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How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss?

How to explain recent absenteeism (due to depression) to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Working for Vacation

How do software engineers cope with the enormous stress levels that come with the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2007 - 25 answers

Stressed by relaxation?

I have a couple of ongoing problems at work and at home that require a lot of work and attention to detail. This is quite stressful for me and my family. I need to get involved in family recreational activities because otherwise both I and they will get stressed out. Nonetheless, I can't help feeling irritated and angry by these activities, even if I am the one suggesting them, because they feel like a waste of time and energy compared to the problems that need sorting out. How can I change how I feel about these things?
posted by blue_wardrobe on Aug 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Getting a Job and a Work Permit in Canada

Can you provide me advice on getting a work permit in Canada. Also does anyone know about a good agent that will find me a job in and process a work permit for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Gray is the Color of the Day

Looking for a Firefox extension or alternative browser that allows for web pages to be grayed out (specifically images) a la Ghostzilla. [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Aug 10, 2007 - 4 answers

So, like, what'd think of Ginsburg's totally awesome dissent yesterday?!?!

How do I relate to my middle aged co-workers and stop saying things like "That's cool" and "Awesome, no problem"? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Aug 9, 2007 - 39 answers

Working for Love, or Money?

Should I take a job that pays more but isn't as fulfilling, or stick with my current job that I like, but can't get more money out of? [more inside]
posted by sycophant on Aug 9, 2007 - 27 answers

How can I improve the writing ability of the people I work with?

How can I improve the writing ability of the people I work with? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Aug 9, 2007 - 33 answers

review project with team, best practices

Reviewing a project with team, now that it's over -- best practices? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2007 - 12 answers

For the love of chocolate or money...

Yesterday I had no job. Today I have 2... Help me figure out which one would be better... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Aug 7, 2007 - 25 answers

Average salary for 27 year old college grad.

What is the average salary for a 27 year old college graduate? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Aug 7, 2007 - 16 answers

How do I manage tons of browser tabs?

How do you manage a lot of open browser tabs? [more inside]
posted by dhoe on Aug 7, 2007 - 19 answers

Need help finding a specific article on work/computer addiction due to the mind not being challenged

Need help finding a specific article on work/computer addiction due to the mind not being challenged [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Aug 6, 2007 - 3 answers

Another "how to get a raise" question.. with a twist!

I applied for a promotion that I did not get, but my company still wants to keep me in that position's "training program," which has the same responsibilities as the position, but without the pay raise. [more inside]
posted by srrh on Aug 6, 2007 - 21 answers

How to improve work performance of a staff member with ADHD.

How do I improve work performance of a staff member with ADHD? He needs a lot of coaching and support, which does help him get the basics done. But he doesn't seem to be improving. Can anyone suggest resources to help me help him strengthen his skills and the quality of his work? [more inside]
posted by Sabine3283 on Aug 5, 2007 - 16 answers

Why are you sitting on the floor?

Knee and foot pain. How do I get through working a 9 hour retail shift? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Aug 5, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me not get depressed while living in a hotel for 3 months.

I am going to be away from home for the next 3 months for work, living in a hotel. Help me stay positive and not get depressed. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Aug 4, 2007 - 21 answers

How do I tell my employer that I am depressed and require reasonable accommodation?

What's the proper way to disclose my disability to my employer (a nonprofit) so that they know what reasonable accommodations to provide me with? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Aug 4, 2007 - 21 answers

What should I do with my life?

I need help figuring out how to shift my career into something I will love. Right now I am a technical writer, but after some deep thought I have realized that there are a few specific things that make me unsatisfied with this work. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Aug 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Workplace Art Suggestions.

My coworker has been away for a few weeks. He has a white tennis ball sitting on his desk, and I would like to "dress it up" as a surprise when he comes back in a week or so. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Aug 3, 2007 - 28 answers

Found a hidden webcam at work

Hey all, long time listener, first time caller. So... um. Yea. Yesterday while at work I leaned back in my chair and stuck my foot up in the corner of the underside of my desk. I felt something funny and leaned down to check it out.... somebody installed a webcam pointed at my crotch. Yay. [more inside]
posted by hatchetjack on Jul 31, 2007 - 61 answers

Legally speaking does my safety come first or company policy?

Let’s say my company has a list of 20 rules the first being, you must notify your superior of any problems. And the second stating employees must take precaution to avoid accident or injury. The other rules are not pertinent. So I do something to avoid personal injury and then my company fires me for not first notifying a supervisor. Do I have any legal rights? Does it matter that I’ve worked for the company for years and have NEVER gotten in trouble?
posted by Paleoindian on Jul 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Recurring severe fatigue.. how to cope?

Has anyone else experienced recurring bouts of severe fatigue? I'm having trouble keeping to some deadlines on my job because for the past week and a half I've been utterly exhausted.. [more inside]
posted by citron on Jul 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Misfortune of a fortunate job?

