Questions relating to ones physical or mental wellbeing

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How far to go when explaining medical condition that caused (big) gaps in a resume?

If a 1 or 2 year gap in the chronology of a resume is the result of dealing with a pretty significant medical condition, how do you handle that in the interview process? An excellent resume, but just ...
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How to handle numerous temporary positions in a resume or application form

I have several short term temporary positions in my employment history (1-3 months general admin positions) that I undertook due to relocating (needed a job ASAP before finding a suitable permanent ...
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Adding more movement and speech at the fundamental level to a highly-sedentary job?

I'm a full-time software developer and, though I love what I do, it is slowly killing me physically and socially. I'm a physical, loud, animated guy, but there's really no outlets for that in this ...
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How to be productive on a 9 to 5 work environment as a new programmer? [closed]

I am a master student currently doing my Internship in a software development field. This is my first work experience and one thing that I notice is the fact that it is difficult to always concentrate ...
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Leaving internship early for health reasons [closed]

I've been working at an internship for three months now out of a 12 month internship. These past three months have been some of the most grueling and difficult months in a long time. My boss is a self ...
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Office chair is killing me, but my hints for buying a new one did not bear any fruit

Long story short, after working sometime in my company I started having some back/neck pain. Nothing too much at first, but after more time it got worse. After some googling I came to the conclusion ...
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Am I expecting too much of myself?

I am currently working a part-time temporary position as an Instructor, which has good hourly pay but limited hours, so it is meeting my very modest expenses, but that is it. I have to pay for my own ...
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Supervisor shared my personal medical information with the office [closed]

I was greatly disturbed to hear my supervisor sent an inter office memo out to other staff members saying I will be out again tomorrow due to oral surgery for infected teeth. She had no right to ...
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Gap of 4-5 months in my resume after graduating, due to health reasons. How do I deal with that? [duplicate]

I graduated from Computer Science this summer and so far I've been unemployed for two months due to a health issue that prevents me from performing properly as a programmer. I even had secured a job ...
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It is normal for my employer to require me to disclose my health information for insurance purposes?

My employer (in the United States) is requiring me to complete forms and send them to a health insurance company. They are doing this for the purpose of researching health insurance options. Everyone ...
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How can I carry my laptop to work without hurting my back? [closed]

I have a very light laptop, but it's still too heavy for me to carry to work or to a coffee shop. My back will hurt for days afterwards and I'm sometimes in so much pain, I need to miss work and ...
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What should I say to people who don't understand or believe that colds come from viruses? [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is best in health or in the workplace stack exchange, as it is in between both. I'm living and working in a culture where many of my colleagues and friends don't ...
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Can I quit after 2 days due to allergy? [closed]

So I just landed my first proper job at a cafe yesterday, I was ecstatic. My job involved clean hands, so I had to wash them again every time my hands basically touched anything but food. But today ...
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Employer's duty of care to employee having a stroke [closed]

My husband was sent home in a taxi after suffering a stroke at work,have had no communication with his work what so ever do they have a duty of care to make sure that he got the proper treatment : put ...
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Declining a full-time offer and asking for a part-time position?

I have received an full time offer from a prestigious hospital for registered nurse position. I recently changed my long term career goals and decided to pursue medical school/doctor position. ...
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Chronic Illness, Third Degree and Cover Letters [closed]

I am having trouble getting companies to reply to my applications, believe because I got a 3rd degree from Oxford. Unfortunately the underachieving was strongly related to the onset of my Crohn's ...
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How to take personal care when you are in front of screen for 16 hours?

I spend 16 hours in front of a laptop screen on a desk, what should I do in order to take care of my body and my eyes?
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Should I tell my Team Leader that I've been diagnosed with ADHD?

I received an ADHD diagnosis today from a psychiatrist. I'm not sure what I'm doing with this knowledge at the moment. Certainly, I'll be taking the medication I've been provided, and then will be ...
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Being berated for using the toilet [closed]

So, although I only have a month left working for them, the company I work for is complaining over my toilet use, I usually go once a day in the morning either just as I get in, or 30-40 minutes ...
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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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When is it appropriate to bring my health concerns to new boss's attention?

I've struggled with anxiety on and off for about ten years. It can sometimes manifest itself in unexpected ways, and can lead me to develop bizarre fears or behaviours - such as being unable to ...
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What should I do if I feel my workplace is not safe - can't exit after hours without fob

The new office we moved into on the weekend, is what I would consider a "Death trap." To get in or out of the building you need a magnetic (RFID?) fob. The "emergency exit" button does not work, and ...
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All my colleagues are heavy smokers, and I am worried about my health. What vitamins is suggested to keep me healthy? [closed]

Im newly join in a company which my boss and my colleagues are heavy smoker, im worried about my health.. can you advise me what should i do to reduce the risk of second hand smoke? I can't tell to my ...
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What should I say about health problems that impact my interview performance?

