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

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Working among voices — are active noise-cancelling headphones useful to create artificial silence? [on hold]

I am sensitive to sounds in the office, in particular to voices. In my ideal environment, the the sound pressure level is very low and the soft sounds that do exist are constant (gentle humming of ...
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Cannot enjoy working for any company [duplicate]

Basically, I am a developer with 5 years experience, and I am 25 yo, I have worked for a big companies and for a small company. When I am at home I use to work on personal projects. The thing is no ...
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Dealing with a noise-sensitive co-worker

One guy in my office seems to be extremely noise sensitive. He is an older man and I suspect may be starting to suffer from poor hearing, which is known to make people more sensitive to general noise ...
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how to deal with a colleague who doesnt tell me about my mistakes in person, but always does it in front of other people [duplicate]

I have a colleague who has one year more experience than me and probably from other bigger companies. When she joined our team, I thought I would learn a thing or two from her. When I told her that ...
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How to respond better to criticism or challenge?

My line managers are in agreement that I present a natural flair for sales, marketing and personal relationships. I can present engagingly to an audience of 400 persons or more and I can build strong ...
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How do I stop a director from ordering me around at meetings and via email?

I have this coworker (although he has a director title and I am a PM) who orders me during meetings with vendors and says "you do this" "you do that", even though he is supposed to be in charge of ...
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How to leave job when worrying the employer would be sued?

I currently work for a consulting company in the tech space. A few months back, we took on a project that was far too big for our team to handle, with too low a budget, and too short a timeline. ...
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I've been short changed during 'contract negotiations.' What should I do? [closed]

This is a very long story short. I am a part time employee contracted to 14 hours a week and have been with the company just over a 18 months. I love my job and have readily accepted additional ...
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What is the professional thing to do with money I found at my new desk?

I moved desks and now I sit in a desk that previously belonged to a contractor. The desk had been vacant for a few months, since the previous employee was fired. While rummaging through the ...
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How to subtly let your colleagues know that gossiping is bad [duplicate]

I have been interning at a company and during lunch hours , all the interns will go for lunch together. During lunch, the rest of the interns will start to gossip/bitch about other colleagues ...
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Spoon and plate noise in the office [duplicate]

What would be the best way to contact HR with a suggestion for having available plastic (or some other material) plates at work to keep noise at a minimum in the morning? It's a open plan office, 1 ...
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What is an efficient remote work setup you use while traveling? [closed]

I'm about to begin working fully remote -- 100% away from a corporate office -- and am curious to what hardware setups have worked for people before. I have a laptop and monitor with a docking station ...
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Why is that in some companies being above-average efficient is considered “out of place” or weird? [closed]

I just started working for a big, international company that has branches in every state. I am in the Italian one. It's my first job after leaving school. In the past months my job consisted of ...
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How do you “confront” your manager if you believe he wronged you?

I am looking for an advice from more experienced than I am. In my current team I was working in a project for quite a long time, mainly doing maintenance (unfortunately) and I believed that I had a ...
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Is it impolite to interject in overheard meetings?

There is a manager (not my manager) who sits across from me and since we both have open cubicles I can easily see (if I turn) and hear what he is doing. Perhaps I should phrase it differently, it is ...
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Is it normal not know minimum pay until the end of the interview?

More and more often I am being contacted on various professional social networks by HR people with mail like this: Hi (your name), I'm interested in your profile so I would like to know if you ...
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What to do when your office loses electricity? [closed]

When the power goes off at a tech company, what should the employees do? How should they behave and what discipline do they need to follow? Do they get involved in some fun activities?
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Best way to communicate that there is too much work to do? [closed]

First of all let me preface by saying I enjoy my job, I enjoy being overwhelmed, and I love learning new things. However, i'm the only IT guy... and people don't seem to understand the amount of work ...
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Annoying colleague with self control problems [duplicate]

I have this little annoying problem at my workplace. I work as web developer, mostly with a system backend. Most of my work revolves around thinking about security issues and validations, and data ...
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When are hugs acceptable in the workplace?

As someone who has had a job before, particularly one in the office, it is my understand that physical touch is high risk. However per the votes on this answer it seems to be enthusiastically received ...
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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?

I can't stand it when someone that sits near me comes in when they're sick. All day long I listen to them sniffle and cough and I just sit there and wonder how long until they pass their germs on to ...
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What is the best position to keep monitor?

The programs work on monitors day in and day out for near untraceable period to time. What is the best position to keep the monitor?
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what is the most appropriate way to tell a client that I can't work on their project until they have a more finished idea?

I work as a contractor. The job involves helping a number of people who come in with project ideas. One person who comes in wants a website. She has little background in websites or development ...
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What can be done to prevent people from leaving their ringing cell phones on their desks?

