Questions relating to the various physical and psychological factors in the workplace.

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Is it normal not know minimum pay until the end of the interview?

More and more often I am being contacted on various professional social networks by HR people with mail like this: Hi (your name), I'm interested in your profile so I would like to know if you ...
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Being bullied and harassed at work by my boss [on hold]

I've been at my current company for five years and enjoyed going to work the first few years but a few years ago new bosses took over. The head boss is extremely rude and when I greet him he says ...
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How to communicate a truth surrounded by misconceptions

First of all let me preface by saying I enjoy my job, I enjoy being overwhelmed, and I love learning new things. However, i'm the only IT guy... and people don't seem to understand the amount of work ...
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Annoying colleague with self control problems

I have this little annoying problem at my workplace. I work as web developer, mostly with a system backend. Most of my work revolves around thinking about security issues and validations, and data ...
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When are hugs acceptable in the workplace?

As someone who has had a job before, particularly one in the office, it is my understand that physical touch is high risk. However per the votes on this answer it seems to be enthusiastically received ...
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How to survive in hostile work environment? [on hold]

My problem is that my manager used to pass me personal comments which I did not like. So I told him to stop and that I do not like it. I am a female. Personal comments like how does your family ...
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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?

I can't stand it when someone that sits near me comes in when they're sick. All day long I listen to them sniffle and cough and I just sit there and wonder how long until they pass their germs on to ...
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What is the best position to keep monitor?

The programs work on monitors day in and day out for near untraceable period to time. What is the best position to keep the monitor?
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what is the most appropriate way to tell a client that I can't work on their project until they have a more finished idea?

I work as a contractor. The job involves helping a number of people who come in with project ideas. One person who comes in wants a website. She has little background in websites or development ...
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What can be done to prevent people from leaving their ringing cell phones on their desks?

There's this very good answer on desk phones. This question is about personal cell phones. Many people don't bother carrying their personal cell phone with them and just leave it on their desk (or in ...
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8answers
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How to push back when colleagues send work to me they can do themselves? [on hold]

Over the years I've acquired some Perl skills to get the data in a shape I can work with (marketing analytics). Average dataset sizes have grown over the years, and colleagues tend to say "Excel ...
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How to handle criticism and pressure in work never done before (industry pioneer)?

As a premise, I am the only person in the company who knows how to use a new Technology, and there are only a handful people in the whole country who use it. The Technology is in a very early phase, ...
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Whose responsibility is providing productive working environment?

I'm sharing an open-space office with around ten other software developers and a few other colleagues. A fellow developer is frequently complaining about the noise in the office. I quite agree with ...
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How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
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How does appearance affect career options and recognition of technical skill?

Some background: Company Accuses LinkedIn Of 'Extreme Sexism' After It Pulled An Ad Featuring a Beautiful Argentinian Engineer Is there a dress code for women in software industry? The guys ...
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3answers
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Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things. He told me that in Japan ...
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How to dress professionally in a chilly workplace?

I work at a desk job as a software developer and like the rest of the IT department, we are in the basement of our building. As a result of this and constant air conditioning I find it is quite cold. ...
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Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
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1answer
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Job offer from a place which recently held layoffs - how do I interpret? [on hold]

I received an offer from a prospective employer recently, with competitive terms that I am considering accepting. One interesting detail is that they recently had layoffs, particularly in the ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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How should I handle my manager offering me an unwanted drink?

I stayed a bit late yesterday as I had quite a bit of work to catch up with. I wasn't aware that the world cup semi finals was happening between Argentina and the Netherlands. As a result a bunch of ...
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3answers
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How do you request your manager for a nap or sleep?

In brief: What is a good way to request a manager to let me sleep somewhere for about 30 minutes when I am sleepy, without appearing lazy? I actually feel super productive after taking a short power ...
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Office flatulence is getting out of control [duplicate]

We work in a small office with only male developers, so it's not such a major issue if someone lets one rip every now and then. Big deal. However, there is one work colleague who has taken this to a ...
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Work task lights that don't make any noise?

We decided to get LED lights, but they make a noise in the fixture overhead in the office. We have been talking about replacing them with something else that is not only bright but doesn't make any ...
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Is it reasonable to require quiet working environment?

A couple of days ago I've done this exam for a professional programmer degree. The problem is that since I was the only programmer thaking the exam on that day I was put together with graphic ...
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What to do when blocked by reviews and the team is busy?

I am a co-op at a company. Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I am making many pull requests for my project for review, but the team is busy with understandably more important matters. If ...
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How to inform your boss that you don't have work?

