Questions relating to time during the workday which is not spent actively working

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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge?

I recently started a part time job in a small mom/pop organization that's been running over 25 years. The employee lounge is open to all staff members while they are taking a break from their shift. ...
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How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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Do I have to pay employee for 9 hours from 8 to 5 [closed]

I have employees that are service techs. They're out in the field all day. They go thru drive-thru for breakfast and lunch. stop at the store a couple times a day. Then they write on time card "no ...
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Should I get paid breaks and if so, how long? [closed]

My job states I have to do 38 hours a week, I can come in, work and then leave whenever I want (between certain hours). I have to log my hours into a timesheet website and we can get as long as we ...
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Working at home and breastfeeding [closed]

When I get my PhD from college I will be working at home as a research scientist. This might require online conferences with my co-workers and my boss. Sometime in the future I am planning on having ...
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Charging for break time when you work outside of the office. Is it ethical?

I just recently switch from working in the office to working from home. I found that I needed to readjust how I manage my time as I was adapting to the new style of work. The thing that seemed to have ...
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5answers
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Is it a good idea to tell my programmer colleagues that I actually code for fun? [closed]

I'm part of a small software development team. It happens that one of my greatest hobbies is actually, software development. In my free time, I enjoy contributing to several open source projects.When ...
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How to politely change what people I spend lunch break with

When I started working at this company, I was told the person who normally is in my position plays cards with a certain group of people at lunch. I have been doing so for the past several months and ...
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How to create workplace refrigerator rules when rules did not previously exist?

So at my office, everyone had been using the refrigerator responsibly and considerately for as long as I have been there. All of a sudden this year, at least one person has started storing raw meat in ...
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3answers
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Mandatory one hour lunch. Is it common practice in UK IT?

I've worked at some places where they've had a mandatory one-hour lunch. So you have to work your required X hours a day, and also take a one-hour lunch. So your arrival-until-leave period covers X+1 ...
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2answers
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Splitting 30-minute break

The German law states that you have to take a 30-minute break if you work more than 6 hours a day. It also states that you can split up those 30 minutes into to breaks of 15 minutes. When I did this, ...
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3answers
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How can I ensure future coworkers do not see my break schedule as laziness?

I tend to take several breaks throughout the day in order to clear my head of my work and relax (and smoke a cigarette). Typically there are 2-5 of these each day. At my current company, there are ...
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Noting and quoting breaktime hours

So after doing some reading here on SE, it seems to be mostly acceptable for an employee to be productive for only 6 hours of his 8 hours workday. However, how should one write down these hours in ...
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4answers
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Is it unprofessional to leave a note while you are gone for a break?

I need to interface with a lot of people on a day-to-day basis. The problem with this sometimes is that when I go out for lunch or for a quick snack, I am not available. I hate to make people wait ...
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9answers
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Where can I go take a nap during the day?

I am a summer intern at a large company. There have been a few days when I have been really tired and I would like to take a nap on my lunch break, but there are no beds, or places to go for such a ...
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How can I determine if it is unprofessional to play games during lunch hours?

I like to play quick games on my iPad/phone during lunch, and I'm concerned if it gives a bad impression. I'm salaried and get an hour for lunch. I eat in the break room usually, so I'm talking about ...