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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

Saw coworker sex video, not sure what to do

100% by accident, I discovered a sex video of a coworker online. Normally, my course of action would be to forget it ever happened and never mention it to anyone. But this might be a different kind of case and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by Seahorse, rode hard and put away wet on Sep 21, 2010 - 81 answers

New boss, say hello to the employee that's been doing her job and yours for a year.

Have you ever had to "hold down the fort" at work for a long time without a supervisor, and then one day, you finally got a boss? I'm going to be that boss. Help! [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Aug 31, 2010 - 13 answers

Would rather not have to deal with this

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 - 19 answers

How do I deal with a difficult customer?

Help me work with a difficult customer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Busted being unwittingly pervy at work

This morning at work, I was in a one-on-one meeting with a valued (and, yes, attractive) female colleague. While we were talking, she caught me looking up her skirt (yes, it was blatant). I looked up, and realized I was busted. At that point, she tugged her skirt down, rolled her eyes slightly, and got up and left (muttering an excuse that she had to "make a call"). I'm still really mortified that this happened. What should I do now? Should I say something to her? Apologize? Ignore the fact that this encounter ever happened? What's the least awkward way of proceeding, knowing that we'll likely be working together for a lot longer? Men: Have you ever gotten busted this way? What did you do? Women: Have you ever been in this position? Did you lose your respect for the peeper, or do you generally assume that most dudes are trying to peek at you whether you notice or not? Any advice would be valued. (If it matters, I'm male, she's female, we're both straight, and are about the same age.)
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2010 - 129 answers

Can I still be a friend? Maybe a different kind of friend?

Help me deal with transitioning from peer to authority figure. [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Aug 4, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I communicate employment enthusiasm without alienating anyone?

How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

I hate my co-workers

How can I make my horrible work environment less horrible? [more inside]
posted by From the Fortress on Jul 16, 2010 - 39 answers

Leaving job, but manager is making future plans. Should I speak up?

I'm leaving my job, but my boss is making travel plans for the future. Should I say anything about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 - 25 answers

I'll just sit here wondering how you can stand by your racist friend

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 - 93 answers

Help me improve the experience of testing the experience

How does your IT department introduce new widescale products to your large company? I'm talking workstation policies, web browsers, collaboration and office applications, intranet. If you're an end user what is your company doing well in this regard? Are you invited to test the product? Do they test the subjective user experience? Do they make it easy for you test and give feedback? What would you change? And if you're in the IT department, what works well? What doesn't? What have you done to improve things. [more inside]
posted by razzman on Jun 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Help: the people I work with think I'm stupid

Please help me maintain my dignity at work. [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jun 24, 2010 - 47 answers

Please help a disgruntled secretary before she goes postal.

I'm a legal secretary at a Big Law Firm, and was previously assigned to two attorneys, Sam and Sarah. Because my workload was light, I accommodated each of Sarah's requests as best I could (Sam is every secretary's dream, and requests very little assistance). To my own fault, I spoiled Sarah, enabled her laziness, and now find myself stuck in a hole. I've been assigned a new attorney, Scott, who is both new to the firm and has a large docket. My workload has increased substantially - Sarah is used to getting her way, and Scott has deadlines coming out of his ears. I need advice on how to get a couple points across to Sarah and Scott. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 23 answers

What are the key motivators that make people do their jobs?

What are the key motivators that make people do their jobs? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Jun 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Embracing the inner flirt for work, but probably not evil.

In which professions/careers is being flirty a plus? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on Jun 1, 2010 - 46 answers

It's lonely here, there's no one left to torture

I love collaboration and teamwork and I need your job and career suggestions. [more inside]
posted by mleigh on May 21, 2010 - 6 answers

What are your experiences using microblogging for work

How are you using microblogging in your company? I am particularly interested in the experience of employees of Microsoft or other beta testers of Microsoft's Officetalk - Secondarily: companies that are using other intranet microblogging platforms. -Thirdly: companies that are using Twitter. What are Advantages? Disadvantages? Best practices? Thanks Frodo the 13th
posted by frodoxiii on May 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Just want some peace and quiet.

How do I tell my bosses that my coworkers are making it impossible to do my work because they are essentially goofing off 50% of the time without getting my coworkers in trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 16 answers

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