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

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How can I prevent loud meetings near my desk?

I have already examined the Etiquette on loud boardroom meetings? question and while they have a few similarities, mine has an additional issue (please read below). In my office, my desk happens to ...
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2answers
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User accused me of mistreatment because of “having a personal problem with her”

Last week I got a phone call from a user accusing me of treating her unfairly and disrespectfully because according to this user "I have a personal issue with her" She pointed out how new I was in the ...
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4answers
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Workaholics in American workplace [on hold]

I'm an American who never lived in the US for more than two months. Recently, I've been reading a lot of John Grisham and there are stories where rookie lawyers or even the partners work themselves ...
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4answers
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Can people complain about my grammar when I was not employed to use perfect English?

My company head hunted me for my abilities of a warehouse manager and people management skills. My English however has never been my strongest ability and they are now complaining about my grammar in ...
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4answers
625 views

Is it really inappropriate to ask someone out in the workplace? [on hold]

A bit silly but I may have a small crush for an HR advisor in my company. The company is large and the culture is quite formal. However, we have the tradition of sending emails to people when we ...
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3answers
534 views

Long hours in a startup - what to do? [on hold]

I have been working in a tech start up for 7 months as a PM and something is starting to bug me. The rest of the team can come into work at 9am, I have to be in at work by 8-8:30 latest. ...
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Something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling

As always, I have something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling. This time is that the AC machine is a bit old and noisy and would like to suggest my boss to change it. In fact, ...
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IT Contractor: How to approach poor team performance and quality

I am currently doing programming IT contracting work and I find that I have a major dilemma. The full time programmer that are currently there, the senior developer and project lead, have no idea ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a messy laboratory space? [closed]

I work in a small r&d company where we do a lot of prototyping and fabrication. All the mechanical work (cutting, soldering, etc) takes place in a single area of the room. The problem is that ...
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3answers
371 views

Should I tell my supervisor if one of my direct reports is pursuing another job?

I supervise 5 people and one them confided to me she is pursuing another job possibly. She was very emotional and cried a lot. She has not made a final decision yet. Am I obligated to tell my ...
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3answers
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How to handle mistake, in office [closed]

I recently got job in MNC with reference (manager friend) ,my previous company was small ( friendly relationship in coworkers) . I joined in MNC a week ago, and induction class held on this week, and ...
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2answers
436 views

My company wants us to recognize our coworkers' performance and reward the people with the most “votes”

I work for a small software company. A new system being instituted as a part of performance reviews is to ask if you want to recognize any coworkers for their contributions. The people with the most ...
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2answers
586 views

How to adjust yourself where your colleagues are not understanding to you?

I work in a company where electronic circuit parts are manufactured and assembled. I am in the assembly department. We are team of 15 junior and 2 seniors. I have newly joined and working as junior ...
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3answers
798 views

Coffee maker “custody” [closed]

A couple of months ago we got a coffeemaker for the office (accounting, IT/Software, HR, Sales) And for me and my partner was "the best thing ever" since we drink coffee on a daily basis. We agreed ...
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5answers
274 views

Are there issues talking about your tax situation in the workplace? [closed]

Figure the title is pretty self-explanatory. But if need be, if I were to mention I'm getting a large refund this year, or getting audited, or anything in between, am I walking on thin ice talking ...
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8answers
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Is it ethical to swap my chair with one in a conference room? [closed]

I work at a small-ish company with less than 50 people. We have one conference room/board room that is used around 30-40% of the time. Now as a startup we are very cash-strapped and as a result our ...
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1answer
165 views

What can I about coworkers that slurp and smack their food in the office? [duplicate]

When lunch time hits at our close office space, a majority of my coworkers tend to very loudly enjoy their meal. The amount of slurping and chewing noises is amazing. All these noises with the saliva, ...
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1answer
109 views

How to engage with staff [closed]

I want to implement a new engaging intranet system but the main barrier is the belief that no one in the company reads anything anyway so to pay for a new slick subscription system like jostle/ coyo/ ...
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13answers
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How to properly dispose of sensitive documents without a shredding machine?

Turns out that the office never had a shredder due to noise concerns and we seldom have work documents that demand such treatment. But one day the unexpected happened, and we had to literally burn ...
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3answers
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Europe - Usage of the T-V distinction (Vous / Usted / Sie) [closed]

In most western European countries, we have a form of politeness to adress either customer that we have not worked for a long time with or senior management : Vous / Usted / Sie (respectively French, ...
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1answer
215 views

Should A Manager discuss hiring plans with his/her team? [closed]

I have been working for a company for about 8 years with three people in the team including the manager. My colleague and I have same level of responsibilities. Our workload has increased tremendously ...
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9answers
8k views

Are backpacks accepted in most American work places? If so, for how long? [closed]

It's starting to pop up at my work place with acceptance, but I want to know what consensus is like for other workplaces/American working environment at large. I'm in my late-twenties and currently ...
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2answers
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Noise isolation in open space office [duplicate]

I am a researcher within a trading company, and we work altogether in an open space office. Previously I worked in academia, had my own office, which was a great help in focusing. Trading noise is ...
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1answer
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Medical leave due to stress and depression [closed]

I am a caregiver. I work 6 days a week from 8 to 8 and I already suffer with anxiety. I work with seniors who have Alzheimer's and dementia I have been feeling really stressed and slight depressed. ...
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2answers
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Are most foreign jobs only open to those already have permission to work? [closed]

In job listings on stackoverflow ,I see so many foreign jobs where Visa Sponsor is written. But I have read some where that most foreign jobs are only open to those who already have permission to ...
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0answers
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How does one deal with an excessively noisy colleague? [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I work in an open-plan office. Tables are put together in small groups. The group where I sit is composed of 5 people. One of them, unfortunately, has some rather noisy habits. ...
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1answer
456 views

Can I be let go of legally in the UK in favour of a more senior Developer [closed]

I have been working for a start-up which is struggling to make any revenue for the past 9 months and since a month ago a Lead Developer has joined our team on a much higher salary. Due to ...
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7answers
7k views

Boss not providing adequate safety equipment

I really enjoy my job working in an automotive shop, but my boss is not providing any safety equipment unless I ask for it on my own. He does not wear any either, so I don't know if he even knows all ...
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7answers
6k views

How can I give feedback without hurting the other person?

