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Please help me snap myself out of this

I am depressed/anxious and self-sabotaging by doing little to no work at my job. My boss has not yet said anything to me about my un-/non-productivity, but I have to think she'll cotton on sooner or later. Help me figure out a) how to start working again and b) whether I should say anything to my boss. Predictably, there is more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Best suggestions for Team Communication & Collaboration Tools

We are a team of about 25 spread across two main locations with a single person in a third locale. We also use some outsourced resources now and again. We use a mish mash of tools to do everything from email (some of us use Outlook, others use Gmail with a forward, others use webmail/Zimbra, some use MacMail, etc.) to file sharing, chat and video conferencing. We need to get our act together and select the right tools. Help! [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Strategies for quality time with my wife when life gets in the way

How does a youngish (36) married couple spend quality time together when demanding jobs and childcare responsibilities seem to make it nearly impossible? What are your strategies? How do you cope? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller on Nov 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for new job but uncertain about career direction...

I'm a GIS office worker for a city government in the midwest. After a few years in my full time position I think its time for me to go, and move closer to my family, but I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly I should be looking for. Suggestions much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

How to deal with an overbearing, perfectionsist boss?

I am from the United States and love my new job in a developing country. I believe in what the organization is trying to accomplish. There are two bosses. One is laid back and lets me do my thing. The other is a complete perfectionist who is so overbearing at times that I want to cry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

New icon added to work computer task bar called pncmonv3.exe.

Hi, can someone computer savvy in the hive mind please tell me what pncmonv3.exe does? I have googled it and it doesn't come up with anything. I'm wondering what it can monitor/what it is doing. Thank you.
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Lunchtime!

I need a plastic lunch box to take to work. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 6, 2013 - 27 answers

How to cope with a major life change?

As someone with Asperger's Syndrome (and a few anxiety disorders), I find change, especially sudden change, difficult to cope with, but I could have a chance at a fantastic job if I am able to move across country in the next week. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Jobs and anxiety- my conundrum, please help!

Anxiety disorder has left me with the following work related conundrum - what would you do? [more inside]
posted by niruniru on Oct 28, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I look for digital media design/production/development jobs?

How can I look for entry level digital media production/development jobs in a city I don't even live in?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2013 - 2 answers

How much can "tech" at work see of what I am doing?

How much can "tech" at work see of what I am doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Illustration for effective communication?

Hi everyone, I'm hoping to find a picture or a scheme of some kind that illustrates effective communication techniques - or, alternately, pitfalls that should be avoided. [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

disorganised co-workers

How best to work with people who are scatty and disorganised? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 24, 2013 - 8 answers

How to ask for a raise?

I've been in my (professional, middle management) job for nearly 6 years, and I've never had a raise. I would really like one. In fact, I've decided that if I don't get a salary increase this year, I'm going to have to start looking around, despite the fact that there are a lot of things about my job I really like and I'm generally pretty happy in it. So I call on the massed wisdom of MeFi to help me ask for a raise. [more inside]
posted by meronym on Oct 23, 2013 - 20 answers

"How're your lady parts?" Help me fend off TMI questions from colleagues

I’m returning from maternity leave next month and I’m already fearing the questions from coworkers about my labor and delivery. [more inside]
posted by juliagulia on Oct 22, 2013 - 35 answers

Mind if I don't call you Doctor?

When is it correct to address a doctor as Dr? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Oct 22, 2013 - 59 answers

How to deal with hours worked on my days off

I work full-time in an office of a half-dozen people (in Ontario, Canada if it is relevant). One of the duties in my current job is to reply to general emails to my company's main address and to check the general voice mail... if someone calls after hours or chooses not to be put through to an individual, they can still leave a voice mail on the main number, and the main email is info@[business].ca which gets maybe five or ten questions a day. At the request of my boss, I do these things a couple of times a day, including on weekends and holidays. I am fine with this and I understand the reasoning - sometimes people write or call with a time-sensitive question. This usually takes me ten minutes a day tops (once in while there is a bigger thing and it may be an hour on those days), but it seems not entirely fair that I do this with zero compensation for having to be available for work on my days off. How best to negotiate what might be a better arrangement for this? Or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Resources on organisational memory

I'm looking for resources, anecdotes and best practice around how organisations remember, especially public sector organisations. If you can point me to strategies so that information doesn't get lost, research about what works, case studies about what can happen when they don't remember what's been done in the past, that would be great. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2013 - 3 answers

I finally made some decisions, but I'm pretty sure i was wrong. Help?

