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How to negotiate a switch from full-time permanent to contract work

My company does not allow full-time, permanent employees to work from home. I want to work from home for the reason that my office environment is very loud and distracting. They have policies of ...
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Office space bait and switch

I've worked at my current job for about 4 months. My previous stints are 10 years and 6 years. After my interview, I asked to walk through the office and see what it is like. Unfortunately, my now-...
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Team member is constantly distracted - how to approach?

There is a one of my team members who is constantly distracted by personal communication (phone calls, messages). That started a couple of weeks ago and obviously affects his productivity. I tried ...
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What's the most polite way to tell a manager “shut up and let me work”?

I'm the youngest/most junior in my office and often one of my managers will come and give me something to do or change some requirement for a project, then just stand behind my desk repeating the same ...
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Open office space - complaints for noise - how to respond

I work in a big corporate office and a slightly more senior colleague of mine under a different reporting line, with maybe ~25 years in the industry, Alice, has twice complained to me about how loud I ...
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Is it professional to ask a coworker to turn off the chat notification sound?

I have a coworker at a job which I just started, in an open concept office, who runs Slack and maybe once every three minutes I'm treated to the ping pong sound of notifications. I'm somewhat afraid ...
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How to deal with coworker constantly sucking snot in the workplace [duplicate]

A coworker of mine has been under the weather for a few weeks now and has developed the habit of loudly sucking his nose every minute or so. It has caused everyone sitting within 20 feet of him to ...
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ADHD and desk location are affecting my work/family life, how do I ask to move desks?

I just started with my job a month ago. I sit next to my supervisor which makes me very self conscious and triggers my anxiety even though I know I am not doing anything wrong. Also, it's a high ...
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How do I tactfully ask a colleague to not take extended phone calls in our open plan office?

Like most these days I work in an open plan office. Distractions are par for the course but something that I find particularly hard to deal with and somewhat disrespectful is when colleagues take ...
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How to gently enforce “nohello” to a coworker?

I am a huge proponent of nohello in the workplace - I get way too many Slack messages and other interrupts to waste time on pleasantries. I keep my Slack status set to "nohello.com" as a way to remind ...
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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My seating arrangement is not convenient. What to do?

The place where I sit in my office results inconvenient for me because: Everyone can see my computer screen and very often they will stop by and stare at my screen what distracts me. Sometimes they ...
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Distracted by loud music

I work as a contractor for a web development company. Where I sit I am sometimes negatively distracted by the music. I'm not certain of the details, but the speaker is built into the ceiling but I ...
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Is using internet proxies a sackable offence? [closed]

I'm based in the UK and am about six months into my first job as an Apprentice Software Dev, and came straight into it from college. All through high school and college we would easily bypass the ...
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How to ask colleague to stop singing under their breath in the office? [duplicate]

I have a colleague who sings under their breath while working. It's quite disturbing, even with headphones on. How can I assertively request that they stop doing it without coming across as ...
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Is it unprofessional to move because someone near you is making a distracting noise? [duplicate]

Many things I can ignore: people clicking pens, frequent coughing and loud sneezing etc. However I found it unbearable when the person in front of me cleared his throat every 60 seconds. It was very ...
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Fire alarm will be tested during Skype interview. Should I ask to reschedule?

How should one react if something happens requiring "pausing" a telephone job interview (e.g. fire alarm, someone knocking on the door) and knowing it will happen beforehand? Ask to reschedule; Tell ...
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Activity Based Workplace - How to survive and thrive as an introvert? [duplicate]

My company has last week switched to an Activity Based Workplace. Meaning; no solitary offices, huge open spaces, no assigned desks, and the cubicles aren't even cubicles (the dividers are waist-level....
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How do I ask a co-worker to turn down the volume on their laptop, when I don't know which co-worker to blame?

I work in an open office with about 10-12 workers, all in partitioned cubicles. Most of us have the sound turned off on our laptops out of respect for the rest of the team. However, one (or maybe ...
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How can I express that excessive meetings are distracting me from the actual work I'm discussing in them?

I work in devops for a central team, and am involved in a project that has multiple smaller teams working together. As the devops personnel for this project, I'm required to be at multiple meetings a ...
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Is it acceptable to bring a fidget cube to work?

I often find it difficult to stay focused for long periods of time without fidgeting in some way. Multiple studies1,2,3 have shown that fidgeting at work can help productivity. For me, this typically ...
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Coworker consistently shows up drugged out

My coworker has been showing up to work dopey and drugged out most of the time I've been in my role. On a company trip, he has talked about how he takes Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Adderall (although I am ...
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Discussion with supervisor in shared office distracts coworkers - what to do?

My supervisor rather often (every 1-2 days) comes to my (shared) office to discuss results with me, and these discussions can last up to 1h each. Recently my co-worker has addressed that these ...
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Mantaining focus with lots of small interruptions [duplicate]

During my work there are a lot of small pauses, mostly due to outdated/clunky tools and PCs. These pauses range from 10s to 1 min long, and it's really hard to keep focused on my work while being ...
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Coworker has a borderline-NSFW ringtone that is disturbing. How can I get him to change it?

