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Are these red flags or just quirks, or, Should I quit a new job?

I was recently hired for a part-time (two days/week) position as an assistant at a small employment services company. After two days of training/work, I feel very uncomfortable about the position and the work environment. I'm considering not going back (I would call/email, of course, I'm not planning to just not show up). However, I've had a really rough year, and don't fully trust my perceptions and decisions. I'm trying to separate new-job-discomfort from this-situation-is-genuinely-weird discomfort, and would love some outside perspective. Additional backstory/context and plenty of details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 - 27 answers

Failing at intercultural office politics.

After working my butt off to build a life abroad, I'm worried that my inability to make friends at work is an un-fixable cultural issue. I have never been one of those super-incredibly popular people, but this is the first time in my life I've struggled to fit in/build a friend group, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's just an unavoidable moment in an expat's life, deliberate snubbing, or if something is actually psychologically wrong with me. [more inside]
posted by peakes on Apr 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Dealing With Difficult People: The Micromanager

About to get a new boss at work. New boss is a [reputed] notorious micromanager. I need quick tips and best practices for 1) developing compassion and understanding for the micromanagement supervision style, and 2) establishing and maintaining boundaries to protect my mental health without letting my work quality (or work relationships) suffer. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Apr 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Way too many OPT-ions

Please help me figure out if I can make post-degree Optional Practical Training work for me as a freelancer working for companies all over the world. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Apr 11, 2016 - 1 answer

Should my husband bring our child to my work event?

I've been nominated for an award at work, and there's a reception where the nominees, their nominators and our general work community members are invited to attend, and they'll announce the winner. My husband wants to bring our child.... [more inside]
posted by MissSquare on Apr 11, 2016 - 44 answers

"Great to see you again, Nancy! No, wait, Shona. No, Rob. Um..."

How to recognise people when you're not good at recognising people? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Apr 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Am I in a dead end job or an amazing networking position?

Every day is a rollercoaster -- need to figure out where i stand -- Waterfall of Text below the fold [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Appropriate thank-you gift for a supervisor

My boss just did me a really big favor. I feel the need to give her a thank-you gift, but not sure what's appropriate (or if a gift is appropriate at all). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 23 answers

Colleague is not pulling her weight and nothing is being done about it.

Our main customer service person has basically stopped doing her job and it's reflecting badly on all of us. The managers don't manage. We haven't had performance reviews in years. Nothing is changing. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Apr 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I Stick With My Current Company, or Leave for a New One?

I've come to realize the people I work for are fake and opportunistic to the point I've been looking quietly for a job. Then they offered me a substantial promotion. Do I take it and tolerate them until I can go elsewhere? Or do I quit now and move laterally on to something else? [more inside]
posted by priskyprisky on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Good idea, bad idea: Boss's horrible attitude.

Should I have a meeting with my boss and her boss about her horrible attitude and work ethic before I go on leave for a month? Way more inside. [more inside]
posted by baddecisiondinosaur on Apr 4, 2016 - 20 answers

What to do with not getting paid for part time job?

I did some part time freelance work but did not get paid as agreed. What can I do? How to revenge? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Apr 3, 2016 - 21 answers

How important is it to be "work-equal" in relationships?

Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by fka on Apr 3, 2016 - 24 answers

Diplomatically approaching a salary issue

I need to approach my organization leadership about a raise. Not only have I recently been approached about other opportunities by headhunters and some HR departments, but I also found out that a co-worker with a somewhat similar background is making about 40% more than I am. I want to calmly ask if better compensation is a possibility without going out and getting an offer to be matched. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Leaving secure job for freelance work - UK Social Work

Looking for reassurance / opinions on my decision - hoping some people out there have taken a similar step and would like to know how you feel about it on the other side... Have today handed my notice in on my full-time, secure local government job, with pension, paid holidays and sick leave, to work freelance as a social worker. Am I being ridiculous??? [more inside]
posted by Sevenisamagicnumber on Apr 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Working hard is its own reward.. oh, wait. That's virtue.

