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Questions tagged [break-time]

Questions relating to time during the workday which is not spent actively working

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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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How to deal with mandatory unpaid lunch break?

This is a question about a job in the United States. It's a sales position in a small company where a person has to work alone in a small office. The work is for 9 hours a day where you can't leave ...
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Boss wants to use my lunchtime for work

My boss has recently asked us to attend a presentation during lunch. This will be a recurring thing at least once a month. However, I am not paid for my lunch, so I consider this to be my own time ...
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Coffee loiters in the breakroom

I am a huge coffee drinker in the office, as in I drink maybe a two pots a day. Recently, we've acquired another company and they have moved them into our office. What I've noticed is how great they ...
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Is it okay to change your clothes in front of your coworkers? [closed]

So, I'm just minding my own business about to enjoy my lunch. A coworker sits at the couch near me in the cafeteria. As I start eating my lunch, my coworker decided it's a great time to start getting ...
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What to do when colleagues and managers assign me tasks during lunch break?

I’m looking for some advice. I work in a very busy office. It can be very stressful and extremely fast-paced. I’ve noticed that during my tea break or lunch break I have other staff, mostly managers ...
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Is it common practice for a school to force its staff to use school canteen?

Our school (private secondary) just opened a canteen, and it is of type where we have to order food and wait while it is prepared. Before this there was an arrangement with nearby restaurant for ...
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How can I solve our insufficient breaks without negatively impacting availability?

I work as lead instructor for a high ropes course. Obviously, it's a safety-critical position - I'm responsible for the safety of both our customers and my team. The problem I'm having is that we don'...
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Is it OK to watch movie at work on break time? [closed]

I always used to eat my lunch behind my desk and watch movies simultaneously from 12:50 TO 13:30 pm. It was OK until this behavior gradually spread to my coworkers, and after a while all employees ...
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Professionalism of Inquiring About Workplace Napping Policy

The benefits of napping during work are heavily promoted in a recent New York Times article. Psychologists such as Daniel Goleman and Ron Friedman have been long time advocates of midday naps, citing ...
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What to do when one does not get lunch breaks during work hours? [closed]

Say that James works at startup in USA. About 10% of the time, James is so busy doing work for the company that he does not even get time to take lunch breaks, until 8 hours or more of working. Often ...
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How can I respond to coffees offered by coworkers when I'm not on permanent staff? [closed]

I work in Italy. In my office (200-300 people), there are several coffee machines that work either by using coins or by using a pre-credited magnetic key. These machines don't give back the eventual ...
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Is it inappropriate to work on personal projects during lunch breaks on my work PC? [closed]

I'm a junior software developer from a non-programming background, having finished a workplace learning programme to land this position. Since I've picked up the basics, I realise that I lack in some ...
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Meal Premiums in California

I've worked at several companies that have not been paying the 1-hour of regular pay to employees if they miss their lunch period. During the transition from not taking break to taking breaks and ...
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Is it acceptable to work on my business during lunch/before work?

I am a software developer full time, as well as a wedding photographer on weekends. I normally arrive to work 20 minutes early, and leave 15 minutes late. My lunch breaks are 30 minutes long. Is it ...
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How should I answer to coworkers' repeated questions about salary?

I face a quite uncomfortable situation in my company. Several weeks ago, I was tasked to work with a new coworker. She has been in the same company for a longer time than I, but was assigned to ...
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Is being patriotic in office cafeteria okay? [closed]

This question is related to this post here So yesterday, during lunch time, there were several people seated in the cafeteria and having their lunch. The cricket match was being played on the TV ...
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Haven't been getting breaks at work and need them

I’ve rewritten this question several times as I’m having trouble phrasing it and will try to keep it short and to the point. I recently started working as an auxiliary employee at a chain of ...
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Work day making it impossible to vote

Today, November 8th, is election day in the United States. In my state, the polls close at 8pm this evening. In my company, approximately once every two months, we have a deployment day, which is ...
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8-5 One hour unpaid [closed]

