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Imaginative and fair ways to value people's time and effort on project

Several friends and I have clubbed together and purchased a fixer-upper house. We intend to work on it as best we can ourselves, use contractors when we have to, sell it when done, make profit, etc etc. The issue is going to be, how do to count and 'value' the contribution each person has made? [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 answers

Getting off the gravy train

I want to quit my stable and perfectly good job to do: nothing. Am I an idiot? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Feb 10, 2016 - 45 answers

"Should I take this job" filter- replete with ethics & other snowflakes

After almost a year of unemployment, during which I have been living with my parents (and going crazy in the process) I am about to get a job offer from a company whose ethics don't quite align with mine. The job would pay me extremely well, and would allow me to be independent and save money to work toward my future career goals. Help me decide if it's worth the cost. Bonus: help me negotiate my salary. More inside... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Feb 9, 2016 - 27 answers

Getting my boss's feedback on the record

I'm in probation at a state institution of higher learning. My first year has three reviews. The first two have had poor marks (needs improvement / unacceptable!) regarding certain issues. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Feb 9, 2016 - 12 answers

I have so much to offer, and no where to give.

I’m looking for the way out of a life of perpetual admin-assistance. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Feb 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Roses are red, assholes are me

At work, I sit in the middle of a densely packed row of cubicles. There are 7 other people sitting within 6 feet of me. I want to beautify my dull, grey, small cubicle space with fresh cut flowers, ideally replenishing them every 3 weeks or so. Would this be rude to my cubicle mates? [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Feb 4, 2016 - 34 answers

Need unstressful work

I'm a reasonably bright person with no practical skills to speak of and a lot of social/cognitive limitations. Is there a job I can do? Is there any way to make money? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Feb 3, 2016 - 24 answers

If you love your job and work a lot, how do you adjust in slow periods?

I know this is a very nice problem to have. However: if you are someone who loves the work you do, how do you deal with the inevitable slow periods? I have a job that is very challenging, fast-paced, and genuinely helps people. It is also often very stressful. I love my job. About two or three times a year, though, conditions will shift and all at once I may have a week or two that is considerably less busy. During this time period, I find myself to be quite irritable. A day or two of catching up on errands or sleep and I am ready to be back to the regular pace. Four or five days in, I am very impatient and cranky. [more inside]
posted by Sophia Del Verde on Feb 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Need plan to survive new job, long commute, dad in hospice

Dearest hive mind, kindly help me prepare a self-care kit or make survival plans for what will probably be the most brutal 6 months I have had in years. The good news: I have finally landed work. The bad news: My dad is in hospice out of state, my new contract job is 40 hours per week at the end of a long commute on one of those hated corporate buses that pick up workers in San Francisco and drop them off in Silicon Valley. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Feb 2, 2016 - 15 answers

In need of a "settle down to work" ritual

I suck at transitions, especially transitioning into working. I am in need of suggestions for a ritual I can perform when I sit down at my desk in the morning, after lunch, after I come back from a break, to cue my brain that it's time for work now. It is important that this ritual is not connected to any rabbit holes. Desk-working-mefites: what are your tricks to flip the switch into 'work mode'? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 2, 2016 - 24 answers

Can I use GIMP with a Surface Pro 3 and a Surface Pro 4 Pen?

I can draw fine in GIMP on my Surface Pro 3 with my new Surface Pro 4 Pen. But I can't use the rubber stamp tool. Is it just GIMP or is it the tablet or the pen? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jan 30, 2016 - 3 answers

How to get one of my associates to wear a belt?

I'm an assistant manager at a sub shop and one of my associates has a bit of a uniform problem. Her butt is often hanging out. How do I ask her to wear a belt? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Jan 30, 2016 - 23 answers

How can I get back my self employment tax?

I spent almost all of 2015 working full-time for a big company through a temp agency, but the temp agency misclassified me as a contractor. This means that I'm on the hook for self employment tax, which is 7.65% of the year's income! I'd like to avoid paying that tax. What's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by dadaclonefly on Jan 29, 2016 - 9 answers

I want to go to Antartica.

I would like to go work in Antartica for a while. How do I make it happen? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 29, 2016 - 19 answers

Typical salary for Senior Software Engineer at small company in SF

I've been working at a ~15 person software company based in San Francisco for ~7 years now, currently with the job title of Senior Software Engineer, and I'd like to know what the typical salary range for positions like mine at similar (small) companies would be. [more inside]
posted by unus sum on Jan 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Should I quit my miserable job without another lined up?

It didn't take me long to figure out my new job isn't for me, but delayed training and mandatory training repayment if I quit could mean being stuck there for more than a year. I am miserable. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Jan 26, 2016 - 24 answers

What's the most profesh way to ask my job to relocate me?

