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

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proactive middle manager on-boarding (not to be confused with Hand Holding!)

I have started a new job as a middle level manager several months ago. One of the reasons for me joining the company (let's call it XYZ) was the charisma and competence of my hiring manager, a VP of ...
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bullying an in the work place [on hold]

When your co worker is bully you an being disrespectful an the boss is down with it talk about all your business to other coworkers cut your hours when you call them out on messing up the time sheet ...
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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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2answers
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how do I tell my boss I'd like to work from home on a regular basis? [duplicate]

I am unsure how to ask that because I am the most junior employee, and as far as I know no one else in the company works from home. If they accepted I would feel like I am getting special treatment, ...
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Convincing senior developers (and manager) to come to the meetings on-time

I joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big firm. I am the youngest person in my team of 11. I like my team very much as all of the members are cool and very helpful. We ...
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getting up to speed in the highly technical environment

I have accepted a job in the highly technical complex (should say "complicated") environment. We have over 1,000 servers a few networks, a lot of custom built applications - you get the picture. I ...
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Sitting for long periods of time hurts my lower back. What can I do? [closed]

I like my job as a programmer but I heard all about the permanent damage that sitting can cause on the lower back. Right now my lower back is annoying me and I cannot focus on my job­. Some days it is ...
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Is my supervisor harassing me and/or discriminating against me based on my apperance? [closed]

For the past 7 months I have been working as a Human Resources Assistant for a nonprofit company. There are a total of four people in my department, myself, two generalists and the VP of HR for the ...
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How to make a good impression in a large organisation? [closed]

I do not have much experience working for large organisations; I have left University exactly a year ago and have been working at a start up ever since. I have since found a new job doing graphic ...
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How to get employees to set alarm when exiting the building?

My office has an alarm that should be set when they exit the building. Unfortunately, sometimes the last employee out forgets, or doesn't realize that they're the last one (the office is on a single ...
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how to motivate employees to work without coffee in the morning? [closed]

Morning coffee break very often prolongs and through this we lose valuable time. How to change it?
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4answers
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Co-worker really upset at supervisor and manager for “shooting down” his suggestions / opinions and “lying to him”. How can I alleviate the situation? [closed]

I'm a student at a company and I work alongside another student (call him Jay. This is his first student work-term and has been here for 6 months). We work in the IT department. Both of us are ...
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How should I handle colleagues with very different work ethic?

I prefer to work intensively for eight hours with complete focus, then leave relax in the evenings - work hard, play hard. My colleagues on the other hand, prefer to be in the office for 10-12 hours ...
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1answer
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Are there any legal issues here? [closed]

I work at a small retail business (10 employees, including the owner and his business partner). We sell clothing and accessories, and do a lot of product construction (sewing, working with leather, ...
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1answer
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How to word statment that a work environment with some noise is preferrable

I know most people like to work in quiet environments and employers may boast about how quiet their work environment is. I'm not like that and I actually prefer some noise, I mean not random noise ...
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What is wrong with sharing knowledge with colleagues at work?

I have a keen interest in learning new things about whatever technology I am using at work and then sharing my knowledge and experiences with colleagues. One of my friends has repeatedly told me NOT ...
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Moving on from accepting a counter offer [on hold]

I've very recently accepted a counter offer to stay in my current role. There are lots of articles online saying why I shouldn't accept one and seem to be based on US employment laws. I'm in the UK. ...
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3answers
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New job - no work for three months [closed]

I joined a job 3 months back as web developer. The company hired me for a big project and I have been sitting free for three months. There are other people in the project who have tasks. I am not ...
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1answer
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Can I reveal my personal accomplishment to my colleagues at work?

I recently finished writing some technical literature that is getting published shortly. It took me two years to write it (mostly due to my procrastination). I am proud of my work and it is not even ...
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2answers
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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5answers
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Resignation - My replacement discussed in my presence

I resigned from my current job. Hoping things will stay quiet (which it never does) and I accept that, things have become quite awkward. Firstly, my boss came to me, asking me to give exact details ...
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3answers
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How can I deal with colleagues in a new setting skewing numbers for personal gain?

I have been with my company for over 5 years and have been in a management role for 3. I recently took a new position in another department as a Team Manager. Besides myself, there are 5 other ...
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What general questions can I expect on an in-person developer interview? [closed]

I sent my resume in to this very small company and I was able to get a phone interview with them. I passed the phone screen questions (tell me about yourself, some questions about programming, linux, ...
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3answers
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Managing conflict with coworkers to relieve a hostile work environment [closed]

I work for a small software development team, and recently things have started getting extremely uncomfortable for me at work. We have a couple of girls who seem overly dramatic for no reason at ...
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3answers
771 views

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 deal with understanding the reason behind a layoff and capturing unsaid signs / issues that could have been a reason for the same

I have been laid off, and I am really trying to understand the reasons / reasoning behind it. Below is the context: We knew before hand that our company is going to do the process of layoffs. As a ...
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3answers
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Leave a negative review on Glassdoor or email responsible person at previous company?

