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Calling in...intermittently

I have been working for an agency for 8 years in an upper-management position. My new-ish supervisor hates me and is creating a negative/hostile work environment. My doctor thinks I qualify for intermittent FMLA due to workplace related stress. What are people's experiences with using intermittent FMLA? Is it only going to make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Frenemies R Us, Workplace Edition

I'm currently working with, for the first time in my life, someone who I can truly classify as a frenemy. 50% of the time, all smiles and sweetness; 50% of the time, undermining, secretive, backstabby, and manipulative. This is someone I actually *have* to work with-- we're on a number of teams together. Lately she's been telling others that a project I created, developed, and sold to a client was actually "a fluke" and that my contributions were minimal. How to deal with this in the most productive way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Recommended someone for a job who I am now uncomfortable with?

Maybe working with a friend who turned out to be a little less than friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Colleagues make sexist comments out of female earshot. What do I do?

I am a feminist, and many (not all) of my colleagues routinely make sexist comments. They know I am not okay with this, and instead of holding back, they now often do it even more blatantly, partly to get a rise out of me. I'm something of a beginner feminist so I don't know what to do. Tips please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 32 answers

How do you negotiate for influence?

It is likely that soon I will be in a possession of a job offer from one of my company's competitors. As sometimes happens, my job search started out of frustration with certain issues in my current workplace rather than a true incompatibility. Ideally, I would love to stay where I am, but in an improved situation; the problem is that that things I want are not concrete things like a promotion or a raise, but rather vague like a greater influence on design and planning, and greater opportunities for leadership roles. How to translate these "wants" into specific, measurable goals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I offer an apology at work?

I screwed up at work - which was compounded by a string of just plain bad luck. It got really ugly. Maybe could even lose my job. I'm thinking of having a heart-to-heart call with my leadership to apologize for the bits that were my responsibility...Not to grovel and save my ass, but to communicate that I know I impacted them and the team. Bad idea? Does an apology ever help in a workplace, or does it just help affix blame and make everyone uncomfortable?
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Mother got a job in my workplace behind my back.

I have been working a steady job at a fairly close-knit company for about 3 years, and was recently promoted. My mother applied behind my back and got a job in the same company. We do not get along. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 31 answers

Help me not dissolve into a stressavoidance puddle at work!

How can I avoid totally unraveling when working with a dismissive/cold person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2014 - 16 answers

Hate my boss, not paid enough. How do I phrase that in an interview?

I want a new job. Why? Because my second-level manager is a jerkoff and because I don't get paid enough. How do I spin this in a future interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Suddenly Steve Wozniak: My partner on a project thinks he's in charge

I suddenly feel like I understand Steve Wozniak. I started a major project / event with a partner. My partner behaves as if he is the sole leader, even though the project was created at my prompting, and I'm an expert in the field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 18 answers

I love working here so much I'm planning on leaving!

Am I an asshole for saying, acting, and making plans as if I will be there forever while working on my strategy to leave in the next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2014 - 23 answers

How do I get over a platonic workplace crush?

I've had a platonic crush (aka squish) on a male co-worker for the past six months or so. Even though I'm a woman and we're both heterosexual, it is not in the least sexual. If we were men, it would be called a "man crush" or "bromance". (FWIW, I'm happily married, and he's happily engaged, both to people of the opposite sex.) It's not mutual. He sees me as a friend and colleague, while I idolize him, even though I'm aware of some of his flaws, including that his social skills aren't very good, and he occasionally does or says something that inadvertently hurts me (he wouldn't deliberately harm a fly), especially because he underestimates my professional competence. Anyway, I wish I didn't care what he thought of me. Any advice for getting over this crush, besides time and distance?
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 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

Telling a new boss about a medical condition?

My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Being professional while socially awkward

My role at work is changing such that I'll need to interact with people face-to-face and over the phone much more than I currently do. The problem: I'm kind of awkward. I don't want to make things go poorly for my employer, so what is my next step? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 21 answers

What can or should managers/supervisors do during a strike?

I work in a managerial/supervisory role in a public agency. My colleagues who are union members will quite likely be going on strike Tuesday. I have never been in this situation before and am not sure what I can/should do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Workplace mistake: What to do when my coworker throws me under the bus?

My office was submitting a grant and the wrong application was uploaded to the grant agency website. My coworker submitted the final documents - and it is clear to me already that he will find a way to throw me under the bus if he has to, to protect his interests. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 12 answers

How to work with my boss's idiot son?

My boss has hired her unqualified problem child son to work in my workplace. I have no idea how to deal with him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2013 - 32 answers

Coworker difficulties

Need advice on a situation at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I deal with inappropriate comments in the office?

What is with my workplace? Need help dealing personally and professionally with a variety of inappropriate behavior from my coworkers and supervisor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Diplomatic speak for "No, I don't want to be friends with you"?

