Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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I finish the project too early, what should I do now? [duplicate]

I have been given a project deadline with a total duration of 1 month, but I finish the project for just 2 weeks. Now, what should I do? Past Experiences: What I experienced before when I chose to ...
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Team 2 wants extra benefits because team 1's requirements changed

I have two teams, Team A and Team B. They do different work. The working hours of team A were recently changed (to 6-14hrs and 14-22 hrs), and the company decided to pay extra for Team A. Team B does ...
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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 document that I work irregular hours every day based on business needs and on-demand situations?

I have been the curator/manager of a small historic building for 10 years and a change in management now requires that I document my working hours and processes, presumably to determine a change in my ...
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How do you decide when to go home for the day?

As a salaried software developer, I've worked in a few environments where I've been told "we don't have 9-5 hours here, we just expect you to get your work done". Which sounds idealistic, except that ...
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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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Should anyone hire a slow worker?

I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and this makes me worry that should I ever get a job. I found during my university studies that I am about 40 % slower student than average friend. Still, I ...
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Is background design/problem-solving time considered billable?

Say you're doing contract development work that is accounted for and billed on an hourly basis. There has been no design work done/provided up front, and the project involves a number of problems ...
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Research and proof of concept work for an unapproved project [closed]

I've been rolling an idea around in the back of my head for a coding project at a company I was recently hired on to that would add significant value to my company's primary software package. My ...
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Time/Punch clock at least 1 minute ahead, people being written up for being 1 minute late according to time clock? [closed]

As the title says, myself and others have been getting write ups for being one minute late according to the punch clock, even though in reality we were on time. The time clock is always off by 1 ...
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Full-time to Part-time consequences [closed]

I am in a conundrum at the moment. I graduated last year June, and then got a job working as a Support consultant. After 8 months I got bored and left to another company as a Support tech as well. ...
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Official work hours for nonexempt [closed]

I work in Manufacturing and our fixed work hours are 7:00am - 3:30pm with a 15 minute unpaid break and 30 minute paid lunch. Our nonexempt employees are required to punch a clock at the start and ...
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Is it a bad idea to apply for a job online late at night?

I have recently applied for a job online on totaljobs.com. I sent a copy to my email address, and I realised that the time was 2AM when I applied! Do you think this will frowned upon by my ...
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Staying at work for convenience

I am new to my current workplace, they've got flexible working hours, so sometimes I stay after regular working hours (because I came late, or simply want to get more things done). After I am done, I ...
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Manager editing timesheets after submission

My manager is editing timesheets after we submit them. He's modifying something that often takes off 30 minutes to 1 hour. Is there any good way to approach this without seeming greedy and/or a ...
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Our time card punch clock is almost exactly 2 minutes behind the actual time of day. Is this bad? [closed]

Is there some way that my employer is somehow benefiting from the time card punch clock being 2 minutes behind everybody's desktop and phone clocks?
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When should I apologize for missing a meeting? [closed]

I am an intern at a software company. I was late coming in to the office today and missed a 15 minute meeting. I am having trouble deciding whether it is appropriate to apologize for missing the ...
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Working hours and additional hours in UK [closed]

The contract that came with my job offer says: Hours of Work Your standard working week shall be 37.5 hours, exclusive of meal breaks. Your current operational hours are Monday to Friday, ...
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Can a company monitor the workstations without telling the users? [closed]

It's legal to track user activity throught a local spy software or proxies like SonicWall and don't telling them that they are being tracked?
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How to clock time on a mandatory shuttle?

Most of my organization's employees park at the office, but there aren't enough spots for everyone. The company has an overflow lot 10 minutes from the building where about 20% of the employees are ...
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Working during jury duty [closed]

This is a question specific to the US. In the US, we're required to serve jury duty once a year when we get a jury summons. Recently (or at least for me), instead of waiting at the courthouse all ...
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Need help in work management [closed]

I am finding difficulty in finishing tasks on time. And lately, this is affecting me and my professional life a lot. At work, my boss is getting judgmental about this and discarding all my good ...
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Can my employer (under Brazilian labour law) require me to work outside my established working hours?

