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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

Should I quit my job?

I started a new job couple of months ago. I feel it may not be working out. I don't want to be impulsive. Is the decision to quit a good one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 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

Cultural Etiquette -- Turkey

Someone I work with is Turkish and in Turkey for the summer. He asked me to let him know if I would like something from Turkey. I do! But do I take him up on it? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jun 4, 2014 - 17 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

How have you improved job-related self confidence?

I've only very recently identified a recurring behavior/thought pattern in myself. In hindsight, I am surprised it's taken me this long to realize what I'm doing. I guess I'd just call it a lack of self confidence when it comes to work, but there may be more at play. I doubt this is totally unique, so I'd appreciate any advice people have had on improving it. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Seeking stories of professional boldness.

I'm looking for real examples of people who made bold, honest, and somewhat risky moves in a job situation and saw positive results. [more inside]
posted by ocksay_uppetpay on Jun 2, 2014 - 12 answers

What various socks are best for work, walking, lounging, and more?

Askmefites always recommend socks. The best gift for dad, the best thing to spend money on, the best things to put on your feet, etc. Sometimes they recommend brands, sometimes they recommend uses of the socks. Usually, they just say "buy good socks". This is basically a question asking for more details. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 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 find ways to make more money

I am unable to work because of disability. I collect SSDI and while I get food stamps, I only get $17/month, which doesn't go very far. Since I went on SSDI in 2010, I've tried various ways to supplement my income, but I have yet to come up with anything reliable. Budgeting is not the problem; there simply isn't enough money. Plus, it would be nice to improve my quality of life even a little bit. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 1, 2014 - 20 answers

I will go down with this ship

How does an insecure person become a good manager? Is it possible? - [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

I want to be calm like Hanibal Lecter but my eye twitches

I work in an academic institution and on a daily basis I have to deal with various instances of fraud/misrepresentation, false documents and fake identities. These are not matters of academic integrity as they pertain more to academic and personal records. Part of my job is to maintain accurate records and confront the individuals in question with the evidence in an attempt to get the real story. This is where it gets fun. [more inside]
posted by Karotz on May 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Media company took a sharp right turn

I work for a small media network (tv, radio, web). The programming centers around finance and business. Recently, popular hosts have come onboard under the understanding that they would talk business, but who instead have gone full-bore political. Management seems to be fine with this. It's driving the rest of us up a wall. [more inside]
posted by Josephine Macaulay on May 27, 2014 - 6 answers

The cubicle is always less dusty in the other office...

Have you ever regretted a career change? Have you ever attempted to change careers and failed to find gainfull employment in your new desired field? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 27, 2014 - 8 answers

How should I prepare to return to work after medical leave?

After being off work for medical reasons for more than a year, I'm tentatively looking to return to work within the next 3 months. If you have been in a similar situation, what worked well for you, and what would you do differently? [more inside]
posted by spiraldown on May 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Britain and EU withdrawal

What would happen regarding residency and work permits for British nationals living abroad if Britain withdrew from the EU? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I HR this?

Had an argument with a colleague last Friday that had homophobic undertones. I want to report this to HR just to be on the safe side, what's the best way forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Time off for depression - what to do with myself?

How would you use two weeks off work to hack your depression/relax/chill out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 34 answers

I don't respect you, but I can't break up with you

Lack of respect is the number-one relationship-killer, right? So what do you do when you work with someone you don't respect on a very small team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2014 - 20 answers

I Didn't Promise You a Rose Garden

Boss told me if I took a course she would increase my pay. She paid for the course on the condition that I would continue to work there for a set amount of time. The agreements we made about the course, how long I would stay after the course, and salary increase were all verbal. I took the course, now she claims she did not say there would be an increase. There are witnesses who agree that she did promise an increase. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

What are the most exciting programming jobs out there?

I'm not thrilled by my corporate consulting job and someday want to work for or with organizations that contribute to the world in some way or that develop bleeding edge technology. What are they? [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

I've just been fired. What do I do next?