A coworker has a song as their phone's ringtone, and the song lyrics could be flagged NSFW. It does not contain actual cursing, but has tons of obvious sexual innuendo. I think it is disturbing. I ...
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Constant single-time cough is driving me crazy [duplicate]

I have a co-worker (from another team and group but at least in the same department) who coughs. What's the problem with that? Well, he coughs every 2 minutes a freakin' single time! It's not the "...
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How to deal with a person laughing all day

In an open plan office there is a person who works several bays away who spends their day laughing. Loudly. Repeatedly. The closest term to the behaviour of this person is that they are an office ...
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Desk was reallocated to other employee, moved to cramped table [closed]

I am a salaried employee of a consulting firm, currently working as a contractor for one of their clients. After a week or two of being nomadic and sharing a desk with my manager (from our firm, not ...
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Is there an appropriate etiquette to ask sick co-workers to work from home?

One co-worker consistently shows up noticeably sick. Consistently throughout the day, I hear coughing, hacking, nose-blowing, and throat clearing. This happens pretty much all day, in very short ...
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How to deal with constant non-work-related interruptions [closed]

I work in an open plan office and due to the location of where I sit, I am constantly being interrupted with non work related trivia when people get bored i.e. chat while people are getting something ...
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How can I become more attentive and focused at my job? [duplicate]

My job is usually concerned with Data Entry/Analysis. I work with a lot of data in Excel spreadsheets, prepare lot of Reports, requirement documents. I have to remember a lot of facts/things . I write ...
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Loud and unprofessional employee

I have a small startup company with less than 10 people (I am the owner). There is just one employee that is distracting me and others with his behavior. He is loud speaker, sometimes starts singing ...
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Is it ever acceptable to bring an infant to an office?

I am a software developer; everyone else in my office does similarly taxing mental work. My immediate superior brought her infant child to our office today. Despite the fact that the baby was only ...
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How to address Supervisor With Constant Post-Nasal Drip?

I have a supervisor that seems to always be suffering from post-nasal drip. They make very noticeable "wet" nasal snorts throughout the day, followed often by a guttural throat clearing. It's very ...
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Discourage people loitering near my desk

I have a desk next to an aisle, on a corner leading to a kitchen, toilets and a meeting room. For various reasons, this corner happens to be a place where people seem to have impromptu meetings, or ...
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What is a nice way to say I'M BUSY without saying I'M BUSY? (How do I manage workplace distractions?) [duplicate]

I work out of a couple offices, although I would get more work done if I were at home or in a closed office, for a real estate office. I get bombarded with a constant influx of projects that I ...
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How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my work/...
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Is it unprofessional to listen to music while at work? [closed]

Even with headphones on with the volume on low, would this still be considered rude or unprofessional? I'd like to listen to music to help me get through my work but don't want to get told off for it. ...
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Dealing with noisy neighbors (who don't work for our company)?

I work for a small group that rents a few offices from one of those companies that rents out a floor in an office building and then sublets individual rooms. Our group is part of a larger company ...
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The Guy just won't shut up! [duplicate]

I work for a software company in a busy office, obviously there will be some noise and distractions but the most prominant and most annoying is a colleague (For arguments sake let's call him John) who ...
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Cubicle in a high traffic area & issues

My colleague and I work in the same cube. The main issue is that our cube is located in a high traffic area. There is a walking isle in front (blocked by front walls) and behind us is entirely open. ...
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Worker causing major distraction [duplicate]

There's a new worker who tends to slam the wall really hard in my office for fun. After getting on my nerves (as well as my coworkers) I went over and asked him to stop. He stopped for about a week ...
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Is there an industry approach to organizing places where people can have private phone calls without disturbing others?

Here's a problem: There is a cubicle farm office where most people don't need to use a telephone much during their workday and silence would be great for productivity. Yet sometimes people will have ...
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How to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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What can I do about a very loud coworker?

Our office space is pretty tight and there are no cubicles. There is a guy sitting next to me and he is the loudest person I ever met. He is groaning, crackling, puffing, giving loud sighs and ...
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How do I ask for internal network access in my office?

I do a lot of work in an open room where we have a strict no-Internet-access network. The room has a large table with several computers where my coworkers hop from computer to computer doing different ...
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How to convince employees that IM and Facebook during work is unethical?

I believe that the employer pays employees their salaries to keep working for seven or eight hours daily, and he didn't agree, while signing the contract, that there is few hours set aside daily for ...
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Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in an open plan environment?

I work in an open plan office that houses about 50 to 60 people. It is mostly engineers at their desks working away, so it is a typical office environment. As you can imagine, sometimes, the noise and ...
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Productivity level and access to “distracting websites” at work

There have been many mentions about employees wasting a lot of their time at work visiting Facebook, YouTube and other "distracting websites", thus making their productivity suffer. Some companies ...