Here's the general question: how should I approach job interviews when experiencing physical health problems which negatively impact my ability to perform at an interview? What do I disclose or not ...
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When and how to tell colleagues that your's wife is pregnant? [closed]

One of my coworkers does not come to work this week. We only know from the manager that his wife is going to deliver soon. Clearly he chose not to divulge the surprise to anyone other than the ...
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Does using a laptop riser help make workplace more ergonomic? [closed]

I use a laptop (a 13-inch Macbook Pro) for my daily programming work. I've faced some back problems in the past, which I currently address through stretching exercises (via yoga). Is there a way to ...
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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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Can workers be expected to share fleece jackets without laundering between users? [closed]

My workplace has over 15 people doing the same job. It can be a very cold environment. The management has provided 3 fleece jackets and expects the staff to use these when on duty, without laundering ...
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How to excel at work when I am intermittently ill and it's not convenient for the business?

I cannot take over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for common ailments like a cold or a headache and instead must opt for slower, natural remedies. Partly I think due to stress, I have been increasingly ...
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can having a suspected heart attack and awaiting an ambulance at work be included as absence? [closed]

I am facing redundancy and work is including the time from when I collapsed, was administered 1st Aid and awaiting the ambulance as absence. I start work at 8.30am and the incident happened at ...
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How to leave home/personal life issues at home and focus on work while at work? [closed]

Very recently I asked a question about how to focus when in emotional distress. One answer that caught my attention (and yet I often hear as an "unwritten rule") was that of Joe Stazzere:"At work, ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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Should I tell prospective employers about my past mental and physical health problems to explain why I have underachieved? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my late 20s, looking to start a career outside academia. My academic performance has been good but not outstanding; I have almost no work experience apart from a small amount of ...
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Smoking with the front door open

I work in a relatively small office. It's got a main room which has the call center, and a bunch of little offices with their own doors, and I have one of the little offices. The front door to the ...
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How to deal with lack of place to brush my teeth at work

When you are at work 8h it's not good not to brush your teeth (unless you don't eat anything during that time). At my work place we have 2 places with sinks: kitchen (by the way, is there any ...
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Work standing still, difficulty in autonomy [closed]

I am in a long internship at an IT company. At first, I was excited because it was the company I wanted and I was doing the job that would help me for my future career. But mostly, I was involved ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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Giving health information for health insurance to recruiter?

I am currently using medication for a non-life threatening, but serious physical health condition that can sometimes affect my ability to sleep well and thus affect my productivity. The medication ...
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How common is a Scent Free workplace, and how can we clearly define the policy?

I am a member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in the company that I work for, and we are currently looking at some Air Quality complaints stemming from the overuse of Cologne and Perfumes. ...
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How to “go the extra mile” without making trade-offs in one's life and general well-being? [duplicate]

We are all told that commitment, dedication and good performance are only part of the formula for being a valuable asset to the company. We must always "go the extra mile". I consider myself an ...
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How should I accommodate a coworker who has a peanut butter allergy?

After I ate a peanut butter sandwich, the secretary sent an e-mail stating there is a person who is allergic to nuts and if using peanut butter clean any surfaces (including the fridge and counters) ...
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Health Status on Job Application

Is it good to mention about past health issues (explicitly, depression) and struggle with it in applications, personnel statements while applying for jobs? How much negative effect does it have?
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Contracting role versus permanent role? What is the difference? [duplicate]

I hope that I could have your input on a contact job opportunity that I might have in Dublin. This role is a contract role (6 month initial contract with possibility to extend it up to 18 months). It ...
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smoke-free buildings -> smoke-full outdoor [closed]

Most countries have smoke-free workplace, this is really really the minimum acceptable in my opinion, but even with that, I find it very hard to enter or leave a building without entering those toxic ...
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How to react to boss' question about reason for sick leave

Assume that employee A is on sick leave. In his/her company it is normal to call in and notify about the illness ASAP. However, it is always the case that one has to talk to the boss directly who ...
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How should I tell a coworker that his headphones are too loud?

I work in an open cubicle environment, and as is common elsewhere, people use headphones to deal with the noise. I have an across-the-wall coworker who frequently listens to music so loud that I can ...
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How do I stay awake during work without the use of coffee? [closed]

I find myself drinking 2 cups of coffee a day during work, and feeling incredibly tired whenever I don't get at least one cup worth in my system during the day. This helps me stay awake well enough ...
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What arrangements have helped people with chronic illnesses to successfully grow in their company?

Have you or anyone you know about managed to grow in their career (good performance, promotion, reaching senior management, etc) despite having a chronic illness - and if yes, what kind of ...
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How can I tell my boss that I need some “downtime” to recover my health, without affecting my career?

I am in my mid 20s and was in emergency room due to lethally high blood pressure. As they found no physiological/common reason for it, they said it must be due to work stress and lifestyle. The ...