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

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Network administration has blocked logging in to Stack Overflow sites [duplicate]

I'm working on a software development company. Most of time I spend my time in StackOverflow and other related network sites. Today I noticed that Network administration has blocked us from login ...
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How to act when uncontrollable, natural “accidents” happen during meetings? (Burps, gas, stomach grumbles)

Especially in serious/silent situations. If you are the source of the deed, is it better to ignore it, or just say sorry afterwards?
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How to deal with a situation where I end up delegating more tasks than actually doing them myself

I just gave our team a suggestion about how we can approach a better confidence in the quality of our upcoming release. The team took it very well. I led the initiative, had frequent sync up meetings, ...
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Where can I report mistreatment of workers? [closed]

I need to report a job site that mistreats workers, Workers are insulted and put down by the boss. They are underpaid and no lunch is given. The work environment is not safe. At this job site they ...
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How to get intern to not stare at me during the day? [duplicate]

I work at a relatively small company (55 employees) and we are basically a bunch of guys developing software at our R&D sector. Recently, we hired a new intern to help with organizing a lot of ...
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Approaching my assistant about her grammar

My assistant consistently writes emails to our customers that contain basic mistakes like confusing "you're" and "your", and "there", "they're" and "their". She's a great assistant and I don't want to ...
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Dealing with excessive workload when senior management offers no assistance

I am currently working in a team-lead position for the development department of a company and we are extremely busy at the moment. The problem is that the company keeps bringing in new clients ...
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What can I do about a coworker who smokes pot while on the job?

I live and work in Colorado. I know that pot is legal here. I work on a golf course owned by the city. We operate a lot of heavy machinery, often within a few yards of golfers. One of my coworkers, ...
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How to best manage direct interaction with your CEO? [closed]

New job, not enough support, random people jumping messing up priorities without a proper process. Somebody called it a "learning opportunity". I am having a chat with my CEO soon. She's very well ...
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Should I quit, and if so with a long notice? [closed]

Background: I joined an early stage startup co-founded by my professional acquaintance (let's call him Founder-X). I was interested in working on Distributed Computing and Big Data. The primary ...
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What to do if you are in the workplace and you dont have a work? [duplicate]

My work depends on my boss, I depend on her commands: no command, no work. How can I kill the time to pass 8hrs on duty. I am feeling unproductive everyday, like "What am I doing here. I am just ...
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How can I measure if a bad situation is good learning or wasted time? [closed]

In December I joined a startup to introduce a Bioinformatics team: first the infrastracture, then little by little the team would be hired. I have been there for more than 8 months and I have been ...
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Web developer in marketing shop: use cube window dressing?

I don't usually bother people with the nitty-gritty of web development, e.g., programming, because nobody cares. The marketing folks just care about the deliverables. However, all of my notes, plans, ...
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my employer gave me a used and dirty unwashed uniform infested with bed bugs [closed]

I started a new job at a fast food place and my employer on the first day, gave me a used, dirty, unwashed uniform that they made me wear that day. On my next day of work they told me to take off the ...
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2answers
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How many hours a week, over the long term, should a software developer work in order to maximize productivity? [closed]

Something came up in another post that I think can be settled by reference to actual published studies: How many hours should a TYPICAL software developer work over the LONG TERM in order to ...
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How to balance talking when coworkers like quiet

My company just moved and as a result we are by a group which does not like talking. The nature of some of our work involves conversations. However, the next group of cubicles over (another ...
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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge? [closed]

I recently started a part time job in a small mom/pop organization that's been running over 25 years. The employee lounge is open to all staff members while they are taking a break from their shift. ...
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How to proceed if boss doesn't keep commitment about equipment?

This question is related to How do I request new equipment for the office?. New equipment need (e.g. PC with little bit higher specs + second monitor) was reported and discussed some 6 months ago. My ...
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How can I kindly stop jokes and idle chit chat directed at me when I am busy?

I have recently joined a work place and have tried to be easy to approach and friendly to my coworkers. However a few of the employees hired after me seem to make a lot of jokes towards me, or at my ...
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Facing difficulty with my boss attitude [closed]

I joined in a new company almost 45 days ago, my boss is workaholic and not even considering anything. He don't notice if the tasks not finish in time if I work more time in a day. I am completing my ...
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Assigned a job I cannot do

I am a recent graduate who moved across the country to get his dream job in game programming. I worked at a indie company for a year and then was hired by one of the largest companies. This is a dream ...
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Hostile work environment [closed]

I've worked in an IT company as a developer for the last 8 months. During my first project in this company for first 6 months, I was given no work as my manager thought I was not capable enough. I was ...
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My boss is looking the other way, about my work-from-home?

I have lately been working from home more than before. Well, my boss allows us to take 4 work from home days per month. But in my current situation, I really wanted more. So I emailed him that I plan ...
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What feedback should I ask for in a performance review?

