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

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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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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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Should I leave the current company and take the risk? [closed]

I have been a 3D Programmer for one year right now, and it was my wish to work in the industry. Before that I worked in research projects in universities and embedded software. I have first worked on ...
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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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3answers
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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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4answers
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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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1answer
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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 ...
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Is the subject of installing Steam on your office computer one which should't even be mentioned?

When trying to figure out protocol within a work environment, there are some things which are acceptable to ask your boss about, and there are some things which should never even be asked. When it ...
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Is it worth pointing out a fellow intern's flaws out to them?

As an intern right now I've noticed that a fellow intern of mines has been making a plethora of mistakes whenever they do anything and because of that, I've had to fix every mistake they've made. ...
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4answers
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I will soon become the manager of a close friend. How do I be an effective manager and friend?

A close friend of mine will soon be moving into my department. We see each other outside of work and our significant others both work together at a different institution. I want to be an effective ...
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Is it okay to take free swag from the office?

Sometimes some outside companies come to my company to discuss whatever they discuss, and they have huge meetings with lots of swag. As someone who works close to the team that handles these, there ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a situation where team is unaware of my efforts and thinks that I am on the contrary, not managing my time well?

I am on a scrum team. my company has sort of a freeze period going on, where in there are meant to be no releases of our software product / services. So, though there is still enough work for most of ...
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Should both points of contact reply to an email addressed to us? [closed]

I am one of 2 points of contact for a team. If someone addresses an email or question to both of us, and my other colleague replies to it, but I don't, then does it look like I am irresponsible? ...
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How to react to someone who publishes your code when you told them not to?

I'm looking for advice on this as this happened to me recently. A co-worker needed a portion of my code to work on his project so I gladly assisted this co-worker but insisted that my code was not ...
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2answers
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Handling work environment during interviews [duplicate]

How can I learn about workplace environment possibilities early in an interview process? I've experienced a problem several times now in which I do well through interviews, I ask many questions about ...
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what to do when being excluded from interesting work and then at last resort being asked to fix their mess

Context : I'm in a team where I'm not the highest grade. But on the technology we use I'm by far the most experienced (I know it because everyone on the team told me that my knowledge on the subject ...
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How to re-apply to a company after rejecting a job interview?

I've rejected a job interview offer where I think that the position they offer is not suitable for me. In the future, if I want to move to their company, how long should I wait before re-applying? ...
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How to react to HR's mandate of work week hours? [closed]

When the HR was giving the induction presentation around three months back for the post of trainee at a Software company to me, I explicitly asked them what are the timings? HR: We bill our clients ...
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What is the most comfortable work space? [closed]

Im looking for a bit of feedback from programmers about work spaces. Is it common to work in different areas throughout the day? (Coffee Shops, Coworking Spaces, Hotels, Trains, etc.) What are the 3 ...
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How to ask for wifi access at work? [closed]

I had asked the HR for the wifi on the first day I had joined, got a reply "I am sorry but its for development purpose only and the bandwidth is limited.", but now after 3 months, I noticed the ...
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Is leaving career suicide? [closed]

I've been working for my current employer for over 1.5 years. This is my first role as a UX/UI guy, previously I was a developer. Recently, our team structure and the way we handle new work has ...
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1answer
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Regain trust to colleague after stealing incident [closed]

I had a bad experience at my first place of work. Some time has passed since that incident, so I'll try to recreate the story as closely as I can remember. I am putting this here because I was missing ...
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1answer
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Toilets are broken. What can I do? [closed]

This morning I have arrived at the office to an email notification that the toilets in the building are to be used for liquids only due to a plumbing issue. There is no ETA for resolution. The ...
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Paid lunch vs unpaid - new job issue [closed]

I don't know if you would consider this a misunderstanding, or that I am naive not to have got exact details but this is basically what happened.. I just started a new job as the web designer for a ...
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1answer
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Group Introduction Fear [closed]

I have around 7 years of work experience and recently I found myself terrified with group introductions. It has never happened before. I am dreaded with so much fear that I feel I am a total mess. I ...
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How much should one promise in an interview [closed]

In an software developer interview you are asked - we have lots of projects, I need you to deliver software from scratch, is that a problem? Some suggested answers: no problem at all If the spec is ...
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1answer
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How much should a Work-At-Home privilege make up for poor salary? [closed]

I currently benefit from Work-At-Home privilege at my job, but the salary is not very good. What would you value this privilege in term of salary? For instance does it worth the trouble to move to a ...
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1answer
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Being managed out [closed]

I accepted a job a few months ago with a large company and it has become apparent that my boss does not like me. I could try to identify things that I have done but even at the interview stage I felt ...
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1answer
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How to handle a manager that seems to react out of personal grudge?

I used to have a good relationship with my direct team manager (I am a software engineer). But turned out that all is fine as long as you agree with him and be submissive. I had noticed that he takes ...
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Decoration for developers room [closed]

I was thinking about decorating my office's developers room. It's a small room that 6 programmers work in. I recently noticed how dull its decoration is and was wondering if it decreases their ...
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How to offer a good apology

This morning I ended up missing a teleconference that I regularly host with two peers on another continent. I was doing research and lost track of time. I rely heavily on my Outlook notifications ...
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Can the right to refuse work be financial? [closed]

I am an employee of a company who subcontracts my services to another company who I will call A and B respectively. Situations have changed and I am now using equipment that will be fully insured by ...
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2answers
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Correct way to ask for a one day leave [closed]

I am working as a trainee and am given no paid leaves, but due to some reason I got to take a leave for a day, I don't want to disclose the reason to the employer. Who do I email, the HR or my direct ...
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Dealing with a senior colleague not pulling his weight [duplicate]

I'm fresh out of college working in an IT company. I'm really enjoying myself and am working on a small project with 5 others. However one of the other developers (all senior to me) is really bad at ...
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Employer won't accept resignation, demanding that I finish projects outside my duties

Question: What are the things that I could do if my current employer does not accept my resignation, simply because he wants me to finish the job which I don't think is really my job? Background: ...