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

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Am i to blame if member of staff leaves?

I work in a very small office consisting of 8 people. We have 1 member of staff who is a little bit odd, comes out with random remarks and has a very different view on the world. I'm going to call her ...
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I feel like I'm out of my depth with some of the work my boss is giving me

I'm a relatively junior developer on a 2 man IT team, and I've been working here for just about 3.5 months. I'm primarily good with object oriented programming (java, c++, c#) and was hired on to be ...
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How to deal with chauvinist remarks?

I am working in an environment where very few women are present. Personally, I am in a team with 4 male co-workers. Every now and then they make sexist and stereotypical remarks about women (or gay ...
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How to deal with a co-worker who thinks I stole her promotion?

I was recently offered a position of managing 3 individual shops in a shopping mall. Before me, there were 3 other store managers, one for each shop. All three of them transferred or were fired, each ...
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Remote work for an EU company in the US [on hold]

Can I work remotely for a European company in the US in long term? I will have H4 visa and be relocated to the USA, but I want to keep my job in Hungary.
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Technical profile against politics in projects how to deal with it? [on hold]

Again, I'm struggling myself against office politics! I don't know how but they put me at such "support" job even being a developer more than 15 years. I'm struggling now because I have to deal with ...
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Getting more value out of an introverted person

I have a very highly skilled introvert person employed (Jane) who has been in the organization for many years. Jane has provided some brilliant programs and solutions during the years, but Jane is ...
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1answer
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Understanding manager's expectations

Had been working for a small company for the last few years. Started in a team of 5+ people, which was progressively reduced to just two, as the tasks were less appealing to both people and managers. ...
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Smelly Moist Coffee Bucket [duplicate]

Our team lead put up a big bucket for us to put moist waste coffee into (She uses it as fertilizer). She didn't ask first and probably assumed nobody would mind. I am very sensitive to smells and ...
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1answer
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How to work on behalf of manager? [closed]

My manager is out on holiday. I need to work on his behalf. What are the best way to motivate team members who are peers. How to add value during his absence.
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Position Change Without Being Asked

Background: I have been in my current role for just over a year and a half (18 months) and earlier this week, my manager said I will no longer be an R&D Engineer, but move on to IT from now on. I ...
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How to deal with a boss who does not get involved in any social events?

Maybe this is common at most workplaces, but I find working hours to be so much longer and less fun because most of the communication between my boss and us are just about work. I have been in the ...
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1answer
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I don't feel that my current role is a great fit. How should I bring up my desire to change in an industry that is currently in a downturn?

I'm currently a mechanical engineer in one of the very large oil & gas companies. Because of the price of oil, there have been massive layoffs recently. I survived the latest round of layoffs ...
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1answer
690 views

High-pitched noises in the office don't affect everyone; how can I convince management to do something?

Somewhere outside our office building a "sound repellant"(I guess that's what they are called) against rats or moles has been installed. Due to its high frequency, only some of us can hear the ...
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2answers
495 views

How to deal with an office environment where everyone speaks a different language?

I'm working overseas and almost all of my colleagues speak another language (their native language). They talk to me in English regarding work-related stuff and everyone speaks English during meetings....
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1answer
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How to ask the boss for a file he forgot to attach to his email? [duplicate]

My boss forgot to attach a file he has talked about in his mail. How do I respond to his mail asking for the attachment?
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2answers
333 views

Tips for a programmer being good at support system [closed]

I've been a java enterprise developer for a long time but now I received a good oportunity to work supporting a large financial system. My routines are mainly log analysis, attending meetings, sending ...
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3answers
335 views

I told a supervisor that I'm seeing a psychologist. What repercussions should I expect and how should I handle them? [closed]

I've been seeing a psychologist once a week for over a year now and it's only occasionally directly interfered with my ability to get work done. However, there are some days where there will be a non-...
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3answers
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Is it ok to play games in office pc? [closed]

I have installed a computer game on my office machine. After the working hours, I am playing games. Is this ethically ok? Or am I misusing my freedom in my workplace?
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3answers
788 views

What to do at meetings with nothing about your work?

Sometimes I'm invited to meetings with other deparments. Even though these meetings are very informative, most of the time I don't have anything relevant to say because those meetings are relevant to ...
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1answer
243 views

I realize I am Over Qualified for the Company [closed]

They made me sweat during job interviews, I became a hungry go getter, I really want the job, the company is impressive with its venue and furnitures and reputation. But once I became part of their ...
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1answer
419 views

How can a young college graduate deal with large age gaps in the office? [closed]

I recently graduated from college and was able to get a job not too long after; I've been at work for 3 months so far at an underwriting firm as a in-house IT/Excel help desk who helps with odd jobs (...
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1answer
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How to deal with project owner who sees complexity of project by UI

I work in a small team of less then 50 people, I am working with same company for around 6 years. Recently I started working on a ground breaking project. The part of project I am developing has only ...
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12answers
36k views

“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary action....
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2answers
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How to deal with a liar manager and coworkers when I'm going to leave [closed]

I have decided to resign. My manager and my coworkers are liars, play mental tricks, and mob (bully) people in a subtle way. I was hired to do one job, but after a 3 months of total inactivity I was ...
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3answers
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Noisy office environment hindering productivity [duplicate]

I work in an open office where over 30-40 are present at most of the office time. I have my cubicle next to the hiring team of our department. As part of their work they have to converse with many ...
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8answers
4k views

How to tell CEO they are making a mistake [duplicate]

Where I work, we are choosing a new software package to implement. In our line of business, the software we use pretty much determines how our business is going to operate in the future. I was tasked ...
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3answers
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What's the most important career advice for someone who is going to work in the U.S. for the first time? [closed]

I've been recruited to work at a large company overseas and this will be my first time working and living in the United States. I'm excited about the opportunity but part of me is worried about the ...
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4answers
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employer changed the boss to whom I report on my first day [duplicate]

It was my first day at a new job and I met with the hiring manager (HM), also the person to whom I would report according to the offer letter. HM then told me that I need to report to another person, ...
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3answers
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Why this is so important be proactive besides reactive [closed]

I pass some places where my bosses said I'm just reactive, in other words, I want some inputs before make something. But I think they don't understand some facts about me: I'm a quiet reserved ...
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4answers
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Birthday celebration in bad environment [closed]

In my job people are used to bring sweets on their birthday. But they are really bad mannered and distant to me and newer invite me. This sunday it was my birthday and I just passed to bring anything. ...
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6answers
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As a scrum master, how do I get everyone to take deadlines seriously?

Overview I'm a scrum master and also manager of an average team and honestly its my first time I'm responsible to manage a group of developers more than 10 people(around 12). So maybe my question ...
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How to deal with someone who feels threatened

Background I have recently joined a new company through an acquisition. At the old company I was a creative designer here my new role is not yet clear but it would be around graphic design. First ...
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My manager wants to create an administrator account on my work computer that only he has the password to [closed]

This is on a Windows 10 system, that is provided to me by work. They want to create an administrator account that only my manager will have the password to. The thing is, this isn't from IT and it's ...
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7answers
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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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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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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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Is it really inappropriate to ask someone out in the workplace? [closed]

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. Ideally I'd like to meet her outside work and talk to her normally ...
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3answers
590 views

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

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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356 views

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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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7k views

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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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, ...