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January 22

Harassment, racism, sexism, bullying, working for progressive Texas city

New job, maybe three months in. He is working on this very blue-collar crew, ex prison, ex military. Crude, rude, racist, sexist, tons of passive aggressive behavior. All day long an ongoing litany about gays being garbage who should be killed, all day long ongoing litany about blacks being garbage who should be killed, all day long going on about any woman that they see. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 3:44 AM - 11 answers

January 21

Recommendations for Production Calendar Software

We are a small volunteer group with enough turn-over that we need something that helps someone walk in and see (for example) that this is Feb 1 and these are the tasks that need to be completed for our newsletter to go out May 1. [more inside]
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 11:38 AM - 2 answers

What's a recipe for personal cooking that is delicious and priced well?

I want to ramp up my personal cooking business. I have lots of ideas to do this but some concrete questions and concerns first. Primarily: happiness of the client, food cost and continued quality. [more inside]
posted by rabu at 2:59 AM - 4 answers

January 20

How to put an apartment up for rent in New York City

Our East Village rental apartment is currently listed with a broker — but after six weeks there’s barely been any activity. (Understandably— Who would want to pay that horrendous broker’s fee?) Our contract with the broker ends in 2 weeks, and we now want to list it ourselves. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 11:02 AM - 10 answers

Marketing, passion, origin stories and authenticity

I run a small business and have received advice about our website being too sterile and anonymous. Marketing person emphasised that getting business is about having a corporate story, a hook, personality, but that these must also be authentic. Frankly my real business origin story is about wanting to spend more time with my cat, and I'm uncomfortable about putting too much about my personality online where it can be linked to my name. Are there any solutions to this? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 2:22 AM - 14 answers

January 19

Resources for the clumsy mathematician

I want to be less clumsy with numbers / be more fluid with maths - are there any games / websites / drills that could help with that? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 12:00 AM - 6 answers

January 18

I’m a job hopper... but is that really so bad (for me specifically)?

I’m having a bit of a job / life crisis and would love some outside insight beyond just ranting to my husband. I am not good at office jobs and feel like I am broken. I have had two “real” office jobs, and invariably they have ended the same way: about a year in, I get frustrated, wildly bored, and start making moves to leave. Advice from any other creative types who’ve struggled with this same issue would be particularly useful!! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 11:59 AM - 13 answers

Adjusting to future shift work?

I was just hired for a well-paying p/t time in my regional hospital system. That's great, but it's shift work. How do I stay sane, healthy, and motivated to continue work on my side hustle? And oh, advice for working in the hospital system too, please. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 10:22 AM - 7 answers

Can I file taxes before I get this form?

I need to file asap because of identity theft. I have my W2, but haven't gotten a tax form from an IRA yet. I didn't take any money out of it, but don't really understand how it works- if there was a "dividends reinvestment" and capital gains reinvestment, do I need to report that somehow? It's a very small account.
posted by pinochiette at 8:46 AM - 6 answers

Office Supply Item: No Idea What to Name This, And Thus How to Find It

I am looking for a one-unit grid of document holders, but I have no idea what to call this and thus how to search for them. I know they exist. Extra points if you can link me to where they're being sold. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:20 AM - 10 answers

Quietly Job Hunting

I plan to start looking for a new job soon. I haven't even logged into LinkedIn since shortly after being hired at my current job. I'm worried about how my employer will react if/when they see I've updated my LinkedIn profile. [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 8:18 AM - 6 answers

January 17

Like Darkest Dungeon but for Work

I am looking for a team/employee management tool that is as fun to use as the party/estatement management screens in Darkest Dungeon (or any other well made RPG adventure party type games). Or, more boringly, I'm looking for a CRM but for teams/employees. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 7:40 PM - 6 answers

Does it make sense to take out a loan to study abroad?

I studied abroad in South Korea a few years ago and loved it. Now I want to go back next fall but it seems like it will be too much for me to save up for in five months. With airfare, tuition, housing and personal expenses it'll be about $10000. I can probably save up $4000 with my current job. I was thinking about getting a second job but it might be too much as I am a full time student. I will try to find some scholarships to apply to. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 11:04 AM - 13 answers

Toxic environment or work challenge?

What are some key indicators that a work place is toxic vs just merely “challenging”? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:00 AM - 11 answers

January 16

How to shake off grumpiness

I'm grumpy and short-tempered these days. Probable causes are work frustrations and a lack of a social life outside of work. But it may also have to do with some life changes that my mother is facing (unwillingly separating from my father). How do I shake off this feeling, on a day to day basis and for the longterm? [more inside]
posted by watrlily at 8:36 PM - 8 answers

Tell Me Your Favourite Job Perks

The (very) small company I work for is hiring in a competitive tech market, and I'm hoping to mine the hive mind for job perk ideas. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 3:16 PM - 88 answers

Need a new career path,

I'm a video editor in search of a new career. I have no idea what that could or should be. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 11:06 AM - 3 answers

Is it normal for employers to offer a low-paid one week trial period?

I had an interview for a graphic design job in another city a couple of months ago and they just offered me a paid one week trial period with a day rate of £50. This doesn't come close to covering my travel and accommodation costs. Is this kind of thing normal? [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 11:06 AM - 20 answers

January 15

What if I don't want to travel the world anymore?

At a juncture in my career where I should probably be looking at spending some more time abroad for the sake of professional advancement. However, the instability from traveling so much for my job in recent years is kind of sucking away most enthusiasm for this concept. Did you face a similar choice and choose to stay put? How did that go? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 11:10 PM - 4 answers

Professional Woman of Color Problems, issue #2,859

I very awkwardly admitted to my boss that I don't like one of my co-workers (I didn't say it was because he is a walking jumble of microaggressions). Nothing's come out of it since, but how impolitic was I? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 8:07 PM - 19 answers

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