Questions tagged [covid-19]

Questions relating to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic known officially as COVID-19. Questions should be about the pandemic's effect on the workplace. General news and medical questions are off topic.

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Can I get fired during COVID-19 for moving to another city in the same state?

Since the pandemic I am working remotely. I am in the process of moving to a different city (same state, 2 hour car commute away). I asked my employer for permission. The general notion was yes but ...
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Should the stipend be paid if working remotely?

So currently I am a final year undergraduate from a university in India and I am doing a research internship at a University in the United Kingdom. The researcher under whom I am working had earlier ...
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I’m struggling with depression and feel I need time off work, but I’m worried about letting everyone down

I’m a software developer and I’ve been at the same company for 10 years and I’m very happy there, and generally they have been happy with me too. I have suffered from depression since I was a teenager,...
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Is it unethical to divulge results of a COVID test to my team?

Background At my workplace, we have, in my opinion, an issue with being transparent about where COVID exposure is. I understand the rationale of being careful with how information is communicated: ...
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Should I notify my manager that a coworker has been taking a lot of cough drops over COVID-19 concerns?

At my workplace, we are required to wear face masks throughout the day and to do our best to keep a six foot distance from other coworkers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A few days ago, I noticed ...
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What motivates software companies to hire locally?

As a US citizen myself, I've been wondering this for years: What motivates software companies to hire locally? More specifically, what motivates Silicon Valley companies to hire talent locally, ...
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COVID-19 proof team building activity [closed]

My employer organizes a teambuilding activity every year for the development teams in our company. I am looking for some ideas where we can still do something, taking social distancing into account. I ...
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CEO names COVID-19 affected employee to whole firm [closed]

I work in a French company with ~100 employees. I tested positive for Covid-19, then immediately contacted my N+1 (= direct supervisor) to list the 2 people I have been in contact with at work, with ...
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Short-time work (Kurzarbeit) instead of parental leave (Elternzeit) and parental money (Elterngeld) in Germany?

I would have a parental leave (Elternzeit) for 3 months starting soon (already announced to the company so all fine from this side). Now, however, my company asked me if I instead of the parental ...
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Can a head teacher forbid the use of face masks in school? [closed]

Basically the opposite of this. I know someone who works in an English secondary school (ages 11 - 18), and they've said that their headteacher has forbidden staff from wearing face masks because they'...
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First job likely to be remote due to COVID-19: tips needed

I am starting my carrer just now (currently applying for my first job after finishing my MSc degree), and the jobs I applied to are 100%, mostly or at least partly remote (I am applying for ...
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Forced quarantine by company [closed]

As part of a new job for an international and well-respected company, a friend of mine is moving to a different country. This country does not have in place a mandatory quarantine for travellers ...
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Small remote office not following Covid guidelines

I work for a small company and work in a remote office for my department. When I was requested to return to the office, I was assured that we were following Covid guidelines, by the site manger/...
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How will living outside the UK affect me and my UK employer tax-wise? How many days can be worked without impact?

I've been in the UK for more than one year, and I have been assigned a NINO and obtained the pre-settled status. During this Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to go back to my home country of Italy, but ...
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How can I guarantee that an internship offer involving international relocation won't be revoked?

Can I ask a potential employer to add a point in their offer letter explicitly stating that the offer made by him/her shall not be revoked or if he/she could specify the only circumstances under which ...
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How to deny boss's request to travel with him out of residence during pandemic

Our company is submitting a business proposal for which a meeting has been arranged by the potential client which is located in different city than my work location. While our company has numerous ...
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My manager has scheduled a face-to-face lunch meeting. Am I out of line to refuse?

We're in the USA where the pandemic is still raging. We've been working from home since March. My department is 5 people and some of them have been seemingly having "cabin fever", so they ...
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Taking out personal loan to pay salaries? [closed]

I work in a small company, 16 people, central/western Europe. As many businesses, corona virus crisis hit us hard. Two people were fired and we were told, soon they might be firing more people, ...
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I haven't been doing my job for weeks. I don't want to lie to my boss about it or get fired. What should I do?

I am working from home as a web developer. Like the title says, I have really been slacking off lately. The changes that have come along with the virus have really had an impact on my ability to be ...
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Can an employee be fired for missing work during quarantine period required by company?

Since the pandemic has started, my friend has missed work more than usual which has led to tension between them and their employer. For context, the business was recently acquired by a national ...
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Among the first ones to be laid off temporarily due to lack of projects. Should I ask my manager for explanation? Is it time to find another job?

I was laid off temporarily (3 months) due to lack of projects in our department. However, what is concerning for me is that only 4 out of 45 people were laid off in our department and I was one of ...
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Should I tell my employer about my mental illness for continue working from home?

Its unprecedented times all around the world, and I hope you are taking care of both your mental and physical health, amid this horrible pandemic! So, like all the companies, my company has been ...
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Are HR/Recruiters worst affected by covid-19? [closed]

Just was checking my LinkedIn, I see a lot of recruiters losing their jobs due to covid-19, is this true? Are recruiters worst affected by covid-19?
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How should I approach my boss about too much time spent on training, unnecessary tasks, and not following health regulations?

I am a lifeguard at a public pool and due to the pandemic, many things have changed, especially the way in which we operate. Some background information: we are only open 4 hours each weekday. Each ...
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Postponing Date of Joining by New Employer

I received an offer letter for a new position with a new employer. I handed in my resignation to my previous employer, and served out my two months notice period. After my last day at my previous ...
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How can we write an email for politely ask about our pay cut?

