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Is it Bad Form to use an Ecigarette or Vaporizor in the office?

I am a software developer and some of my co-workers took up e-cigarettes (vaping) in the office to replace their cigarette habits. I did the same thing after getting manager approval. I asked my ...
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How can I find jobs which have private offices?

One thing I've learned about myself is that I'm incompatible with the new trend towards "open floorplan" workspaces in tech companies. It makes me miserable and unproductive. (Don't take this to ...
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Tomfoolery in the office

I have recently joined a company and after a few months of settling in, there is now a habit for the senior guys to fire 'nerf' gun bullets across the room. What's alarming is that they all (the ...
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Being blocked from joining the main office [closed]

I work in a separate office, along with my manager, to the rest of our small company (total 6 employees). It is causing a number of issues including being left out of decision making, not being able ...
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Cubicle assigned seating in office, requesting change in the face of refusal

Given an open office layout with low-barrier cubicles setup in rows and a management assigned seating plan, how reasonable is it to request a seating change? The seating was assigned during a recent ...
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Should I expect my boss to knock and wait for an answer before entering my office? [closed]

We work in an environment where we have enclosed offices. Our office doors have small windows in them so it's possible to see when someone is in the office, and it's also possible to see who's ...
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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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How do I convince my boss to get rid of our open office and give us individual offices? [closed]

My Job is a thinking job (programmer) and I work in an open style of office. I used to have a quiet area to work in and at one point, my own office. We are moving our office to a new building and ...
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Gaslighting with working conditions [closed]

I'm growing concerned that only one of two options can be true: (a) working conditions that studies such as those from the book Peopleware (summary) would condemn are actually fair, appropriate, and ...
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Do different seating arrangements in an office affect performance of employees?

Consider following seating arrangements: A) B) C) **Key:** Red Circle: Person Brown Rectangle: Table Blue Line: Window Black Protrusion: Door For example, in the last office I worked we ...
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Work environment - open spaces, noise, and distraction [closed]

I recently turned down a job offer at what seemed like a great company because of their work environment. They have a large, open workspace, and it's fairly noisy. There's not much personal space, and ...
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Numbered rooms in the workplace

What are the disadvantages (if any) to having numbered rooms in an office? Numbering rooms is obviously helpful as a way to navigate to a room and to unambiguously talk about a precise room. Are ...
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Open space office for team work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity? An argument I often hear to justify open space office layout is that, ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity?

Joel Spolsky is pretty famous for advocating private offices for workers, particularly software developers (see here, here or here for example). I've also read that Microsoft generally has private ...
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What is the best way to arrange three desks so we don't kick each other?

So there are three desks at my workplace, for us three developers. These ones to be precise. The problem is, right now, we have them arranged like so: Do you see the problem yet? Well, I'm sitting ...