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Four weeks to prove myself or fall flat on my face

My office has an opening for a supervisor. They've decided that since things move slowly in our organization (government), before selecting someone permanent for the job, it will be opened up to the office and anyone interested can serve in the position for four weeks to "get full sense of the responsibilities." I'm interested in the job for a few reasons but concerned about the pitfalls of being a supervisor for merely four weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Advice on how to manage without authority

I'm the junior member of a 2-person legal team for a government agency. I routinely have to ask people wholly outside my chain of command to do things for me or, more rarely, correct work when it's not compliant with law/policy/practice. I've successfully won over the majority of the staff in my year with the agency, but one staff member is routinely argumentative with me. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Aug 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Was I rude on accident for not introducing my boyfriend to my boss?

I'm a teacher who didn't introduce my boyfriend to my supervisor at an informal gathering and I'm wondering if I should apologize to to him [the supervisor]? Was this rude or perhaps OK for the circumstance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Calling in...intermittently

I have been working for an agency for 8 years in an upper-management position. My new-ish supervisor hates me and is creating a negative/hostile work environment. My doctor thinks I qualify for intermittent FMLA due to workplace related stress. What are people's experiences with using intermittent FMLA? Is it only going to make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me help them!

I'm an assistant manager now. I want to be a manager, and there will be job openings in a month or so. What can I do to increase my chances of getting promoted? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Leadership 101

I am an I.T. worker who does technical work, and does it well. Now, I’ve done it so well for so long, that my supervisor has advanced me to a position of “Team Leader” and I am now in charge of telling other I.T. people what to do. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jul 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Phone "interview" with prospective subordinates

As part of the interview process for a new job, I'll be speaking with two staff members I'd be supervising. Help me figure out the best way to approach it? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Jun 16, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I do something nice for my boss?

What can I do for my boss that would be nice? I am trying to get back into her good graces and a suggestion was made that I do some one nice thing for her each week. I don't know what she is into. She's not into any of the things that I am. I do know that. Although, I don't necessarily think that matters. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Mar 26, 2014 - 26 answers

"I'm not like a regular boss, I'm a cool boss." New manager seeks tips!

I need some tips on how to be a good manager, but not so much the kind of tips I can find on various lists when I google it, i.e. "Give results oriented feedback." I am not great at socializing outside of work-related exchanges and I am an introvert. How can I inspire my team and make them like me and get the most out of them? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Jan 21, 2014 - 32 answers

Need help with a difficult professor

I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2013 - 45 answers

What to do when a supervisor is facing dementia?

One of my friends has a supervisor (director of a non-profit) that is showing major signs of dementia. He forgets what happens in meetings, doesn't do tasks he is supposed to do, forgets what keys are to be used for which locks, etc. It is hurting the organization, and hurting her in particular because it is causing her to have major burnout taking care of everything going wrong. She is also worried about how she can get him to take better care of himself, and recognize/treat what is happening. He is married with no kids. What should/can she do? FWIW this is in Texas. *Let's assume we know there is a real cognitive decline, not just stress, etc.
posted by powerbumpkin on Sep 23, 2013 - 16 answers

What do I do now?

I arranged to apply for a summer research grant with a professor at my school. It's now one week before the application deadline and I haven't been able to reach him at all. It's almost certainly too late to write and review an application now, much less find a new supervisor. So is that it? Do I just drop the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Caught between my boss and my staff - how do I respond skillfully?

I need help in figuring out how to respond to a work situation between my boss and my staff. I am the second in command in our office, and manage all of the administrative staff. The administrative staff support all of the professional staff. (Think something like a law firm, or university department, where professional staff rely on and share administrative support). My boss is driving my administrative staff crazy. [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox on Jun 17, 2013 - 28 answers

On how to be the type of supervisor that doesn't drive people crazy

I'm going to be supervising people for the first time this summer. How can I do it well? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

How to handle a prospective employer calling my current employer?

I applied for a job 4 hours away. I've since decided that I do not want it. However, I'm worried that they will contact my current supervisor as a reference and she has no idea I'm considering leaving. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on May 22, 2013 - 8 answers

How to proceed in this situation without compromising standards?

I tried to establish no-contact boundaries with an inappropriate supervisor, but now I'm doubting myself and wondering if I've overreacted. [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on May 21, 2013 - 12 answers

PhD thesis woes - what do I tell my supervisor?

