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Should I quit my job?

Overworked and about to be more so. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 22 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Do I ask for a raise?

Do I ask for a raise? My long-term contract is being renewed for the second time, and for the second time on the "same terms", i.e. no increase in my hourly rate. I'm torn between asking for a raise because "I should" - my role and responsibilities have expanded greatly over time - and accepting the offer because, well, I'm not going to leave over this and based on my cursory knowledge of similar positions elsewhere I'm still paid competitively. And I don't want to make a fuss. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Mar 4, 2014 - 16 answers

When to tell everyone that I am engaged --> quitting job --> moving?

Mr. Anonymous and I are going to tie the knot. Hooray! Ring has been purchased, plans are being quietly made, and basically I'm all sorts of excited and over the moon. But there are some timing questions. Flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Getting my work and personal schedules in sync, with technology.

How can I better organize my schedule through better use of my work and personal calendars across platforms? My primary calendar at work is through Outlook/Exchange, but for personal correspondence I use gmail/google calendar, mostly accessed through my iphone or a browser on my mac. Right now I am just inviting Work Email Address Me and Personal Email Address Me to events (like meeting invitees) but perhaps there is a better way. Suggestions of articles/resources to help me figure this out also welcome! [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How do you stay calm in your stressful job?

Looking for: Ideas of how to deal with stress while at the job (counting, reading, taking my lunch time alone) and ideas on how to deal with the stress once the job is technically over (running, skating, reading, gardening, going to church, etc.) [more inside]
posted by caudal on Mar 3, 2014 - 14 answers

How to endure a physically exhausting and mentally draining job?

So, being the unemployable liberal arts grad that I am, I’ve started cashiering / waiting tables to make ends meet, while looking for internships in my desired field (which are often unpaid anyway). I hate this job, dread going to work, but cannot quit yet. How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by shadowy_world on Mar 1, 2014 - 21 answers

How to deal with difficult co-workers?

In December I started working for a mill that manufactures flour, and although most employees there are excellent and fun to work with, I am discovering that many of my immediate co-workers appear to sabotage others for their own benefit. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Mar 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Be my Techie? Tablet Edition

I'm an HR manager in a company and am looking to buy a PERSONAL tablet to use in meetings for taking notes, keeping to-do lists and storing/viewing notes. I'd love to be able to handwrite into the notes, but that's not a deal-breaker as long as the tablet is functional. I have some flexibility on price, but would really like to stay under $400. Bonus points for internet functionality without wifi. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Mar 1, 2014 - 15 answers

(Bleeping) Jobs, how do they work?

I have a history of fairly short stints at jobs. 6 months, 9 months, a year, 18 months... this has been going on since I finished professional school over a decade ago. I know that this isn't typical and is standing in the way of me having a real "career." I'm curious how the people out there with more solid track records than mine experience their work. What makes you able to stay with companies for years at a time? Are you just lucky or is there a secret sauce? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Mar 1, 2014 - 19 answers

Books to read along with "Lean In"

Our book club is doing a "Lean In free swim" -- everyone will read Lean In* plus one other book of their choice on the topic of gender and work. What would be some good choices for the second book? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Feb 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Need to back out without burning a bridge!

I need to back out of a project that (thankfully) hasn't started yet--how do I write an email that doesn't sound flaky or weasel-y, and ideally lets me keep my client? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 answers

The Pen is Mightier than the...Rage-Quit?

For a number of reasons, my work environment has become particularly stressful, to the point where it has visibly impacted my well-being. Do I quit, or stay and defend myself? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Feb 24, 2014 - 24 answers

How should a professional young man dress for a job?

In my old job (a small creative outfit), I used to wear what is known as "sport-chic attire", which pretty much means a nice shirt and high-end jeans. It was all about having a shirt for every day of the week with 2 or 3 pants and 2 or 3 pairs of shoes. Now that I'm changing jobs, should I change my dress code as well? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 23, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm not getting my snack time, and I'm getting cranky.

My state job is pretty blatantly ignoring the state laws regarding rest periods. I have low blood sugar and am finding the conditions difficult to manage. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Feb 21, 2014 - 14 answers

back to work - breast vs formula

My 6 week old daughter will be starting daycare next month (at 2.5 months old) - what should she eat at daycare? We are currently breastfeeding, I don't really want to stop, but there are some major logistical issues with pumping at work.. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Feb 21, 2014 - 33 answers

What does simple project management look like?

What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Feb 19, 2014 - 11 answers

[UK-filter] Employment Issues - Where to go for help?

I have had an accident at work through no fault of my own. You are not my lawyer - but I'd like some UK people tell me where to go and how to approach this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me understand government hiring policy and open competitive grade

Found a few jobs that I am very interested in. I would like to join the government/county offices. I am struggling to understand their hiring process. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Feb 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for event, rigging, stagebuilding work.

