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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

What's the best productivity solution for managing my work situation?

I'm in a new position at work where I'm now managing multiple projects and people, and need to overhaul my system for organizing tasks to avoid drowning. What solutions are there for my situation? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 30, 2014 - 9 answers

New "dream" job is anything but. Now I'm pregnant. What do I do?

My new job is not the dream job I thought it would be. It's been 2 months and I'm miserable with the workload and how I'm being treated. Am I being unrealistic? Do I tough it out or look for a new job and claim bad fit? Complications: suddenly pregnant. [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Nov 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Credit card advice

I live in Toronto I recently started a full-time job (two weeks ago) and I've been using a debit card (with RBC) for the past five years. I didn't want to get a credit card because I didn't want to get sucked into the system. But yesterday changed my outlook on things, so I decided to apply for a low interest card. Question is, what options do I have and would I get accepted? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Nov 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Missing Thanksgiving

I have to be on call with work on Thanksgiving, and I have a good reason to believe I'm going to have to do several hours of work that day (via VPN). Assuming this means I have to skip the family Thanksgiving dinner, what can I do to sort of celebrate the holiday at home? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Nov 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Making the best of a bad boss. Coping strategies?

What strategies have you used to cope with a bad boss/supervisor? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Nov 23, 2014 - 5 answers

¿How to repair a friendship?

Almost 6 months ago I screwed up a newish friend by vanishing and leaving them in the lurch with a job for a client (anxiety and depression problems, etc). I know the work relationship is absolutely destroyed but, is there any chance of repairing the friendship? I have no idea how to even try to fix this or if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Nov 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Pls help this new mama transition back to work after first baby

Just had my first baby, in my very late 30s...yay! I took four months off once the baby came. Before the baby came, some major things happened - i got promoted to supervise my team at work -- and my mom passed away suddenly. Additionally, I had a complication with the pregnancy and ended up going on maternity leave a month early. So, before I left for maternity leave, I was not exactly 100% at work and while my boss was understanding, I may have not made the best first impression in this new position. (questions inside) [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Nov 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Is my boss out of line or am I?

My job has an externship program that frequently hires externs once their externship is complete and they have completed their degree. I have been mentoring an excellent externship who have out performed any other extern I have mentored. She is fantastic and I want her for our team but my department supervisor refuses to offer her an job. Complication inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Need clinical work experience in San Bernardino, winter break

My connection for clinical work/experience during winter break has suddenly dropped me. I now have a 2k+ ticket to San Bernardino, California and am anxious and scared as to how I should proceed. Help! [more inside]
posted by pink tape red light purple hammer on Nov 19, 2014 - 7 answers

how much is my Phd worth?

I have no full-time work experience outside of assistantships and internships. How much should I expect when I enter the non-academic market? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Nov 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Do I need a lawyer or a CPA or a ???

Last year, little baby iminurmefi was born, and while I know that there's a grace period where you can say "I just had a baby!" to excuse temporarily dropping the ball on all sorts of life stuff, it's about year past when my husband and I should have gotten our crap together and done that legal... stuff (that's the technical term)... that you're supposed to do when you have a kid and a house and assets and newly-complicated taxes. Estate planning, I guess? I know AskMe can't do this for me, but I am a bit lost as to what sort of professional(s) I need to hire here. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Nov 18, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I handle an emplyee who walked out, then tried to change her mind

Employee H was incommunicado over the weekend, having sold all her belongings and skipped town, leaving me with a minor mess to handle. She left her work phone and company keys on her desk for me to find today, and planned on giving me no notice, or anything. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 17, 2014 - 74 answers

Great industry but the people suck. Help?

I'm a university graduate with entirely separate vocational training in an industry that always interested me. I've since worked an entry-level position in said industry but I've discovered that the employers and employees alike are similar culturally in a way that I am not. If I were to draw a Venn diagram of my interests and theirs, it would look like this: O O. I can't change everyone, so do I change myself or my job? [more inside]
posted by thethirdoption on Nov 14, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm ready to move abroad. But how does one do that exactly?

I’m ready to make the jump. If you have looked through my past posts, you can see that I have been throwing around the idea of moving for a long time. How does one go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Nov 13, 2014 - 15 answers

Best way to answer the interview question, "How's your attendance?"

So I've been studying up on the interview protocol/got questions and answers from one of the leading temp companies --but I am stumped on this. I have several chronic conditions that need tricky monitoring (usually no more than every 3-6 months, and I try to get as many of them in one day as I can). Most of my docs do not grant appointments outside of business hours. I do have plenty of sick days. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Nov 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Best standing shoes for elderly mom?

My mom (she's 71) continues to work a couple of part time jobs, both out of financial need and a determination to keep working. One of them has her standing on a concrete floor for fairly long periods a few times a week. I'm looking for advice on the best shoes that will keep her as comfortable as possible, ones I can buy online (preferably in Canada) and send to her. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

rejuvenate my brain!

