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How do I keep coworkers from wasting my time?

How do I keep coworker friends from taking breaks by chatting with me in my office? [more inside]
posted by pizzazz on Jun 12, 2009 - 30 answers

They got a rise out of me, but I wanted a raise.

Recently, my boss promised me a performance bonus that he did not make good on. I need help with how to both deal with and get over this tricky bonus/work situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 - 11 answers

I have a fever and the only solution is ...

How to recharge after a horrible work situation? [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Jun 11, 2009 - 19 answers

When’s the best time to ask for a raise?

There have been a lot of shakeups at my work lately, and now they seem to be working themselves out, leaving me with more responsibility. No word yet on more compensation or a title change, so when should I ask for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 3 answers

How much procrastination is normal?

How do I know if I'm working as hard as I should be, or if I'm slacking off too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 16 answers

New to the UK and working as a contractor - how do I arrange for tax?

New to the UK and going to be working for a Europe-based company - how do I deal with this? Am I self-employed? What do I do about tax and deductions? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

That was... unexpected.

I got promoted with a raise less than six weeks into the job. I need to know what else to expect, aside from having the standards raised way up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I go about changing tack in my career and getting back into academia?

I'm desperately bored working in the legal information sector and want to go back to university/get into academia, but I'm not quite sure how to get there. Very long winded background below. [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats on Jun 7, 2009 - 7 answers

A Virginia ham? Why, thanks!

What gift can I give my European colleagues that is quintessential Virginia/Washington DC, without straying into "miniature Washington Monument" territory? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jun 5, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I ask out the intern without embarrassing myself or her?

Dating/Work Filter: There is an intern who just started working at a company I freelance at, who I find very attractive. We just randomly met on the elevator today and engaged in some small talk, and I have no necessary direct contact with her, or sit in her area. What's the best way to go about asking her out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 - 34 answers

How to get a part time job as an exam proctor?

How to get a part time job as an exam proctor? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Stay for work 'cos I should or move 'cos I can?

Do I stay for a few years where I'm unhappy to advance my career or do I move to be closer to nature/family/cool stuff? If I stay, how can I cope? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 2, 2009 - 15 answers

To go or not to go?

Invitation question: Should I attend my assistant's upcoming bridal shower and/or wedding... when it's clear that she does not like me? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof on Jun 1, 2009 - 39 answers

What the best way to track my work projects?

What the best way to track my work projects? I usually have thirty to fifty different projects going on simultaneously, all in various stages of completion. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on May 28, 2009 - 9 answers

No Work, No Worth

How to redeem my professional reputation and rebuild my own self-worth after termination for unethical behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2009 - 20 answers

I need challenge and pressure to stay motivated... how do I stay motivated during times when those things aren't present?

I have a very hard time keeping motivated and being productive when work is slow. If I am not either feeling pressure or being challenged, I get sloppy and underperform. Is this normal? What can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on May 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Lots of Overtime = How Much Free Time?

What should I do about my accrued overtime? [more inside]
posted by Strumpf Marionette on May 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Where should I look?

[CareerFilter?] Help me make the most of my time in Korea (plan for career, have fun) [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi on May 25, 2009 - 5 answers

My first proper career choice...

Careerfilter: My first proper career choice... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on May 22, 2009 - 9 answers

I want to shut down.

Work stress is killing me. Help me get my mind off work when I'm not at work? [more inside]
posted by drea on May 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Unsure as to how I should proceed.

The place I work may be going under. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 13 answers

Help I hate my job and myself

How can I find the right job for me? I used to be reasonably satisfied in my current job, but lately things have been turning sour. I've never really gone out looking for a new job while I had a current one. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on May 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Keep On Truckin'

How do I reboot myself when I feel like I'm getting nothing done at work? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Resume screwup--now what?

So I recently managed to score a job interview and offer with a company that offers very nice benefits and pay better than I've seen before. The problem is this: I realized yesterday or so that my resume stated that I graduated with honors when in fact I did not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2009 - 23 answers

What do I need to know about getting into OS X system administration?

What do I need to know about getting into OS X system administration? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Should I go work for one company (1-2 month) while waiting for another company's offer?

Should I accept the offer from company "A", knowing full well that I would go work for company "B" in 1-2 month? I'm sure 99% that B's offer will come, but should I do this as a way of hedging my bets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I build an online personality for future freelance work without my current employers finding out?

I want to start building a network of contacts for branching out into freelance writing / editing / consulting work but I don't want my employer to know about it. I'm not planning to do the "me" work in working hours, but I don't want my name showing up on Facebook or my blog about how I'm trying to leave my lousy job appearing in google with my name attached to it... yet I want to (surely need to!) use social media to promote myself. When I've built more contacts, I can 'fess up and leave my day job, but until then... Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there a simple way to integrate Salesforce and Mechanical Turk?

