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We're so glad you're (not) here!
You are starting your new job and will be a 100% remote worker living many hundreds of miles away from most of your coworkers. You are not the only person who is 100% remote at your new company, but the majority of your coworkers work a hybrid schedule and come into the office anywhere from one to five days a week. What did your manager and team do to help you feel welcome and like part of the office "community"? [more inside]
Could I make money selling public domain books on Amazon?
I was looking for a copy of the Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain on Amazon, and I noticed that there are a ton of low-quality self-published versions on there. I have master's in book design, and I design KDP books for a living, so I could easily do a lot better. [more inside]
Cuts to resources increase inefficiency - what is this called?
Staff cuts/layoffs/redundancies create a leaner, more efficient workforce, right?* But what if staff cuts cause increased administrative burden and more work at the same time as decreasing the quality of service? Help me figure out the name of this effect and where I can read more about it. *(Wrong, obviously, but that's management's premise, so stay with me.) [more inside]
Someone I recently met ignored my text, what to do next? (Non-romantic)
I have a somewhat petty situation and idk why it's bothering me so I just wanted some outside perspectives on what to do. [more inside]
How to handle an awkward referral request
A former colleague is interested in a job opening at the company I work for. She asked me to help introduce her to the right people. I certainly could but I don't want to. How do I extricate myself from this with the least amount of personal fallout? [more inside]
What’s a radical, ethical solution to overpayment by employer?
Is there any way to avoid forcing the employee to repay? [more inside]
How do I get any value from these old stock certificates?
A relative used to work for Burroughs Corporation found some old stock certificates worth 20 shares. Burroughs merged with Sperry UNIVAC to become UNISYS in 1986, which is still a publicly traded company. I contacted Computershare, the transfer agent for UNISYS. They said the certificates "are not showing as outstanding in our system. This may be due to a transfer, sale, replacement, exchange or escheatment of the subject shares." [more inside]
Should I join Linkedin to help a friendly coworker or two?
My company has been hit with layoffs and one coworker has already reached out to ask for endorsements on Linkedin. Should I create an account? [more inside]
Job ideas for a former Latin teacher / current counseling student
My friend taught high school Latin but got overwhelmed with the public school stress. She's now in graduate school to become an art therapist. She's been staying home with their small children. Her husband lost his job (not my place to ask) and I'm trying to help her brainstorm ideas for income.I'm hoping the hive mind here can think of some specific suggestions rather than general things like "try tutoring." She lives in Salem, VA.
Best project management & time-tracking tools for freelancers
Project managers of MeFi, I need your help. I'm taking on a new client with several complex projects and need to find a simple and easy way to track my tasks and hours for each individual project or assignment. Normally this isn't an issue for me, but there are some complicating factors and I feel overwhelmed - more details below the fold. [more inside]
Do I stay or do I go: I get paid to do almost nothing edition
I have what some of my friends call a "dream job": I get paid a fair amount of money to show up and be available, but have very little work during the day. However, job is also a complete dead end: despite glowing performance reviews every year, I keep getting passed up, not only for opportunities for more responsibility, but for extra work that falls within my current job description. Do I stay long enough to finish the masters my job is paying 50% of, or leave as soon as I can find something more promising? [more inside]
Underperforming employee, remote edition
I’m a fairly new manager. My team is great, except for one. He is smart but is clearly spending most of his time not working and it’s painfully obvious to everyone who works with him except my own manager. I’ve been supportive but I think it’s time to take off the kid gloves. [more inside]
Navigating two job postings
How do you handle applying for two jobs at a company when job A closes first, but job B perhaps suits you better? [more inside]
How to interview: medical social work edition
I am in the process of interviewing for a job as a heart transplant social worker and am invited to a virtual "meet and greet" with the surgeons tomorrow. I've been advised that I should convey my understanding of the hospital hierarchy in those conversations and would appreciate any insight on that topic—or anything else that comes to mind! [more inside]
How to find a job with school hours (9-3)?
I'm trying to find a job that allows me to work 9-3PM with no evenings or weekends in order to be with my kids (5, 11, and 15) during summer and after school. What roles should I be considering, and how should I find them? Right now, I work part-time in a public library and need to work until 5PM one day, until 9PM another day, and a full weekend day twice a month. [more inside]
Should I remove Medicare from my listed hospital insurance?
Kind of a tricky one. For my recent hospital surgery (to help remove colon cancer), my insurance, Kaiser (HMO) is the main insurance covering my stay there. However, I also have Medicare (hospital insurance, part A only) still active from the time I had SSDI temporarily about 7 years ago. Medicare is listed on the hospital insurance website. Should I remove it? [more inside]
Advise me on what kind of graphic designer I should hire?
I don't know what level of professional I should hire. I want someone to create a design templates, and then fill the template with different content for different clients. Should I hire a college grad, an agency, someone on fiver, etc? A graphic designer, or someone else? [more inside]
How to return to work after 2mo medical leave?
I'm looking for some guideposts for how to return to work after a 2mo medical leave for mental health issues. I'm nervous about returning, and there are some details that are making this challenging. I'm in Spain. [more inside]
Is it better to quit or be fired? Or does it not really matter?
I'm in a truly toxic work environment. To the point where my health and sleep are affected. [more inside]
When an employer says it may take some time to hear back?
I applied for a junior editorial scholarly position for a political science journal in Canada, and the editor-in-chief said it make take some time to glean through all the applicants. How long do you reckon that would take then? Would it be like a week or more?