I have a very mentally taxing/stimulating job. When I get home from work, I can't muster the mental energy to do anything but surf the internet. Even a supper with more steps than 2 (open and heat) seem overwhelming. Physically, I feel fine. I'm not physically tired, just completely mentally tapped out. It's starting to cause some tension in my relationship because I am no longer pulling my weight around the house. Leaving my job is not an option: it pays well and I love the work. I am looking for ways to have more mental energy at the end of the day to perform multi step tasks around the house and/or socialize. Any tips? Organization? Meditation? How do you get (more) stuff done? Thanks!
posted by tippy on Nov 7, 2014 - 22 answers

Tell me how you have evened out your biorhythms/energy swings.

I noticed something about myself yesterday that I think I need help with. Basically, no matter how happy I am at the start of the day, I am often emotionally and physically depleted by the end of it. How can I maintain my 8:30am levels of optimism, competence and energy so they're not completely gone by the afternoon? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Taking care after a flashback

I had a PTSD flashback today after not having issues with PTSD for a year. How do I stabilize? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Nov 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Settling for a lateral career move to leave a failing company??

I've been working at a medical supply company since May of 2013. Since the middle of this year, the company has slowly deteriorated for the following reasons: High turnover rate as 17 people have left us within the past 2 months. HR manager and IT director were laid off. Our payroll manager and financial comptroller have left the company for greener pastures. We have lost more than 50% of the contracts with facilities that used to refer patients to us. There's lots of talk that the company may close down going into 2015. The high turnover is demoralizing thus I went job hunting everyday. I recently got a job interview at a place that is 3.3 miles away from home rather than 15 miles for my current work place. I did not get the position that I interviewed for. The vice president picked someone else despite the manager's recommendation for me. However, the manager offered me another position available and took the offer. It's an entry-level position that's only a dollar more than what I currently make. I was hoping to get the other position that paid 3-7 dollars more since I had relevant experience and a recent Bachelor's degree in Health Admin. Did I make the correct decision in accepting the first job offer after multiple applications? I really wanted to get into a hospital, but the competition is very fierce and hiring process takes awhile. I was afraid to go down with a sinking ship therefore I had to take a quick bite on the opportunity.
posted by tnar23 on Nov 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How to catch hold of a disorganised boss to resign?

I've gotten a job offer I'm happy with. My boss is the distracted, goalpost-is-always-moving kind of guy. As in, his schedule changes day to day, always last minute, even up to the hour before. How is the best way to catch him to advise of my resignation? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

How does a nomadic 1099-er pay state income tax?

Suppose someone has the ability to work 100% remotely in the US for a company as a 1099 contractor. He has a permanent residence in state A. If he travels around the country over the course of the year, 3 months at a time in a new state, would he need to pay some state income tax for each state, or would he pay state income tax for state A only? If my thinking is correct, that it depends on state law, then how is this enforced if he is, say, living in an RV?
posted by alligatorman on Nov 3, 2014 - 12 answers

FMLA in Massachusetts?

I am an employee in Boston, MA who is strongly considering taking a medical leave of absence. Please help me to understand my rights. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Why do I regret turning down this job opportunity?

Four months ago I was laid off from a company where I had worked for almost 15 years. I received a severance equivalent to 30 weeks of pay. About half of that was paid to me in bi-weekly paychecks while I could still technically be called an employee of the company. The other half will be paid in a heavily taxed lump sum check in the next week or so. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Cross Country Move: New Job or New Lifestyle?

I am moving across the country. Do I keep my current job and commute by plane or do I leave that job and find new work there? (... many details within...) [more inside]
posted by milqman on Oct 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Is this a motivation issue or what?

I think I'm dealing with some motivational paralysis, but it's a little complicated. Any ideas MeFi? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 27, 2014 - 14 answers

How does FMLA work after a patient's death?

It seems like FMLA leave doesn't account for bereavement time. What, then, do I do, after the person I'm caring for (my father) dies- just pack up and immediately fly cross country and go back to work? What about dealing with his estate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Advice for moving on from the past?

Currently, looking for additional resources to help overcome negative experiences in my past. Yes, I'm in therapy and medical care already. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Oct 26, 2014 - 9 answers

How to give employees unwelcome news

Half of my team makes widgets and half of my team makes sprockets. Next week, I need to tell my widget-making employees that we are cutting back on widget production and ramping up sprocket production -- they will start making sprockets 25-50% of the time. How do I make this unwelcome (but needed) change in job responsibilities suck less for my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Team building Smeam Building

We're having our semi-annual meeting at my office and me and another co-worker have been assigned the task of coming up with two activities for the 40ish people in attendance that will take 10-15 minutes long each. Help me come up with some interesting, fun, not cliche activities for our group. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

I think I'll stay here for awhile.

I was traveling through Central Europe last month and stayed in some pretty cool hostels. The staff were really cool and hung out with you, and were more like friends than your typical hostel staff. One thing I noticed is that most of them just landed there. Some have been there 3 months with the intention to stay another 6, some have been there a year. They just happened to visit for a few days and then started working at the hostel. My question: how is this done? I have a hard time believing they could get a work visa for this sort of thing, or does that exist? Or do people that do this just come on your typical 90-day tourist entry and illegally stay longer and just deal with the consequences when they leave?
posted by signondiego on Oct 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Can a software company in California insist employees limit drinking?

Can a software company in California insist that employees participate in a system that limits drinking after hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

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