I am in need of some working hard/work motivation phrases. Quotes, platitudes you learned in kindergarten, something your dad used to say, anything goes. Bonus imaginary metapoints for anything that includes reasons or motivations to enjoy work (even if it's not very enjoyable).
posted by atinna on Mar 31, 2016 - 27 answers

I said I would write a letter of recommendation but now I don't want to

I said I'd write a letter of recommendation for someone who was fired from my job place. I then found out the full extent of the issue which led to the termination. I don't want to do it anymore. [more inside]
posted by teamnap on Mar 29, 2016 - 9 answers

My mother died almost a month ago and I'm destroyed

After a losing battle with cancer, my mother died March 3rd at the age of 63. Grieving is bad enough but my situation has gotten more complicated and I am hoping you can help me. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Mar 29, 2016 - 18 answers

My husband won't listen to me talk about work

My husband completely shuts down when I talk to him about problems I'm having at work. This is the only topic of conversation that he automatically shuts down, in two minutes or fewer. It has been ongoing, and I feel like I have to lie and say work is "fine" when he asks, or just swallow up my negative feelings. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Mar 29, 2016 - 72 answers

Surviving a toxic work environment

I have a friend who is having a really tough time dealing with a difficult boss. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2016 - 13 answers

What's the professional way to say that I'm bored to tears?

I'm bored at work, to the point where I frequently cry at my desk. I want to talk to my manager about it, but I need a script. This is my first office job, and I don't have a lot of experience with this part of the whole working professional deal. Can you help me?
posted by topoisomerase on Mar 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Google groups with a non gmail address?

I have been invited to join a google group for work. I do not want to join with my personal email. I have received the invitation via my university address. I cannot seem to accept the invitation. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Mar 28, 2016 - 3 answers

What are some good wool pants for men?

This has been asked before, but the responses to that inquiry seem a little dated, so I will ask again: what are some good brands for wool pants for men? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Hiring a direct report when I may be leaving soon?

I may be offered a new job soon. I am also in the final stages of hiring a long-awaited second-in-command at my current job. I did not know I would be able to hire someone when I started the interview process for my potential new job. I have no cause to stick it to my current employer by hiring a new person then scramming shortly thereafter. How do I navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Making a lot of preventable mistakes at work

How likely am I going to fail probation? Is there still hope? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Mar 20, 2016 - 19 answers

Information extraction service - does it exist?

We have a closet full of old paper forms at work. We'd like to convert them into a csv of 'name', 'email' to import into our email list. Is there a service that would do this for us? Or is there a certain google search term I should use? [more inside]
posted by hermanubis on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Chronic pain, unsympathetic job, still need to work. What can be done?

Asking for a friend filter: Friend is in their 20s. Just got halfway decent health insurance. Working at a retail store since summer of last year, job involves a lot of physical labor along with sales desk. They've been commended for good work a few times and have been told they've been doing well enough to be a keyholder soon, which would involve more hours and a raise, Recently got a merit raise. They've had chronic pain for a while, and circumstances are... [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Getting rid of a work crush

I have a crush on my boss, but I love my work and want to stay. What are some strategies I can use to get over this crush? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2016 - 13 answers

Best luggage for a short trip while in a walking cast?

I am in a walking boot for an ankle injury, and I have to fly next week for a 3-day work trip. I need to figure how to pack for this trip to make things as easy as possible for me. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Mar 15, 2016 - 9 answers

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Who should I tell?

I'm worried that my inconsistent performance in the office is going to be cause for action by management in the not so distant future. I want to inform my employer that I am suffering from bi-polar disorder as a means to protect myself while possibly reassigning me a manageable workload. [more inside]
posted by wamsille on Mar 14, 2016 - 17 answers

Check My Math Please!

I need this for a work report, so I want to make sure I am doing this right. Could someone please verify or correct me, please? I have two percentages and I need to figure out what percentage of change has taken place. 64.24% has changed to 74.24% So, I think I need to do this: 74.24 - 64.24 \ 64.24 = 15.6% improvement or 74.24 - 64.24 \ 74.24 = 13.5% decrease
posted by LilithSilver on Mar 11, 2016 - 9 answers

What is the best solution for my work schedule?