Hello everyone this isn't from my side but I had a chat with a really close person of mine, and he was wondering all day how he and his co-workers could ask their company to get a date of when they're ...
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Software company asked me to resign because of lack of funds to pay salary - What reason should I tell in interview?

I have worked with this company for 10 years and I was performing well. Due to this virus the company stopped working on the on going projects and said they will work on only those projects through ...
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How soon do I need to tell my future employer that I won't be able to work for them?

A few months ago, I accepted a position at a company in another state. I've been preparing for the trip to that state for months now, but due to circumstances preventing me from finding an apartment ...
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Etiquette of wearing a mask to an interview

For context, this is the UK where masks are encouraged in public and mandated on public transport. At the time of asking, masks were not compulsory in stores and similar locations. I have been invited ...
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Is internal transfer safe during a layoff?

I am a software developer for a team that I have been in for many years. I like the job well enough (most days) and am highly-respected, but the current management is very poor and I'm not being ...
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How to build relationships while onboarding remotely with a traditionally non-remote team?

I am starting a new position at a company that is normally co-located in the same office. However, due to Covid-19 the team has moved to a remote set-up and I will be joining the team remotely for a ...
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Employee asking for 2 weeks unpaid leave for travel quarantine

I have an employee on an 8 month contract in the UK. Before starting, we agreed for them to take a 2 week holiday to go home to Europe (no problem here). They bought the plane tickets for their family....
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My boss is upset that I gave my doctors note saying I should self isolate for two weeks to HR and not her

I’d like to preface this that work knows that I have a disability. I have heard comments from my boss like “I want whatever your taking” because I was calm and professional in a meeting, in a ...
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Corona virus pandemic - How to handle a large gap in my resume?

I do software test automation/QA and I don't have a CS degree. But, I do have some working knowledge of data structures and algorithms which has been enough for me to do my job thus far. I left my ...
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Returning to work but unsure about COVID-19 precautions

I have to return to my place of work (based in UK) to carry out essential jobs after working from home for some weeks. My employer has forwarded around a presentation to those having to go to work, ...
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Can employer prevent me (remote worker) from working from a different country?

This is a somewhat similar question to Can an employer force you to wear a face mask?. The location is also the same, the UK. I'm a European citizen working in the UK. With the recent pandemic, my ...
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Can a UK employer force you to wear a face mask?

Currently in the UK it's not mandatory to wear a mask while outside the home. Like some of the country, our team is currently working from home but there are plans in place to require people to wear a ...
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Colleague lying about Covid-19 situation [closed]

I'm member of a small IT team in Europe, we're all working from home due to the COVID-19 situation. Last month one of my colleague stopped working because of the COVID-19. His wife caught the virus, ...
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Can I ask to work remotely for a job I am applying for?

I am applying for a new job in Australia, where most companies that can (including my current company and the one I am applying to) are working remotely full time due to coronavirus. The job I am ...
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Managers not following company policy regarding masks

About a week ago, our company president issued a policy requiring employees to comply with the social distancing requirements issued by the state. To that end, the company procured some masks, which ...
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Filing for unemployment due to COVID-19 start date pushed back

I've read other individuals post in regards to their similar situation however I do not see them state what I am looking for so hopefully someone can answer my question. I was supposed to start ...
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How to avoid a company survey that is not anonymous

Our company is conducting a survey on the employees' opinion of going back to work after two months of work from home due to COVID-19. The survey is done via a third-party, but it was stressed at ...
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Should I mention in interviews that I'm on part time work due to CV19?

Due to Covid 19 the company I currently work panicked and fired two employees and offered me a part time one year contract as an alternative to being fired. So now I work as two days a week and my ...
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Workplace email says Coronovirus Tracking App is mandatory for work, despite Government saying it's optional

I work for an IT firm and am currently the person in charge of doing onsite troubleshooting for PCs in the office while everyone is working from home (Remote Desktop solution we adopt requires out PCs ...
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How to be collaborative & helpful yet concentrated on your goal

I like to help people and people show up to me for help many times. But many times in aggressive timelines on projects I am facing hard time to be both helpful & highly productive. I like to ...
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Could I ask my employer to exchange my holiday vacation prize with something more relevant due to global travel shutdown?

Shortly after starting a new job last year, I won a non-specific vacation of my choosing to the tune of a few thousand dollars as a taxable benefit. Now that the pandemic has sort of shut down global ...
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How do I provide daily report to my boss during remote working?

Our company asked us to work from home due to COVID things. I am an R&D, my work is mostly programming. My boss asked us to provide a daily update, What is the best way to give my boss a daily ...
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Conditions for accepting a pay cut instead of being laid off with severance

I work in a Canadian office for a large US-based company that has several offices throughout the US and Canada. Senior management in the US has already been forced to take cuts, and Canadian managers ...
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Notice period while on furlough

as I have decided to move back home at the beginning of June, I wondered if it was possible for me to handle the 4 weeks notice by 1st May and keep going till may 31st as furloughed? I assume the ...
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My company furloughed people and instituted pay cuts. Time to leave?

In the wake of the pandemic my company lost a lot of its business and clients, and revenue is down by over 60%. People were furloughed (and some in the overseas office were fired), and mandatory 15% ...