I recently switched to part time at work and moved back in with my parents so that I could attend grad school full time and I'm beginning to think that I made a horrible mistake. Would it be a terrible idea to leave school and try to figure out another direction? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Oct 19, 2013 - 17 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Please indulge me in my 100% hypothetical work situation

I know, what good is worrying about something that hasn't happened yet? Well, I am anyway. I am fairly certain that my supervisor in our very small office will be leaving her job soon. I am also fairly certain that when this happens, I will be offered her job. Our boss is lazy and this has always been her way of doing things (maybe I am giving myself too much credit?). While I sometimes like my work, I am also sometimes miserable, and I have been sending out applications for other jobs for a while now. I really, really, really do not want my supervisor's position for many reasons, not the least of which is that it doesn't align with what I want to do with myself career-wise anymore. I know there would also be no significant pay raise. What would you do in this situation? Decline and stay in your current position? Accept the new one and then jet when the time comes? I realize there are a ton of ifs involved, but I feel like I need to think about it.
posted by sandwiches on Oct 18, 2013 - 10 answers

send a resume now or later?

I've been looking for an casting internship in NY. Most of the places I've called up have said that they're currently fully staffed but I'm more than welcome to email them my resume. When I've asked if they have a sense for when they might be looking again they've usually responded that they don't know. Would it make more sense for me to send my resume and cover letter to them now so they have it on file or wait a couple of months and call again to see if they have a vacancy later? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Clever solutions to sharing EV chargers in the workplace?

My workplace is experiencing a surge in electric car ownership, which is awesome. The company has put in four EV charging stations, which have been swamped by the increased demand. Are there any clever suggestions or ideas for how to share the available stations efficiently? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Oct 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Dealing with disappointing friends.

I have a really hard time putting a positive spin on people, friends especially, that under-deliver. I'm worried about overreacting and burning bridges. How do I deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Oct 12, 2013 - 35 answers

Bad to Worse

I asked for advice regarding a meeting I had coming up. Well, the meeting has come and gone and it wasn't good. I don't know what to do or think. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Oct 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Why do I always look like hell by the end of the day?

I start the day looking and feeling bright and bushy-tailed-- I put on my makeup in my well-lit bathroom, and feel pretty perky and great in the morning. At some point mid or late-aftenroon, when I check the mirror in the bathroom at work, I leap back in horror. Somehow, over the course of the day, I have gone from looking gorgeous and fresh to tired, droopy, and ICK. What happened? It could be partially that my eye makeup has started to bleed into my under-eye area... but is that all? How can I make this not happen?
posted by airguitar2 on Oct 8, 2013 - 32 answers

How to support a spouse when you don't agree on their plans?

My spouse wants to quit their current job. I want to be supportive, but I find it difficult when I don't understand or agree with the decision to walk away. [more inside]
posted by jade east on Oct 8, 2013 - 32 answers

How do Adult Human Beings get shit done after work?

I have an intense 9-6 office job that is mainly editing fiddly details in legal paperwork and talking on the phone about fiddly details in legal paperwork. I'm also in charge of two people. When quittin' time rolls around, I am brain-fried. I'd rather not be so I can do things after work that are at all productive. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 7, 2013 - 52 answers

What are the best web development companies to work for in Toronto?

I'm a front-end web developer (HTML, CSS, jQuery) just starting out. I have a good portfolio from doing work for friends and a few businesses. I'm self-taught and therefore lacking some of the confidence that comes with the feedback you get in a structured learning environment or working tightly with other developers. I want to get in with a web development company/agency that has a great work environment. What would you say are the best web dev companies in Toronto in terms of great work/life balance, great (bright, comfortable) office space, and mentorship/on-going learning opportunities? (Opportunities to work abroad with the company would also be welcome!). Thanks for the info!
posted by nibbip on Oct 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Professional jobs that require night or shift work?

My parents have always worked night shifts as a nurse at a geriatric support centre, and as a mail sorter for the post office. They make enough money. They've made their schedules work for them, and also raised 4 kids while doing so. Because of their shift work, they do get a lot of time off-- maybe working double shifts sometimes, or three 12-hour shifts in a row, but then they get 3 days off. They also tend to know their schedules a month ahead of time. I do not work well in a 9-5 M-F schedule, so I'd like to know what are other similar jobs to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 answers

zero dollars

I have no money in my bank account and zero income. I have 29 days to come up with $800. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Oct 2, 2013 - 115 answers

Is this workable?

Complicated work politics job application question: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Social skills and workplace ch-ch-changes

Very soon, I will be in a position where I will need to help lead a major change in the workplace, and one where many of the people I work with will be unhappy. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 28, 2013 - 10 answers

help me navigate the world of retail/hospitality part-time jobs

I need a part-time job to make some sort of income while I'm completing a post-bacc. I am okay with mindless jobs because my classes exhaust my brain enough. I am trying to decide between the hospitality industry vs retail. Share your knowledge so that I can have a better grasp on the pros/cons of each. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Sep 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I live on the road for <$45/day only including hotels

How can I find out more about the economics of living in certain parts of the United States or in other parts of the world but for short time periods (i.e. likely 3 month to 6 month intervals?) Limited to places that would cost a max of $45/day. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Sep 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Communes are looking increasingly appealing

I am a college grad with a fairly useless degree, I've been in an industry that I just sort of fell into for two years now, I am pretty certain I would like to NOT be in this industry in the future, and I have no idea what to do now. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 25, 2013 - 20 answers

I seem to be allergic to work.

