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

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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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11answers
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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 his/her BSc final project even if it's somehow ...
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5answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
451 views

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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5answers
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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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7answers
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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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3answers
403 views

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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4answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
265 views

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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2answers
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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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4answers
284 views

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 ...
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1answer
161 views

How to find the balance between misunderstood specialist and not-so-specialist? [closed]

In my career I found myself in two distinct situations: I was the only expert, and, while I was valued, people underestimated the work it took to get things done, and while I was unique and ...
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3answers
464 views

Is “lightening up” a request I need to comply with at work? [closed]

My direct supervisor has been distant and indifferent towards me since my recent, valid request for PTO. My request was denied, but I was lied to about the reason. So my attitude at work has been ...
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3answers
319 views

Is it appropriate to visit your workplace before you start work?

I'm starting work at a small company in a month and will be moving to the city the office is in. I will be visiting that city before hand to meet up with a friend. Would it be considered proper to ...
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1answer
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How should I approach my manager on matters of personal hygiene?

I have joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big company. I am the youngest person in my team of 6. I like my team very much as all of the members are very cool and my manager ...
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1answer
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Can I add this in my resume?

I have done a small project(or just a shell script). It takes the youtube videos links from a text file, downloads them using youtube-dl. and I have croned this shell script to run from mid night 12am ...
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5answers
4k views

How to “play” the pressure coming from being the only expert [duplicate]

I recently joined a new company. I am the only expert for a particular technology. They sell products based on this technology, but they have limited understanding of it. I have great potential on the ...
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2answers
532 views

Danger bonus for working in unsafe environment abroad

Currently we have the possibility for a project in another country. Due to recent news etc. this country is - in my opinion - not very safe for work/travel (there seems to be the need for armed ...
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7answers
7k views

Is it okay to check for employee attendance by means of a security camera?

One of my colleagues was recently fired. When I inquired as to the reason why, my employer told me that he had been working from home on a day that he was supposed to come in to work, and upon ...
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5answers
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How to justify using a direct competitor's service

Let's say that I work for ABC Auto Insurance. Being a bit festive, I decided to ride my bike to work in observance of of Ride your Bike to Work Day, 5/15/2015. One of my coworkers pointed out that ...
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3answers
1k views

Abusive employer and “effective contract changes”

I am trying to navigate a really nasty scenario with my current employer, and am hoping there is a professional tactic or approach that won't require consulting with a lawyer, as I'm pretty much broke ...
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11answers
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Can HR/Boss Require Your Username and Password?

We recently received this email at our work from the HR Department. We work in the healthcare industry and our username and password is linked to everything that we do. We have to follow strict HIPAA ...
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2answers
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Boss keeps asking me to do things that aren't my job

I am a professional-level employee and have become quite efficient with my work. I'm a problem solver and have become a go-to person in my department. Three times in the past month I've been asked to ...
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1answer
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Recruitment Process and Fixed Term Contract

In my current role, I found out that I was the only person who wasn't offered a permanent role. But a fixed term contract. When I applied I was unaware that this was the case, but due to the ...
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4answers
478 views

Getting accustomed to a work environment where everyone is in their own room

I started a job at a research facility for the government and there's some things I'm very unused to given my past jobs. For example, each person has their own office. So this means there's no one in ...
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2answers
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A co worker was suspended and it was broadcasted over walkie talkie is telling him about the transmission a breach? [closed]

My co worker was in the office with administration. I was unaware of ALL proceedings of this meeting. They had put him on suspension and for whatever reason the meeting was being broadcasted via ...
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4answers
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Business Case for Open Internet Access

I'm a software engineer entering a company that has a history of being strongly authoritarian when it comes to computer, I.T., and networking choices. We have a corporate firewall with lots of filters ...
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8answers
6k views

Problem with bullying from an older colleague [duplicate]

I have a serious problem with a colleague. I am 26 and I recently joined a company where the average is 45. I am the youngest there, and I have a problem with an older colleague who is 47 and he is ...
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3answers
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How to urge the top management about resolving washroom crisis in office

This may sound funny, but in our country, this is a very common phenomenon, i.e. temporary shortage of water supply and the water supply line remaining closed for several hours. However, in a software ...
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2answers
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All my colleagues are heavy smokers, and I am worried about my health. What vitamins is suggested to keep me healthy? [closed]

Im newly join in a company which my boss and my colleagues are heavy smoker, im worried about my health.. can you advise me what should i do to reduce the risk of second hand smoke? I can't tell to my ...
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11answers
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Who is responsible for slow equipment?