Glenda thinks because we met up a few times outside work, we can now be besties. Problem is, this time spent together made me realize Glenda is not someone I want to be friends with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2013 - 28 answers

The new employee is sketchy, and only I know it.

I just started a new job as a researcher. They hired a few people around the same time as me and we all have start dates around now-ish. I've been there a week. There is a new guy starting in my department in a more senior position than me, but not supervising me, on Monday. I just got his name today and looked him up, and... there are some things about him that a little bit of digging uncovered that are sketchy. (It's definitely him, please give me the benefit of the doubt here.) His job is not likely to be impacted by these revelations about his recent past, but if it were to get out that his history includes these things, it could endanger my company's reputation if a competitor or journalist found out. Nothing he did is illegal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Do I need to tell the hiring manager that I'm NOT pregnant?

This fall, when I was unemployed and job hunting, I discovered I was pregnant, kind of like this person: http://ask.metafilter.com/207069/Should-I-reveal-my-pregnancy-in-job-interviews. I did not mention this during interviews, but when I got an offer, I brought it up with the hiring manager as part of my negotiation. I was very pleased that it did not seem like a liability, and he promised I'd be made eligible for their paid maternity leave even though I would have only been there about six months. He also said he'd leave it up to me to tell my boss and team with at least 4 months advance notice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Etiquette for 'optional' workplace events that are not really optional?

Starting to feel uncomfortable about work events which are allegedly optional but don't turn out to be. How to approach this with boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

How to convey to my boss that I'm not incompetent?

Despite my otherwise agreeable work environment, I have a boss who's increasingly scolding me for following standard procedures and doing my job as normal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Do non-exempt employees get paid for the "optional" holiday party?

What are the rules for "optional" but not really optional work-related events for non-exempt employees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

ADHD acceptance; nobody's problem but my own?

I've just been diagnosed with ADHD, and have started an initial stimulant-based management plan. I'm in my mid-forties, and work in a very traditional industry and come from a not-very-accepting Old World culture. How open do I need to be with colleagues and friends that I'm doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the best way protect myself from online snoopers?

What's the best way to scrub my online presence for protection from a potential-future snoopy boss, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Coming to a head but not getting ahead

My employer seems to be pushing me toward filing an EEOC complaint or resigning my job. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Mea culpa. I'm here to learn.

I started a new job in a completely new place and I want to be the best colleague I can be. What are some tips or commonsense things for me to remember and internalize about appropriate workplace behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 - 8 answers

A thousand Silkwood showers would not be enough.

A married coworker made a pass at me - help me stop feeling like I need to peel all my skin off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 - 38 answers

How can I encourage my brother to leave his extremely toxic workplace?

How can I encourage my brother to leave his extremely toxic workplace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

How to deal with a mentally unwell (but not threatening) former intern?

Former intern has become mentally ill and sends numerous disturbing (but not threatening) emails. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 28 answers

ADA and reasonable workplace accommodation in CA

ADA, reasonable accommodation in the workplace, and supervisor resigning: I have questions. (This is in California) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Employment law advice in a hurry

My wife finds herself quite unexpectedly facing termination from her job and needs legal/employment advice quickly. Some details after the link. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me undermine assumptions about women in STEM jobs

I need a tactful but clear way to correct stereotype-based assumptions about my abilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 39 answers

How to not be scared of Old White Men!

How to deal with my unconscious anxiety response to older, male supervisors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Will I pass a drug test?

Am I going to pass this damn drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 19 answers

There's a fratboy in the house of nerds

Please help me wrest an amazing company from the clutches of one overgrown frat boy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 23 answers

Can't legally leave my job. Help make this suck less.

I hate my job and yet I can't legally leave, I don't think. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 - 9 answers

I've made a huge tiny mistake

Should I run away from the job I just got because a to-be-coworker's wife is sending up danger signs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 - 36 answers

Taking the black dog to work

Do I tell my boss about my mental health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 32 answers

Managing Gossip for Senior Management

Any good books out there on handling employee gossip, from a managerial perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I tell my temp agency?

Should I say something about the temp assignment I was given? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Employee with mental health issues.

Need advice on handling an employee's mental health issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Should we break up?

Do I break up with her? Is this her fault, or mine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 - 42 answers

How to deal with a bullying consultant?

A consultant who works closely with my department hates me. He's not going anywhere. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 - 29 answers

geeezus please do your job!

How do I address my manager about the obvious not work related tasks she doing all day? All of us see it and it's completely disrespectful and frustrating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 33 answers

YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal?

YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Top job candidate was sloppy, didn't hew to gender norms, during the interview. Now what?

I'm having a hard time sussing out whether a recent job candidate's informality (and non-adherence to gender norms) should be a major warning sign, eye-rollingly insignificant, or somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 - 84 answers

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