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I have major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. I manage it pretty well with medication and therapy. I have never checked "yes" when asked if I have a disability on a job application due to fear of ableism and stigma. Should I keep doing that? [more inside]
If you work or have worked at an independent business unit within a larger company (like Instagram, Cruise, Waymo, Pixar, etc.) what is that like? [more inside]
Recently, I made a mistake at work; it wasn't catastrophic, and didn't have any lasting consequences for the workplace itself, but it was embarrassing for me. As a result, I'm having a horrible crisis of confidence, to the point that I can barely drag myself into the office for the past couple of days. How can I reframe this? [more inside]
After years of freelancing, I've just signed on as an employee at my company. The workers in my unit are currently unionizing, so my hire was (favorably and expertly) negotiated by representatives from that union. Unfortunately, it appears my employer is already violating the terms of that contract ... but the union has returned to focusing on bigger and more contentious issues affecting the whole unit, and I'm feeling a bit adrift as to my options for recourse. More details inside. [more inside]
I’ve been having a very difficult time at my new job. The role isn't what I expected, the culture is challenging, and I am tempted to quit after 6 months. [more inside]
Do you and others on your team have regular one-on-one meetings with your manager? What do you talk about? Do you find them useful? What about them do you find useful? What's not useful? Etc.... [more inside]
I complained to HR about my previous manager and now that person is overseeing my raises. Should I speak up about it? [more inside]
So earlier today I tried to buy a bond fund (tax free if that matters) to include in my Traditional IRA. I got a warning message from my brokerage that: "Generally, it is not beneficial to own tax exempt investments in tax advantaged accounts as tax exempt investments typically provide a lower rate of return. Additionally, you may be subject to taxes on distributions from your tax advantaged account regardless of the investment holdings in that account." [more inside]
How can I make a little extra money? [more inside]
I've been gone from my horror job over a year now. A work 'friend' (an acquaintance) I friended on FB (I friended very few work colleagues) recently messaged me to tell me that a woman I shared office space with "wants to know if you are willing to communicate with her." O hell no. [more inside]
I use a lot of MS tools in my job – SharePoint, Flow/ Power Automate, Power Apps, etc.. These tools are updated by MS at such a fast rate that oftentimes if I spend time to learn a thing, when I return a few months later, how to do that thing has changed, and I have to re-learn how to do that thing. This drives me crazy and makes me feel like I’ll never master these constantly evolving tools: how can I/ how do other folks work smarter with Microsoft’s approach? [more inside]
I have a Solo 401K plan that I haven’t yet funded for 2019. My understanding is that ordinarily I’d have until my tax return deadline (April, or October if I filed an extension) to fund the plan for 2019. But for Reasons, I need to file my taxes sooner — and would still like to have the option of making a Solo 401K contribution later in the year. Is that possible? [more inside]
What's the best way to do payroll for a single, part-time employee? I was looking into payroll companies but they seem like overkill. True? Is there some kind of software I should use or something else?
I am an OBGYN resident, pregnant with my first child. I am struggling to find books, blogs, forums, and other resources for people like me. [more inside]
What are some important steps to starting a business with a new product I'm trying to invent? [more inside]
I've been at my job for nearly 3 years. It was fine/great but in the last 4 months things took a massive nosedive and I don't know whether to stay or go. [more inside]
I'm working on a short story about a couple who earn a lot of money in a short period of time and who have shot up several rungs in the class ladder. I'm looking to find some academic research or first-person accounts of what it's like emotionally and logistically to find yourself -- through labor, but perhaps wildly overcompensated labor -- in a whole other economic class than you were before and how that impacts your identity. [more inside]
How did you determine a food budget for your college student if they were not on a full-on meal plan? [more inside]
If I charge $40 per hour for a service, how much would I charge for 50 minutes of the same service? Please don't answer "depends"; give me a straight-up figure, please!
How can I recover psychologically from a disastrous work presentation? [more inside]