Is there a simple way to integrate Salesforce and Mechanical Turk? Any tips on using Mechanical Turk and Salesforce at work?
posted by brokekid on May 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Moving to the Arabian Gulf

I am planning on moving to the Arabian Gulf temporarly, for reasons I don't want to go into. I am an Architect by profession, mid career. What are my chances as an American citizen? Let me simplify the question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Working from home. Need some serious inspiration.

Working from home. Need some serious inspiration. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I find consultant-type work for the UN?

I'd like to work for the United Nations (or a similar international civil service organization). How do I find temporary/consultant work for them? [more inside]
posted by insouciant on May 8, 2009 - 1 answer

best practices for supporting online user communities?

Does anyone have any information about best practices & strategies for online community support and community development? [more inside]
posted by mere on May 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Ideas for Interesting Part-Time Job

Meta-Filter worked well for me recently, so I thought I’d try again. I realize that what I’m asking is probably a pipedream, but here goes. I live in Los Angeles, CA, have a day job, and am looking for ideas for part-time work, evening and weekends, that would bring in between $500 - $1000 a month. [more inside]
posted by no1un0 on May 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Is a good but dull corporate job the right place to be?

I'm trying to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of working in the corporate world. [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream on May 3, 2009 - 28 answers

Can I change my motivation schedule?

I regularly get bursts of creative energy and motivation to work on personal projects right smack dab in the middle of the workday, when I can't do a thing about them. But when I've got free time, I don't feel like doing anything. How can I better synchronize my motivation with my free time? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 1, 2009 - 10 answers

What website/blog do you check regularly to keep yourself current and sharp in your job/field of expertise?

What single website/blog do you check regularly to keep yourself current and sharp in your job/field of expertise?
posted by nitsuj on Apr 30, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I help my coworkers create XML documents to store metadata?

Generating XML documents help? I work with the county health department, and have been asked to come up with a way to create, store and manipulate metadata for various datasets we store internally on a network drive. Basically I think the simplest thing to do is to create an xml file stored in the same directory with any dataset. Preferably I can do this with infopath 2003 or free software, and using the Dublin Core standard for metadata. I've seen the 5 year old answers on Dublin Core Metadata from this Ask, but I need to let my coworkers create the data first, and that mostly covers storage/database solutions. Looking through various DC list archives hasn't been helpful. [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Apr 28, 2009 - 15 answers

20 Year Business Anniversary

Executive Gift Filter - maybe something Custom Engraved? Our company's 20th anniversary is coming up. Help me find a special gift for the boss. [more inside]
posted by GuffProof on Apr 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Swine Flu Fallout

Swine flu: I have just returned this weekend from the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, Mexico. I feel fine and I am not concerned that I have contracted "the Flu". But here's my concern: [more inside]
posted by sequin on Apr 27, 2009 - 16 answers

I want to make money this year (and learn the guitar)

I want to spend a year or so making money and practicing guitar...separately that is. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Armchair analysts, take a shot in the dark!

My boss is a very nice man with some very strange shortcomings that I cannot explain. Help me out with some wild conjecture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Vicodin + work = trouble.

I have to take Vicodin for my pain, but it makes me want to pass out at work. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Hire me! Or, you know, convince someone else to do it for you.

I'm applying for post-grad school jobs. One of them, a bit of a long shot, is within my close-knit current office. Others are elsewhere in and outside of the organization. Difficulty: my two best references are not only in this office but running the first job search. How in the world do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

No bullshit jobs!

Kick ass jobs for kick ass people like myself. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 21, 2009 - 105 answers

Ideas for postgrad programs for an engineer?

What kinds of postgraduate programs could you recommend for an out-of-the-box mechanical engineer who wants to make a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Apr 20, 2009 - 11 answers

What do you do, aside from your regular day job, to bring in extra streams of revenue?

What do you do, aside from your regular day job, to bring in extra streams of revenue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2009 - 23 answers

Foot Met Mouth--Now What?

Re: Work Interview Etiquette. I messed up bad. I don't know what to do or if I should do anything. The scenario (names will be changed): [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Finding jobs for 14-16 year olds

Help me help my son find work this summer... [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt on Apr 17, 2009 - 24 answers

It's not what you know, it's...

How do I go about inquiring about working for a company who's Director of Communications is on the executive board of the non-profit I currently work for? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 16, 2009 - 2 answers

internet self-discipline

Is there a way to ensure that firefox can only access specific sites for a specified period of time? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Apr 15, 2009 - 7 answers

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