I am asked to give feedback for a colleague for which unfortunately I have many negative aspects to point out. The issue is that I don't want to make them too personal. Example: I find him very, yes ...
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10answers
14k views

My boss blames the company going under on me [closed]

I have been working with a company since it started. I was the only one who coded in a specific language on the team and I had a lot of work to do. It was very obvious from the beginning that this was ...
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2answers
350 views

How do I deal with a Noisy Co-Worker?

While I've seen lots of answers about dealing with co-workers who talk a lot, I haven't seen an answer for my particular problem. My co-worker's job requires that she do a lot of packing of boxes, ...
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5answers
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How to professionally 'dodge' ex girlfriend's/boyfriend's work emails?

So my ex girlfriend and I work at the same public organisation. I no longer wish to speak to her and have blocked her on all personal social media etc. However, she can email me at work. Naturally I ...
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4answers
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Manager reveals private information about other employees offhandedly: best way to approach?

I'm part of a company development program, and we've had a new manager overseeing the group. He's solely in charge of the logistics and HR aspect, and doesn't assign us tasks or projects. However, ...
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3answers
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A coworker incessantly asks for small favours or errands, how do I get him to stop without offending him?

I have a coworker who keeps on asking me for small favours that he can do by himself. For example, I entered our break room to drop off my lunch when, after seeing me, he will ask me if I can close ...
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2answers
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My manager has it in for me! How do I answer why do you want to leave your current company? [duplicate]

My manager has formed a grudge against me and basically portrayed me as having done nothing all of last year. He's also gone behind my back and hired a replacement for me. The reason that he's given ...
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2answers
337 views

My coworkers get more pay than me, even though I have been longer at my workplace [closed]

My coworkers earn around 30-40k more than I do. We do the same work, in fact I usually perform better than them and have been with the company longer. It does not seem fair. I don't feel comfortable ...
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1answer
317 views

Coworker has an extremely annoying habit, how should I handle it? [duplicate]

At the company where I work, we recently started a new project, and I've been assigned to a new team. One of the members of this team is a fellow from India, however the site is located in Europe. ...
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3answers
157 views

environment and salary vs technology [closed]

I'm working in a company with a good reputation, great environment with constructive attitude in all colleagues, no stressful deadlines, and a competitive salary. The downside is that their ...
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5answers
9k views

How to deal with a coworker that shuts me down?

I have a coworker that works in a different department than me that I frequently consult with to perform my duties. For example if I need something changed on the server, they are the one I need to ...
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3answers
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How do I politely say “Stay out of my office” to people other than my management? [closed]

Other employees keep coming in my office once I'm gone for the day. I want to leave a note telling them not to be in my office while I'm not there but I don't want to seem nasty about it.
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10answers
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My employer is forcing its employees to defraud its customers, how should I handle this situation?

Right now I have a really uncomfortable situation and not sure what's the best way to handle it. I am working as a software developer for an outsourcing company based in Eastern Europe. Most of its ...
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3answers
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Helping colleague's annoying behavior [closed]

One of my colleagues is helping me on a project, as he has prior experience with such a project, and the product is pretty new for all involved. I asked him about small doubts I had during the ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a nonstop chatter [duplicate]

About 6 months ago the BI and IT groups of my company moved into a new office space. Everything was nice and quite for several months, then about 2 months ago a person I don't know returned from ...
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3answers
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How to impress manager who is in a different place?

I'm a software developer, have been hired in this position for 6 months now. My problem is that my team and I work in a separate office than our manager, he doesn't see us.. so, I find it hard to let ...
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4answers
436 views

How to encourage my coworker to speak one at a time during discussion?

I am a team leader and I have several members, most of the time when I have something to discuss to my members they tend to speak while I'm speaking and because of that our discussion becomes long. ...
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6answers
1k views

Why is it expected for programmers to work long hours? [closed]

I am a junior developer so I haven't had much experience in the field, but I've two different jobs and it seems like it's normal or almost expected for developers to work more than the typical 40 ...
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1answer
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All employee's given raise at the same time my position changed

I work in a warehouse, and in this warehouse different positions get paid differently (obviously) - but something happened to me that I'm really confused about. So, when I started with this company ...
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1answer
298 views

performance punishment - should I go on sick leave? (Netherlands) [closed]

I'm an expat in The Netherlands working in the Dutch office of a large international company. The office is too small to have a trade union so there is no union representation and we have no HR people ...
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2answers
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What to expect as feedback meetings from immediate manager? [closed]

Generally how much time one should expect from their immediate manager to spend on feedback to help improve and advance career wise? I am in a case where there are no regular personal discussions ...
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10answers
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Peer achieving more, by putting in more than regular working hours for not so urgent tasks

I have a great team member who is very reliable and dependable and a great asset to the team. However, of late, I have realized that this person is working for almost 14 hours a day. There is ...