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I want to be productive, but not too productive...

So once you've slayed (or at least knocked out) the procrastination beast, how do you keep your balance and not burn yourself out? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jan 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Remaining impartial between to ideologically opposing workplace factions?

How do I remain impartial between two warring factions? A few years ago I joined my workplace union. As I have worked my way into HQ, I have discovered two distinct factions. I have made many good friends on either side but it’s getting difficult to enjoy myself and feel included. I get upset and feel like I want to quit... HELP :/ [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Jan 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Stuck at work

I'm so far behind on a project that I feel like I'm lying to my employer and I'm deeply pissed at myself. How can I move forward? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jan 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 27, 2015 - 11 answers

What can I do (or not do) for a friend with headaches?

Sufferers of headaches - what do you like/dislike when you're in the thick of it? A friend of mine has recurring headaches of unknown cause. They are on medication so the pain is manageable, but they live alone and often have to go to work (9-5 office job) in the middle of an episode. They live far away so I can't offer to pick up groceries for them or anything like that, but I can and do IM them words of comfort. What else am I missing?
posted by fix on Jan 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Best cardigans evah?

I love cardigans, but I'm tired of my cotton cardigans pilling / wearing out. What are your favorite cardigan brands that are super durable? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes on Jan 25, 2015 - 22 answers

Is it unfair to tell my colleague I'm in love with her?

I'm in love with my female colleague. We went on a date in 2014 and left it as friends. Now I'm thinking of finding a new job - should I tell her why or is this unfairly burdening someone else with my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 53 answers

No, you really do need to tone it down

I read this recent question which had a lot of stories about women being told they are too "strident", "mean", "demanding", etc. at work. I have gotten feedback like this in the past too so I am wondering, is there some way to tell if it's just sexist bullshit or if you personally really do need to take it down a notch? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jan 23, 2015 - 21 answers

What's a good way to say "I don't know" in a constructive way?

In my role at work, I'm often approached on a day to day basis with very specific ad hoc questions. Often times, I have no background on the question / issue, and am not sure how to answer. [more inside]
posted by watrlily on Jan 21, 2015 - 35 answers

How can I be less sensitive?

There is no question about it – I am an extremely sensitive person. What I want to know is how can I be less sensitive, or, maybe, if I should be less sensitive? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Escaping from clockwatching office hell

I'm bored. So bored that I think I'm going to have to jump ship on my IT/office administration job. There's just nothing to do. I'm loath to quit with nothing to go to - but I'm looking for other options, other types of work so I don't have to jump straight into another job like this one. What kind of work is there that I can do, that's more hands-on, less computery, has more to do each day and has more tangible and material results? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I make business travel suck less?

My work has me traveling regularly for the first time-- 2-3 day trips every few weeks. I travel with a small team, including the company president. We operate as a pack, and so I'm sort of at the mercy of the president/team in terms of mealtimes, etc. I really dislike the lack of control over food, sleep, exercise, and general life while I'm on the road. . What can I do to make the trips less onerous for me? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jan 17, 2015 - 32 answers

The Ultimate Work Catch-22: No work assigned & boss wants status reports

How does one generate an action items/issues log on a moments notice when they have literally had no work to do for MONTHS? Email from boss is sent 13 minutes before the day is over and she wants to start meeting to discuss projects and statuses and asks that the log is compiled and ready for tomorrow. What the hell am I supposed to give a status report on??? [more inside]
posted by gangsterscience on Jan 15, 2015 - 12 answers

I don't know if I am reading signs or reading into signs

I have a female friend at work who I would very much like to be into me and am not sure if due to that I am reading into things - I probably am. For example, "what does that sudden hug mean?" or "Is this a dinner date or just dinner?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 26 answers

Where can I find thoughtfully written success stories about quitting?

I would like to read helpful, well-written, thoughtful, realistic personal stories about quitting a job, preferably ones about situations where another gig hadn't been lined up yet. Prefer stories about career positions, though I'm more than happy to read about walking out of service jobs. Please point me to web sites and forums, books, podcasts, and other media I am not thinking of at the moment.
posted by ziggly on Jan 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Job is being eliminated, where to go from here?

Likely to be losing my job in the coming weeks, and thinking about returning to school, either for a diploma or some other vocational training. Can the hive help me figure out a path to take or explore, given the generalities of what kind of work I would like to consider pursuing? I am interested in jobs relating to natural resource management and/or something relating to the environment. [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me understand work habits. How much time is spent ...not working?