I was just terminated after 89 days from a job that I moved 550 miles to accept. I have no savings -- they were spent on the move -- and two weeks' severance pay (about $1,300). I have no family or friends in this city. What are my next moves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Team-building activity for 240 adults at work?

Help me plan a team building activity for 240 people who don't like team building. Budget = $3000 - $5000. Location = hotel conference rooms or convention center-type location. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Graceful ways to explain spouse's chronic illness in social situations

I am having some difficulties explaining/trying not to explain my spouse's chronic health condition in social and work situations. I need some stock answers I can give for various occasions. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 21, 2014 - 28 answers

You're Leaving Me?

Work BFF gets a new job and I don't know how to take it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Why would you hire a web designer/graphic designer?

With the availability of affordable, easy-to-use website builders like Weebly, customizable blog sites like Wordpress/Blogger, and graphic editors like PicMonkey, what are some of the reasons you would hire someone to do the designing or building for you? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on May 20, 2014 - 17 answers

How to make up for lack of content in an annual publication?

I am looking for some inspiration to write/create an annual document for a year when not much happened, especially compared to other years. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres on May 20, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I teach someone on the Asperger's Spectrum Social Skills?

How can I teach an adult on the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum social skills specifically tailored to the office environment? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on May 19, 2014 - 18 answers

Promoted

I recently accepted a promotion. Awesome. The problem is, my old boss has subsequently put a moratorium on people leaving my current department for 3 months. We are desperately short on resources, so I am sympathetic to his predicament, but at the same time, I am very bothered by a few things: 1) Since I accepted the offer, he has piled more work on my plate that he expects me to finish regardless of how long it takes. This would include projects that spill over the 3 month moratorium. 2) I spoke to him about applying for this new position before he announced this policy and he never mentioned a thing. He always mentioned we would do a 'transition plan', which if you read point 1, doesn't sound like any type of transition plan. He announced this policy 1 day after I was extended an offer. 3) The promotion is a $15k jump in compensation. I will be seeing none of that for 3 months because of this policy. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on May 19, 2014 - 38 answers

Help me sort my routine out please

I'm struggling with my routine as I am new to work life, details inside. [more inside]
posted by aivilo91 on May 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I quit my temp job or am I just being fussy?

Last week, after 5 months of unemployment and desperation I managed to get a minimum wage temp job through an agency. On my first day I was incredibly excited to have finally found a job, but quickly realised that I hate it. It's a data entry position, inputting handwritten inventory data into a database. Basically the job is incredibly tedious, there is no variety, I'm doing exactly the same repetitive task for 7.5 hours a day. I'm basically working by myself in an office with other people and can't really talk to anyone because it distracts me. I can't really leave to take a break because the office door is locked and someone has to let me in every time. They are nice to me though and tell me to take regular breaks but there is nowhere to go. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on May 18, 2014 - 29 answers

Objective: Obtain A Position Doing Something Not Spreadsheet Related

What should my writing/creative resume look like? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 15, 2014 - 2 answers

What are some alternative titles to an Associate Manager position?

The job description boils down to an operations manager, as opposed to the head manager who handles big-picture/strategic/money things. Operations Manager or Associate Manager are perfectly appropriate titles that describe the position well, but the company culture is quirky and very non-corporate, so I was wondering if I might find a less ceremonious alternative. Any suggestions?
posted by Opal on May 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Moving away from the 9-5

Recent life changes and ongoing thinking about the future have driven me to explore an escape from the high pressure 9-5 working world, and a move into a life that is more community-driven and compassionate. What are some ways someone on a low income can free themselves from the treadmill? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on May 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for the one, have you seen her? Employment edition.