I work between 8am and 2pm from Monday to Friday. However, on 21 March my company will host an event that will happen at 8pm. However, I go to school from 7pm until 11pm and my employer knows that. ...
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What is the proper way to ask for compensation for pitch work?

9 times out of 10 when interviewing with a company I'll be posed with the task of creating an app or site in order to win the work. A wordpress plugin, animation or node server that downloads flickr ...
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How to deal with “cheaters” regarding billable time?

I work for a company that uses outsourced contract developers paid hourly but physically located in our office. At the end of every month we get an excel sheet from their outsourcing companies with ...
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Should I let my boss know that I will have a series of doctor's appointments or is it sufficient to notify her in advance of each one?

in the near future I am going to have a series of doctor's appointments, probably a maximum of 3 per month during working hours. I wonder if I should notify my boss that this is going to be the case. ...
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Is it ethical to write answers to work-relevant Stack Exchange questions on the clock? [closed]

First off, this is intended to be an extension to the question "Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?". I do realize the irony of asking this on Stack Exchange itself, but hey, I'm not ...
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early morning and late afternoon emails [closed]

I've recently read an article about how the successful managers don't read emails first thing in the morning. The question I have is very general. How to handle the work emails you receive (mostly ...
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How to Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...
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What should I do when I don't have anything to say in daily stand up meetings?

I'm not skipping my work, but I have dependencies on other teams' work which block my own. What should I say in daily stand up meetings, if I cannot do any work? I agree that telling I am waiting for ...
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Should I log off topic time?

I'm a salaried worker (IT), our contract requires us to work 37.5 hours a week. We can be flexible with what hours we work, we record what hours we work on a time sheet. While we can be flexible, ...
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Are there repercussions to opting to be furloughed?

I'm a newish employee (4 months on the job), and for some reason, my job description falls in the category of "essential services", although in real terms, it isn't. There are several others like me ...
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Tips for being on time to work [closed]

I ended a job where I had trouble arriving arriving on time. I don't own a vehicle and rely on the buses. This job was in a different city than I'm used to and the buses really are bad. I feel this is ...
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Is it appropriate to ask coworkers and boss to let me know when they arrive and expect to leave?

Where I work, the other four members of my department always arrive at random times, usually latter than when they are expected. It is not uncommon for two of them to arrive around 11am. I know it's ...
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Workplace effects of working “almost full time”?

I have sometimes considered trying to move from full-time to 80%-time (one day a week off). I don't mean changing jobs, becoming a contractor, or doing a 4/10 schedule; I mean negotiating this change ...
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My boss started sending me IMs to my private account. How should I deal with this?

I few days ago my boss started to send me instant messages to my private phone on my private account. He sends me error-messages and screenshots from customers. I fully understand this may be his ...
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Changing the culture of overtime to efficiency

I work at a very young start-up company. We have had turn-over rates (mass resignation of staff, thrice) in the past but changes in the system have led to a more a stable employee retention and better ...
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How to deal with a lead who thinks spending more hours and staying late in office is the surest sign of productivity? [duplicate]

In my team the lead thinks that only when people are spending are more time at the office or staying late in office, they are doing good work. Recently a project was done where team coordination and ...
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When should I consider myself to be at work?

This may seem a strange question, but my workplace isn't an easy access building. The place I work is a large (several hundred acres), fenced off, limited access campus. There are only a few gates, ...
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Working in pairs when it is not actively encouraged?

I'm a firm believer that I can do any unfamiliar work, as long as an expert first shows me how to do it and perhaps supervises me when I do it for the first few units of time (depends on the task). ...
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Effects of automated time tracking/monitoring

Our company wants to set up an automated time tracking/monitoring system. It will monitor every software developers' workstation and make statistics about their computer usage: which program the ...
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Is it work time to investigate benefits and complete the associated paperwork when joining a new company?

Recently I changed employers. When I started, I was given a binder and stack of papers about the company's benefits. I'm finding the amount of research and paperwork needed to set up these benefits ...