I signed a contract stating that I will be working 8am-5pm with one hour unpaid lunch. No where in my contract states that I get breaks or any paid break through out the day. Are they able to do ...
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Networking: Ask random colleagues for a coffee break? [closed]

I have just started working in a large consulting firm, together with many other colleagues. I thought about randomly inviting 3-4 new colleagues to take a coffee break. A good icebreaker would be ...
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Mandatory unpaid lunch meeting

Context: I work in a small size (25) IT company in Canada for about 8 months. And I'm paid by hour, I punch time in a software. At my job, they really like to do meetings during lunch time, about 2 ...
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Breaks in Germany [closed]

How does German law regulate breaks during working hours? Is it true that if you work 8 hours you must take a 1 hour break? And if you work 7 hours a day, would 30 minutes be sufficient?
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I want physical work against burnout syndrome, how to do it without face loss? [closed]

I feel burnout syndrome on myself and I have also the feeling, a little bit of physical work could maybe help that. I think working some months in a job doing some physical with physical objects, for ...
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Taking a break close to lunch time [closed]

Company policy allows employees to take a 15 minute break during each half of their shift. The policy also states that this break cannot be taken in conjunction with your lunch (to essentially extend ...
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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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How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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Do I have to pay employee for 9 hours from 8 to 5 [closed]

I have employees that are service techs. They're out in the field all day. They go thru drive-thru for breakfast and lunch. stop at the store a couple times a day. Then they write on time card "no ...
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Should I get paid breaks and if so, how long? [closed]

My job states I have to do 38 hours a week, I can come in, work and then leave whenever I want (between certain hours). I have to log my hours into a timesheet website and we can get as long as we ...
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Working at home and breastfeeding [closed]

When I get my PhD from college I will be working at home as a research scientist. This might require online conferences with my co-workers and my boss. Sometime in the future I am planning on having ...
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Charging for break time when you work outside of the office. Is it ethical?

I just recently switch from working in the office to working from home. I found that I needed to readjust how I manage my time as I was adapting to the new style of work. The thing that seemed to have ...
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Is it a good idea to tell my programmer colleagues that I actually code for fun? [closed]

I'm part of a small software development team. It happens that one of my greatest hobbies is actually, software development. In my free time, I enjoy contributing to several open source projects.When ...
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How to politely change what people I spend lunch break with

When I started working at this company, I was told the person who normally is in my position plays cards with a certain group of people at lunch. I have been doing so for the past several months and ...
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How to create workplace refrigerator rules when rules did not previously exist?

So at my office, everyone had been using the refrigerator responsibly and considerately for as long as I have been there. All of a sudden this year, at least one person has started storing raw meat in ...
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Mandatory one hour lunch. Is it common practice in UK IT?

I've worked at some places where they've had a mandatory one-hour lunch. So you have to work your required X hours a day, and also take a one-hour lunch. So your arrival-until-leave period covers X+1 ...
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Splitting 30-minute break

The German law states that you have to take a 30-minute break if you work more than 6 hours a day. It also states that you can split up those 30 minutes into to breaks of 15 minutes. When I did this, ...
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How can I ensure future coworkers do not see my break schedule as laziness?

I tend to take several breaks throughout the day in order to clear my head of my work and relax (and smoke a cigarette). Typically there are 2-5 of these each day. At my current company, there are ...
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Noting and quoting breaktime hours

So after doing some reading here on SE, it seems to be mostly acceptable for an employee to be productive for only 6 hours of his 8 hours workday. However, how should one write down these hours in ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave a note while you are gone for a break?

I need to interface with a lot of people on a day-to-day basis. The problem with this sometimes is that when I go out for lunch or for a quick snack, I am not available. I hate to make people wait ...
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Where can I go take a nap during the day?

I am a summer intern at a large company. There have been a few days when I have been really tired and I would like to take a nap on my lunch break, but there are no beds, or places to go for such a ...
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How can I determine if it is unprofessional to play games during lunch hours?

I like to play quick games on my iPad/phone during lunch, and I'm concerned if it gives a bad impression. I'm salaried and get an hour for lunch. I eat in the break room usually, so I'm talking about ...