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What would you want in your gift bag?

You are travelling to a different city, which you may or may not have visited before, on business. You check into your hotel to find that someone from your office has prepared an awesome gift bag for check-in. What's in there?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 20, 2015 - 28 answers

Help me figure out a new part time work schedule

I am going back to work, after a year of maternity leave, as an architectural designer in November and would like to work part time, mostly from home. My boss and office is quite flexible about me deciding my own hours in the future. Trying to figure out how to maximize time spent at work while reducing stress & commute times in order to balance home & work life. I also have questions about holiday pay for part timers. (Alberta Canada). Lots more below. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

How can I prevent entering another toxic workplace environment?

Just interviewed for a new position and most likely getting the official offer next week. I am feeling excited and joyful, but also very worried about entering another toxic working environment, like the one I am in currently. How can I identify the red flags in advance and prevent this from happening again? More inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Jun 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Grass is greener? Job edition.

Considering leaving a teaching career for something completely different. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Apr 5, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I report the questionable things my co-worker said

I overheard my co-worker saying some potentially extremely damaging things the other day - not sure if I should tell our boss or not? Trying not to be self interested but worried our team could be at risk. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Mar 22, 2015 - 30 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

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

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

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

How to support someone who uses nonbinary pronouns at work?

I supervise a youngish person who is sort of like an intern at my job. They told me on the first day that they prefer to use a variation of their name and the pronouns "they, them, and theirs." Great! But how do I get my older coworkers to sign on for this? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Oct 1, 2014 - 31 answers

What part time jobs should I check out?

Help me figure out what jobs I should be looking for. I have excellent office and computer skills, including the full Office suite and quickbooks. Additionally, I am currently a webmaster and have some coding, design, HTML and CSS skills. I need to make at least $15/hour and work 20 hours a week - this is non-negotiable. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Aug 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Petite tops/blouses so I don't freeze to death in the office.

What has your experience been with silk tops? Specifically in regards to Everlane and/or Equipment if you've purchased from there. What other tops/blouses can you recommend to keep warm and look presentable at work? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 12, 2014 - 22 answers

The Quiet Man and Knocky Guy at My Office

Short version: new coworker stands in my doorway not saying a word while I am at my computer until I notice him and another coworker bangs on doorway while barging in. Can I do anything about these two? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 8, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me find an Online Time-Keeping Solution for my office?!

I am looking for a good online time keeping solution for my office staff. Basic, clocking in and out and weekly time cards. So many online, can't figure out which one is the most affordable and reliable. Any suggestions? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ss448 on Jun 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Make my task list easier

I need to create a list of tasks that rotate between a number of employees on a monthly basis. I'd like the ability to assign a variable number of tasks to each employee, so one person might receive one task and another two. Previously this had been done manually on an excel sheet; can you think of any way to semi-automate it? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Workplace etiquette question

I've recently been teamed on a project with a co-worker who dresses and acts professionally, but tends to wear low-cut blouses. The problem is not what she is wearing but that she is frequently, nervously making adjustments to her neckline. So often that it's now making me nervous. Question inside. [more inside]
posted by qi on Jun 4, 2014 - 31 answers

What software do I need to streamline my office?

In my office I have multiple employees working on my files in different roles. I am looking for a way to integrate things so that I can look at one or two programs on my computer and see what is happening on them. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

What should I know before hiring a virtual assistant?

So I've decided I make enough to put someone on my personal projects full time and I'd like to go the virtual personal assistant route. And I was wondering what i should know. What should a monthly salary be? Are there certain countries it's trickier with? What duties are best served? Transcription? Research? First drafts? I've tried googling but it seems like it's either four year old esquire articles or certain larger sites that have done enough SEO that everything points back to them. So it's time to ask the experts: the hive mind.
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me not fall apart.

I need to get out of this dysfunctional work place but I'm stuck and feel myself breaking down. [more inside]
posted by peasncarrots on Feb 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Phoney Baloney

Is there a device of some kind that will allow me to listen to music on my ear buds and still hear my desk telephone ringing? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Jan 17, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I figure out workplace culture...as a job-seeker?