I am in the final year of my PhD. I suffered from many months of depression and an inability to get my writing done in a timely fashion. I am now playing catch-up. I have a telephone appointment with my supervisor next week, and wonder if and how I should disclose the difficulty I faced, and am still facing. I don't want to burden her with my personal issues. How do I, or should I, discuss this? How do I regain her faith in me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Clinginess mode: Activated

The age-old "crush on teacher" dilemma: I'm getting too attached to my TA and it needs to stop. How can I dial it back while maintaining a friendly, professional relationship? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Feb 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Music industry - sideways moves from performing to...?

I graduated from music college in the UK about 10 years ago, and recently decided that while this time has been spent developing skills to augment my income as a freelance performer, I'd now like to consolidate those skills into a related career which would leave me more financially stable. For a long time now, I have been interested in becoming a music supervisor in the film/television industry, music researcher or working in a production music library. Whenever I have had any involvement with music rights or negotiating clearances, I've been fascinated by it but have never had the opportunity to have this as my main focus. How do I do this as someone who is not able to do long-term unpaid work experience/internships? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

What am I worth?

OK, I'm officially fed up with my university job. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Issue with supervisor thwarting job search process!

I need to provide supervisor references for a job opportunity, but I do not have many people I can ask. Need help figuring out my options. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by mdn31 on Jul 30, 2012 - 11 answers

boobies!!!

I am a straight man and my manager is a woman. We work in an office environment. Sometimes she wears shirts that reveal a little cleavage. I don't want to look, but sometimes my eyes drift ... convince me this is something i shouldn't worry about. [more inside]
posted by cupcake1337 on Jun 30, 2012 - 62 answers

Wanted: Minions (Equal Opportunity Employer!)

Human Resources Voodoo: How does one land a supervisory position without ever having really supervised anyone? [more inside]
posted by jph on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I tell my supervisor I'm interviewing elsewhere when I need them as a reference?

I have a job interview next week. Meanwhile, my current supervisor is anxious to start the work plan and budget process for 2012. I feel dishonest committing to projects that I have no intention of carrying out. I need my supervisor as a reference and I can't burn this bridge - how do I tell my boss I'm interviewing elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Thank you

How to properly thank a superior? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Oct 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Leave Me Alone

How can I tell my ex-academic supervisor to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Aug 11, 2011 - 16 answers

I don't want to be in charge

My library career is stuck. I want out. Where can I go? Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Never be friends with your boss?

My friend is now my boss. How does our friendship change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

What if I say no, don't contact my supervisor?

When applying for federal jobs, how problematic is it not to allow a potential employer to contact a previous supervisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 - 8 answers

To gift or not to gift?

Etiquette filter: Found out my boss at my new job gives members of her team fairly generous holiday gifts. Is it appropriate for me to reciprocate with a smaller token of appreciation, or will that seem suck-uppy? [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on Dec 8, 2010 - 20 answers

What would you suggest to a novice manager?

What have you learned about managing a staff that took you years to realize and wish you had known on day 1? [more inside]
posted by otters walk among us on Aug 12, 2010 - 42 answers

How do I learn to manage up?

tips and resources for "managing up?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Everyone has a supervsior but me

How to find a research supervisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Uh...hello. Joel the Manager from 4 years ago please.

I had a summer job a few years ago that I wish to list on new job applications. The problem is that I don't exactly remember any of my supervisors' names. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jun 2, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm not a drug addict, I swear

My friend's IMs are monitored by her employer and one of her aquaintances who knows this likes to jokingly IM her things that would get flagged and possibly get her in trouble. Well... it did. How can she convince her bosses that she is not selling her body for to support her drug habit? [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm on Dec 10, 2008 - 34 answers

What would Miss Manners do?

How can I (very politely!) beg off future visits to my boss's house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Tattoos on the Big Cheese?

How acceptable is it for a person in a supervisory role to get/have a visible tattoo? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Sep 29, 2008 - 33 answers

Ethical/Legal Reasons for keeping passwords secret?

What are your ethical opinions on supervisors knowing thier direct reports login information? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Aug 6, 2008 - 32 answers

Onward Unitarian soldier, marching as to the interconnected web of humanity of which we are all a part

What's a nice goodbye and good luck present for a former boss of similar age and temperament? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Aug 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I ask for a promotion?

My boss may be promoting me. Or not. Or he may be waiting for me to ask for it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by gaiamark on Jul 13, 2007 - 22 answers

Miserable with a future, or on hold but with less misery?

I have almost certainly won an eighteen thousand dollar award to do my Master's degree, but every day I find myself semi-wishing that I don't win it so that I don't have to do my Master's. Do I suck it up and advance my career, or turn down more money than I make in two years and end up working at the mall? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2007 - 21 answers

One paper airplane, every day, for the next two years.

What to do with 750+ sheets of used letter-sized paper? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Sep 26, 2006 - 29 answers

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