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

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

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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Unequipped presentation rooms : Microphone + speaker solution? [on hold]

I often have to make business presentations to 30-40 people in rooms with no audio equipment. At the of the week, my voice is almost lost .. so I had to come up with a solution to make my ...
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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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Is “mobbing” recognized by British and American legislations as a form of harassment in the workplace? [migrated]

From wikipedia: British anti-bully researchers Andrea Adams and Tim Field have used the expression "workplace bullying" instead of what Leymann called "mobbing" in a workplace context. They ...
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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 ...
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5answers
783 views

How to deal with being the 'loud person'

There are already a few questions and answers from the perspective of workers who deal with loud colleagues: Loud and unprofessional employee and What can I do about a very loud coworker? As someone ...
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How to deal with a colleague that is focused on details outside of their responsibilities?

I'm the team lead at a small software development firm and we have one other developer that I share an office with. I am not their boss, but my responsibilities involve managing their tasks and making ...
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My manager is rearranging my workspace without consulting me, should I challenge them about it?

I am the only software developer in a company and I have my own private office. This is relatively rare (but not unique) in this company for a non-manager. I have discovered that they are going to ...
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8answers
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Inappropriate comments by coworkers about new hire

Background: I work for a small software company, about 40 employees. My workplace is very male-dominated; only two employees outside of HR are female. I might as well mention that I'm a white male. ...
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3answers
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Is this normal workplace behavior, and should I stay or go? [closed]

Thanks in advance for your help. I started a new job a few months ago. During this time, I've noticed a number of events that I have actively been trying not to interpret as red flags, but lately ...
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3answers
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What should I do when everyone in my team is spending so much time at coffee breaks?

TL;DR: Everyone in my team, including our boss, is spending 1 hour and 30 minutes per day drinking coffee and talking. Since I don't want to be alone and without friends, I'm joining them and I feel ...
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2answers
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Rejected Leave after Verbally accepting [closed]

Scenario: Joined with a company last week , I was Interviewed almost 1 month before and offered me a position, before accepting the offer I have mentioned that I need to take a day off within 2 week ...
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5answers
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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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3answers
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Should I send a thank-you email for answers received?

This is not always a workplace scenario but if I ask someone a question by mail and they reply with an answer, should I reply with a thanks or not? I am always thinking maybe they will think I am ...
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4answers
481 views

Am I a programmer or a developer? [closed]

Are the term programmer and developer interchangeable? Is it that programmer is more an old usage, and developer is more trending, or there is more to it? I can understand a coder is someone that ...
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1answer
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I get distracted while working, how can I regain my focus? [duplicate]

Background I am working as a developer in a tech company. Every employee in our department has a vague and interlacing responsibility, meaning: an employee might be tasked to do something that ...
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2answers
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Can a person have valid reasons to be angry for people using different gender toilet? [closed]

More specifically to my company's case, is a woman rightful to feel outraged if a man uses the toilet designated for women? I am asking this out of curiosity after a few talks about the matter in my ...
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2answers
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I am a 19 year old web developer living with my boss, but I am not happy with the current arrangement [closed]

At the beginning of 2015, I started my gap year (a year I had planned for travelling and adventuring, starting immediately after I finished Grade 12). My plan was to start university in 2016 to do a ...
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11answers
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Is it okay for my family to intervene when my boss treats me unfairly in the first few days of work?

I'm an 18 year old student who just started a part time job a few days ago. This was what happened: I went for the interview for the part time job and was told that the boss's wife would give me a ...
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1answer
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How can i become more alert while doing my work? [duplicate]

I work as QA analyst in a software company. My work involves testing of applications. I have worked on lot of small projects. The problem i have started to face is of low alertness. For example i was ...
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0answers
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Difficulty in understanding Manager's accent(language and communication) [duplicate]

I am working for an IT company and recently got moved to a different team. Obviously, under a different Manager. My Manager is so compatible in all terms. However,I have a problem. I am not able to ...
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3answers
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Music played through speakers [duplicate]

I recently joined a software development company. I was warned in the interview that it was common to have music played through speakers in the office. I remembered the times in my old workplace, ...
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1answer
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Dealing with a co-worker with a farting problem [duplicate]

I have a co-worker who stands behind me at work, our desks face away from each other with a few feet between. For the last month I have heard audible farts at least once per day, and several people ...
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4answers
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How do I get noticed at work? [duplicate]

I work as a junior SQL developer in a small software company. In my project, my team leader assigns me tasks on a daily basis and I usually finish my coding tasks on time. At the end of day, I send a ...
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3answers
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How might extended remote work affect my employment status? [closed]

I have been working for 5 months within the IT department of an organization, and have chosen to work remotely (telecommute), as do many other people here. So, I don't need to be physically in the ...
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3answers
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Is eating smelly things in the office unprofessional? [duplicate]

I don't necessarily mean a bad smell like cheese for example, even oranges or a hot soup. Especially if it's in an area where customers pass by. (might seem unprofessional)
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How do you act when team members are quarreling?