At work, no one has ever monitored my time or even told me what hours I should be working, so I'm not sure what is appropriate. I'm a good performer, but am still on edge and worried I could be seen as inappropriate. I understand no one can give 100% all the time, but lately I spend more time browsing or chatting with coworkers. I don't want to get a surprise reprimand or be viewed as a slacker. Please help me determine what is and isn't acceptable in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

How best to manage this work problem

For several years Small Company has been undergoing large turnover in employees, to the point that there are now a number of critical vacancies. I am a Widget Controller at SC. Because of the vacancies, I was told to also become a Cog Controller. They're not similar jobs even though they have a similar title and the career path is different. I am not paid extra for the additional role (I haven't asked). There is no overtime. Is a position change like this normal? Is it possible to escalate to HR as this isn't the job I was hired to do? I don't like being a Cog Controller.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Coping with the new job panic

I am two months into a new job in a large corporate in a completely different industry to my professional background and am having the 'new job struggle'. Having accepted that it could take at least six months to start feeling settled in (e.g. see answers to similar question suggesting this as a timeframe), how do I actually cope it with it on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Best non-silent places to study in NYC

I'm house-sitting for friends in New York City next week, which is great. I have to spend the whole week writing papers for school, which is not so great. Can you suggest some excellent places to study so I don't feel like I've totally wasted the trip? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Jan 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Relating to a colleague who has come out as Transgender to me

A woman at work came out to me earlier this week as Transgender (she is, I am fairly certain, a woman who was assigned male at birth). I'm not sure I handled it well and based on the generally sensible, kind, and intelligent way that Trans* issues are discussed on Metafilter (especially when compared to other places on the web) I am hoping for some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 23 answers

What we have here is...

I have a yearly performance review coming up. I need help addressing worsening communication issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2015 - 24 answers

OMFG did you effing seriously just say that.

One of my coworkers said something that feels BEYOND inappropriate, and I don't know what to do about it. Difficulty level: racism. In the office. With lots of Southern cultural baggage. Also, WTF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2015 - 42 answers

What’s the deal with the lack of diversity? (workplace edition)

I work for a large corporation in a typical business office setting. Our workforce is very diverse at the associate and Jr. Manager level. Above that, not so much. I am meeting with some senior leaders (mostly mid aged straight white guys) over the next couple of weeks to discuss career progression possibilities for myself and team, and am looking for a way to broach this subject without sounding accusatory or confrontational. I thought the hive mind might have some insight. This could also just be an un-discussable. You tell me. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Dec 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Everyday jobs that you've found fun and enjoyable... part 2.

4 years ago mtphoto posted a great question. I really liked some of the answers you gave him then, but I also have a few more questions to add. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

How to recover mentally from a major workplace accident?

Recently I was in a major workplace accident. Even though I am healing physically, I don't know if or when I will be ready mentally to return to work? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 27, 2014 - 16 answers

oh no. i screwed up.

In true sitcom-character form, I've gotten myself in a situation. I promised weird and exciting Christmas presents for work people by accident. I was half-bluffing half-joking, but now it has been taken seriously, and I didn't kill it soon enough, so now it is too late. And I need to deliver. By tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 23, 2014 - 50 answers

I want to work part-time.

I recently got a job as a public librarian. This is the first time I've had a permanent, full-time job and I've realized that it's not for me. I think I'd be much happier with the hours and flexibility of part-time work. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Dec 22, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

My family are not cats and resent being herded

My job (project manager) involves keeping track of lots of niggly details, checking up on everything and everyone regularly, delegating tasks, and planning ALL THE THINGS. Unfortunately, this tends to spill over to my personal life, where my family (SO, parents, inlaws) don't like being treated as human resources and would appreciate a more relaxed and carefree me. But lately I've been having problems with separation of work and home life, as relaxation at home comes with slipups at work, and increased productivity at work comes with more tasks done at home but also with arguments and fuming SOs. Help? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Why won’t you listen?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! We are going to fail!

A friend and former colleague came to us as subject matter experts in international sales and market development. He came to us for our expertise but he will not listen to our recommendations and is putting us on the brink of failure and this is a company that should not be failing. What are techniques for dealing with stubborn people that refuse to listen and learn in a professional situation? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Dec 16, 2014 - 17 answers

Help - I'm terrified of being fired but cannot seem to keep up

About 6 months ago, I started a new job. A number of us were hired for the same position at the same time, and we spent several months in training that schooled us on policy and procedure. About 8 weeks ago, we were given our own work load, and though I am working as hard as I can, I cannot seem to keep up the pace, and don't really understand how anyone is able to. This is making me extremely anxious, and really damaging my self-esteem. Should I start looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Dec 14, 2014 - 17 answers

Finding a Sometimes Standing Desk Topper

I would like to stand while I work sometimes. Ideally I'd like to find a topper for the desk I have at work (which I cannot replace with a full standing desk) that I can easily adjust to standing or sitting heights throughout the day. The ones I've found for sale are incredibly expensive ($300). I use a desktop computer with a monitor and all I really need is to raise and lower the monitor easily. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Dec 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Save the drama for your momma - oh wait, that's me!