I got my dream job in a nightmare town -- stuck it out for 2.5 years and I gotta get out of here, but I want to keep my job. Help me persuade them to transfer me to our satellite office which is in a major city a few hours away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2016 - 18 answers

2 weeks into new job in a new industry, given no time to learn

I have been trying very hard at a new job in a new industry, and have been reprimanded twice (both in front of other people and alone) by my boss during my second week in training. I am made to feel incompetent when I know I am very capable person who is simply learning the landscape. Please help me navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Jan 23, 2016 - 24 answers

Is this particular situation a good time to use my Ativan prescription?

I have an Ativan prescription that is intended to help me deal with panic attacks. I rarely use it because my panic attacks are quite rare. I have a work event coming that turns me into a ball of anxiety every time I have to do it (2-3 times a year) and I'm wondering if this might be an appropriate time to make use of my prescription. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Successfully turn medical leave into layoff/buyout?

I am currently on medical leave from my job (in Ontario). I don't want to go back. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2016 - 7 answers

What's it like to drive for Uber?

I’m considering driving for Uber in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am curious: If you are or have been a Uber driver, please tell me your experiences -- the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have been a Uber rider, I’m also curious about your experiences.
posted by maurreen on Jan 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Feel unhappy...what do I do next?

I’m in a low point because I know I am unhappy, but I feel paralyzed with indecision about what to do with my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Employee with severe financial problems

My assistant in our small business is in financial trouble. How can we help and are we as a business potentially at risk in any way? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 13, 2016 - 44 answers

Because hiding under the bedcovers is not a paying job.

My job of over a decade went sour thanks to a newer supervisor whom I can't shake. I am being micromanaged within an inch of my life, and it makes me shut down and do even less. New jobs are scarce, and I can't quit for financial reasons. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Jan 13, 2016 - 23 answers

Partnership Dissolved. Which of the two ventures should I align with?

Within five minutes of meeting the partners of this fashion jewelry company I knew that ship was gonna sink. I signed up anyway because the pay was decent. I fully intended to be the last rat standing. I wasn't expecting the ship to break into two pieces. Now I'm trying to decide which half is going to float longer. [more inside]
posted by contemporarySlob on Jan 12, 2016 - 27 answers

What are other procedural jobs besides a legal assistant?

I am working with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to determine the best job for me and to secure a job. I am not sure what I want to do, but I have some idea based on a temporary legal assistant job. [more inside]
posted by strawberrifields on Jan 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Call for career ideas (based solely on motivations and interests)

Based solely on who I am and what I care about, could you recommend 2 or 3 specifc careers that might be a good fit? Intentionally omitting my current job interests, work background, and education in order to generate more ideas. [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jan 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me understand socialization at work.

I've started a new job that I really like within the last few months, and I really really want to do well there. I've had problems making friends at work in the past, and I want to avoid social weirdness if at all possible in this new job. I'm not super great at social rules and understanding "culture." How do I find these things out? What are the universal rules of socializing at work, if any? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jan 9, 2016 - 21 answers

Multiple interviews in one week... How to handle current job?

Hi all! Around 6 months ago, I took on a contracting/freelance (they use the terms interchangeably) position at a large company. Sadly, they have no intention on making the position permanent for any of the contractors in our department; this is in addition to me feeling the company isn't the right fit for me. As a result, I've started applying to other jobs. It's going surprisingly well and I've nailed down two interviews thus far... the problem, you may ask? How the heck do I get time away from my existing job? [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for a bunch of nice blazers

I've decided to go for the "blazer, nice tee shirt, and jeans" look for work. Female. Where shall I shop online for blazers? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jan 7, 2016 - 15 answers

How to make decisions while going through grief

Our sweet 7 year old kitty died yesterday after a fight with aggressive cancer. My spouse and I need to find ways to function. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 7, 2016 - 12 answers

How do self-employed people manage sickness with their workload?

I've worked for myself (consultant; home office) for the last two years and I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with illness. If I don't work, I don't get paid, but if I don't take a break, I won't get better. I struggle to figure out what is "coddling myself" and what is restorative rest -- and how to ease back into the routine when I'm on the mend but not at 100%. If you're self-employed, what do you do when you're sick? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jan 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Can my employer not reimburse me for work expenses if I'm late?

My employer is trying to screw me out of money I spent on a personal credit card for work expenses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 8 answers

But it wouldn't mean nothing NOTHING without a woman or a girl

I'm scheduled to be on a panel about lack of women in senior roles within my industry. So I'm looking for pointers to articles, short podcasts, studies, puff pieces, reports, and just general interesting point of views on encouraging women into industries (from both women AND women). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Adjusting from 9-to-5 to ?-to-??