Just three months at a new job and I'm miserable. Help me sort out if it just plain ain't right, or it deserves more time and effort. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find my perfect reclining work chair

I'm looking for a reclining chair for my home office that is less ugly and bulky than your typical cloth-upholstered Barcalounger. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on May 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Negotiating the right to moonlight

I’ve just been offered a product design position at a local software company, and tomorrow I’ll be negotiating the terms of my employment. I’d very much like to have the option of taking on small freelance jobs and remunerative personal projects outside of work, but the default employee agreement states that all intellectual property I produce belongs to my employer, including that developed outside of normal working hours. Is there any way I can take this job and keep my freedom? [more inside]
posted by Kilter on May 12, 2014 - 6 answers

I don't know if I should quit my job because a manager hates me

Is it worth taking the issue to my big boss? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on May 10, 2014 - 14 answers

In need of career advice

I feel like work is papering the file to fire me. At the same time, I feel hopelessly stuck on what I want to do career-wise. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by prunes on May 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Resources for Dealing with High-Stress Professions

My job is high-stress by nature, and I'm having a tough week. What books or websites can I look to for advice and tips on getting through the rough patches? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on May 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Tips for powering through work when you are sick?

I think I have the flu. It's kind of mild, but has all the usual stuff like headache, body aches, lots of mucus, exhaustion, mild fever. I am also teaching a 130-student course and we are in week 11 of 13. I have 35 assignments to mark by tomorrow, an exam to finalise by Monday, and an assignment to create today. Fortunately I don't have any face-to-face time today, so I have stayed at home, but if I don't get this stuff done, not only do I miss university imposed deadlines, but I just pile up extra work for myself next week, that will make it impossible for me to prepare my lectures on time. All I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep, or watch trashy TV. Does anyone have some physical or psychological tricks for making yourself work in these circumstances?
posted by lollusc on May 8, 2014 - 14 answers

I've forgotten how to work.

I'm a dissertating graduate student who, due to a whole host of factors over the course of a few years, has basically forgotten how to work. I spend days upon days at home, sometimes doing things and sometimes just hanging out, but the things I do are rarely dissertation-related (or they could be broadly work related, but aren't note-taking or actually writing the thing). As a result I have no dissertation progress to speak of, very limited levels of committee support remaining, and a bleak outlook. I used to be a real go-getter. Please help me get my head and ass wired together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2014 - 30 answers

Oddity with Linked Instagram and Twitter posts...

I have my instagram and twitter handles linked. So if someone tweets their own instagram post with my handle included in the text, then it also translates and correctly tags my twitter handle on twitter. My problem follows... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on May 7, 2014 - 2 answers

What do I do after being accused of criminal activity at work?

What do I do after being accused of criminal activity at work? Thank god I was able to prove my innocence. All fake names. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 57 answers

How not to completely embarrass myself – golf edition

I need to start participating in 2 annual golf events at work (believe these are best ball style). Save mini-putt, I have no golf experience. I need advice on a) equipment and b) developing enough skill to not totally embarrass myself. I have 2-3 months to prepare for the first event. Location: Toronto. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on May 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Is your child's allowance dependent on chores?

Hi, My ten year old daughter wants to start getting an allowance this summer when school is out. My husband and I thought about it and we thought 10 dollars a week would be good. But we are trying to decide the pros and cons of attaching the allowance to chores. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on May 5, 2014 - 44 answers

Increased resume effectiveness by 30%!

I would like to add concrete numbers to my resume but I'm at a loss for how to go about asking for things like user retention rates, revenue, hours saved by the tool I helped build, etc. How can I ask for this information in a business appropriate way? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Alternative to resignation? Want to move but not harm career.

I live in a smallish (Canadian) city an hour outside of a large city. I moved for work four years ago, and for a variety of reasons am feeling an increasing urgency to move back to the Big City. I am trying to figure out ways to do this, weighing my options, and am curious if anyone has any suggestions, or can point out repercussions of each option I hadn't considered? [more inside]
posted by offrecord on May 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Next career step?

I have a few options for my next career step. Deciding between a few options or business school. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

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