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February 11

State tax return headache

My company headquarters is in New York. I live in California and work in the California office. To which state do I owe taxes, and for which state(s) do I have to file a tax return? It appears the company withheld taxes from my paycheck for New York but not California, which...doesn't seem right. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 6:14 PM - 6 answers

Organizational behaviors of IT's boom and bust?

I'm looking for citations/quotes that might help frame the landscape of 1996-2002ish US tech-industry organizational behavior tendencies. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

How do I learn how to delegate, against all my instincts?

I'm terrible at delegating work, but I need to start doing it more. How can I overcome my hesitation and fears and learn to delegate in a professional and effective way? I'm looking for helpful books or maybe a class I could take in NYC. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:50 AM - 15 answers

On the radio

As a young adult (high school/ college/ recent grad) did you or your kid ever have a steady job or unpaid internship with a college, community or other alternative-focused radio station, especially one where you were allowed to experience some air time? [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 7:47 AM - 26 answers

February 10

Reasonably Expecting Knifepoint Robbery, What To Do?

I work alone in a small shop. There have been a number of knife/hammer/machete-point robberies in the area. My place of work has experienced three such robberies in six months, none of which my employer has reported to police and I am now shifted on the one evening of the week that these three have all taken place. I can't afford to just quit. Beyond looking urgently for other employment, articulating concerns to my employer, documenting everything, compliance when threatened and keeping as little money in the till as possible are there any other measures I can take for my own physical, mental and financial safety? (large sums lost may or may not be illegally docked from my wages) Jurisdiction: UK
posted by anonymous at 11:14 PM - 15 answers

Career/mid-life-crisis help!

Help me consider options and alternatives for changing careers from something financially-rewarding but not in line with my personal ethics and my desire to live a creative and professional life in music. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov at 5:04 PM - 7 answers

What's my job?

Does your employer have someone who does this kind of work? What's that position called? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM - 13 answers

Where to buy life insurance?

I'm a healthy 34 year old male Ph.D. student who wants to buy life insurance. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 10:16 AM - 10 answers

Presentations and Slide Shows Before Powerpoint

I've been playing around with reversal film and projectors and it made me wonder: how were business presentations prepared for the ol' Carousel? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 6:53 AM - 14 answers

February 9

Trapped in the wrong career, fallen behind, and struggling/suffocating

I have fallen into a very technical niche in my industry that I am not naturally interested or talented in, and the more I've managed to advance career-wise, the deeper I go into the niche. The deeper I fall into the niche, the less I actually learn/absorb/truly understand and the less I manage to accomplish. I now find mysel fallen completely behind, trapped in a constant state of fear and anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM - 12 answers

Public Fax Options

The short version of this question is: how can my library set up a fax machine for patrons to use without costing them or us a large amount of money? Details below. [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 7:17 AM - 16 answers

Best project management resources

I have been tasked at work with taking on a more formal project management role. I have 20+ years of professional experience, and have led projects of various sizes, but have never been The Project Manager. We're also looking at developing a PMO. I have a lot of exposure to project management principles, and I have a purple belt (Lean certification), but I want to improve my skills and my cache of resources related to project management. What are some good intermediate- to advanced-level resources on project management? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:06 AM - 6 answers

February 8

Edumucate me please

Looking for best resources to self learn how to program in R, python, or machine learning. Preferably of use to a person with a background in biology, little to no programming experience. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 4:51 PM - 19 answers

What to do for a colleague in the hospital?

My manager has been in and out of the hospital fighting an autoimmune disease. He's there again now, and will be for a few more days... [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 12:00 PM - 16 answers

February 7

Broaching the question on hiring a vendor's employee

We have been working with a third party to help my company code our emails - and in particular one of their employee who has been working with us for several years. We are very happy with his work and he works solely on his account but I've been tasked to explore options to bring this function in-house. I'd like us to hire him, but there is of course some sensitivity I'd like to consider. Details below. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans at 7:08 PM - 8 answers

February 6

Deciding between 2 job offers. Which one is better?

I'm having a good problem right now but it's been the hardest decision thus far. I've gotten offered 2 job positions and I'm trying to decide between the two: 1) This is with a small insurance company I've been doing internship at so I know all of the people and the job. The position is full-time, work-at-home, laid back, archaic technology, but allows me to be challenged every day. Pay, competitive bonus, and benefits are great. Not many opportunities for advancement since the office is 4 hours away and I can't get into the office for other jobs. 2) This is with a large insurance company with great name. Job is for full-time variable staffing pool which means there will be weeks I get full time, and other weeks I get part time. Also work at home, tough metrics, more stressful. Pay varies based on needs, bonus. No health benefits, only 5 days of vacation. Lots of opportunities for advancement. Most people start out in this position and move up to other positions. The location is in my hometown so I have a lot of options. I appreciate any inputs you have to help me make my decision.
posted by missybitsy at 7:17 AM - 25 answers

Interview tips for HR job

I interviewed for a job in HR and have a second interview with higher ups in the department, how do I handle a second meeting with the other members of the team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 AM - 3 answers

How can I determine my worth in USD?

I've been looking at applying for a position with a non-profit based in NYC. One of the parts of the application is nominating a desired salary - how do I translate my Australian salary to a US Salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 AM - 7 answers

February 5

Is the formal memo a dead genre?

So those of you that work in corporate environments: Do you ever write and print a formal memo? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:16 PM - 38 answers

Best ultra-light weight budget/expense-tracking app for iOS

Sadly, with the most recent iOS update, I can no longer use the minimalist expense-tracking app I used to use. It was just called Budget. It was based on the envelopes system, and was little more than a series of line items showing your spending against a fixed allocation over a recurring period (weekly, monthly, whatever), with optional rollover. Transaction entry was similarly simple, just a little pop-up screen for the amount and date and payee. I used it for casual expense-tracking only, not anything more complicated. I handle my macro budget issues separately. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 2:00 PM - 6 answers

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