I need to stick to a scheduled work day, from clock-in to clock-out times. I've been having lots of trouble with this and need to find the right solution for me. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 8, 2016 - 39 answers

How to ask for a raise given my unique circumstances at work

What do you do when you know (uh, think) you're a valuable employee, don't want to leave the company, but highly suspect there is more money to be made? [Long, if you're looking for a good book] [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Time off, I'll miss you...

Have you made this move, from a relatively large amount of time off from work to a good deal less? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me find extra income from SOMETHING

I need more income beyond what my 9-5 M-F provides. Specifically in the short term to cover some bills, but I'd like for it to work as a long-term thing also. I live in a heavily touristed area, so food service & similar jobs aren't easy to come by. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Mar 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Summer work for an academic between assistantships

My funding for my current project ran out. I should be fine for the upcoming fall semester, when I will be finishing and defending my dissertation. However, the summer semester is unaccounted for. I have a part-time catering gig that I can get a little bit of money with, but I'm looking for ideas for other work. Details in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Yet another special snowflake lunch question.

Purchasable, ready to go soft food lunch/snack that's satiating and not cold? I’m about to be even more obnoxiously picky, but I’ll try to keep it brief. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Feb 20, 2016 - 23 answers

How to not work

I realized recently that everything I do turns into work. Accomplishments are great and all but I need to learn how to NOT work and enjoy my life. So.. uh.. how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Feb 19, 2016 - 21 answers

Inspiring best practice in your team

If you manage a team, what are some good ways to get people following best practice rather than sloppy shortcuts? Often there are ways to do things that seems like the easiest method but they can cause problems down the line. However, those problems are not guaranteed to occur and if they do, it's normally for a different person so motivation is lacking to make effort. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Feb 19, 2016 - 19 answers

Automated Cloud Work-Flows Handling Web Pages

Sorry for super-inarticulate title. There are web services that will automatically (or on schedule) check web pages, download web pages, push buttons on web pages, etc, and manipulate the result in various ways (e.g. save to dropbox). Anybody know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Job dilemma

So I'm in a potentially awkward job hunting position. Basically, the company I work at currently is eliminating the department I'm working in because they've sold the block of business to another company. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 on Feb 16, 2016 - 6 answers

What's it like to work in fundraising?

I'm writing a piece of fiction and have a character who works in fundraising for a big nonprofit. Is there anything I can read to find out what this sort of work is like? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Current (2016) Japanese Tax for Ex Pats

I know MeFi includes several ex-pats living and working in Japan; I'd like to know what it's like dealing with the national/prefectural/city tax agencies as an employee of a foreign company. How big of a hassle is it these days, and how big is the combined bite? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Feb 14, 2016 - 1 answer

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Lads, Everywhere!

I started a new job a month ago and i'm the only woman on a team of geek-lads in their 20s. How can I include myself in 'the team'? [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on Feb 13, 2016 - 22 answers

Career Change Filter: From Scholarly Publishing to ?

Publishing is in its death throes, and I REALLY need a new industry to work in. But which? Details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Two strikes on this project, one last chance... Ugh.

Coming to the tail end of a project and am stressed/depressed. Clients are highly critical and my boss isn't providing sufficient support to satisfy their high expectations in a timely fashion. How to deal with the dread of continuing, and grow a thicker skin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

What is a meaningful "years of service" award for a programmer?

I'm in a big company that just sends me PDFs to print and give to people when they get to various years of service. I want to give them something a bit more fun. They are web developers and QA. Some sort of geeky trophy maybe? I'd be paying out of my own pocket so the focus is on meaningfulness, not cash value.
posted by freecellwizard on Feb 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I sell furniture to my new supervisor?

At work, my supervisor told me that he was in the market to buy an iconic piece of furniture. As it happens, I am currently attempting to sell that exact iconic piece of furniture, and, without much forethought, I told him as much. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Feb 11, 2016 - 10 answers

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