I recently left my 9-to-5 job and have a lot of guilt about setting my own schedule! Help? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jan 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Don't say Toastmasters

How can I get better at talking about technical subjects on the fly in high-pressure situations? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Dec 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Bad back. Two small kids. Winter Weather. Professional Job. What shoes?

I'm going back to work after having my second child. This time I have a back prone to injury. I'm looking for stylish, comfortable footwear suitable for dropping the kids off at school and daycare during the winter, and also wearing with work clothes in a professional environment. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Dec 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it appropriate to apologize to a boss for poor performance? How?

Personal upheaval has affected my work performance in the past few months, both my day job and freelancing gig. No major screw-ups, but some missed days, missed deadlines, and overall reduction in my quality of work. I've been thinking about saying something to my direct supervisors, just a "hey, I know I've been off my game lately and I'm sorry. Thank you for your patience, and please know that I'm committed to improving my performance." Is this appropriate, or am I being overly anxious/contrite? Some contextual details below. [more inside]
posted by adastra on Dec 29, 2015 - 12 answers

How to deal with an opinionated, overbearing mom (re my kid & childcare)

My mom has many, many opinions on how we are caring for our son (from what we give him for breakfast to the chores he should have, ugh), and she loves to share them. All the time. Especially in emails (joy). Here's the situation: I am considering going back to work full time but I am sure my mom will voice her displeasure. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Leaving an outside, labor career for desk work; Thoughts?

Have you transitioned from working an outdoors, hands-on job to a desk job successfully/happily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I do in the next chapter of my life?

I have spent five years 2,000 miles from home getting a graduate degree. I thought I would do a PhD, but I just got a master's in liberal arts. Thankfully, I have no debt. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Dec 25, 2015 - 10 answers

How hard should I try to fit in at my new job?

I've been told I'm introverted and people are afraid I'm judging them. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Love vs. The Bomb: Should I become a Nuclear Missileer?

I've been selected for USAF Officer Training School, as a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer. Should I accept the opportunity? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Withheld information on a pre-employment health check. Now what?

I'm in the background check stage of a job in health care. I foolishly didn't disclose something from my medical history on my occupational health check. I would be grateful for any advice about what to do, but particularly from people based in the UK. This post discusses self-harm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2015 - 16 answers

If I am undocumented/out of status is it "illegal" for me to work?

For the past two years, an acquaintance has been living in my car. Originally from Japan, he came here on a student visa and then, believing his employers would help him maintain a legal status, he overstayed that visa. Eventually, he lost his job and his home - and sought my help (hating our local homeless shelter, which is admittedly dangerous). Now he believes that if he works he will be breaking the law. This matters to him as he is pursuing legal action against his former employers (a case I don't think has much merit - though I haven't really looked at it). We're meeting with a homeless services provider today, who I'm certain will want him to have some kind of income before helping him find housing. And so the main question is: is it "illegal" for him to work? Thanks for any help.
posted by punkbitch on Dec 21, 2015 - 28 answers

what to do when coworker hands off subpar work?

A coworker handed off a Thing that turns out to need more work. I might be asked to explain why the Thing isn't done already. How can I handle the question gracefully? To be clear, I don't mind doing the remaining work, and I don't want to get Coworker in trouble. But I also don't want to protect Coworker at my own expense. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2015 - 19 answers

I think I need to leave my JD off my resume to get a job. Please help.

I've seen a lot of similar questions, but they don't quite get at my particular issue. I got a JD in 2010 and an MS in Social Policy in 2012. If I only had the MS, I'd be able to find work. The JD is holding me back. The most common feedback I get is "you're a flight risk" or "we can't afford you." I get it, but it's not true, and I can't convince them otherwise. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 18, 2015 - 32 answers

"Don't come in high on your first day!" yes I think I knew that already.

What do you wish you had known or done before starting a new job? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 16, 2015 - 37 answers

Project Management for newbies

I've been offered an awesome opportunity at work to help manage a large-scale statewide project. I need suggestions for resources to up my project management game. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Seeking witty rejoinders for when someone gets my name or pronouns wrong

I've just come out as trans at work (like, yesterday) and I know that people are going to struggle with my name and pronouns for awhile, especially since I don't appear super masculine. I am sure that their slip ups won't be out of hostility. I'd like some ideas for jokey corrections that are still appropriate for a white collar workplace. (If "mistakes" persist I will get more serious, and management has my back on this.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 16, 2015 - 34 answers

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