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October 13

Ideas for virtual holiday parties

We're in the runup to the holiday season and this has been a particularly trying year. I'd like to reward my team with a virtual holiday party, conducted over videochat. We have a ton of fun budget left unspent, but there's a significant catch: I can't spend it on food or drinks directly. Can you help me figure out a way to make this work? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 9:55 AM - 11 answers

October 11

My company offered me RSUs as performance compensation. Should I accept?

As part of a yearly process, my company has offered all employees a "bonus" in terms of RSUs (restricted stock units). I'm leaning towards accepting this grant, but I'm a bit uncertain given potential tax consequences. (I'm relatively new to the company, so this seems to be my first time.) [more inside]
posted by thoughtful_analyst at 11:49 AM - 13 answers

October 10

Organizing a nurse's union 101

There's been talk of unionizing at my hospital. Most everyone here in the ER seems for it. Someone reached out to a union rep and if there's enough interest he will hold a zoom call with us to answer questions. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 4:17 PM - 6 answers

October 9

What can I study cheaply to be more employable? Also volunteering?

I love my job but my job may go away next summer. What can I study cheaply to help me be more employable? I would be amenable to online volunteering to build my resume. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:08 AM - 4 answers

Make my holiday actually a holiday.

I have just started a new job. I need to use up my leave by the end of the year and I want to do so... mindfully. What can I do to make leave different to not-leave. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:20 AM - 9 answers

October 8

"A great chef doesn't necessarily know how to run a restaurant."

How can I find someone to hold my hand through learning how to buy a business? I am interested in buying a business. It is an existing, profitable business that's existed for a quarter of a century. I have a friendly rapport with the business owner, who is looking to retire. I am familiar with the costs of running similar businesses, but not as an owner. I know nothing of dealing with banks, lawyers, etc. The business is in Vermont. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 11:28 PM - 12 answers

October 6

Navigating executive relationships?

I posted previously about my startup. It got traction with some investors, but the recent Covid closings in major cities pretty much put an end to it. In the interim I managed to curate a pretty awesome network of sort of influential people, or rather I managed to find people who were good at networking who curated the list. What's the best way to pivot from help me with my company to do you know if anyone is hiring? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 9:57 PM - 5 answers

First time supervisor. Advice please?

I'm finally working again, earning about half as much as I did in that office job, as a warehouse supervisor. I'll be leading a team of 6 - 12 delivery crew, but without being their actual boss. As an anxious 36 year old, I could really use some advice. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 6:13 PM - 6 answers

October 5

Please help me translate my business idea into actions

I have a business idea around content/research that I need to turn into a few actions and I'm stuck in a few points so I'm hoping the hive mind will help me get past them. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump at 5:38 AM - 5 answers

October 4

Visa hates this one trick!

Is there a credit card that freely allows spending but automatically pays itself off (and requires this auto-payment to function?) Basically, a debit card with the better fraud protection of a credit card. Asking for someone recently out of debt. They do not trust themselves to use a regular credit card and stay on top of payments. They would be willing to pay a fee for this and forgo reward points, since the card could not possibly make money on interest. They don’t want to use a gift card or child’s limited card.
posted by michaelh at 5:25 PM - 16 answers

October 3

Non-profits that only service other non-profits?

What can you tell me about non-profits that only exist to provide other non-profits with infrastructure and services such as office space, staffing, accounting, IT etc with the purpose of enabling these non-profits to focus on their core mission. Is this a thing? Why not?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:29 PM - 12 answers

Facing a harasser at work

I've been harassed off and on by a colleague from my workplace for the past 5 months. This person has been off-site, but will be returning to work in a few weeks and I can't bear facing them. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 AM - 14 answers

October 2

How to hunker down and deal with a bad boss?

I have been in a job with a bad boss for a year. I left my previous job after a year, so it will look bad on my resume if I leave this one without toughing it out for at least another year. There are also no other available jobs in my field in the area, and I can't move for the next four years. I do not think there is any way to change the boss's behavior, and they are not planning to go anywhere. How can I protect myself and my sanity for the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM - 14 answers

October 1

Where and how should my Thai friend promote her silk business online?

I’m asking on behalf of a friend, based in Bangkok. She sells beautiful handwoven silk and cotton cloth in the Mudmee style, sourced from artisans in Isan, Northeast Thailand. Currently she mainly sells locally, but would like to attract more international custom. I would love to hear your suggestions for where she should be selling and any tips for marketing her business online. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 1:23 PM - 4 answers

I am depressed and incapable of performing my job duties--help!

After being unemployed as a direct result of COVID, I started a new job at the beginning of August. I think I made a mistake. I am depressed and mentally and emotionally paralyzed. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by eggman at 11:32 AM - 10 answers

September 29

How much should I pay my employer for a 2018 macbook pro?

I'm being laid off and one option with the laptop is to buy it from the company. The policy around this isn't very well documented. Yanml or accountant but I've worn the IT person down to where they are asking me what I want to pay for my laptop and the question I'd like to get help on is how much is fair. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls at 4:06 PM - 22 answers

Job search cold contacts: call or email?

While job searching, my priority is to network and to apply to advertised positions. But inevitably a part of it will be sending out resumes to employers that I have no particular connection to and that aren't advertising any openings - a cold contact. In this case I could try to talk to a person in charge of hiring before sending them a resume. Or, just go straight to sending the resume. Which approach is best? [more inside]
posted by Mechitar at 7:38 AM - 22 answers

September 28

What is the difference between a Data Scientist and a Statistician?

I am curious to know what exactly are the differences between a Data Scientist and a Statistican? Is it possible for someone with a solid statistics background to embark Data Science? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 12:01 PM - 12 answers

When should I tell my editor I use a pen name?

After a few months of writing for a friend’s blog, I landed a paid writing opportunity. The publication wants me to fill out tax forms, but my government name doesn’t match my byline. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 10:53 AM - 8 answers

September 27

Am I Overreacting To My Boss' Discouraging Comment?

I was recently put on probation at work with no prior warnings. During the probation meeting, my new boss said "I'm giving you some clear steps for improvement, but I don't think you're going to be able to do it." Am I being set up to fail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM - 29 answers

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