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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

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people?

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people's efforts? My (mostly administrative) job requires that I do things that are frequently dependent on the contributions and/or approval of other people, who frequently can't/don't/won't complete tasks in a timely manner. What do I do? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 13, 2011 - 11 answers

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind?

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord on Nov 29, 2011 - 43 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

How to recognize your own manager?

What is an appropriate gift or recognition for a great manager? [more inside]
posted by ista on Nov 6, 2011 - 5 answers

how to encourage the boss

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 - 22 answers

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse?

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Sep 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 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

Help me work more effectively with old people

How can I work more effectively, in an office environment, with people over 75? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Sep 14, 2011 - 33 answers

My workplace is offering incentives to employees who can save money. What can I suggest?

My workplace has announced they will soon be offerings monetary rewards for employees who can think up ways to save money on operating costs. I want to cash in. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

Miss Manners in the workplace?

"I'm sorry boss, but that's simply not possible"? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Aug 23, 2011 - 52 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

How to handle a workplace connection in the midst of divorce and downsizing (in other words, when I am crazed with loss?)

Divorce, downsizing and dealing with a workplace crush/connection: how do I behave like a grown-up when all I want to do is curl up under his desk and cry? [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam on Aug 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Don't go away mad (but please go away! for a few minutes! so I can work!)

Is there a technique / piece of ancient wisdom / secret phrase that (a) will get overzealous office conversationalists to back off, and (b) won't leave them mortally offended (or that at least will help me avoid Things Getting Weird in the workplace or elsewhere I have to interact with the same people regularly)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 14, 2011 - 36 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

Aw, man. I don't wanna go home.

What businesses are known for awesome workplace culture/perks? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jun 17, 2011 - 29 answers

Please help me navigate the waters of fashion in the artsy west coast city office!

I am a 22-year-old female who has just been informed that I have received a prestigious arts and culture internship in my Western U.S. city's government. This is my first real job, and I'm perplexed about what clothes to buy for a professional, yet comfortable summer wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

How to bring up depression treatment with employer?

Should I inform my employer that I have just started taking Lexapro for depression and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on May 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Religion in the workplace: is it appropriate?

Is it okay to bring religion into the workplace? [more inside]
posted by Bron-Y-Aur on May 5, 2011 - 38 answers

What are some good sources of ideas for corporate/officeplace sustainability initiative?

Where can I find good ideas that a high-tech corporate office can adopt as part of a sustainability initiative [more inside]
posted by Mad_Carew on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Book about a job doing nothing.

This post reminded me of a name-that-book question. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 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

Suspenders for shirts?

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 - 25 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

How fortuitous. Now get out of my sandbox.

My boss recently hired a former coworker for an open position in the department. This person will be working on many of the same tasks and projects as I am. He was both well-liked and skilled at the job when he left years ago, and I am afraid that he's going to come back and completely outshine me. How can I handle this situation professionally? [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Mar 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Are people getting worse?

Get off my lawn filter: What's the matter with these kids today? Really. (More after the jump). [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Mar 21, 2011 - 75 answers

On my first day at a new job, help me deal gracefully with jetlag.

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 - 11 answers

Diversity on a deeper level?

I've been asked to put on a diversity presentation/workshop at my workplace on "underlying" diversity--not race, religion or age but different ways people think and communicate. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by ista on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What can I do with a flatscreen TV in our reception area?

At my work we have a 57" flat panel TV in the reception area. What are some interesting things we could do with that? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 15, 2011 - 14 answers

How to inform coworkers I am married

Workplace Etiquette Filter: How to inform coworkers I am married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 30 answers

How to get inappropriate fellow volunteer banned from our historical archives?

How to get inappropriate fellow volunteer banned from our historical archives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Construction at work making me sick?

I think the construction in my workplace is making me sick. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 10 answers

How to deal with a relationship gone wrong at work?

Where do I turn now that things have gone disastrous at work? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Feb 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Gen Y professional obliviousness - what's a good manager to do?

What to do about an oblivious young employee abusing a lenient work environment? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Jan 15, 2011 - 60 answers

If she were a man and not a woman, this wouldn't be cool at all

It's kind of uncomfortable at times, being a female professional in a male-dominated work environment where most of the female employees are on the other side of the business-coin as support staff (less education and pay). Was yesterday's incident somewhat sexist or am I being an educational elitist? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Dec 15, 2010 - 69 answers

I'm just a patsy!

Work-place drama filter: My team lead has claimed I assaulted him. I didn't do it. It's my word versus his. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 - 31 answers

How common is physical abuse in the workplace?

How common is physical abuse in the workplace? I had a boss who hit me a few years ago and I was talking to a friend recently and she said the same thing happened to her. Naturally, this made me curious as I thought physical abuse was relatively rare in the workplace compared to emotional.
posted by jihaan on Nov 23, 2010 - 41 answers

Does anybody say "palaver"?

Have you ever heard the word "palaver" in actual use in English to describe a group discussion? What other English synonyms are there for a workplace group discussion? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Nov 13, 2010 - 40 answers

Stuck with a Know-It-All/Pontificator

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 - 20 answers

How should I show my gratitude to my rad HR department?

How should I show my appreciation to my HR department for a job well done in extending my work visa? What is appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Conductor71 on Nov 5, 2010 - 12 answers

How do gay pride mailing lists work out at work?

Do you have a mailing list at your place of work, for gay people to chat with other gay people on? A pride list, as it is commonly known. What are your experiences of it? Do you know anything about how it was originally set up? How does it work for you; what are the pros and cons of such a mailing list in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Oct 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Between a rock and a hard place...

I love my job, but hate my employer's illegal employment policies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 - 35 answers

Should you agree to disagree in the workplace?

When is it okay for your personal beliefs to directly contradict your line of work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 - 40 answers

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