Issues about balancing the demands of both work and non-work activities.

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How can I find meaning in 40 hr/week job [closed]

I've been a full-time software developer for the past 3 years, since graduating with a Computer Science degree. I initially had a lot of passion for this field - I used to spend my free time writing ...
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4answers
488 views

Is it acceptable to take a day off during crunch time when it seemingly doesn't matter to my boss? [closed]

There is a high priority project I am working on that needs to be completed in 2 weeks. Chances are that I will complete it, but the timing is tight. I wanted to take a day off in the next few ...
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2answers
207 views

How do I deal with constant unfair load distribution?

I've been working with a boss for 3 years now. About a year and half back, as the workload increased, we got another resource into our team. I and this guy share the workload together. However, since ...
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5answers
467 views

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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3answers
157 views

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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4answers
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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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8answers
11k views

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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2answers
259 views

What's the best way to go about finding jobs that offer homeworking? [closed]

I'm a software developer in the UK, and I've found that it's very rare (maybe 5% of the time) to find an employer that will even consider any working from home, let alone for the majority of the time. ...
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7answers
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Is stress expected this soon in my career?

I am a junior developer in a very small company and have been there for a year. Only a month ago it was just my boss and I working on developments. While I am a junior and only 21, I have had previous ...
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3answers
4k views

Convincing a prospective employer about taking a “lower” ranked job

For most of the past 15 years I have been working at the "higher" end of the technical spectrum, in both permanent and contracting roles such as tech lead, information architect, product architect, ...
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3answers
216 views

How to refuse work task solicitation [closed]

I have been a programmer for a long time now and have gainned experience and knowledge over years of studies. Working in the field of computer also made me a source of knowledge for basic tasks ...
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3answers
246 views

How can you cooperate with your co-workers to learn and share knowledge not regarding to your current positions? [closed]

Improving your abilities as a worker can be difficult. If you only learn what your current position demands to, you could end in a position where you won't be able to make your career advance, whether ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
443 views

Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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5answers
309 views

Working extra job in Software

I have seen a lot of questions on this site about avoiding working extra hours without compensation or maintaining work life balance. My question is how do you go about working extra hours for pay in ...
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2answers
240 views

Resigning from position [closed]

I was unemployed for a long time and became quite pessimistic. Then I just applied for a suitable position and surprisingly got hired. Because I used to live independent (waking and sleeping late) ...
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12answers
9k views

How common is overtime in programming field? [closed]

I'm a 27 year old Italian guy and currently, I work as a customer service technician for an Italian internet provider. I'm currently thinking about a career change, and I think that working as a ...
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6answers
586 views

Sitting for long periods of time hurts my lower back. What can I do? [closed]

I like my job as a programmer but I heard all about the permanent damage that sitting can cause on the lower back. Right now my lower back is annoying me and I cannot focus on my job­. Some days it is ...
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2answers
387 views

Using personal email to communicate work related information

I am recently new at my job and have yet to be set up for remote access to the company intranet at home. The project communication is not urgent but the project is due near the end of next week. If I ...
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1answer
331 views

How to Respectfully Ask for Less Hours

I am currently a co-op at an organization where I really want to have a career. I did a temporary internship with them, fell in love, and got the more permanent co-op position in a different state. ...
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1answer
546 views

Can I reveal my personal accomplishment to my colleagues at work?

I recently finished writing some technical literature that is getting published shortly. It took me two years to write it (mostly due to my procrastination). I am proud of my work and it is not even ...
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3answers
833 views

Is it generally okay to work from “home” for a week or two in another country? [closed]

am a software engineering student who happens to be working in the industry already. I have a lot of traveling experience but I lack any work from home experience. I am currently considering an offer ...
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1answer
532 views

I don't like my job but my family members are forcing to continue this job. Don't know what to do [closed]

After completing my college I joined in a company as SEO(Search Engine Optimizer) and worked for 2 years. In that Job I got lot of satisfaction because I love that Job. later I got an opportunity to ...
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2answers
551 views

How to get rid of my presentism?

After a few years with quite some overtime, I decided to get rid of my 'staying late' habit. That was never that excessive, but the hours add up. While staying late and doing overtime is a bit of a ...
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2answers
258 views

Time off from work due to family breakdown [closed]

My partner just received a call from her younger brother saying her parents are splitting and she needs to come home, she is 34 weeks pregnant and its a 3.5 hour drive to where her family lives and I ...
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3answers
733 views

Is living at work normal when completing a project on a tight deadline? [closed]

I dropped out of school a few months ago to work at a tech startup without realising how demanding the job would be. The company culture is passion-first. I'm frequently told I'm doing great work and ...
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4answers
515 views

How the working-hours system work in practice?