Help analyze my terrible work situation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2007 - 23 answers

Name this job...

I have a fairly unstructured job at a medium-sized company where what I do varies day to day. However, there's one aspect of my work which I really enjoy, and I'm wondering if there's a formal name for it and/or a way to become "qualified" should I want to do the same thing somewhere else. [more inside]
posted by OrlandoFurioso on Jul 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Why am I looking to change jobs... OK, here goes.

My wife is dusting off her resume and getting ready to stop by a few local businesses. But there's one job interview question she's not sure how to handle: "Why are you looking to leave your current job?" [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Jul 27, 2007 - 16 answers

Hi, can I work here please?

I am going cold hunting for a job and need some advice. The story is... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jul 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Hug the Boss or Risk the Loss?

Should I quit my full-time job to run my side business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2007 - 14 answers

From 4 cavities to 0 in one visit.

Shady dentists and second opinions. Any insight would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by outsider on Jul 24, 2007 - 13 answers

Academic position nomination question

What does it mean to have someone nominate you for a non-faculty professional position at a university? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Jul 24, 2007 - 1 answer

Do you get unemployment if you resign and they ask you to leave?

If you give two weeks notice and your employer asks you to leave immediately, are you eligible for unemployment in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by peep on Jul 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Temping in Chicago?

Temping in Chicago [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Wishful Thinking

Help me get over my second-thoughts? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jul 22, 2007 - 3 answers

Do employers actually verify education?

Do employers actually verify education? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2007 - 39 answers

How can I stop caving in to Instant Gratification?

My impulse towards giving myself instant gratification is ruining my life! How can I train myself to stop lunging for instant gratification and instead remind myself to consider what will be most gratifying in the long term? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jul 20, 2007 - 26 answers

Contract vs employee?

Out of the blue, I got a job offer -- a very compelling job offer. The only thing that sets off any alarms for me is the fact that I would be a 1099 contractor instead of a full time employee. Help me understand what the difference is.
posted by boo_radley on Jul 18, 2007 - 24 answers

Gift for a coworker?

I want to buy a gift for a coworker who took a promotion and will be leaving my department. What's something cool but not overly sentimental that she might like? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Jul 18, 2007 - 13 answers

How to keep a turtle aquarium clean.

Is there a way to keep our office's turtle tank cleaner? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Jul 17, 2007 - 9 answers

I'm just not that into you

How do you tell a potential employer that you're just not that into them? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc on Jul 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Politics in a strange land

Intern or working for a foreign political party [more inside]
posted by arkhangel on Jul 15, 2007 - 8 answers

Interview ?: Why'd you leave your last job?

I am planning on leaving my job soon, because I work in a "toxic" environment with a miserable and mean boss. When asked in an interview why I left this job, how am I supposed to respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I ask for a promotion?

My boss may be promoting me. Or not. Or he may be waiting for me to ask for it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by gaiamark on Jul 13, 2007 - 22 answers

you need to just let it go

I quit my job 3 months ago and my former boss won't stop harassing/threatening me. Unfortunately, politely asking him to stop is not an option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2007 - 24 answers

I have the face of a teenager

Can I have trimmed facial hair for work? I look so young without it and I feel really self conscious when I am clean shaven.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2007 - 24 answers

Can you please help me understand this stuff?

[IHaveAnExamTodayFilter] I am a graduate student in social work. Today I have a midterm that will include questions on a few things I just cannot understand despite lectures, notes and a glossary. They include confidence level, confidence interval, standard deviation and margin or error. Can you explain this stuff to me, preferably in relation to one another? [more inside]
posted by sneakin on Jul 12, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me survive an appraisal at work

Tomorrow I have my annual appraisal with the deputy head of the department at the Uni. where I work. This is not my first time, as I been in this job for several years, but this time I am looking for advice on how to make this into a meaningful and useful meeting instead of the usual box-ticking exercise. Also, what is the best way to answer the standard questions they ask such as: "What were your most significant achievements since the last interview?" [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 12, 2007 - 3 answers

I want to be a flight attendant but need information

How important on a long-term basis is choosing an airline to work for? [more inside]
posted by its just me on Jul 12, 2007 - 3 answers

I could take the bull by the horns, if you'd stop replacing it with a squid...

How can I communicate to my boss that I would like to be more proactive, when he continually drops last-minute projects on me? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Jul 11, 2007 - 6 answers

privacy waiver for work?

Do I have to let my boss talk to my doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2007 - 16 answers

Work-mandatory dinner, is it overtime or Free Time?

SlaveryFilter: My girlfriend is attending "mandatory" dinners with co-workers every week, which eats up her entire evening! She isn't being paid for her time, how is this legal? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Jul 11, 2007 - 35 answers

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