I was let got from a company. Mostly because of my manager with whom I didn't click and things that happened. I have feedback for them to improve the work environment and communication. Should I put ...
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2answers
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How do I confront coworkers about their loud, annoying mechanical keyboards [duplicate]

I work in a shared office space and two people that sit across from me have mechanical keyboards which are very, very loud and very, very annoying. I don't always want to listen to music, and since ...
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4answers
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How to avoid aspects of workplace culture that are dealbreakers for me but minor to others?

I have a specific situation but I think maybe it can be generalized to many types of situations. The other day, I visited a friend from college (we work in the same field) at his office. It is an ...
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3answers
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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2answers
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Good desk plants for increasing air quality? [closed]

The air inside my office is noticeably more stale, smelly, and generally unpleasant than the fresh, crisp, delightful air outside it. Air freshener may mask any odd smells but it really doesn't help ...
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4answers
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Is it really practically possible to do software assignments without taking anybody's help? [closed]

I am working as a software developer, and have been assigned a task of improving a current feature. The lead asks me to understand the feature without taking any external help. The feature is ...
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3answers
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What to do when tasks I am to work on are all to be at “top priority at the same time”

You may skip to the last paragraph for condensed question, but read back for details. I have a somewhat of a consistent issue I deal with at the workplace. The issue is lack of clearly defined ...
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6answers
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How should I handle my workplace being messy?

I just started working at a newspaper publishing company. The office is old, with stains on the walls, badly peeling wallpaper, and giant holes in the carpets. Those are expensive renovations, I can ...
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5answers
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How appropriate is sexual language in the workplace? [closed]

I am a male working for a small company in the USA. Today I heard my colleagues saying "suck 2 d**ks in a conversation. The other day I went to lunch with a male colleague and someone asked who was ...
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How to approach co-workers who do not wash their hands? [duplicate]

We have all seen it, probably too many times: someone gets out of the toilet booth/cubicle and rushing outside, never even glancing towards the sink where he/she are expected to wash their hands like ...
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When to ask questions during online training - at the very end or at anytime throughout?

I am attending training with several other team members. This training is online through Skype. Typically, the trainer talks continuously for, say, 20-25 minutes. After this, he asks if anyone has ...
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How can I become more engaged in a job that is not a good fit and make sure my next job is a better fit? [closed]

I work as a PHP developer in a software company. I have 1.5 years of experience, and 0.5 years remain in my company bond period. While in college I was a top performer and was very confident but now ...
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How to resolve an issue with air conditioning at work? [closed]

At work, the air conditioning grid is quite noisy (55 Db), too much air pressure. I asked to solve this to the technician but he told me there was not a solution since he cannot control air pressure. ...
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Can non contributors attend Pot Luck lunches [closed]

We are having a Pot Luck lunch with people bringing in food. I did not bring any food. But our office assistant has emailed everyone saying lunch will start promptly at Noon. What is the usual ...
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3answers
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How to write a professional notice to paste in conference room

I work as an admin in a company. My colleagues leave the conference room unorganized. I want to paste a notice asking them to keep the chairs back in their places before they leave the conference ...
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9answers
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How to convince my co-worker to accept night shift instead of me?

I have a situation where either my co-worker or I should work in night shifts, but I live a long distance from my work location and it will be hard for me to reach home in late nights. Our company ...
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How do I become more valued and sought out at work? [duplicate]

I work for fast paced but high growth organization so there is plenty of room for growth and education and learning. However, I am stuck in this weird typecasted role that none of the managers ...
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2answers
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Is “garbage in, garbage out” a valid reason for poor-quality work? [closed]

I am what would be considered a junior to mid-level programmer, though at this company I am working at(which is my first job in the field) I am more realistically closer to being mid to senior. For ...
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4answers
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How to gain visibility when overloaded with less important tasks?

I am not able to work on tasks that help gain more visibility in the team. I have been working on a large but less important task recently, so my team members are able to do the tasks with higher ...
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What should I do when a female colleague hits on me?

I am a fresh college graduate who has just joined work. My team lead is a female and she is hitting on me. In the beginning it was just eye-signals and facial expressions which she used to give me but ...
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Should I report a coworker who is stealing from me?

This may seem pretty trivial, but it really bothers me. In my cubicle I have an area set aside for my personal effects, nothing expensive. Among those items is a carton containing packages of peanut ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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My boss saw me doing personal thing in desk

Yesterday, my usually cool and supportive boss came to my desk for asking something and he saw me doing unofficial non-work activities at my desk. He did not react much but he asked what I was doing. ...
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How to deal with my co-worker who constantly cuts in to conversation? [duplicate]

I have a co-worker who is a motor mouth and constantly cuts in to conversations she isn't involved in as soon as she walks into the room. I'm over it but want to tell her that in a nice way. How ...