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

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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
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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
316 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
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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
373 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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
173 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
212 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
485 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
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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
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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: ...
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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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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
317 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
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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
371 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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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 ...
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4answers
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How to un-friend my boss on facebook

Before I hired in at my current company I was in a class with owner of the company. He added me on Facebook which was no problem at the time because we were just classmates. Now that I work for him, I ...
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4answers
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Continuous Learning when you have a family [closed]

I am trying to practice continuous learning at home so that I can keep up with newer technologies as a software engineer. For me continuous learning involves tinkering with code, reading ...
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How to moderate excessive competition in a workplace? [closed]

Some of my coworkers are putting in 10+ hours daily (in addition to a +2 hours commute), and make sarcastic remarks when suggested to leave the office 'early' (especially if the boss is present in the ...
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How can I move into a different job sector without burning bridges and without investing time in certifications I don't want nor need? [closed]

I was offered a job which I accepted. I don’t want to say too much, but it’s in an office. I was in an awful temp job getting treated quite badly, living with my parents The job gave me the ...
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3answers
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My boss wants to do personal activities together. How can I maintain work-life balance without negatively affecting our work relationship?

Some background information: I've gone to the same chain of gyms for a few years now, and my boss recently joined. During last week's session, he approached me and we chatted about work and music ...
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Pay, Hours, Environment: pick any 2 [closed]

So far I have had 3 jobs in software field. And I have noticed an interesting pattern. But before I get to the pattern let me explain 3 main things I look for in a job. Pay: Getting paid slightly ...
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6answers
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What strategies can I use to deal with a workplace with an “easy hire, easy fire” policy?

I work in a company that has an easy hire easy fire approach. The rate at which people are fired is over 15% of the workforce each year. The worst part is that an explanation is not given for those ...
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9answers
6k views

Is it necessary to work 8 hours a day if I work from home? [closed]

I was previously working in an office from 9-6 but my boss decided for us to work remotely due to various reasons. When I was in an office setting, I had no choice but to stay in the office from 9-6 ...
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3answers
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New job assignment where my ex manager has become my subordinate

I have been promoted by the company CEO to senior manager. This position places me above my first boss at the company, who was my boss for 9 years, but we didn't seem to click or harmonize much with ...
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7answers
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How to handle boss's invitation to become a Facebook Friend knowing that sometimes my Friends might post something that is not work-appropriate

I've had a pretty good working relationship with my boss for the past 1 1/2 years. He trusts me to deal with the problems he gives me, I give him the best quality work that I can, occasionally there ...
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2answers
939 views

Requesting manager not to use personal cell number for work-related calls [closed]

I love working at my office, but separate my work from my home/personal life. Recently I had to call my manager from my cell phone due to problems with the office phones. Since I called him, he has ...
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4answers
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Right way to ask for financial help [closed]

I'm financially stuck, In that situation how should I approach my manager(most probably this is the one time approach and hope it will never happen to me again), it's really hard for me to ask my ...
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What arrangements have helped people with chronic illnesses to successfully grow in their company?

Have you or anyone you know about managed to grow in their career (good performance, promotion, reaching senior management, etc) despite having a chronic illness - and if yes, what kind of ...
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3answers
855 views

How can I tell my boss that I need some “downtime” to recover my health, without affecting my career?

I am in my mid 20s and was in emergency room due to lethally high blood pressure. As they found no physiological/common reason for it, they said it must be due to work stress and lifestyle. The ...
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2answers
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Are web development jobs always so stressful? [closed]

I have worked in the web development industry for three years as a PHP developer. I've gone through three different companies in that time. The first company worked people so hard that most people ...
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Working without a clock [closed]

I am about to change jobs. In my new job I will be working without logging time worked, and without looking at the clock as my new boss puts it. I will be allowed to work from home, when I desire, and ...