I have crippling, perhaps justified fear of being fired. My fear is making my performance suffer, causing me misery and probably making firing more likely. How do I stop thinking like this? [more inside]
posted by Marered
on Jan 20, 2014 -
I just allocated some work to a colleague who is a member of a team I manage. He responded by saying that I was just like a tea lady. Then he asked if there were any bribes available to get the work done. Stupidly, I laughed it off and told him he was dreaming if he thought our workplace would run to bribes. Of course, five minutes later I realised that HE CALLED ME - HIS MANAGER - A TEA LADY and now I'm seething at my desk.
Do I take him aside and tell him it isn't kosher; OR do I just figure that this is an indication that its time to play hard ball (this isn't the first time he's made comments like this).
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace
on Jan 19, 2014 -
I left a toxic workplace six months ago for a new job. I'm happy with my new gig, but running into former coworkers still puts me in a funk -- and I see them constantly. How do I handle interactions with them if I work in the same field and/or travel in the same social circles? Snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by whenbynowandtreebyleaf
on Jun 21, 2013 -
Employers AND Employees--have Team-Building Retreats/Experiences been beneficial in your workplace? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal
on Jun 9, 2013 -
I got a full-time job offer and will be giving my two weeks' notice to my current freelance gig. I want to give the people I've worked with a nice little gift before leaving. It's a big company so I can't take them all out to lunch/happy hour. Any ideas on what would be appropriate and not terribly expensive?
posted by Anima Mundi
on Jan 28, 2013 -
How do you deal with people who make insensitive, hurtful comments about your disability at school / in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat
on Sep 21, 2012 -
While faxing at the front desk at my job, a few co-workers were sitting around chatting. An African American co-worker was telling few Hispanic co-workers a story about how her and her friends were overlooked while shopping at Coach, "because the clerk was only paying attention to the (mouths the word "white" while my back was turned) girls. She goes on the explain that they left the store and called to complain that they were ignored because of their race. I was the only white person there (and not part of the conversation) and I would never have been telling a story if the reverse was true, so was this racism in the workplace? I surely felt uncomfortable. What can/should I do?
posted by EquineProcine
on Jun 18, 2012 -
My sister received a dream job offer but for one thing - the man who will be her direct supervisor was definitely looking at her boobs both times she went into the office for the interviews. [more inside]
posted by pluot
on May 21, 2012 -
What is the URL of that tumblr with pictures of graphic designers working while their bosses look over their shoulders?
posted by whimsicalnymph
on Mar 26, 2012 -
How can I report what I think are unsafe work conditions at a construction site near my house? Who should I be talking to, the developer? OSHA? [more inside]
posted by pallas14
on Mar 25, 2012 -
Workplace filter: I feel uncomfortable doing something.. give me a clue as to what to do? Details inside [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Yesterday I was called into what turned out to be a humiliating tag-team meeting where my supervisor and the department director took turns berating me for my job performance over the past year. Short on specifics and long on phrases like "you don't display ownership of your projects," and "you're always late," etc. All this is odd because just a couple months ago I got an un-scheduled mid-year raise and 'ata-boy from the director. Yes, one of the same who was pounding on me yesterday. [more inside]
posted by markhu
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Does such a thing exist that will allow me to keep my shirt tucked in, invisibly
? [more inside]
posted by Solomon
on Apr 24, 2011 -
I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
posted by paindemie
on Mar 21, 2011 -
What to do about an oblivious young employee abusing a lenient work environment? [more inside]
posted by nadise
on Jan 15, 2011 -
If I am trapped in a meeting or group with a co-worker who likes to hear himself talk (I mean really pontificate)...how do I go zen on it all? How do I adjust my own frustration? He sometimes has an entourage/fan club which isn't my business but I get really frustrated when stuck with him. He also tends to show up in the same small group parties I have attended. Deep breathing doesn't seem to be helping. I'm thinking about a flask of whiskey.
posted by snap_dragon
on Nov 11, 2010 -
Should I divulge to my boss my mentor/coworker’s complete lack of work ethic? (academic lab situation) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 25, 2010 -
There is a woman I work with who, up until today, I really liked. She’s in an office in another state, but we clicked well over the phone and she’s otherwise a pretty terrific person, and I pretty much considered her a personal friend outside of the workplace. Today she forwarded to me this epically offensive, crazy racist e-mail, and I’m not sure what to do. Advice and/or resources would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby
on Jun 30, 2010 -
I love collaboration and teamwork and I need your job and career suggestions. [more inside]
posted by mleigh
on May 21, 2010 -
Last month, I finally landed my first "real" job. However, I have no idea how to dress myself -- I need to look "smart," but not overdressed. Give a geek some fashion advice! [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Mar 23, 2010 -
How can I get my coworkers from compulsively using air freshener, as it gives me a terrible, go-home-early migraine? Asking nicely every day for the last week has been unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by kella
on Mar 5, 2010 -
What is the legality of signing a mandatory company agreement to not associate with non-management employees outside of the workplace?
posted by Brian B.
on Dec 20, 2009 -
My workplace (in the UK) has recently decided that every desk must have a laminated card with "Action To Be Taken In The Event Of A Bomb Threat". This strikes me as somewhat bizarre in that although I work for a communications company there is no infrastructure here to damage (barring remote switch access). Should the fact that these have been posted around the building out of the blue trigger a paranoia alert or is it just the company being a tad silly? Does anyone out there have any experience with this sort of thing?
Moderately Concerned of Yorkshire
posted by longbaugh
on Nov 17, 2004 -