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

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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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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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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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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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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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How to properly assess work pace and “strategy/plans-changing culture” of a new company or industry? [closed]

Short story: I enjoy fast-paced work but cannot keep up with unplanned tasks or frequent unpredictable changes of plans at the company, as this makes it hard for me to schedule and enjoy my personal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Leaving a startup for another and work-life balance [closed]

First of all, I'm going to start off with a little bit of background. I'm 22 and graduated almost 2 years ago. I'm a very methodical and precise guy. I like working on analyzed projects and mature ...
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How to gracefully decline a job interview when a family member works for the company?

My wife and I recently changed towns and had to switch jobs also. I'm currently searching for a job while my wife was hired at a company and is currently undergoing her probation period. We work in ...
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How do I promote a game in the office? [closed]

We are planning to have an event of "Dumb Charades" in the office. I want a lot of people to attend the event. Promotions are being done using mailers and posters, but I hardly see any kind of ...
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How to react to my superior's demand to come to work when child is sick?

I took two days off because my child is sick and needs to stay home. On the previous week I took half a day off also because of my child's health. On the second day of my absence, my boss wrote me an ...
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How to secure my job position, considering outsource jobs? [closed]

I'm in the IT industry, and many companies are outsourcing it jobs to India, China etc. What can I do to secure my positions within the industry?
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How to manage managerial deadlines with a volatile and eventful health condition?

I have, like most professionals today, a deadline-driven job. I also have, unlike most, unpredictable health events. There are periods in which I am just like everyone else. I am also very ambitious ...
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How to work without a private workspace?

Will be transferring to a new program next year. As a developer with over a decade in the same private cube, with mainly independent assignments, I will be moving to a multiple person workspace - and ...
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What kind of activities are allowed if your job contract prohibits any other occupation or business? [closed]

My full-time job contract contains a clause that says my employment with the company is exclusive and I should have no other occupation or business outside of it. I would like to know what exact kind ...
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Is it my responsibility to inform HR of illegal events performed by coworkers that they might not know about?

Recently a coworker informed me they were convicted for check fraud and sent to prison several years ago, they advised me they did not disclose this information when being hired by the company. I ...
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How should I deal with the urge to sleep at work? [closed]

What should I do when I am tired, but have to be in work, and the work is sending me to sleep? What is a good practice to deal with such situations. How can I communicate the situation to my ...
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Tendering a proposal in a corporate environment

Our corporation has acquired a new company, and one of the positions that has come about as a result of this is that we have a high level executive position in charge of workplace environment and ...
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How should I ask about work/life balance during an Interview?

I am interviewing for a company later today that has the following listed under Expectations on their career website: Some flexibility in a 40-hour work week In addition, their job descriptions ...
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Are changes to working conditions acceptable [closed]

I have been with my current UK based employer for 6 years and have recently been asked to provide 24/7 on call coverage with no increase in benefits as, and I quote, its expected of a senior member of ...
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How can I stop my boss from interfering in my private life in a manner that preserves my relationship with my boss?

Since about a year and a half ago I have been in a relationship with someone who is an ex colleague. At first as it was private life, I only my close friends at work. Eventually my boss came to know ...
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How do I ask for a longer break from my job?

I have a 5 days working schedule (and on the weekends I do work for personal growth). My schedule is literally so hectic that sometimes I feel I need a long vacation (at least 15-20 days). With such a ...