Questions tagged [health]

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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 ...
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Can I resign without notice due to unhealthy working conditions?

I've been working at a fast food joint part-time for about 2 weeks and I'm doing the job of cashier and janitor. For the janitor part, I have to deal with cleaning sprays that give me day-long ...
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Can I request HR a copy of my pre-employment medical checkup?

I've recently been interviewed for employment by an IT company in this country (Argentina). Before I could be accepted for the job, they requested a pre-employment medical checkup. Today, I received a ...
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Should I be talking to HR about my struggles with stress and depression at my workplace?

I've been really, really struggling with workplace related stress and depression. Recently, my companies HR department sent out a survey to check the mental health of the company. I decided to respond ...
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Could working facing a wall be harmful to my eyes?

My co-workers told me that it is harmful for my eyes' health to work facing a wall (the distance between my eyes and the wall is the width of the desk). I was given a brief explanation but I'm not ...
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Inform about lateness due to hospital visit without giving details?

I am in ER this morning and am very much late for work due to it (will likely be missing close to half a day of work). I already notified the team on Slack that I will be late, and wrote literally ...
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What's the best way to introduce new staff to existing staff members' disability and health needs?

I work for a healthcare charity with 50 members of staff and no HR person. We're brilliant at making adjustments for staff when they start (or are diagnosed) with a health condition. What we're not ...
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Office manager smoking in office; how can we make this stop?

The office manager will often smoke in her office after 5:00 pm while some of us are still working. The air conditioning carries the smoke into our offices. I have asthma/bronchitis and the smoke ...
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Should I tell my supervisor about my anxiety/panic-disorder?

In my studying, I got an anxiety/panic-disorder due to too much stress, because I worked too much. My current workplace is theoretically the same as in the past. While suffering under the anxiety/...
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Pregnant teacher forced to work outside in high heat

My wife is an elementary school teacher and is 30 weeks pregnant. Today, her school district has a yearly 'field day' in which students do outside activities. Today, the temperature is supposed to be ...
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want to take a week PTO 'After' 3 weeks notice, is this acceptable or crazy? [closed]

I gave notice 1 weeks ago. Being nice, I agreed to remain for 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks, so 2 more week remaining. Now, I've decide I want to take 1 week vacation between jobs. Not being one to ...
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Do I need to be disabled to request my workdesk be raised

I sit 8 hours a day 5 days a week at a call center. My work desk seems low and I find I am hunched over all day long, and it is causing neck and back pain. The desks can be raised to different levels. ...
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In future interviews, how to explain that life was at risk and ended with a wrongful termination? [duplicate]

Hi there and thank you in advance for your thoughts. I have a situation I have never been in. I fought for a couple of years about large amount mold in my workplace that I am severely allergic to ...
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Should I go into work when I didn't get enough sleep? [closed]

I've been fighting a cold and took a couple days off from work. I started feeling better yesterday evening, but I couldn't fall asleep until about 4 hours before I needed to wake up. I work as a ...
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How to avoid second-hand cigarette smoke in new job? [duplicate]

I just started a new paralegal job, which I'm really excited about. This represents a career change for me. But I have a big problem. I work closely with one person, let's call her J. When I went ...
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What to put in away from office email for health leave

I'm about to take a fairly extended leave in order to get a brain tumor removed. Everyone at my office is aware of what's going on and how long I'll likely be gone, but I'm not sure what to put in my ...
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Will my employer know when I apply for medical card?

I work in a fairly large company in USA. I have health issues and have been visiting doctors often until a physician gave his diagnostic as chronic pain and recommended medical marijuana as a ...
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When is “overqualified” an issue when applying? [duplicate]

Will an employer look suspiciously at a resume with more technical experience than the job requires? For example, if one wants to move from a software job to more of a secretary's job? Brief ...
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Boss confiscating mobile phones during work-related social engagement

My wife recently attended a conference for work some seven hours travel time away. At the end there was a purely social closing banquet, during which her boss demanded that she, and the other three ...
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Should I inform my team about an upcoming surgery? [closed]

I live in USA and work in the software development industry. I have a frequently occurring health problem. It is quite annoying, but will not become life threatening, at least in the next 5-20 years. ...
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How to approach HR about mold problem?

I'm very non-confrontational and am looking for advice on the best way to approach HR about a possible health/safety problem. Background: I'm very healthy and get a cold-related cough once, maybe ...
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How to handle phone calls when I've lost my voice?

A friend of mine lost his voice and due to his work he gets a lot of calls, this is causing him to make an effort to try to speak as loud as he can because people doesn't seem to care that he can't ...
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How can I convince my employer to let me bring my own chair to work? [duplicate]

I work as a Graphic Designer for a company, so spend a lot of time sitting down at a desk. For the past two years, I have suffered from disabling migraines and a 24/7 tension headache. My ...
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Uncomfortable computer chair is killing me, is it possible to bring my own? [duplicate]

So my office has a very uncomfortable computer chair - I can't seat on it without being in pain after a couple of hours. I have a low height (156 cm), so most medium-sized chairs are uncomfortable, ...