Ok, joking aside, why am I always sneezing and sniffling while at work, and nowhere else? Am I allergic to something here? And if so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Everythingsalrighteverythingsfine on Sep 24, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I stay, or should I go?

I just discovered I'm pregnant and due in April. While thrilled, the timing wasn't well planned... I've been looking for a new job opportunity and am starting interviews. Here's where I would love your advice: continue my search for a new position or tread water at my current job for another 1 to 1.5 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 10 answers

What to do when a supervisor is facing dementia?

One of my friends has a supervisor (director of a non-profit) that is showing major signs of dementia. He forgets what happens in meetings, doesn't do tasks he is supposed to do, forgets what keys are to be used for which locks, etc. It is hurting the organization, and hurting her in particular because it is causing her to have major burnout taking care of everything going wrong. She is also worried about how she can get him to take better care of himself, and recognize/treat what is happening. He is married with no kids. What should/can she do? FWIW this is in Texas. *Let's assume we know there is a real cognitive decline, not just stress, etc.
posted by powerbumpkin on Sep 23, 2013 - 16 answers

How to handle working with a slacker

I've been assigned a project with a coworker who has, historically, done as little work as humanly possible. I don't know how to manage this. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Sep 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Career Crisis- How to get hired after only 2 months at current job?

Hello, Metafilter! Long time lurker (10 years), first time poster. To sum it up- after a failed stint as an AmeriCorps VISTA (6 months) following graduation from the University of South Carolina with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Economics- I have spent a year unemployed, a year as a bank teller, another year unemployed, and over a year as a server and a tax season as a tax pro at H&R block. I went back to school during the time as a server to get enough credits to sit for the CPA (one computer apps class away from obtaining accounting certificate at a local community college). Moved back to SC and spent from 07/12-06/13 as an Assistant Service Manager at a car dealership (hated it because A, I have asthma and missed a ton of work due to complications from working outside, B, I knew nothing about cars, and C, I am not a fan of Customer Service/commission pay). [more inside]
posted by nicolemariecherie on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Organized at work

What are your best tips and tricks for being organized and efficient at work? I’ve read books and taken a webinar on time management/productivity in the last few months, but I found them less than helpful because they seemed to assume that: a) I can make the decision to eliminate certain tasks and b) I can delegate tasks to someone. Neither of these things is true. I am the low person on the totem pole here. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Sep 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Organizational Restructuring for Dummies

I work at a small non-profit academic organization (30 staff). We're currently in a period of "organizational restructuring," spurred by the (coincidentally timed) resignation of several of our key leaders, and I've been asked to be part of the team that helps decide what this new structure should look like. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I make amends for backing out of a childcare position?

I backed out of an in-home childcare position with woefully short notice. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Sep 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Google disagrees with me on what "petite women's work pants" are.

Can you recommend durable, somewhat fitted, not outrageously expensive work pants that will fit a small woman (5'0", 100 lbs, athletic build)? And by work I don't mean office-appropriate: I'm a carpenter and I spend my days at a grimy construction site. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

What hobbies/occupations can you tell just by looking at someone?

Guitarists get callouses on the tops of their fingers, former ballet dancers stand and walk with a specific alignment, active violinists have a callous under the chin. What are other examples of telltale physical cues and behaviors that can identify what a person does for work, sport, or hobby?
posted by mochapickle on Sep 19, 2013 - 65 answers

How do I ask for a raise in this tricky situation?

How do I negotiate a raise given an increased cost of living, lower-than-median pay, but also a list of great accomplishments and accolades? Do I present it all, just parts of the situation, or something else? I know that traditionally you just make a case for your value to the company and leave it at that, but I feel more is at play here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Asking someone out after job rejection

So I didn't get the job, sadly, but I'm interested in asking out one of the people who interviewed me (not the hiring manager). I'm female, he's male, we're both in our early 30s. Would that be weird? It's a fairly casual organization, but I may be interested in applying for another job there in the future...
posted by three_red_balloons on Sep 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me get my shit together work-wise

This is a work question, but probably is more psychological than practical. I’m 32 years old, currently unemployed. That’s no big deal given the economy. What is a big deal is that despite my “best” efforts, I’ve been in and out of work or dissatisfied for my whole working life. [more inside]
posted by UncleCaveMan on Sep 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Special Snowflake Cover Letter

Can you give me some feedback on drafting a cover letter? The special snowflakes flurry within . . . [more inside]
posted by mibo on Sep 12, 2013 - 7 answers

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