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Was I wrong asking my boss whether my co-worker needed to get checked at Employee Health?

My co-worker just flew back from vacations in Ft. Lauderdale and had previously said she needed to get checked at Employee Health before returning to work, but she just showed up. I asked her ...
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Workplace wants employees to go to work after being in close contact with sick coworker

I know a person who currently works for a business that is on the borderline of what are considered "essential" by New York State during the current mandates of decreased in-person workforce. While ...
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Can I be forced to use vacation days due to COVID-19 in Germany?

My manager is forcing me to take my yearly vacation days due to the corona virus outbreak. Is there any way to prevent it? I've been with company for the 4 years and carried over a vacation day ...
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Can I refuse to commute to work if I don't feel safe?

I'm based in Chile and so far we do not have mandatory quarantine although malls, schools and pretty much everything else is shut down. The country is now under state of catastrophe. I do have two ...
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Workplace badly mishandling COVID-19 response

My partner is in a difficult situation with their job and we are not sure how to handle it. We live in a state that has ordered all non-essential services to shut down. The CEO of my partner's company ...
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How can we handle work-from-home requests from trainees/freshers in this coronavirus pandemic? [closed]

Background: All the proper preventive measurements are being taken in the building All senior members are reporting to the office, and talk is going on to allow work from home (WFH) for all So ...
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Should vending machines be turned off until the Coronavirus outbreak is over? [closed]

I just got a can of Coke out of the beverage vending machine in our break room at work. It just occurred to me that vending machines may be an excellent source of spreading the Coronavirus in the ...
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I am starting a new job in UK next week. How could the coronavirus epidemic affect this?

I work as a software developer in the UK. I was offered and accepted a new job three weeks ago which is due to start next Monday. I have signed an offer letter and other documentation, but not my ...
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Are there significant additional risks in changing jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am a software developer in the UK, and have been actively looking for new roles. I have been at my current place of work for 3 years. I'm certainly not unhappy at my current place of work, I've just ...
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Boss at workplace has threatened me and other colleagues to finish project before going to work from home

Someone from my workplace in Houston has actually tested positive for COVID-19. The branch manager has declared everyone to work from home for at least one month. Unfortunately, my boss (let's just ...
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How should I prepare for joing an “Environmental issues” committee?

I may be offered to be a member of a joint workers-management committee on environmental issues in my workplace. I work at a combination R&D, testing and assembly facility for medical scanners, ...
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IT manager giving false information to management about the possibility of remote work

My local government has requested that non-essential businesses either close or move to remote working if possible for the next two weeks. My company of around 100 people could do this, as everyone's ...
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Company refusing to take basic precautions on COVID-19

My friend's company is not taking basic precautions on COVID-19 (i.e. hand sanitizers, asking employees to take time off if they are showing symptoms, etc.) Basic protections are not provided for ...
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How/should I ask my boss if I can work remotely due to covid19

I am a software developer at a small company located in NY (about an hour outside of NYC). I do not need to be in the office for my job, most of my communications with people is over Teams (messaging ...
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Coworkers acting like I have coronavirus [closed]

I am a resident of Omaha, Nebraska. I have never traveled internationally, and have only thrice in my life even traveled outside of Nebraska. I am fairly introverted, and usually spend my free time ...
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Coronavirus home-office suggestion to managers

Given the recent statistics and information regarding CoVID-19, I find myself worried I might be exposed due to working in a big place with over 500 workers in the office with many of them traveling ...
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My trainee shows symptoms. How to tactfully send her home at the time of the corona epidemic?

The corona-epidemic has reached the city where I work. The number of cases confirmed by the authorities has been increasing day by day. My wife is pregnant. She is in the seventh month with our baby. ...
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Company refusing to buy solder fume extractor for me

Not to over-dramatize things, the company I work for is ridiculously tight on spending for a large company. My job requires me to do a lot of soldering (hardware engineer) and I have asked for a fume ...
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How can an employee appropriately influence an employer to add a high deductible plan (with HSA) to their medical benefits offered?

Is it realistic for an employee to influence an employer, and the HR department, to add a high-deductible health plan to the medical benefits offered by the company? In this case, the employee ...
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What is the impact on health of travelling internationally for 50-70% of the time?

I was offered a job as worldwide head of business development for X. I was offered twice my current salary, plus a bonus. It's a very attractive offer, but I will have to travel 50-70% internationally ...
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How do companies take into account public health in order to improve their organizations? [closed]

Quoting Wikipedia, Public health has been defined as "the science and art of preventing disease”, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts and informed choices of ...
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May have to take one or two days off for medical appointments. Should I give details to management?

I started a new job recently. I may need to take a couple days off work for medical appointments. I feel like two days is rather strange. The details are there's a pain in my mouth and not sure if a ...
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Company keeps confiscating cleaning supplies

Recently, the restroom in our office ran out of soap. The first employee to notice it reported it to management, however, no action was taken. After a day or two of repeatedly asking management to ...
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Would a huge screen/projector be healthier for the eyes?

As a very common exercise supposed to save your eyes whilst working long term in front of a monitor is to "look twenty feet away for twenty seconds every twenty minutes" and that's apparently the ...
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The photo copier might be making my colleague sick

In my office they are 19 people including me. My IT manager normally comes to office late and leaves at night. Today I spot one thing that might be a problem, the photo copier. I like to sit at his ...
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Should I be able to keep my company purchased standing desk when I leave my job?