Few weeks ago several team members were "friendly" discussing a problem at work. They have been under lot of pressure lately due to a project running past its deadline in addition to pressure from the ...
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7answers
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Colleagues make fun of me, should I ignore them or answer them back? [closed]

I work in a big team of 50+ people. The working culture of my company is very open and employees do not sit quietly, they make noise all day. People are mostly under 30 years old. Even my managers ...
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1answer
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How can I become more attentive and focused at my job? [duplicate]

My job is usually concerned with Data Entry/Analysis. I work with a lot of data in Excel spreadsheets, prepare lot of Reports, requirement documents. I have to remember a lot of facts/things . I write ...
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2answers
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getting out early as the only new hire during a merger, and no one else wants my job [closed]

I posted a few days ago about wanting to quit my new job due to failure to clarify some key points of the position during the interview process and whether or not leaving after a month or so will ...
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5answers
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How can I be civil with my highly opinionated colleague at my new job?

I work in a small office and as a result have to interact with said colleague mostly everyday. Whenever we are alone, which is quite a lot as we share the same room, he wants to chat me up. He brings ...
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5answers
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Should i ask for more work , when i have completed all the tasks assigned to me for the day? [duplicate]

I work as software test engineer in a medium sized IT company. My lead usually assigns me task for the day which I try to finish asap. Sometimes when there is no build to test or when all the test ...
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2answers
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Should I be worried of a possible lay off if I am not a domain expert nor am I a technical expert. I am basically jack of all trades?

I am in a team where I have recently joined 6 months back. Hence, I am still new to the domain and a newbie automation tester. We have had new additions to the team recently such that now we have 7-8 ...
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Should one leave computers on at the end of the day? [closed]

If I use computer daily in my work, should I shut it down in the end of the day? It uses more energy but it can upgrade and run scripts itself overnight, re-starting the computer won't take time, and ...
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10answers
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Serious misconduct. Probable termination. Should I quit or just wait? [closed]

I'm from New Zealand and I've been a line worker at a food factory for the past 3 months. To me this is not a career job, simply a way to make some money. However, I have been out of my field for 2 ...
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Adding more movement and speech at the fundamental level to a highly-sedentary job?

I'm a full-time software developer and, though I love what I do, it is slowly killing me physically and socially. I'm a physical, loud, animated guy, but there's really no outlets for that in this ...
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2answers
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Entry level doing development at customer site alone - normal?

Is doing developing/programming/bug-testing on site alone at a customer's workplace/environment a normal practice? I am a salaried, entry level developer. With being entry level, the 'this is above my ...
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3answers
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My old boss wants me back but 2 employees may not welcome me [closed]

I've been at my new job for 4 months but honestly with my skills l feel like I can be more productive at a fast pace setting. I left my old job because I felt overworked; I was drowning and the site ...
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Feeling threatened with new coworker joining team who is better than me

I have been working with a team for 2 years now. When I joined I made good improvements in processes and came up with few good ideas that helped us. There is a new team member who will be joining ...
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2answers
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How to say that am not getting enough benefits [duplicate]

How can I say that: as a senior employee I get next to no benefits compared to recent hires and, the gap between my pay and junior employees' (developers) is much smaller when compared with the ...
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Dealing with collegue who tries to steal projects

I am working in a team that supports operation. The team is awesome but when I get a project a guy wants it and start digging nose into it until he makes it his through contacts with vendor and ...
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3answers
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Why employer want to fire an employee? [closed]

I'm clueless regarding a private job to understand thier managing behaviour. I want to understand this situation when an project has finished and they start to cut-down. I want to understand these ...
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2answers
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Workplace implemented pension scheme early, why? [closed]

The company I work for has decided to implement the new UK pension scheme early, 18 months earlier than required, why would a company do this? I don't believe it is out of plain old fashioned ...
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5answers
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Should I end messages in a ticket system with a friendly greeting? [closed]

In my previous job (that I have left not so long ago), I was sending tickets to our customers in our internal tracking system and ended each with "Have a nice day". My boss politely informed me that ...
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6answers
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A co-worker built a product in his spare time and now it's become a sanctioned company initiative - what to do

I work at a company that has a reputation for squeezing the most out of its employees, although the group I'm in doesn't share the same "burnout" culture that the rest of the company does. I ...
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Work being cut out

I am a programmer working for a manufacturing company which I've been with for 15 yrs. I am part of two large in house projects for which I have been developing the underlying framework. Lately I ...
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4answers
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Ask the manager to nap at work [duplicate]

In short: Is is possible to ask during my job interview if I can nap at work ? I know this sound crazy, but here is the story behind this. As you will see, the context is different from How do you ...
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Should I list a company on my resume after they bullied me out?

I have been working for this medical practice as a receptionist for the past 3.5 years. They aren't exactly lawful in their operation and let's just say a few past employees had to go to Industrial ...
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5answers
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Is it normal to not hear back from any of the higher hierarchy (CEO, CTO, VP, etc) in a small startup once you've been hired?

I've started working at a technology startup remotely as a programmer. The startup is small, around 10 people (including all the higher hierarchy). I've been approached and hired mainly by the CTO of ...
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Is it professional to tell my manager about office bullying

I have worked in this company for a few years and have changed managers a few times due to organizational change. My current manager is a really cool guy and it was great working for him. There is an ...