Something crazy happened at work while I was on maternity leave...can you help me figure out what it was??? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Dec 13, 2014 - 20 answers

Gimme your cool brown bag lunch tool ideas!

My wife is a nurse and she works long shifts and packs her lunch. She loves cool kitchen food gadgets. Does anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Dec 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Sure, We Can Fire Everyone... If You Want

I run a technology organization within a corporate environment and am struggling with the strict network security rules currently in place on our corporate network. After a lot of debate, I've been given an audience with the executives to try and sell them on why blocking everyday sites like Google, Evernote, Facebook, Reddit, etc is evil and leads to people hating us as a corporation. I need your help! Most specifically, I want to hear from those of you that work for technology organizations (Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, etc)... what restrictions are in place for you? What is your experience? [more inside]
posted by shew on Dec 12, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I make myself do things?

I've always been really bad at motivating myself to do necessary tasks. However, this has finally gotten to a point when it's actually hurting both my personal / work life. What's the best way to solve this problem? Simply telling myself: "you have to get this done before you can do X" never actually works. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Dec 12, 2014 - 16 answers

You're Not The Boss Of Me

What's the best way to deal with a bossy coworker who isn't, welp, the boss of me? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 11, 2014 - 63 answers

a good kind of quandry to have

How to handle giving notice at work around Xmas time? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Room-Temperature Winter/Autumn Potluck Dish

I need a dish for a potluck for work lunch on Thursday. I don't do potlucks well anyway, but now I have to figure out a dish that I can cook (or assemble) Wednesday night, bring in to work at 8am on Thursday, and serve for Thursday lunch. We have refrigerators but no stove or oven. There is a small microwave. I will not have time to go out and get something during the day before the lunch, as the potluck is following a mandatory meeting, and most stores will be closed that morning before I get to work. [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Dec 9, 2014 - 29 answers

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy today

White Elephant gift for work: Something yellow, under $15, can buy in-person in SF [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Dec 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Confrontational Work + Low self-esteem, Body Image Issues = ???!

How do I navigate an environment where I'm expected to challenge power and authority constantly, while struggling with my own deeply-rooted issues with body image, self esteem, depression and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

How to get better at asking questions at work?

I've been working at my current job, in an actuarial capacity, for nearly 3 years. The problem I'm having is that I find it difficult to ask questions about new tasks in the workplace. I think a small part of this is the fear of coming across as dumb. If I end up asking something really basic, it may look bad to my boss. I've read about imposter syndrome and think that's part of what I'm experiencing. But, I think a bigger part is that I have trouble actually articulating a question clearly about something unless I actually have a pretty complete idea of it. If someone is explaining something new to me, I have to spend some time letting it sink in and digesting it before I can actually form a clear, coherent question about it. It's frustrating, because I see other co-workers of mine who seem able to ask questions immediately upon being given new tasks, but I struggle a lot with it. I generally want to be able to ask questions more easily - how can I best achieve this?
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Should I let my executive function coach speak to co-workers?

I've been doing some work with an executive function coach who has suggested that our process would benefit if she has some contact with key people that I work with. I'd like to think through the risks that that might entail, in order to decide if it's a good idea and worth it on balance. [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Dec 7, 2014 - 49 answers

Sundays are not for sleeping.

I work late one night a week. What's best - getting up the next morning at the time I usually get up, or sleeping for 8 hours? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Group paper and questions about plagiarism...

I just submitted a group paper. Hours before I ran it through a plagiarism checker, turns out two (!) of the group members had directly copy and pasted sentences from accademic articles into our paper. In total, no more than five sentences were plagiarized These sentences were cited but not quoted directly. I informed all group members who seemed unconcerned...Is this a big deal? Is it worth reporting? (Fwiw, I edited their work before submitting a final copy)
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I support myself as an artist?

What are some things that I could do to support myself while doing creative work, *without* taking up so much time that I can't actually do art? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Should I give myself a bad review at work?

I want to be honest in my year end self assessment at work. How harshly should I critique my performance over the past year? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Please help me decide if I should move back to NYC from SF

Can't decide if I should move back to NYC from SF. Please help me find some new ways to think about the problem. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Dec 4, 2014 - 27 answers

How to smooth over problem with co-worker in a professional manner?

My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 4, 2014 - 18 answers

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