I'm a master student in CS in a German Uni and I will graduate soon and start looking for jobs in Germany as a software engineering/java developer. I never worked in the industry before. My main ...
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2answers
207 views

Employee work-life balance [duplicate]

I recently started leading a team. Things are ok. I also have a good rapport with my entire team. But I ran into a situation like this recently.. A team member had a really serious personal emergency ...
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2answers
1k views

How to cope with an employee who stays late and do work on saturdays?

I work in the IT industry. One of my employee works late and on weekends. I, on the other hand, arrive and leave on time. The project schedule is tight, and others are asking me to work extra hours, ...
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3answers
186 views

Interviewing and work from home topic, as well as existing employers [closed]

I work in a field and industry where telecommuting is a feasible option for my role, and it is usually a matter of whether an employer will support it as a company policy. I've worked for both types: ...
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1answer
605 views

Applying for a higher position in the same department [duplicate]

My manager left a few months ago while i just started working in the company for only 3 months. I was then given the opportunities and appointed by my director to learn all the jobs and duties of my ...
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2answers
571 views

I have so many problems I cannot focus on work - should I resign? [closed]

I have a huge amount of personal problems that take a lot of time, including being worried and trying to sort a few things out. But I can neither focus on one nor the other properly when I am at work ...
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2answers
241 views

Is technical management unavoidable? [closed]

I'm a developer with about 10 years of experience, most of them with my current employer. I am good at my work, and this success has been recognized with promotions and increased responsibilities. ...
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11answers
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How do I get my family to respect my home office?

I got my current job a few years ago when the company had a second office near my hometown. A few months later they closed that office and offered me the opportunity to work from home instead. I ...
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5answers
8k views

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: ...
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4answers
785 views

Company is going to relocate and my commute will double [closed]

Even more than double taking into account very busy highway near a big city. I'm considering to resign, but I don't want to find myself without unemployment insurance. However I'm not sure about ...
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7answers
3k views

How should I approach my manager to ask if bringing fiancée to work would be okay? [closed]

My fiancée has recently had some major issues with family, and she's finding it hard to be on her own. We recently moved to a new city and she hasn't started university yet, and as such hasn't got any ...
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1answer
242 views

How to deal with a situation where my colleague thinks being simple is more important than being correctly organized in my documentation [closed]

I have a common shared task with my colleague where we need to get some work done by another team that has jumped in to help us with some dead lines coming up, since the 2 of us don't have the ...
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1answer
499 views

Officially 5 days working but we work on many alternate Saturdays to get things done

I am planning to join a Indian Software Company. But I am not comfortable with working Saturdays. How do I make them understand that I am not comfortable with Saturday's working. I know, its not ...
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6answers
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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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3answers
1k views

How to handle last minute work deadlines that I cannot meet due to personal schedules? [closed]

Scenario/Background: I have two bosses, with one of whom I manage variable daily processes (priority 1), while the other one gives me longer term projects (priority 2). Due to the extreme variability ...
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1answer
402 views

How to earn money enough to live a contented life without killing social and family life? [closed]

I live in a third world country where middle class like me spends majority of day working. People seem to have no interest in anything other than work sleep circle. After finishing my proportional ...
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6answers
4k views

Pressured to take work home by colleagues? [closed]

Good evening everyone! I am an Italian guy which graduated in computer science last April (cum laude, saying this just to give a bit of context). The day after the graduation, I began work interviews ...
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3answers
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How to decline participation in team building activities

I have this situation where I can't figure out what to do. Big team building event is coming up and it is happening at place where my girlfriend loves to go few times at summer time, it is really ...
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3answers
2k views

Etiquette of business hospitality dinners

Small business etiquette question here: My employer will occasionally fly people in from the remote office to get some face time at corporate HQ. During these visits this person and his/her team are ...
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1answer
4k views

How to deal with bosses that expects too much

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. During my interview and on the contract it says the work hours are from 9:30am to 6:30pm. I always ...
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3answers
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How can I deal with inappropriate content appearing on my Twitter feed at work?

On Twitter, I follow 138 people. All but a few use their Twitter accounts in a professional manner. There are 3 main categories: Game company employees, people who use YouTube professionally, and ...
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647 views

How to show passion and motivation at workplace without working out of hours?

Most German corporations are now banning out-of-hours work, with government regulations stepping in to tighten these measures in order to improve work-life balance in the country... I don't know if ...
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4answers
380 views

How to “go the extra mile” without making trade-offs in one's life and general well-being? [duplicate]

We are all told that commitment, dedication and good performance are only part of the formula for being a valuable asset to the company. We must always "go the extra mile". I consider myself an ...
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4answers
823 views

What do you do about a disturbing lack of delegation by a CEO?

Here is the background: I've been with the company for 8 months now as an employee, and have seen the company go from being 3 people and a few contractors to almost 30. We've taken no outside ...