So this November I worked on some freelance event gigs throughout NYC-- it was similar to the film production work I'm looking to get into, required some related skills and I worked alongside some people with experience in the film industry. I've been looking high and low for similar work-- stage building, rigging, that sort of thing. Following that seasonal gig, I tried to look on Craigslist, Indeed, even Mandy for related event work but was lost-- despite the fact that I'd worked with people who seemed to imply that they'd found event work through similar avenues. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Freelance / self-employed tax deduction for reimbursed travel expenses?

Can a freelance / self-employed person (filing Schedule C) deduct from her taxes the cost of business travel (airfare, lodging) that she was later reimbursed for? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 9, 2014 - 3 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

Help me focus on the hourly details of agency work

My company is becoming more focused on billable hours and resource allocation and I an sinking. Please help me stay afloat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help me get out of customer service.

I'm twenty-six years old, a university graduate (humanities), and have been working in the same business-to-business customer service job for two years now. It was supposed to be a temporary thing while I figured out what I was doing with my life but I'm still here and I still have no clue, EXCEPT that I've discovered that I hate customers, I hate doing administrative support, I can't stand doing rote work and data entry and in addition to being embarrassed about my job, the work itself is making me thoroughly miserable. It is better paid and less soul-crushing than most customer service jobs, and we have considerably more autonomy than I am led to understood most other customer service positions have, but it's still a grind. I don't see any possibility for upward mobility at my current company and I want out. Please help me get a career. [more inside]
posted by sea change on Feb 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Work leave request policy conundrum. What's fair? What works?

My growing office of 10 is thinking about developing a vacation scheduling/leave request policy, and I'd be responsible for managing it. Staff get about 3-4 weeks vacation every year, and we're in a student service office in a university setting in the US. Before now there were no scheduling snafus, because we closed over the holidays. BUt a new policy has come down - we'll be open over the holidays. So could you tell me how your office juggles vacation leave requests in general, and what you think of it? How do you manage leave over the holidays or other popular times? Do you think seniority is fair? Or should leave be first requested, first serve? What do you think is the best way to develop a leave request policy? I'd like to have a policy that is sensible and user friendly, based on a process that is transparent and fair. HR is giving us leeway on determining a policy and at the very least, I'll ask everyone in the office what they think. But I thought I'd also ask you, hivemind. All suggestions welcome.
posted by anitanita on Feb 7, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me prepare for two big work meetings about possible new roles

I’m looking to make a move to a different role and location of the Mega Corp I work in. Have two meetings set up with people who could make that happen. Now what? Please help me understand the perspective of the bosses I'm meeting with and what I might say now that I have made these meetings happen! Background and specific question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Finding a workable entry level job ASAP, Seattle.

I need to find an entry level job in the Seattle area. My resume looks like sludge and I need at least half my rent at the end of this month. I'm a smart friendly drug free person who's punctual and hates to leave work unfinished, but I'm also an incredibly inexperienced introvert who doesn't drive and is currently anxious. I need financial security. What do I do and where can I go to get a workable job ASAP? [more inside]
posted by a mous named nony on Feb 7, 2014 - 22 answers

A sudden move by HR at my work has me furious. . .

And I need help figuring out how to process it [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Feb 5, 2014 - 46 answers

Advice for starting a new line of work while in Melbourne for two years?

My wife got a temporary academic position in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I have happily followed her here. After almost six years of working in childcare, I would really like to get into a new line of work. Something physically active and room for some actual advancement. I just turned 30 and feel a bit like I have been wasting too much time treading water in childcare. I have a few years experience as a prep cook and dishwasher, and years of experience volunteering in non-profits and community organisations. We don't have tons of friends here and I am feeling a bit isolated and discouraged. Any advice or motivation you can share would be greatly appreciated. More details below of course! [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster on Feb 4, 2014 - 12 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

Screwed up at work. Now what?

I learned last night that a temporary employee did only part of a job I needed him to do, making it basically useless. Now what? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Feb 4, 2014 - 20 answers

How to respond to friendly/slightly diminishing comments from employees

I'm petite, younger, female and upper management in a male-dominated physical line of work. Several of my colleagues and employees regularly make casual friendly but slightly condescending comments to me. I generally push back pretty firmly with employees and ignore it from colleagues, but I feel uncomfortable and am unsure if MeFi might offer some better tactics for responding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 55 answers

RSI Help!

I have recently developed lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) from too much computer usage. What has helped you? What should I do next? YANMD. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 2, 2014 - 32 answers

What can an organization do when it's best employees disengage?

I work for a large government agency where the "management cadre" is separate from the "professional cadre." Top- level professionals make as much or more than managers, at least up to the middle levels. More and more people are deciding to stay in their professional or "field" jobs, so managers are now coming from outside, with little substantive experience, and get overwhelmed almost immediately. When they founder, as is more often the case, there are few ambitious people under them looking for an opportunity to shine by taking on extra responsibilities, so they just keep chewing up the scenery. The fact that it is next to impossible to fire anyone at any level for any reason means there is little incentive for anyone to change, and the crappy economy means nobody wants to let go of a good salary, not to mention a great pension. Lather, rinse, repeat. Have you ever been part of this dynamic, and if so, how did you handle it? Have you ever seen an organization dig itself out once the situation got to that point? What constructive actions can the professionals in this scenario take, short of taking on responsibilities that don't belong to them ( and that they don't have the authority to carry out anyway)? [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Feb 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Places to work remotely in and around Sausalito

I'm visiting the Bay Area next week, and plan to work remotely from Sausalito. Where in Sausalito or the surrounding areas can I plant myself with my laptop, grab some wifi and VPN in to work for 4-6 hours without getting booted out? I'm more than happy to pay for food and beverages while I'm there. Someplace overlooking the water would be awesome, but not required. My point of origin with be on the Bridgeway, near Molly Stone's and the Post Office. I may or may not have a car, but I'm happy to bus it as far as Tiburon for the right place. Thanks!!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

How do you get difficult yet uninteresting tasks done?

