about an ex-employee?

I had a seriously unpleasant experience with a former employee in the aftermath of his termination, and I have since learned that he is employed at a similar business in another city. Is it my place to warn them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2008 - 24 answers

Spin the wheels of the body at the same time as the mind?

What different traditions and practices are there which combine meditation and active motion? [more inside]
posted by protorp on May 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Project Management Software For Frequently Changing Variables

It's time for yet another round of "What is the best project management software!" Come meet the final contestants. Particularly if you have used Microsoft Project or Open Workbench. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jan 8, 2008 - 2 answers

First Day Advice

First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Aug 24, 2007 - 17 answers

Financial Industry Web Site Staff Levels?

I'm the Web systems manager at a large financial management company (in the Janus / Nuveen / SEI territory) and I'm having a hell of a time discovering industry-relevant staffing levels. Anybody have references or anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by gknauss on Aug 21, 2007 - 1 answer

Freelance to staff leap

Turducken said it concisely: "When (most) freelance writers want to have a family or buy a house, they get jobs as... editors." I am wondering just how they (we) do that! [more inside]
posted by Eater on Oct 30, 2006 - 7 answers

Staff appreciation event on a (tiny) budget

What would you do if you were asked to plan the following event for 250 people on a budget of $500?: "... a staff appreciation event celebrating the past year's accomplishments and anticipating future directions. Includes the following tasks: scheduling event, reserving location, setting agenda, arranging for speakers, ordering and purchasing refreshments, publicizing event, and handling setup and cleanup." [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese on Oct 17, 2006 - 27 answers

Note numbers on a staff

I'm trying to find an image of note numbers with the corresponding notes on a staff. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Oct 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I freelance or go on staff?

Is there a rule of thumb about freelance rates vs. staff salaries? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Apr 11, 2006 - 22 answers

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