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How to handle an odd social phenomenon

Let's say I travel with my coworkers - let's call them Anne, Bryan, and Casey - to an offsite event near our office. How should I handle the awkward situation that sometimes plays out? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Jun 23, 2016 - 16 answers

How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"

I have a coworker that I report to, and they constantly ask, "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!" But then they seem to want a literal answer and I have no good response. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 87 answers

How to get through a meeting with a difficult co-worker

A difficult co-worker has requested a meeting to discuss communication problems with me. It's being mediated by our boss. What strategies can I use to get through it without getting personal or accusatory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Politely tell former co-worker I'm not interested in staying friends?

I left a job recently, and there's a former co-worker who keeps contacting me. [more inside]
posted by arbor day on Mar 21, 2015 - 34 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

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

Social Media Protocol: Unfriending a Coworker Edition

What's the protocol for blocking/unfriending a coworker if you still want to be friends with almost all your other coworkers on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 9, 2014 - 24 answers


How do you deal with increasing anxiety and distraction at work caused by someone behind you who can see your monitor and generally watch you work all day? I am not goofing off, but I do use my computer heavily and variously and feel as though they are often watching me. They have never commented on what's on my screen, but other people stopping by their desk have. It has me to where I concentrate my windows so my body blocks line of sight, and I am endlessly distracted by it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Handling a co-worker with a temper

Co-worker with a temper blew up at me today. What do I say to him tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 4, 2014 - 19 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I be more enthusiastic about my job?

I have a really great summer job that I enjoy, but I'm afraid that all my coworkers think I hate it. How can I get better at *showing* my enthusiasm for the job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 12 answers

The Lazy Gift Giver

This is a question about giving gift cards at a work Christmas get together. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Can you help me think up a creative way to announce my pregnancy to my small, close-knit office?

Can you help me think up a creative way to announce my pregnancy to my small, close-knit office? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Dumb questions are driving me crazy.

Help me learn how to help people come to their own conclusions and learn from their previous experiences in a friendly manner. (Warning: super long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Mar 31, 2012 - 24 answers

How do I form lasting relationships with coworkers?

How do I form lasting relationships with my coworkers? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Dec 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Work Friend to Girl Friend?

WTF Filter: "Working" with someone that I think there's more with there...but I don't know how to approach taking the leap. Not that special snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Aug 21, 2011 - 32 answers

How to deal with over-the-top sardonic, witty coworker?

So I work with pretty much this guy (really, it's almost spot-on). It's wearing me down. I've tried to engage with him earnestly in the hope that he'll let his guard down a bit, but it doesn't get me very far. Any ideas about how to cope with him? My two options at this point seems to be avoiding him as much as possible or engaging on "his level" and beating him verbally to submission. Neither option holds much appeal for me, but neither does the current situation.
posted by Harald74 on Aug 9, 2011 - 33 answers

How to handle uncommunicative colleage?

How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Jul 30, 2011 - 23 answers

co worker constantly texting me

Last week a coworker said,"hey, we should catch up for a coffee outside of work sometime", and so we swapped numbers. Since then she's constantly texting--from first thing in the morning ("Good morning") to last thing at night ("Good nite and sweet dreams, going 2 sleep now"). Anyone else had such strong friend-making attempts from coworkers? How did you deal? [more inside]
posted by owlrigh on Jun 10, 2011 - 41 answers

so long, and thanks for all the fish

I'm leaving my job at an environmental foundation after 5 years. My last day is tomorrow, and the 15 people in the office are starting in a new office space on Monday. I'm probably going to write individual cards to a few people, but what's a good gift for the whole group? They're overstocked with chocolate, plants, and cut flowers.
posted by moonlet on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Just want some peace and quiet.

How do I tell my bosses that my coworkers are making it impossible to do my work because they are essentially goofing off 50% of the time without getting my coworkers in trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me stop helping my coworkers

I'm a PM on a rather small-ish team and am currently in the position of being the most senior on the team in terms of knowing how our process works, but not the most senior person in terms of title (i.e. I am not the boss, but have one full-time PC and a temp PM that often turn to me with questions, including my boss who seems to either not want to learn our process or just doesn't seem to "get it"). [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye on Oct 21, 2009 - 3 answers

WTF work is nuts

Is this a hostile work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 - 14 answers

worst day at work ever or what?

My coworker came to work and shot himself today. I was the only person to talk to him and was one of the first people to reach him after he did it. I'm planning on speaking with the grief counselors they're bringing in tomorrow. But I'm wondering if there are any resources I should know about for people in a situation like mine, specifically: witnesses of the suicide of a coworker or friend. In case the details are relevant: they are below. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Sep 30, 2009 - 31 answers

Need resources on 'peer coaching' at work.

Need resources on 'peer coaching' at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Tell the boss, or no?

How do you handle a situation where a few of your co-workers -- some of who are above you -- are inefficient, show very little work ethic, disorganized, slow, and generally ineffective in their positions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 - 20 answers

I'm changing teams at work. How do I show appreciation to my old team?

My department at work is restructuring, and it was just announced today that I am moving to another team. How can I show my team that I've loved working with them, and that I truly appreciate everything that they have taught me? [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

How do you make friends at work?

I have a number of co-workers that I'd like to get to know better and become friends with if they're interested. We're friendly at work, but it's never gone farther than that, and I don't know how to try to move towards a real friendship. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Dec 8, 2008 - 16 answers

I don't want to be guilted into explaining why I don't give blood!

How do I get coworkers to stop asking me to donate blood? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Aug 26, 2008 - 59 answers

Should I (try to) learn to play golf?

Should I (try to) learn to play golf? [more inside]
posted by taubman on Jun 16, 2008 - 19 answers

moonlighting coworker

What to do about a moonlighting coworker? [more inside]
posted by Rae Datter on Jun 16, 2008 - 36 answers

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team?

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 38 answers

Tired of being the office brain

I have a very good memory, which comes in handy at work when issues come up and I can recall the context and history. However, my colleagues have come to rely on my memory rather than developing their own knowledge or referring to other sources of information. How can I get them to leave me alone so I can get some work done? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Sep 12, 2007 - 27 answers

Pin down slippery eel at work

MiddleManagementFilter: Boss says give task X of my project to "Robin". I try. Instead of doing task X, Robin sets up a meeting between me, her, and whoever she wants to pass me off to. She steps out, I end up doing it. How do I get her to do the damned task? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Mar 9, 2006 - 20 answers

How would you test if someone has trouble conceiving of new ideas?

Putzface_dickman's question below and some issues I'm having with a co-worker prompt this: if you suspect someone of having no imagination, what's a good way to "test" them?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 23, 2004 - 26 answers

Agreeing to Disagree

I work with people who have certain views that I find reprehensible, (not just disagree with, but find inimical,) but are otherwise decent people. How do I deal with them when they voice these views? I want to remain true to my principles, but not be combative. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by Snyder on Jan 12, 2004 - 21 answers

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