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April 25

Licensing for an after school program in rented space? MN edition

Me: Person renting a classroom space for school agers 3 hrs/ day for 4/days a week. Think: an aftercare program (theres a school across the street, I'd potentially walk the group across to my class space) Does licensing need to get involved or would it be considered more like a "class/ camp"? Thanks in advance.
posted by Kestrelxo at 2:44 PM - 2 answers

April 24

What do I say in a one on one with the new boss?

New leader wants to have one on ones with everyone asking what our top issues are and what our long term professional goals are. I don’t know what to say. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 PM - 9 answers

How to handle (real or trivial) criticism by my manager

Suddenly I find myself getting called in by my manager, who'll be leaving in about 6 weeks being demoted in span of control, on a weekly basis! My numbers are good, although the system is not measuring all I do, but after first this, now my tasks are matter of suspicion, apparently. I'm having a hard time explaining what I do, it feels as if I'm ridiculed and that shuts me down before I even try. It also makes me mad. I never have headaches, I do now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 AM - 10 answers

April 23

A job in hand is worth 2 in the bush

How do I figure out if it's time to move on to a new job? I planned on staying at my current position longer (but not that much longer), and an opportunity has materialized sooner than anticipated... [more inside]
posted by Chaussette Fantoche at 4:26 PM - 5 answers

[Job] Offer I can't refuse?

Please help me understand if an upcoming work "opportunity" that's being offered to me is patronage or patronizing. [more inside]
posted by travertina at 10:58 AM - 16 answers

How to decorate my office?

I've been in my office for about 18 months and don't have much in the way of storage or decor. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 7:06 AM - 14 answers

Setting Expectations with Bosses

I'm in a situation where I feel like I need to manage up and set clear expectations with my leadership team. What's the best way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 at 3:41 AM - 7 answers

April 22

Am I way off-base in my reaction to this job interview?

Had a job interview that went really well with 4 of the interviewers - I could feel a strong connection and got a sense communication was going well. Then the 5th interviewer asked me some really odd questions and I'm not sure if my reaction is way off base. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM - 21 answers

I would like to spend a month or two teaching English abroad this summer

I work at a local school as an English tutor, so I'll be off July and most of August. I also work as an online English Tutor for a company based in Taiwan. I have experience working with students of all ages and levels. [more inside]
posted by quiet coffee at 9:24 AM - 1 answers

April 21

Toxic employee strikes again!

My direct report plagiarized my own work in her written performance review, copying sections of a document I had written nominating another team member for an award to describe her own performance. The document itself was confidential. My manager and I can't think how she could have accessed it in the first place. Help me get past my befuddlement and come up with a plan to deal with the situation. [more inside]
posted by sk932 at 7:02 AM - 37 answers

April 20

get a life; or, another emotional labor question

I make my living in a job that necessitates my performing a lot of emotional labor. I am also a person who tends to take on a lot of emotional labor in my personal life. It getting exhausting and I'm responding to that exhaustion in maladaptive ways. Help me figure out how to recalibrate so that I don't lose my mind. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 10:12 PM - 22 answers

What's it like working from home?

Just got a new job working from home and I'm super excited about it! I will have set hours (9a-6p, with an hour for lunch in there somewhere) so there is some imposed structure. Tell me what your experience is like working from home. What should I do to optimize this situation in terms of being productive personally, while taking advantage of the little bonuses that come from being home all day? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 1:16 PM - 24 answers

Do you work at Stanford?

I've been recruited for a non-academic job at Stanford. I'd like to know the salary range for grade "I" jobs (that's "i" as in ice cream, not "l" as in lemon), but it looks like the salary ranges are only visible to people with a Stanford login. Would any Stanford employees be willing to look it up and share it here, or email me at stanfordquestion at It looks like it should be accessible through the button at the bottom of this page. Thanks. :)
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM - 3 answers

Best iPad handwritten note solution?

Part of my job involves taking very detailed notes during negotiations. For Reasons, it has to be done by hand, but I think people will be OK with me using an iPad or other flat-lying tablet. App or workflow recommendations? Stylus recommendations for use over 2+ hours? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 9:15 AM - 4 answers

Compensation to sibling for advance on inheritance?

What's the fairest way to compensate one sibling when the other sibling has received an advance on their shared inheritance? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 8:47 AM - 11 answers

How much workplace politics is normal?

Over the last year, I’ve noticed that my workplace has become a lot more factionalised and influenced by shifting power dynamics. Lots of decisions that seem to me to be administrative and unremarkable are getting caught up in conflicts between different factions, and so I find myself constantly navigating around these conflicts. I don’t like this, but I don’t know how seriously to take my dislike. [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 at 8:22 AM - 5 answers

April 19

Buying 1st rental house - tips needed

I am thinking about buying a house in a college town a few hours away from where I live. The plan would be to hire a property management company to handle the day to day as well as finding tenants. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 12:34 PM - 11 answers

April 18

job change best practices (CEE edition)

More experienced people of Metafilter: how do you switch jobs and do it right? What to do in the place you are leaving, how to adapt fast to the new place? Difficulty level: multinational companies in Central Europe. [more inside]
posted by kmt at 7:59 AM - 3 answers

Looking for job/career suggestions - help me start pivoting

I'm not sure about the long term prospects of my current job and I wanted to know what others options I might have. What kinds of jobs can a PM skillset get you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 AM - 4 answers

April 17

Got fired for "Performance Issues" at IT job. Are all IT jobs like this?

Long Story I got fired from 2 temp Jobs in IT for the same reasons " Performance Issues" . The jobs I was hired for was IT desktop support jobs . I need something more Slower Pace or figuring out if it's me or the company? [more inside]
posted by iwantworklifebalance101 at 9:48 PM - 17 answers

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