I may be leaving my company soon to start a new position, and one thing I've wondered about is whether or not I will be able to keep my standing desk. The reason for my question is that it was ...
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No proper protective gear; what steps can I take to amend that?

I work at a known chain of pet stores and I frequently come into contact with sick animals (who may bite). Our store hasn't had proper PPE (personal protective equipment) in weeks: no gloves (bite ...
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Work-assigned roommate being disrespectful towards my schedule

I've started a job recently and to complete onsite training at the company HQ, I was assigned an apartment and a roommate. The problem is, even after defining multiple times my boundaries for sleeping,...
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Pass on medical information about a job new applicant?

I'm working in a small team at a (growing) startup, and have been asked about a developer applying who worked at my previous company. He started after I left, so I didn't get to know him personally. ...
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How do I professionally let my manager know I'll quit over cigarette smoke in the office?

My manager just started allowing smoking cigarettes in the office today because he and another guy like it. I hate it and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm considering walking out this afternoon but I ...
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Ergonomic Standing Mats - Good vs Bad?

I recently began a new position with a Sit/Stand desk setup. Initially I did not have a mat to stand on while using the standing function of the desk, so I was on hard linoleum. I found a mat in a ...
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At what point does an illness have no place in the work place? [closed]

How sick does a person have to be before it becomes a health issue in the office? When a person with an air-born or a contagious life threatening disease like Chicken pox or worse not be allowed to be ...
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How to quit a job with no notice period due to back pain?

I need to quit a seasonal job at a large big box hardware store because of many reasons, one of which is back pain. This job often has me lifting heavy objects. Either through poor form or ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

My workplace encourages employees to sit in the right ergonomic position to minimize stress and fatigue related to bad posture. This is completely new to me and my previous employers have never ...
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Staff medical form - disclosing methadone treatment

I work at a small (dozen or so employees) web dev agency in UK. I have been asked to fill in an employee data form, which includes the usual emergency contact, and also a medical section which asks ...
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Issues with the condition of Thailand office air

This is my third day in a new company in Thailand. I'm the only CTO who is responsible as Data Scientist and for rewriting the existing project. On the first day I worked, I sneezed during the meeting....
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How to negotiate job offer based on health condition

I'm interviewing at a new company and the process seems to be going well so far. They're interviewing for a position in office Location A, but I know that their Downtown Location B, 10 minutes away ...
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How will losing mobility of one hand affect my career as a programmer?

The effects of a genetic disorder started affecting one of my hands. Now it's barely visible and only causes mild discomfort and a slight loss of agility, but upon reaching its final stage my hand ...
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Can I keep burn cream in the first aid box? [closed]

My workplace is in the UK and I'm the first-aider. There's no company policy which stops us from keeping burn cream (e.g. savlon), but HR have voiced concerns about potential legal issues, so I've ...
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Repercussions of informing manager about health issues only after the end of probation period

I'm a newly hired engineer who's still on a probation period. I'm on the autism spectrum (my employer doesn't know) and, in my case, the autism also comes with tiredness issues (my employer doesn't ...
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Is it unethical to use healthcare paid by your company to cure a life-long health problem?

Background info: I was born with a small defect in my eyes that requires me to wear glasses to be able to do any kind of personal or professional task. I've used glasses since my early childhood. ...
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Why would HR think it's inappropriate that I visited a coworker in the hospital?

I just got out of a meeting with my supervisor and a member of our HR department, giving me a "formal warning" for engaging in inappropriate conduct by visiting a coworker in the hospital. HR told me ...
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Is there a professional way to deal with brain fog? [closed]

I feel this way about once every two weeks. I'll wake up and just feel out-of-it all day and I can't focus on anything deeply. I can't think through my work well at all. I'll lose my train of thought ...
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Had an accident that makes me use crutches. Will that affect my new job?

In a week I'll start a job as a programmer which I'm really interested in. However, I hurt my foot and I need to use crutches for a month. I'm kind of worried it would make some kind of 'bad' ...
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I love my work but not the office

I have a dilemma on my hands. I absolutely love my job. I love the people I work with, I love the code I write, I love the equipment we are given to get the job done, I love the programs and daily ...
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Getting hurt at work while not doing anything work related

I’m in the US and, due to the wonders of the American healthcare system, that will impact the answer. I’m a desk jockey - I write code. For the holidays, I got a fancy new mechanical keyboard. While ...
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Management Not Responding To My Resignation

I have been working in a Software company and I have a bond there for 2 years. I have already served for 1 year 8 months. Unfortunately I'm now having some health issues and wanted to discontinue my ...
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Carpal Tunnel and Trigger fingers surgery

A month ago I received two surgeries done on my hands for carpal tunnel and trigger fingers. My short turn disability has ended, and I'm still sore. My Dr. wrote a note to HR for light work. My Dr. ...
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Using paid sick time for a dental procedure [closed]

I am considering the possibility of getting a dental bone graft because I have bone loss in a tooth and this would prevent me from getting an implant. This procedure is technically not required for me,...
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Is it ok to ask colleagues about health situations in his family?

One of my colleagues told me that one of his family members is having health problems. The last few days he has been very sad, so I wanted to ask him if everything is okay or not. In the country where ...