I work in the software industry. I have been released from the project which I was working on previously. I have not been allocated to a new project and I have had no work for the last 10 days. I have ...
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What are the best ways of working with dominant personalities?

I often notice I tend to butt heads with other people who have ostentatious dominant personalities. I've only started to notice this because I know I can collaborate better with others who aren't this ...
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2answers
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Asking for non-standard hardware

I work in software engineering for my current job. This means that my primary tools are my computer and the accessories that go with it (keyboard, mouse, etc.). Throughout my career I have simply ...
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1answer
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Work-environment: how to handle consequences of assumptions [closed]

I have been fortunate enough to work in Indonesia for a couple of years, immediately after graduating from college. I noticed some problems that always arise that are not easy to solve. One of the ...
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Should I accept a raise when I am planning on leaving the company? [closed]

My one year review is due and my Front Office Manager has verbally informed me they're planning on giving me a raise. The problem is I'm hoping to leaving the country in two months, I'm waiting for ...
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1answer
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Base vs sales quota correlation and fairness [closed]

This is a list of sales reps in my company 4.5 yr in company $35K base $50K quota sales rep. 4 yrs in company $35K base $50 quota sales rep. 4.5 yr in company $55K base $2 MIL quota sales ...
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How to professionally leave an internship? [closed]

I will soon complete an 8 months internship and I would like to know how to thank my managers and coworker in a professional manner. The situation is that the manager who hired me is a global manager ...
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Lack of communication causing weird working atmosphere during Intership …

I started an internship as a technical researcher in computer science field a month ago and the things are obviously much different then what I was learning from books. But I was prepared for that, so ...
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Should a company be hiring people who are related? [closed]

Sometimes, I have faced the fact that married couples, brothers, cousins etc work for the same company at the same floor. All of them are qualified and do their job with no problems. However, in the ...
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Dealing with a hostile work environment.

Setting: I'm a 45 years old Iranian woman. A year ago I got hired in a hospital as a professional worker. I got training in the morning and made a couple of friends. When I was getting trained in ...
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I code better at home, what does this say about my work environment? [duplicate]

I currently work (as a developer) for a company where I am involved in pretty awesome projects. In general, I have fun and the projects are challenging enough, so nothing wrong there. We currently ...
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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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Coworking space etiquette

I am looking into coworking space (shared office). The work I would do there involves a lot of video chat and the like which in a normal office may disturb people working in an office environment. I ...
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I have two bosses to work with. How to work when both say conflicting things? [duplicate]

I report directly to the owner of a company, say A, but for directions and help I have to consult a senior, say B. B also reports to A. Now A has assigned me some work and wants me to outline the ...
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Is it normal to have so little human interaction in R&D? [closed]

Being employed as a fresh CS graduate for a few months now, I started to introspect the atmosphere at our company which seems lacking human interaction. I know that main task of computer engineer is ...
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A junior co-worker uses words like ”hit ’n trial method” to define my actions

My co-worker was explaining her work (we were working together, I being in a supervisor role) and suddenly made a personal comment saying “I think we are going wrong with this hit ‘n trial.” IMO, this ...
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How can I manage an in-person job interview when I have social anxiety?

So far I have been chatting with a potential employer over email. She will eventually ask to meet in person. The problem is that I am very nervous when around other people and thus I reckon the way ...
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Re-Applying for the same job after rejecting it

I've rejected a job offer, In the future, if I want to move to their company, how long should I re-apply if I rejected their previous offer?
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Turning down a job offer without Burning Bridges

I have 2 job offers offered in my table. However, how do I decline a job offer without burning bridges? what words should I say or email? it's my first time in the industry and I have no experience on ...
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Sleeping in work place [duplicate]

Is it bad thing to sleep in cubicle for 20-30 minutes during working hours when I'm not feeling well? There is a dormitory but because of more work pressure I can't go to it and also I can't take ...
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Did I do something to offend my manager? [closed]

I work for a very fast paced organization and I love what I do, but it's gotten to the point that my supervisor who used to be the only reasonable and true leader, no longer is. Upper management has ...
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Dealing With Noisy Co-Workers (In A Noisy Office) [duplicate]

I've read through some of the existing Questions here (such as Noisy office, how to tackle? and similar posts), and I don't see this being specifically addressed - feel free to point me to better ...
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Trust of Team Member [duplicate]

I had joined the new org and I have this guy who is reporting to me, who is very hardworking and talented and very open, I had started trusting him and planned to promote him in next 6 months. But ...
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What is the right approach to talking to the boss about an inefficient co-worker?

I've been working at a firm for about 7 years. The work load has been steadily increasing in recent times. Just recently, I got posted to work with another co-worker. I have known this person for a ...