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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

How can I rise above the level of the office bully?

I share an office with a bully, and things have come to a head. How do I keep cool and not resort to hollering? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2010 - 38 answers

There's one in every office.

Uncomfortable situation with coworker. Please advise. (Apologies for what is inevitably an TL;DR.) [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 29, 2010 - 45 answers

Too much workplace drama. Work it out or jump ship?

Three managers constantly create a triangle of drama and I'm in the middle. Fight it or move on? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Apr 26, 2010 - 13 answers

What would be a nice, thoughtful gift of appreciation for my social work supervisor?

The end of my graduate school internship is approaching and I'd like to give my wonderful supervisor a token of appreciation for all she's done and taught me. We've had a pretty strictly professional relationship (an excellent one, at that) and I have minimal knowledge of her personal interests. She's in her mid-30s, and is a clinical social worker. I'd like to get her something thoughtful, something she can use. Chocolates, flowers, and gift certificates are not really what I'm looking for. At the same time, I wouldn't want to give her something too personal. Oh, and I'd like to spend no more than $50. (I am a grad student, after all.) I know you guys will have some good ideas. Thanks in advance!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Apr 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Is it him? Or is it me?

Am I lunching with the new office creep? Or am I just letting my dislike get in the way. Either way how do I extricate myself from this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me dress like a grown-up (but not a geezer)

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 - 34 answers

What to do about a smelly workplace?

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 - 28 answers

What Would Google Do (in Government)?

How do I encourage creativity and improve morale in a web team stuck in dead-end jobs? [more inside]
posted by adverb on Jan 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace?

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 25, 2010 - 47 answers

Do not associate with employees outside of work

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 - 16 answers

How can I find out if my employer is using a cell phone jamming device?

I suspect my employer has installed a cell phone jamming device . How do I find it if they have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 - 15 answers

TeachingFilter

Is it normal or is it the symptom of a serious cognitive / psychological disorder that I don't like teaching? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 12, 2009 - 18 answers

How do you deal with sexism in your workplace?

How do you deal with sexism in your workplace? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Oct 16, 2009 - 31 answers

Why Should You Use Social Networking at Work?

Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Oct 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Company bike fleet?

My organization is interested in providing a small fleet of bicycles for employees to use for meetings, workday errands, etc. The only reason *not* to do this that comes to mind is liability—although we could provide waivers, right? One way or the other, I haven't yet found examples of other companies doing this. What do you know about it?
posted by greggish on Oct 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Anorexia? Help!

Anorexia? Is there anything a workmate can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Coworker/crush's having a rough time. What can I do?

My coworker/friend/crush has just broken up with her long-term SO. Can I help her? [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo on Oct 2, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I deal with management manipulation?

I'm in a crappy work situation and I know that the ultimate solution involves leaving my job, but how can I cope with this particular situation in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

What to do about my excruciating work situation?

What are the best strategies for my current work situation? Question relates to disability, unemployment, and illegal activities (not mine). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2009 - 17 answers

We want to get our instant message on

Instant messaging for the workplace: I've been tasked with exploring instant messaging options for a large department within a much larger business. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Aug 29, 2009 - 24 answers

Where's my hard-earned quarter?

You-are-not-my-lawyer-filter: Minimum wage went up, and my paycheck didn't. Why not? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Aug 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Where to buy electronic gift card?

Thank you filter: What are some good ways you can easily send a gift card to a co-worker? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Mad Men Indeed

I have been watching the AMC series Mad Men (set in NYC office setting around 1960) and it made me wonder. Just how accurately does it portray the professional workplace of the period? (Ubiquitous smoking, drinking, degrading comments to women and overt flirting, etc.). In particular, was it ever considered normal to keep a stocked bar in every office/conference room? I realize things are exaggerated for TV and to contrast with today’s norms... but generally speaking was it really this bad back then? I guess I am looking for responses from those who are familiar with the TV show and worked in an office in this timeframe.
posted by punkfloyd on Jul 16, 2009 - 38 answers

How does a working drunk get sober?

Looking for info regarding employer disability laws relating to alcohol rehab in state of Conneticut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 - 4 answers

How to plan a quick and cheap workplace retreat

Can you help me plan a one-day workplace retreat in New York? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jun 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Do you add a suffix to your name in your email signature?

Do you add a suffix after your name in your email signature? For example, if you are a certified project manager, do you add PMP after your name? Or if you have your MBA, do you add 'MBA' after your name? If so, why? I ask because I believe in 99% of the cases where I've seen a suffix, it is unnecessary and not used within the right context or it just simply isn't worthy of being added after a name. I would be interested in some responses arguing both sides of the issue.
posted by dudleybdawson on May 27, 2009 - 36 answers

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