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Someone keeps moving the stuff on my desk

I work in a cubicle in a fairly large company; there are at least 100 people on my floor alone. In my cubicle space, I keep 5 small figurine toys, all lined neatly in a row and facing me. In November, ...
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Convincing Employer/Manager to use Better Software OR Use my Devices [on hold]

My current employer is using Win 7 and Office 2007 and only updated from Win XP and Office 2003 as of last December. The problem is that Office 2007...well, SUCKS! I mean there are so many issues with ...
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New office requires employees to have key to exit. We're locked in [duplicate]

My company (about 100 people, tech based) moved to a new office building last week. Now that the badge system and magnetic door locks are working, we've realized that in addition to waving our badge ...
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Convincing an officemate to keep the office door closed

The office I'm in is shared by four people. During the winter, the room tends to feel very cold, even when I'm wearing a sweater - one of my office mates even wears a coat inside the office. A couple ...
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Holiday party etiquette [closed]

Is it OK to turn down an official holiday office party or are you expected to attend? I choose not to attend the annual Xmas party this year and want to know if my boss will resent me for it.
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Are they lying? [closed]

So I work as a line of business/enterprise systems/corporate software engineer and so far (about two years into this) my manager has always supplied me with work - whether it was a full hashed out ...
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Stuck in a 'Jittery Jeff' situation — poorly positioned cube is stressing me out [duplicate]

My company recently moved to a fancy new office space, whose aesthetic the bosses are very enamored with. Unfortunately, some elements of the space's function do not approach its aesthetic appeal: in ...
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My office is too cold, how practical is it to ask to telecommute? [closed]

My office is literally 62 degrees, without a space heater. However, none of the space heaters I've bought have been able to bring it up to above 65 degrees, no joke. My office isn't that big but it's ...
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Stopping a colleague from driving recklessly in the parking lot [closed]

Someone in my office regularly leaves the parking lot smoking a cigarette and on the phone while driving, not very well. What do I say to get them to stop it? Clarification: I am talking about ...
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What footwear do I wear along with a plastered leg? [closed]

I'm starting my first job on 7th of October. And yesterday I broke my ankle while playing football. My ankle is now casted. So, for the workplace what footwear do I wear, which will be acceptable ...
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How can I recover the cost of a lost package delivered to my office? [closed]

I had a $1200 item shipped to my workplace. It's a non-reimbursable item that I use for work only. It arrived when I was out of office and our secretary signed for it. When I came back to the office, ...
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What should I do if my colleagues ignore my fear of cats?

I work for a European start-up with around 20 to 30 employees without an HR department. We have an office on the ground floor and there are a lot of cats around. I am afraid of cats and I don't feel ...
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how to react when getting blamed in office?

In my workplace, one of my senior from another team, blaming me saying i am not providing proper input for his work. Even if i tried my level best to explain what he need, he acts like still i missed ...
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2answers
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How do I deal with constant unfair load distribution?

I've been working with a boss for 3 years now. About a year and half back, as the workload increased, we got another resource into our team. I and this guy share the workload together. However, since ...
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1answer
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Do computer glasses reduce eye strain?

I work at a computer for 8 hours a day, with a 30 minute break. There are fluorescent white lights and white walls. My eyes sometimes feel dry, hurt and tired. I've changed the brightness and gamma ...
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1answer
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Places to look for office chairs made for shorter people

I am 5'4" and find that all of the office chairs at my office are uncomfortable because of my height. My main issue is this: My back can't rest against the back of the chair with the inside of my ...
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How to respond when angrily asked about reasons for moving?

At my current job we have two corporate offices, one in the town where I went to University and the other right next to a major city. Since I've now graduated and begun a full time position I plan to ...
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Is it appropriate to visit your workplace before you start work?

I'm starting work at a small company in a month and will be moving to the city the office is in. I will be visiting that city before hand to meet up with a friend. Would it be considered proper to ...
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Office Space Dilemma For My Interns

I would like to get around five interns (for programming and digital designing purposes) to work with me and actually like to push them to become skilled workers and then hire them later on. I'm ...
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Should I ask for silence in the office?

I would like to know how to tell in a polite manner to two or three people in my office that I need silence to work. We are 8 eight in our office and unfortunately I'm the only one introverted ...
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Is it generally okay to work from “home” for a week or two in another country? [closed]

am a software engineering student who happens to be working in the industry already. I have a lot of traveling experience but I lack any work from home experience. I am currently considering an offer ...
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How to tell your boss that the project you've been working on will be a failure? [duplicate]

A while back one of our guys (Let's call him Andy) stroked up a deal with Company A for getting x y data from them, for a set amount of money. (This was before I started working here) Another ...
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How to thank colleagues helped over the Christmas weekend on very big prod issue? [closed]

Office location: CA, USA Issue started on Last Friday and many had already gone for vacation. Issue started in production due to my code, committed years back. Many colleagues joined the bridge and ...
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How to work with a person who is going to leave the company and is not liked by any team member?

I recently joined a company as a network engineer. Almost all the people here are personally known to me. One guy who works here, who used to be my good friend out of office, is not keeping up with ...
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First day at work in Canada

I just came to Vancouver (BC, Canada) from Europe and tomorrow is my first day at work in a small IT company (~15-20 people). So I have a few questions about common manners at work in Canada. When ...
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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0answers
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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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4answers
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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 ...