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How to convince my boss to buy a coffee machine for the office? [closed]

Need help to come up with some really good arguments for convincing my boss to buy a coffee machine. We are a small company and there are only 11 people in our office including our boss. We are all ...
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5 - 10 minutes spent on a “safety topic” before every meeting [closed]

My company recently started requiring this 5 - 10 minute "safety topic" be performed by an employee before every meeting. It is presented as a way of making our workplace safer. In reality, they are ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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How do I find a one-person office space?

I'm looking at working for myself, and working from home is not an option. This question could also apply to people who need to work remotely but also cannot work from home. I've tried searching for ...
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How to deal with egotistical behaviour of colleagues in the workplace? [closed]

I have seen this at every company: there are people who value themselves based on their designation and build a wall of ego and pride. They say things like "I know" or walk away without noticing you ...
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Does a company that only deals with information still need offices? [closed]

For my working group at my present employer (a start-up) we are discussing about the possibility of granting the right to work exclusively from home, if we wish to. Our work performance is only to ...
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How to deal with someone who shouts whilst on the phone [duplicate]

I'm posting this on behalf of a friend. They write: Every office I work in I has a maddening problem with a SHOUTY MAN. Why do people feel the need to shout into the phone? The phone transmits ...
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What is the literal value of an office? [closed]

Say you have multiple offices, all over the country. Each office has an operational cost (rent, internet bill, etc.), and a certain number of employees. You also have employees who telecommute. How do ...
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How to resolve a peculiar problem in my office? [closed]

I have an introvert personality. I do not talk much in my office, do not indulge in official gossips, do not seek help from anybody and never share personal and family matters to my colleagues. I ...
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What does senior director mean?

In a sector, e.g. academia, an office in an organization has a director and a similar office in another organization has a senior director. In general, an office has a boss, which can be called by ...
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E-Readers for office library instead of hard copies? [closed]

In my department, we are floating the idea of replacing our library with a few E-Readers as often a handful of people will be researching a particular concept at the same time and sharing books ...
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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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Leaving for Lunch before our seniors is a good etiquette or not

I am quite new to Office environment, so I am not not much familiar with Workplace etiquettes. Our Lunch timings is from 2 pm to 3 pm. But our seniors are mostly busy doing their project stuff at that ...
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Technology department or not Technology department [closed]

So I have work in this 100 person company, and I am part of the only 3 technology (a subset of operation department) staff. It has come to the point where everything falls into our department. For ...
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What should I expect when my potential employer invites me to visit the office?

I went to a campus info session held by the organization and chatted with a few people. Later, I sent my contact my career materials and was offered a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about ...
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Is writing down every important point while at the office a bad habit?

I have just joined with a company. As I am a fresh passout from graduate college, I had a habit of writing every important point that I hear. As I am in IT industry, every single point that we hear ...
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Should I take leave before office function? [closed]

I have some confusion regarding my workspace function. This month our organization have a big annual function and I was selected by my team leader to help out for that day. The problem is that 2 days ...
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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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How should I go about bringing my espresso machine to a new job?

I'm starting next week at a company and the kitchen has only instant coffee. I'm a coffee lover and I want to bring an espresso machine to the office. What do I need to consider before I bring a ...
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Are games and puzzles at your desk a sign of unprofessional immaturity or quirky intelligence? [closed]

I am the type of person that likes trinkets, small games and puzzles at my desk. Typically I have small brain teasers, a couple of Rubiks cubes and a small Chess board. I also have various other ...
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My Open Office is not in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in a open plan environment? We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase ...
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How can I improve communication at a virtual office?

I just started working at a virtual office. I am finding that communication is harder as people have different schedules but you're not sure when they're around, if they're online, if they're ...
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Is it frowned upon to take unproductive breaks while on the job? [closed]

I've seen several people in there workplace, within their confined area in the office, who were working. I've also seen people who were supposed to be working, but were, instead, tweeting (or had the ...
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Does 5S make sense in an office environment?

5S is a methodology for organizing a workplace that centers on 5 concepts: Sorting: Eliminate all unnecessary tools, parts, and instructions. Anything that is not required for the current work ...