I'm currently employed, but looking for a new position, due in part to cultural aspects of my current job that are a bad fit. How do I figure out the culture of a prospective employer without dooming my candidacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I listen to new music inside my blackhole office?

In my office at work, I have no FM radio reception, no cellular phone reception, and only have https internet access. Are there any internet music streaming sites using SSL? Or any podcasts I could download at home and bring to work? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 24, 2013 - 13 answers

I seem to be allergic to work.

Ok, joking aside, why am I always sneezing and sniffling while at work, and nowhere else? Am I allergic to something here? And if so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Everythingsalrighteverythingsfine on Sep 24, 2013 - 19 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Is this a normal work setting?

I'm trying to figure out if I should be more agressively searching for a new job or if I would just be jumping into the same situation at a different company. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jun 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Inexpensive desk lamp with adjustable brightness?

I'm looking for a nice, inexpensive task lamp to put on my desk at work. It should have adjustable brightness (low/high is fine) so that I can have either a little or a lot of light, as required. Free-standing, not clamp-on. $30 or less would be ideal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Working with employee cynicism

How to work with employees who don't like what you're doing, but won't work towards making things better? Specifically vocally negative long-term employees who think they know it all, but refuse to share their wisdom beyond flat-out complaints because it's "not their job"? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

Stand in the place where you work

Should I get a standing desk? Please share your pros and cons, and any tips! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 30, 2013 - 27 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Help organize and streamline my work process, pretty please

Can you suggest a system that could help a group of employees manage a long, many-stepped process? We're driving ourselves bonkers in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Welcome to Big Brother: Office Edition.

Office Crush Filter: We work in a tiny office. Is this still worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 32 answers

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Civilian Review Committees for Federal Employee Decisions

How does the idea of a civilian review board for previewing the firing and disciplinary actions of federal managers against civilian employees sound? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Help this Mac user learn PC software for job hunt

How can I improve my computer skills for job hunt when I use a Mac and the software is for PC? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Aug 9, 2012 - 24 answers

Cthulize a small lamp

MakerFilter: at work, I have a couple of LED lamps we use to monitor build status. Help me Cthulu-ize them. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 2, 2012 - 4 answers

We appreciate you enough to give you a discount!

Work Filter: My boss and I want to find a way to let our clients know we have provided to them a discount on our account covering letter to them without sounding like "a douche bag" or slimy. What wording do you use on your letters to convey this? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I fix my social reputation at work?

What would you suggest for improved social skills, fitting in, decreased awkwardness, and undoing a reputation for being annoying at work? I'd especially love help for nerds with social anxiety who need to fit in with mainstreamy socialite sorts of people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

How are well-dressed lab rats shod?

Classy, not-too-ugly shoes. Level of difficulty: for a lady, chem and clean room lab appropriate (no heels, foot completely covered). [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Apr 13, 2012 - 22 answers

I can't correct my boss, can I?

My bosses misuse words in very official, very important documents. Can I do anything about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 - 31 answers

How do I not look pregnant?

How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them?

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 17, 2012 - 24 answers

I don't know how to play this game

Do you have tips or resources that would help an overly earnest "nice guy" type navigate political maneuverings at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?

Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 answers

How soon is too soon to ask to work from home?

I started a new job a month ago. I like my job and I like my co-workers, but what I would really like is to work from home. When should I ask or should I ask at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

What to consider when designing the layout of an IT office?

Goodbye cube farm! Help me redesign the layout our IT office! [more inside]
posted by cad on Dec 14, 2011 - 27 answers

Inventing a promotion. Possible?

Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

a more pleasant job I can support myself with while I work on my art?

What other jobs can am I qualified for that I could support myself on, but still give me time to pursue art? Or is my frustrating job as good as it gets without more qualifications / experience? [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Dec 11, 2011 - 17 answers

High School Bemusical

I thought I was part of the crowd, but it appears I am not - what can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 40 answers

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