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

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How to get my boss to implement a more consistent workflow

I work at a company in software development and I am having a big problem with workflow. There have been a lot of issues lately with making sure the product is bug free. I always feel rushed and like ...
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2answers
239 views

Being forced to work off hours [on hold]

My employer is forcing me to work off hours, to do inventory of the store, which I have never done. I am only a cashier not a stock person. This will be done at night after store hours, and I would ...
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3answers
517 views

Long hours in a startup - what to do? [on hold]

I have been working in a tech start up for 7 months as a PM and something is starting to bug me. The rest of the team can come into work at 9am, I have to be in at work by 8-8:30 latest. ...
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3answers
231 views

How to work the least possible amount? (programming next to Masters)

I am starting a masters next year and will need to support myself. I would like to find a way to make enough money to get by, but want to primarily focus on my studies. How do I explain this when ...
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17answers
15k views

Is it possible to work more than full-time for an employer?

I have a full-time job for my current employer and have been working here for 2 years. The problem is that I'm working a lot of hours, since I enjoy my profession a lot (I'm in software ...
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4answers
706 views

How do I quit a job working for a friend without damaging the friendship? [closed]

I started working at a software company as soon as I finished school as a junior software developer but was laid off three months later due to funding problems. A month later, a friend who I have ...
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9answers
8k views

Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? [closed]

My employer (science) has several sites. One is in Cambridge MA, where some colleagues tell me their one-way commute is in excess of an hour. I've even heard that a few colleagues commute up to 2 hrs ...
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6answers
1k views

Why is it expected for programmers to work long hours? [closed]

I am a junior developer so I haven't had much experience in the field, but I've two different jobs and it seems like it's normal or almost expected for developers to work more than the typical 40 ...
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2answers
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When should I ask for different work hours during the hiring process?

I am a student and I am looking for my first programming job (where I live -not USA- people work and study at the same time). In general people work from 9 a.m to 6 p.m (total: 9 hours, this includes ...
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2answers
366 views

How could I ask my future employer if I can work remotely?

I accepted a job back in October as a software developer for a company I've interned for twice. I have a great relationship with the company, and they were eager to hire me on after the summer's work. ...
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4answers
251 views

Career Advice: Should I leave my current team or wait for promotion? [closed]

I have been working for this company for about 11 months now. Everything is going well, however feel undervalued with regards to my salary. About 4 months ago I was passed up for a position with a ...
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2answers
167 views

What's the relationship between working long hours and productivity for passionate people? [closed]

I've read that working excessively long hours hurts productivity. However, I also know that a large majority of people do not truly love their job. So, if these studies sample randomly from the ...
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10answers
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Peer achieving more, by putting in more than regular working hours for not so urgent tasks

I have a great team member who is very reliable and dependable and a great asset to the team. However, of late, I have realized that this person is working for almost 14 hours a day. There is ...
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1answer
421 views

Under what circumstances is it permissable to stay overnight in the office? [closed]

Due to an unexpected weather event last night my evening commute time was quadrupled, and I had to be back at work only 4 hours after I was able to pull in to my own driveway. It didn't occur to me ...
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6answers
7k views

How do I keep a work-life balance while traveling for work?

My manager recently offered me a position that would require me to travel every week. I would fly to another location for 4 days every week for the first six months, and taper down to traveling every ...
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2answers
462 views

Rejected Leave after Verbally accepting [closed]

Scenario: Joined with a company last week , I was Interviewed almost 1 month before and offered me a position, before accepting the offer I have mentioned that I need to take a day off within 2 week ...
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4answers
528 views

Presenteeism, How should I phase questions to discover if a job has a stay late culture [duplicate]

So what questions would give me answers to discovering a stay late culture. What should I look for with responses that give it away. I'm a single dad, with 2 girls aged 7 & 10 and my wife died of ...
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2answers
357 views

Should I tell my boss I am being headhunted in the hope that my current workplace may value me more? should I stay or should I go? [closed]

The industry I work in is extremely small and hard to find replacement workers, which makes me very valuable to my boss especially because I am such a hard worker. We operate with two servicemen ...
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7answers
5k views

How to convince managers to let me work less hours for the same pay

I am working as a software engineer / developer. Mostly I do requirements engineering, implementation of said requirements, some testing and support and the like. I have somewhat responsibility for ...
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4answers
445 views

Overtime as the only hourly worker on team

I'm a new hire (4 months ago) at a company, working as a developer. I am hired as an hourly worker, and my contract states that I am eligible for overtime if I work more than 40 hours/week. The issue ...
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5answers
445 views

I have issues outside of work which is affecting my performance at work

I have ongoing issues outside of work which are out of my control and now affecting my performance at work. My elderly mother often becomes ill and must go to the hospital. She has carers that call ...
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3answers
633 views

Ask about work-life balance before accepting offer?

It's commonly claimed that one shouldn't directly ask about a firm's work-life balance during a job interview. Once a job candidate is tendered a verbal offer, is it common for the candidate to ask ...
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2answers
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Is my anger justified? [closed]

First, some background. I live and work in the US and have 18 years experience in my engineering career across a variety of industries. All of my experience has been focused on product development, ...
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6answers
8k views

Is it a bad idea to have 2-3 months off after getting a degree? [duplicate]

I am currently at university, and I have been wondering how bad it looks to a potential employer if an applicant takes some time off after university before they start looking for work. When I say ...
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9answers
11k views

How can I politely decline my boss's invitations to social events after-hours or on the weekend

I'm currently working in a software company and I am enjoying it so far. Everyone is quite friendly and gets along well together. A lot of times since I have started here my boss has asked me to ...
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7answers
3k views

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
598 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
821 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
831 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
273 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
926 views

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
272 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
9k views

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
249 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
268 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
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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3answers
749 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
390 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
246 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
10k 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
962 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
534 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
828 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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604 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
946 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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758 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
813 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
275 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 ...