This is NOT about how to ask for new equipment. They won't; that is out of the question. My laptop takes around 15 minutes to boot, and 5 minutes to power down. It is an old model, and I use it ...
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2answers
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Can an at-will exempt salaried employee express any reservations about performing a task?

I've been working in my position (at-will, exempt salaried, not a startup, United States - U.S. Citizen) for a few months, and the environment has been mostly okay. Recently, a few other co-workers ...
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3answers
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What makes an image safe for work? [closed]

After reading Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office I was wondering what makes images safe for work. At my previous job, I used this image as a desktop background for a while: I didn't get any ...
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8answers
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How to avoid distractions from boisterous dog?

The engineering manager in my office of ~10 people brings his dog to the office, and has for years. The dog will bark and cry if the manager leaves the room for more than ten seconds, say to go to the ...
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13answers
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Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office

A colleague uses a wallpaper manager which cycles through his collection of desktop wallpapers, a seemingly unending collection of tattooed women in lingerie. There is no nudity but the images are ...
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1answer
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One of my colleagues has possible problems. Should I share my thought with anyone?

How should one deal best with a colleague, who's having some possible problems ? One of my colleagues behaves very weird in and outside work.I've heard a lot of complaining in the office regarding ...
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2answers
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I received a notice of suspension letter for alleged misconduct that is unfounded [duplicate]

I received a notice of suspension letter for alleged misconduct and I responded to my allegations.It is now a month and the employer has not said anything to me. What should i do? My union say i must ...
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2answers
486 views

Expecting too much from me after maternity leave [closed]

I started at the company as a junior game dev so I did QA and old legacy games. I did that for about a year. I thought it was an appropriate level for a fresh grad just out of university. I went on ...
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3answers
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Discourage people loitering near my desk

I have a desk next to an aisle, on a corner leading to a kitchen, toilets and a meeting room. For various reasons, this corner happens to be a place where people seem to have impromptu meetings, or ...
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10answers
8k views

How can I avoid the risk of mistakenly deleting data from a production environment with no backups? [closed]

I am a junior developer who is still not confident in my role. I am dealing with very sensitive, unrecoverable data in our production environment. A lot of my workload involves different tasks in our ...
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2answers
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How to avoid the label of 'unproductive'?

I have recently (9 months) been shifted to a team which is handling one of the most critical project of our organisation as well as known for its extremely strict and pushy managers. The focus of the ...
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1answer
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Round work space? [closed]

What do you call this kind of work space? Is there a specific name for that round desk? What about the chair? It looks like a racing seat. p.s. These are screenshots from the game "Assassins Creed: ...
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1answer
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Why are some office chairs so much more expensive than other similar ones? [closed]

One thing I've been noticing when I've been browsing for office chairs is that some are dramatically more expensive than others, for no obvious reason. Take these two for example, from the same ...
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2answers
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First job - what to expect in probation period?

I just received my first job offer from a well reputed company in Germany. Its a "Software Engineer" position focusing on software development processes (SDLC) and C++. During the two rounds of ...
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8answers
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Should I share (weekly/fortnightly) useful articles published on web with my seniors/colleagues through email?

I work in a large multinational company. My department is mix of around 60 young and experienced people. I joined around 3 years back. I often feel that there is huge scope to improve managing the ...
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10answers
8k views

How to prevent employees from escalating issues straight to the CEO?

I'm a CEO of a mid-sized company (40 employees). I tend to get along with most people and since the company is small, I have conversations every so often with new hires and interns. I don't mind ...