I've been working for a company for 8 months and I have asked for a feedback session from my boss. I'm interested generally to know what he thinks of my work, but what specific areas should I ask ...
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Everybody wants me for my skills, but I am not supported and all feels like a political tug of war. Should I just quit? [closed]

I recently joined a biotech company with < 300 employees. They make drugs and are interested in bioinformatics and DNA sequencing. It's a peculiar situation. Popularity: I have dozens of ...
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best way to prevent usage of mobile phones inside workplace [closed]

In a recent audit by one of our client they advised to block mobile phones inside office campus since the client fears that employees will take snapshots of client data,So we decided to block the ...
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How much should I help my colleague

I have a colleague who's double my age and sometimes asks questions related to development that I didn't know 6 years back. But given his age and experience, am I doing right to tell him like what ...
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How to strengthen employees' identity feeling in the company? [closed]

What methods do you use to strengthen employees identity "feeling" in the company they work at? Every company has its own values and it is described what company's identity is. It is quite a challenge ...
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Most productive days to work from home [closed]

Currently I have one work from home day - Wednesday. Changing this day is not an option. I have been allowed one extra work from home day. Are there known days that are most productive to work from ...
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2answers
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Can I use a nickname for work?

Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work? Lets say my real name is Neram Mihaiki Smith, I prefer to be known Jenny Smith. Would it be fine if I use Jenny Smith in my emails, ...
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16answers
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How to give a polite ultimatum?

I have a job that I've almost always liked. Unfortunately, the past few months I have been assigned to a team of people I just don't get along with. I work with a certain individual, "George", and ...
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Avoiding burnout and maintaining enthusiasm

I love my career. I don't necessarily love my job, like everyone. However, my job is very stressful (software startup) and I'm excited about the work that I'm doing and the possibilities that possibly ...
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How to deal with people/colleagues who speak/show more than they really know [duplicate]

How do I deal with people at workplace who show/speak more than they really know or have really done to draw the attention of the manager? One way I have experienced is to be patient and allow the ...
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Most kind and polite way to refuse wedding invitation

My supervisor/project coordinator is going to get married soon and she has passed me the invitation. However I don't like weddings and I don't think we are close enough to attend such social ...
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Totally underqualified for position, don't know what to do

I'm in a technical position as a software engineer for a startup. At the beginning of my job (4 months ago) I was brought on with the expectation that I would be coding full time. I was the only ...
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Is there any way of getting my bosses to fix the air conditioning?

I work in fast food, and after speaking to a lot of my colleagues I've found that I'm not the only one at work who feels it is too hot. We do have air conditioning, but the managers all admit it does ...
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Not congratulating a colleague because of her BSc final project

There's an awkward situation that I'm going through today which left me with a question: is it advised to congratulate a colleague that has completed their BSc final project even if it's somehow ...
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How to avoid questions about your/others' sexual orientation in the workplace? [closed]

I have no problem with being a little rude about this subject outside work but I can't think of a PC answers if this subject came up for discussion in the office.
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How to explain to someone from another country the work ethic of working in a corporation in the United States? [closed]

I have a foreign friend who's looking to live and work in the United States, but doesn't understand that this often requires employees to work in isolation for long periods of time, lest the employee ...
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What is difference between “Offers Relocation” and “Offers Visa Sponsorship”?

So far, I thought these meant the same, but job postings on job sites mention them separately. What is difference between "Offers Relocation" and "Offers Visa Sponsorship"?
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When is the right time to change my company? [closed]

I am currently working for a company as an engineer, I graduated in 2014 and it has been 6 months and a half since I started working for this company. During this 6 months the only thing that took ...
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How to deal with colleague with annoying behaviours? [duplicate]

I sit between two coworkers, we are software enginners and we share the same table. The guy on my left spends all his day knocking on his part of the table (like it were drums), whistling, doing some ...
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First proper job - Making good first impressions

I've managed to get a job technically just before I've graduated. The only work experience I've had so far is in a retail job in a supermarket. I worked there for about 3 and a half years. The new job ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my ...
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How productivity or working hours are measured in software development jobs? [closed]

So I will start my job as a software engineer very soon. I've never worked at a company before. What is not clear to me is how people/companies in software development jobs measure their productivity ...
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What to do when included in a chain of funny emails between bosses?

At my office we have this culture where there's no such things like 'a wall between manager and staff' or 'strict, polite formalities between co-workers', but it doesn't mean there's no respect here. ...
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Can an employer make one department wear uniforms and not require it of any other people in the company? [closed]

My company is talking of making my department wear uniforms but not applying that rule to the rest of the company. Everyone in the company has contact with the public so that is not the reason. When ...
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How to deal with my collegue with bad smell? [duplicate]

A new employee joined us before a week and was seated beside me,but I cannot able to bear with him as he smells fishy everyday right from the start and gets worse at end of the day. Now how can I ...
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How do I handle a solo developer position as a junior developer in a start-up?

I have been working as Junior Web Developer (self-taught) in a start-up company for six months until now. I am currently 19 years old and this is my first employment. I have been programming since ...
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How to do effective daily reporting to Manager

I am a software engineer of 7+ years of experience and working in a application in which I am the only resource. My reporting manager is busy with other work and on daily basis we have very little ...