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Is there an appropriate etiquette to ask sick co-workers to work from home?

One co-worker consistently shows up noticeably sick. Consistently throughout the day, I hear coughing, hacking, nose-blowing, and throat clearing. This happens pretty much all day, in very short ...
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How to deal with constant non-work-related interruptions [closed]

I work in an open plan office and due to the location of where I sit, I am constantly being interrupted with non work related trivia when people get bored i.e. chat while people are getting something ...
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How can I become more attentive and focused at my job? [duplicate]

My job is usually concerned with Data Entry/Analysis. I work with a lot of data in Excel spreadsheets, prepare lot of Reports, requirement documents. I have to remember a lot of facts/things . I write ...
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Loud and unprofessional employee

I have a small startup company with less than 10 people (I am the owner). There is just one employee that is distracting me and others with his behavior. He is loud speaker, sometimes starts singing ...
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Is it ever acceptable to bring an infant to an office?

I am a software developer; everyone else in my office does similarly taxing mental work. My immediate superior brought her infant child to our office today. Despite the fact that the baby was only ...
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How to address Supervisor With Constant Post-Nasal Drip?

I have a supervisor that seems to always be suffering from post-nasal drip. They make very noticeable "wet" nasal snorts throughout the day, followed often by a guttural throat clearing. It's very ...
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Discourage people loitering near my desk

I have a desk next to an aisle, on a corner leading to a kitchen, toilets and a meeting room. For various reasons, this corner happens to be a place where people seem to have impromptu meetings, or ...
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What is a nice way to say I'M BUSY without saying I'M BUSY? (How do I manage workplace distractions?) [duplicate]

I work out of a couple offices, although I would get more work done if I were at home or in a closed office, for a real estate office. I get bombarded with a constant influx of projects that I ...
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How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my ...
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Is it unprofessional to listen to music while at work? [closed]

Even with headphones on with the volume on low, would this still be considered rude or unprofessional? I'd like to listen to music to help me get through my work but don't want to get told off for it. ...
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Dealing with noisy neighbors (who don't work for our company)?

I work for a small group that rents a few offices from one of those companies that rents out a floor in an office building and then sublets individual rooms. Our group is part of a larger company ...
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The Guy just won't shut up! [duplicate]

I work for a software company in a busy office, obviously there will be some noise and distractions but the most prominant and most annoying is a colleague (For arguments sake let's call him John) who ...
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Cubicle in a high traffic area & issues

My colleague and I work in the same cube. The main issue is that our cube is located in a high traffic area. There is a walking isle in front (blocked by front walls) and behind us is entirely open. ...
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Worker causing major distraction [duplicate]

There's a new worker who tends to slam the wall really hard in my office for fun. After getting on my nerves (as well as my coworkers) I went over and asked him to stop. He stopped for about a week ...
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Is there an industry approach to organizing places where people can have private phone calls without disturbing others?

Here's a problem: There is a cubicle farm office where most people don't need to use a telephone much during their workday and silence would be great for productivity. Yet sometimes people will have ...
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How to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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What can I do about a very loud coworker?

Our office space is pretty tight and there are no cubicles. There is a guy sitting next to me and he is the loudest person I ever met. He is groaning, crackling, puffing, giving loud sighs and ...
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How do I ask for internal network access in my office?

I do a lot of work in an open room where we have a strict no-Internet-access network. The room has a large table with several computers where my coworkers hop from computer to computer doing different ...
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How to convince employees that IM and Facebook during work is unethical?

I believe that the employer pays employees their salaries to keep working for seven or eight hours daily, and he didn't agree, while signing the contract, that there is few hours set aside daily for ...
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Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in a open plan environment?

I work in a open plan office that houses about 50 to 60 people. It is mostly engineers at their desks working away, so it is a typical office environment. As you can imagine, sometimes, the noise and ...
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Productivity level and access to “distracting websites” at work

There have been many mentions about employees wasting a lot of their time at work visiting Facebook, YouTube and other "distracting websites", thus making their productivity suffer. Some companies ...