Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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Conflicting information regarding acceptable practice. How to determine if doing something with permission will hurt me?

I worked from home in the month of December for two weeks with my manager's permission. My manager also allowed me to work from home for the next two weeks. A month after this happened a colleague ...
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Am i obligated to take my lunch break during a meeting where lunch is provided?

I don't have a set time where I take my lunch and I typically take it at abnormal hours of the typical 8-5 workday. If a meeting is called during the typical lunch hour of 12-1pm time frame and lunch ...
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How can I tell my boss that I will work at a slower pace until I receive a raise?

I work in a company where the culture was, for several years, to raise the salary of almost every worker at every year. This increase was usually between 2%-5% and was related with the employee ...
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What should I do when everyone in my team is spending so much time at coffee breaks?

TL;DR: Everyone in my team, including our boss, is spending 1 hour and 30 minutes per day drinking coffee and talking. Since I don't want to be alone and without friends, I'm joining them and I feel ...
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How to Indicate my Time Availability in a Job Application?

I am applying for a job through the company website and in the application there is a section which asks for my time availability per day. Question: How exact should I be when providing such ...
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How might extended remote work affect my employment status? [closed]

I have been working for 5 months within the IT department of an organization, and have chosen to work remotely (telecommute), as do many other people here. So, I don't need to be physically in the ...
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Jury duty during first month of new job

I signed an offer for a new position last night, and I am due to start work on November 30. Just today, I received a letter in the mail from the state in which I live, where they summoned me for Jury ...
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How can I be more of a <Current job title>? [closed]

The last 3 jobs I've worked I've never done what was in the job description. All of them have been labeled "Software Engineer", but (somehow) I've always ended up doing different things. I've been a ...
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Trust based work time and actual working time

I have a full-time work contract for 40 hours per week. However, the working time is not actively controlled, but completely trust based with a 4 hour core time. I was told informally that it's not ...
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Caused unnecessary work for colleagues

I made a stupid mistake today and made some work inaccessible, delaying two other colleagues work as they are the only ones capable of fixing my mistake. What is the correct way to approach this ...
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How to deal with interruptions? [duplicate]

Throughout the working day is a common practice to communicate, I find it good until the point where we communicated all day long and all the work done is in a draft state, leading one to work after ...
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How should I respond to a boss who complains if I'm 5 minutes late?

My boss wants me at work by 8:00 a.m. Outside of rush hour, my drive to work takes about 15 minutes. During rush hour the commute time can vary greatly. (Public transporation isn't a reasonable ...
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Company pushing me to sign records about working hours while I was on vacation

(or a harsher title: "Company pushing me to sign a fake report about my working hours") There is a project which is partially funded by an outside source (government subsidy), and I'm a developer ...
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Is it ethical to leave right on time to catch a bus?

So I have been at my current job for just over three months now and am loving where I work. Just recently I have had to start taking the bus in to the office both in the morning and at night. This bus ...
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Handling mandatory lunch breaks after signing an offer [closed]

In next month I will start a new job in a big corporation as a software developer. It will be three months trial period. I will be employed for full-time (40h in Poland), but few days ago I ...
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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge? [closed]

I recently started a part time job in a small mom/pop organization that's been running over 25 years. The employee lounge is open to all staff members while they are taking a break from their shift. ...
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Work day feels extremely slow [closed]

I recently finished further education and entered into full time work. I got a programming job at a very good company with equally good pay and I'm very happy with the position. Since I have started ...
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Applying to Full-Time Positions But Wanting 30 Hours/Week?

I'm considering dropping out of the fourty-hour work week for personal reasons. I'd like to look for jobs where I can work thirty hours instead, but most positions are either full-time (fourty hours) ...
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Not being assigned work because project managers don't want the new person [duplicate]

This is long, so here's a summary if you don't want to read: Working for two months in a department where everyone's been working for 10+ years (I'm literally the only new person). Because I'm still ...
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Should I feel obligated to work extra hours because of project mismanagement?

What's been happening is that my mobile team is kind of short-handed and we have lots of projects to deliver that our manager committed to, knowing we were short-handed. Even though we all stated to ...
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How productivity or working hours are measured in software development jobs? [closed]

So I will start my job as a software engineer very soon. I've never worked at a company before. What is not clear to me is how people/companies in software development jobs measure their productivity ...
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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?

I've been working at my UK company for 10 months. This hasn't been an issue in 10 months. We have a sign-in book and a sign-in clock. The clock is wrong, and we all know it (it's 2 minutes fast I ...
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What to do when included in a chain of funny emails between bosses?

At my office we have this culture where there's no such things like 'a wall between manager and staff' or 'strict, polite formalities between co-workers', but it doesn't mean there's no respect here. ...
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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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Is it a violation of workplace ethics if employees do R&D and personal projects in their free times during office hour?

Managers always put emphasis on R&D and technical competence. Normally, employees are expected to do R&D and personal projects for skill enhancement purposes outside office hours and ...
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Who is responsible for slow equipment?

This is NOT about how to ask for new equipment. They won't; that is out of the question. My laptop takes around 15 minutes to boot, and 5 minutes to power down. It is an old model, and I use it ...
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Counting hours on a business trip [closed]

I am obliged to autonomously count my work hours and see that they are in balance with the work contract. While I already asked my manager, I would like to have an independent view on the following: ...
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Is it unethical for an unpaid intern to arrive late frequently?

First of all, I'm not technically an intern. I'm in my final school year and to pass it, I have to program an application for a company with a partner. This is a seperate project, so we're not ...
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Asked by previous company to help them freelance in a project

I have had very good relations with my previous organization . A result of it , that the HR called up and asked them to help them out with estimations and working on this new project . I was the only ...
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Are employees expected to work a little bit extra? [closed]

I make a small hourly wage at a technical part-time job at a California startup. My father recommended that I work 5 minutes before and after my timesheet begin and end times, respectively, so as to, ...
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Is it illegal to use my personal cell phone for work related matters? [closed]

I'm a restaurant manager and contact crew members via text sometimes. Someone told me that it's illegal, and I should only use the company land line and call them. Our company has not had a policy ...
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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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Good desk plants for increasing air quality? [closed]

The air inside my office is noticeably more stale, smelly, and generally unpleasant than the fresh, crisp, delightful air outside it. Air freshener may mask any odd smells but it really doesn't help ...
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Boss IMs my private email account at work

My boss sent me an email today asking me to keep my IM chat open while I'm at work. My boss supervises me from another city, so I understand why the request was made. This way, my boss can quickly ...
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How to tell your boss that the project you've been working on will be a failure? [duplicate]

A while back one of our guys (Let's call him Andy) stroked up a deal with Company A for getting x y data from them, for a set amount of money. (This was before I started working here) Another ...
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How to deal with very variable lunch times and lunch room used for conferencing?

Situation I'm working at a startup (8 people, 4 sales/4 tech) in an open office setting. Lunch times always used to be from 12:30 to 1:30. We have a glass box room with a large rectangular table used ...
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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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How to cope with an employee who stays late and does 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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How can I avoid making up hours I am taking as PTO? [closed]

I'm a full-time salaried employee for Company A, contracted out to Company B (I am not considered an employee of Company B, though I work in their office). The end of the year is coming, and I have a ...
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can having a suspected heart attack and awaiting an ambulance at work be included as absence? [closed]

I am facing redundancy and work is including the time from when I collapsed, was administered 1st Aid and awaiting the ambulance as absence. I start work at 8.30am and the incident happened at ...
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Leaving workplace before “quitting time”

I am a university professor from the United States. I am on a one year "leave of absence" from my US university, and I am now in France working for an industrial research organization (high level ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...