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February 27

do work ultimatums work?

I'm not bothered by my company reading my emails, looking at my browser history (mostly), or monitoring my phone calls. I just cannot stand their slowness in implementing the CRM they promise. My job is very secure because I have a technical writing skill the group lacks and would be very expensive to replace. Do ultimatums work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM - 11 answers

How can mom pay her taxes?

My Mom. Medicaid. A Miller Trust. And taxes owed. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:23 AM - 8 answers

How do I manage inappropriate colleagues?

I work in mental health crisis on a small team in a tight space. We recently lost 2 colleagues and hired a new one. We did a team interview and he frequently called women "girls" and would laugh to himself when no one else laughed. I expressed my concerns, but he was hired regardless. He started 6 months ago and is still unable to do his job without ongoing guidance. [more inside]
posted by LinneaJC at 10:54 AM - 11 answers

The best books on providing exceptional customer / client service

Please recommend great books about exceptional customer service / client service. In my business (staffing), we must provide great service to both clients and to candidates. I have a new recruiter who is new to the industry and doing great. I want our branch focus this year to be differentiating ourselves from our competitors by being phenomenal with both groups that we work with. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 9:55 AM - 3 answers

February 26

What else can I do with my Ph.D. besides postdoc?

I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 11:17 PM - 11 answers

How can I find local rich lists?

How can I find lists of wealthy individuals in my local area? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record at 3:22 PM - 4 answers

Financial Record Digitization Services - do they exist?

I'm looking for a service like Shoeboxed or MakeSpace, where I can get several decade's worth of my parents' financial records scanned/indexed and then sent back to me to go into a regular storage unit. Extra snowflake information about sibling's information security paranoia. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 3:12 PM - 4 answers

Public University Law School?

I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM - 10 answers

Deciding between two library jobs

I have to choose between two librarian positions soon, and could use others' advice and experience. I have been an academic librarian for a number of years, married to an academic, and we have both received offers from the same two universities. This is great, because we get to finally live together full-time. But, the two librarian jobs and universities are quite different. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM - 13 answers

The Scarlet Letter

Recently at work I was given serious feedback that others are finding me abrasive. I'm a woman, and aware of the history of application of this word unfairly, but I think there may be some truth in it in my case. I've read this and other articles about how to handle abrasive people who report to you, but I would like to hear suggestions from people who have also been in the position of receiving this label, and how you worked to overcome it, and whether your efforts have been successful. Recommended strategies appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM - 7 answers

Help me make a living out of making life better for others

Whilst I am still very much in employment and financial crisis, I think I may well have had an epiphany of sorts: That I would like to eventually, or better yet ASAP, build a career in which I help, one way or another, make the world a better place. Elucidate me? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 4:56 AM - 9 answers

What programming language/technology should I master to make a living?

I have a solid foundation in computer programming (and theory) but have been mostly out of this field for several years, and not developing my skills. Assume I'm putting in the time and focus to really master something new. What language or technology (or area of application?) in programming could I master that would give me the best shot at becoming a valuable freelance contractor and making a living? Something rare and valuable (or which there's high demand for regardless) which works with being freelance. Your guidance would be appreciated Internets.
posted by Kirn at 12:10 AM - 16 answers

February 25

Fun stories that are also good business lessons

I'm looking for similar stories like Mark Twain's quote "If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes at 10:59 PM - 9 answers

[JobOfferFilter] Bird in one hand, prettier ones in the bush?

I got a job offer from a company that made me a bit uneasy. I'm supposed to make a decision by Friday. Meanwhile, another company wants to move forward... Help me figure out my next move, given the fun snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by curagea at 9:52 PM - 10 answers

Help my friend in time for the RRSP deadline - Canuck Version

Is an RRSP loan worth it? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 5:12 PM - 6 answers

Name my group for high quality private job networking

Seeking your crowd wisdom for some creative names for a professional networking group. [more inside]
posted by Diddly at 4:18 PM - 1 answers

How Do I Find a Female Mentor in non-academic Chemistry?

I'm a woman in science. I recently finished my Ph.D in Chemistry, and, after getting burnt-out on the academic track, I've gotten a job in a small startup synthesizing new materials for energy purposes. I've been told to find a "female mentor" to help me navigate the startup/industry world of chemistry. But how do I find a female mentor? Where do I look? What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber at 2:09 PM - 4 answers

How can I survive a miserable and unfulfilling job?

I am stuck in a terrible job, with patronizing and rude coworkers and bosses, challenging responsibilities, and low compensation. It's making me sick, turning me into an alcoholic and an insomniac, but I'm afraid to leave because of financial burdens. What can I do? Where can I draw the line between financial responsibility and my own well-being? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 at 1:36 PM - 13 answers

Help me buy a new time clock

I'm the office manager for a 50+ person machine shop. Our old manual time clock is about to die and I need to buy a new one. We're thinking of going with fingerprint ID - any pitfalls? Boss would like the clock to ask the employees "Were you injured at work today? Yes or No" and have them answer upon punchout. Do you manage a time clock that you would recommend?
posted by sarajane at 12:19 PM - 9 answers

What am I doing with my life?

I am happy with my job right now, but I don't have a career. I'm smart but due to certain circumstances in life I haven't had a stable work history until now. I have a career in mind but I'm kind of in a catch 22. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent at 11:48 AM - 20 answers

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