I've noticed there are a lot of tasks at my company that are important and challenging, but not interesting or glamorous. Hiring and retaining personnel to complete such tasks seems to be a very hard problem. I wonder if there's any research or wisdom about how to approach such problems. Help me, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Jan 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Work health

Should I be contacting my Occupational Health clinic for an computer-related injury? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the workaday life

Any tricks, hacks, tips to get yourself out of bed and to work each day? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 28, 2014 - 27 answers

How to deal with a negligent micromanager

New job, restrictions that seem unreasonable. I love this job and I want to not get fired and not have to look for another job already. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me help my retired mom find a part-time job!

My mom is a young 67 year-old retired teacher. Help me give her more ideas for a part-time job that uses her skills, Masters degree and 30+ years of experience! It's so hard watching her be so disheartened. :/ [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Jan 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Unlocking Contracted Recurring Revenues to use for Debt Collateral

Every month my company sells roughly $15,000 worth of monthly recurring revenue contracts with five year term lengths. The service sells for $1,000 per month so every month we sign on 15 new customers. $15,000 * 12months * 5 years = $900,000 (total contract revenue for all 15 contracts sold during the month) We've maxed out our borrowing on physical assets held by the company and I need to find a way to unlock these revenue streams to use as collateral for further growth. What's the best way to do this? I would prefer to not have to go to every customer and amend their contracts in any way. Thanks!
posted by Paalen on Jan 24, 2014 - 16 answers

How do you deal with enraging inefficiency in your office job?

Working in an admin-heavy job, in a company which has no real systems. It's infuriating. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Horrible Former Employer Wants Me To Fill Out A W-9 ASAP?

Eight months ago I left a job at a horrible and horribly disorganized company. If it matters, there was some bad blood that I left. Today they have started calling and emailing me asking/begging/demanding that I fill out a W-9 for them ASAP. I don't trust that they aren't trying to screw me over. [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jan 23, 2014 - 34 answers

Dealing with stress and comparmentalization.

Problems with the SO, family acting irrationally and Career in a turbulent state. Help me find a way of dealing with the stress! [more inside]
posted by perspicaturous on Jan 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Why can't we be friends (errr fellow permanent employees)???

I'm in a position where I'm currently a "temp to hire" -- I have been looking for a new job because of the uncertainty in my company and have interviewed with a different company who is moving me to the next step of their hiring process and gave me a hire date. I don't want to leave the company I'm currently with but feel I may have to if I'm not offered a permanent position. How do I bring this up to my boss? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jan 22, 2014 - 17 answers

1700 engineers to go, please

What are the legal and economic factors making it possible for companies in North America to engage in mass layoffs and to then invite former employees to apply for jobs at this same company, perhaps on less favourable terms for the former employees? (Bombardier's announcment of laying off 1700 employees is a Canadian example.) My naïve notion is that free trade has something to do with it – is this analysis correct, and if so, would pulling back from globalization help protect employees when labour laws appear to fail? Interested in opinions as well as papers, blogs, essays and books that a lay person could understand.
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Job application anxiety and disappointment

At the beginning of this year I finished my courses and exams to become an emergency medical technician. I finally have the certification I that allows me to work in the field, but I’m fighting against paralyzing anxiety that’s making it hard to apply for jobs. This is something that I've struggled with the past, but the stakes feel a lot higher this time and I’m looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

How to get out of paying for a party

I work in a professional field that requires the passing of a series of exams to become credentialed. These take place over several years and are considered to be very difficult, taking months of study. My workplace hosts a bi-annual party after work to celebrate those that have passed their exams. The party requires that people pay $85 towards the party per exam passed in the past 6 months and $20 if they have not passed an exam (The money is required regardless of whether you plan to attend). This can become quite costly (I once passed multiple exams and was shocked that the fee was cumulative). However, people are expected to pay. I don't really enjoy parties, and $85 is a lot of money to me and I'm wondering if there's a way for me to politely decline without causing problems at work (i.e. being the one guy out of 60 that isn't contributing). Compounding this is the fact that significant raises typically follow when someone passes an exam, so the excuse "I can't afford it" might not work so well.
posted by Proginoskes on Jan 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Using metadata to search for artifacts

Are you aware of a book or paper that has insights into how one might go about searching for information about things or artifacts? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Jan 19, 2014 - 4 answers

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