There's this very good answer on desk phones. This question is about personal cell phones. Many people don't bother carrying their personal cell phone with them and just leave it on their desk (or in ...
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How to push back when colleagues send work to me they can do themselves? [closed]

Over the years I've acquired some Perl skills to get the data in a shape I can work with (marketing analytics). Average dataset sizes have grown over the years, and colleagues tend to say "Excel ...
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How widespread is the usage of employee monitoring software? [closed]

There has been recent talk at my company about software being used to monitor employee's activities on their work computers. How would I be able to find out if my company uses this type of software? ...
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How to handle criticism and pressure in work never done before (industry pioneer)?

As a premise, I am the only person in the company who knows how to use a new Technology, and there are only a handful people in the whole country who use it. The Technology is in a very early phase, ...
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Whose responsibility is providing productive working environment?

I'm sharing an open-space office with around ten other software developers and a few other colleagues. A fellow developer is frequently complaining about the noise in the office. I quite agree with ...
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2answers
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How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
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How does appearance affect career options and recognition of technical skill?

Some background: Company Accuses LinkedIn Of 'Extreme Sexism' After It Pulled An Ad Featuring a Beautiful Argentinian Engineer Is there a dress code for women in software industry? The guys ...
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3answers
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Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things. He told me that in Japan ...
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How to dress professionally in a chilly workplace?

I work at a desk job as a software developer and like the rest of the IT department, we are in the basement of our building. As a result of this and constant air conditioning I find it is quite cold. ...
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Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
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Job offer from a place which recently held layoffs - how do I interpret? [closed]

I received an offer from a prospective employer recently, with competitive terms that I am considering accepting. One interesting detail is that they recently had layoffs, particularly in the ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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How should I handle my manager offering me an unwanted drink?

I stayed a bit late yesterday as I had quite a bit of work to catch up with. I wasn't aware that the world cup semi finals was happening between Argentina and the Netherlands. As a result a bunch of ...
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How do you request your manager for a nap or sleep?

In brief: What is a good way to request a manager to let me sleep somewhere for about 30 minutes when I am sleepy, without appearing lazy? I actually feel super productive after taking a short power ...
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Office flatulence is getting out of control [duplicate]

We work in a small office with only male developers, so it's not such a major issue if someone lets one rip every now and then. Big deal. However, there is one work colleague who has taken this to a ...
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Is it reasonable to require quiet working environment?

A couple of days ago I've done this exam for a professional programmer degree. The problem is that since I was the only programmer thaking the exam on that day I was put together with graphic ...
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What to do when blocked by reviews and the team is busy?

I am a co-op at a company. Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I am making many pull requests for my project for review, but the team is busy with understandably more important matters. If ...
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How to inform your boss that you don't have work?

I work in the software industry. I have been released from the project which I was working on previously. I have not been allocated to a new project and I have had no work for the last 10 days. I have ...
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What are the best ways of working with dominant personalities?

I often notice I tend to butt heads with other people who have ostentatious dominant personalities. I've only started to notice this because I know I can collaborate better with others who aren't this ...
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Asking for non-standard hardware

I work in software engineering for my current job. This means that my primary tools are my computer and the accessories that go with it (keyboard, mouse, etc.). Throughout my career I have simply ...
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Work-environment: how to handle consequences of assumptions [closed]

I have been fortunate enough to work in Indonesia for a couple of years, immediately after graduating from college. I noticed some problems that always arise that are not easy to solve. One of the ...
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Should I accept a raise when I am planning on leaving the company? [closed]

My one year review is due and my Front Office Manager has verbally informed me they're planning on giving me a raise. The problem is I'm hoping to leaving the country in two months, I'm waiting for ...
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Base vs sales quota correlation and fairness [closed]

This is a list of sales reps in my company 4.5 yr in company $35K base $50K quota sales rep. 4 yrs in company $35K base $50 quota sales rep. 4.5 yr in company $55K base $2 MIL quota sales ...
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How to professionally leave an internship? [closed]

I will soon complete an 8 months internship and I would like to know how to thank my managers and coworker in a professional manner. The situation is that the manager who hired me is a global manager ...
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Lack of communication causing weird working atmosphere during Intership …

I started an internship as a technical researcher in computer science field a month ago and the things are obviously much different then what I was learning from books. But I was prepared for that, so ...
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Should a company be hiring people who are related? [closed]

Sometimes, I have faced the fact that married couples, brothers, cousins etc work for the same company at the same floor. All of them are qualified and do their job with no problems. However, in the ...
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Dealing with a hostile work environment.

Setting: I'm a 45 years old Iranian woman. A year ago I got hired in a hospital as a professional worker. I got training in the morning and made a couple of friends. When I was getting trained in ...