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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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Office chair is killing me, but my request to buy a new one was refused

After working for some time in my company I started having some back/neck pain. Nothing too much at first, but after more time it got worse. After some googling I came to the conclusion that my office ...
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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, ...
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How to take personal care when you are in front of screen for 16 hours?

I spend 16 hours in front of a laptop screen on a desk, what should I do in order to take care of my body and my eyes?
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HR claims to pay COBRA but changes mind after signing - do I have recourse without souring relationships? [closed]

The company I worked for was recently acquired by another company. As part of the deal, we were offered contract to hire positions with no benefits. When the contract was presented, I inquired about ...
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Health and Safety: Chair options [closed]

I prefer to sit in a firm and stable chair. The health and safety officer has stated I must sit in a Wheelie chair, I find them incredibly uncomfortable and generally seem designed for male leg ...
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Needing to apply cream for medical reasons while at work [closed]

I've got a doctor's appointment after work next week and will be heading straight from the office to see the doctor. In preparation for treatment, I need to apply cream to my foot an hour before the ...
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I was asked for financial advice and learned that an employee might be depressed

I work late most days and as a result I've had the opportunity to converse with the night-time custodian that is assigned to the floor where my office is located. Over time, we've struck up a rapport ...
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What can I do about fire and health hazards at my former workplace?

For a few weeks, I was working at a scenery shop in Florida. The shop is a toxic mess. They openly burn Styrofoam with little to no ventilation. The lumber is stacked upright inviting a dangerous ...
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Planning Resignation in Advance

I am currently a Massage Therapist. Last year I had some health issues pop up that the doctor said were on a "watch" list and that if they progressed, we would look at treatment. Because the doctor ...
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How do I ask a potential employer about healtchare? [closed]

I'm a new permanent resident of the United States living in California. I'm originally from a country that has universal healthcare where I didn't have to worry about health insurance because it was ...
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Speech problems due to braces - how to approach this during interview?

I am wearing braces. Recently, a metal part was added near my palate and it's causing some lisping. I'm going to be interviewed in a while and I'm wondering how I should approach this issue. I'm ...
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Should I tell my new boss that I need surgery soon? [closed]

I have been offered (and accepted) a new job at a 4-year college as (basically) a research assistant. I am really looking forward to it, and want to make the best impression possible, especially since ...
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What documentation should I request from HR regarding the Health Insurance Plan? [closed]

Background I started a new developer job 95 days ago. Prior to this job, I was covered by my parents' health insurance; however, I turned 26 one month into this job and was unregistered. My contract ...
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How can I politely decline a duty not in my job description [duplicate]

How do I tell my management that I do not want to train new hires any longer, when this is not part of my job? There are plenty of people that have been here for far longer than I have, but do none ...
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Can I quit after 2 days due to allergy? [closed]

So I just landed my first proper job at a cafe yesterday, I was ecstatic. My job involved clean hands, so I had to wash them again every time my hands basically touched anything but food. But today ...
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How not to come over as an hypochondriac

I'm still within my first month at a new job. I have been under medical treatment for a while (months, years) now which require periodic appointments (e.g. orthodontic adjustments every 6 weeks, ...
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How to explain to boss/coworkers that medication is affecting my ability to work

I suffer from a chronic medical condition that requires me to take a certain medication. This medication is required for me to have a healthy physical lifestyle; not taking it would put my physical ...
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I have no contacts, left my last job without notice a year ago, and haven't been employed since. Need a job within the next 3 months. What can I do? [closed]

About a year ago, I was sick and depressed, and managed to sleep through two days' worth of what was supposed to be scheduled work hours. I was assumed to have left without notice and let go from my ...
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How to handle strong bathroom smell [duplicate]

I have a co-worker that seems to have trouble making it to the restroom in time. I'm not 100% certain that he/she is straight up crapping themselves, but whatever it is produces a very strong smell of ...
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“Pharmacy box” for employees [closed]

My boss had an idea, most of the employees when they have migraine, or start to get a cold for example, normally they don't have some drugs near or they just don't bring it from home and they need to ...
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How should I handle fiberglass insulation raining on our office through the air vents? [closed]

The company I work for rents office space, and we have recently had fiberglass insulation coming through the air vents, often in largish chunks (think dust bunnies that you'd find under a bed after a ...
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Is it acceptable to discuss a medical condition when asking a colleague to reconsider leaving?

A colleague of mine approached me last year and told me he had just been diagnosed with MS. Since then there has been a noticeable change in his behavior. Fatigue and stress are the two main factors ...
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Placed on 24 hour shift under National Minimum Wage (UK) [closed]

A friend of mine works in a care home for young adults with severe learning difficulties. These people need 24-hour care. She is paid approximately £7 per hour. She has today been placed on a rota ...
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Resigning in Two Months due to Family Health Issues. [closed]

I had a delayed start with this company due to a family member's health. This is a role which is very hard to fill (it was open for more than a year in a 100 person company). I got an offer a few ...
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Co-worker in another division is looking sick - don't actually know him, but wonder if someone should tell him

I'm not a doctor, but one of my co-workers appears very jaundiced. I feel like someone should say something but I'm not about to for all the obvious reasons. I don't think it's any of my business, I'...
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How should I politely turn down a task that my doctor has advised me against?

My boss (a Senior Sales Representative) has told me to pack up his office and all three bookshelves for an office move. I am his Executive Sales Support; a Print Production client liaison for his ...
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Employer ignoring bites and smell for over a month now?

For over a month employees and children have been bitten at the daycare center where I work. They cannot figure out where the bites are coming from but they look like insect bites. There is also a ...
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Asked to sit near sick people--should I disclose my pregnancy?

I have recently become pregnant for the first time, and I want to make sure that I avoid any circumstances that might affect my pregnancy, as I am still only 10 weeks in. My boss has asked me to move ...
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Reporting Carpal Tunnel in workplace

Background: I'm a 25 year old intern by day, I do a lot of word processing, and excel data work and I'm a computer engineering student at night who does a lot of coding In the past two weeks at my ...
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How to change corporate wellness policy to be vendor-neutral and objective?

My company offers a wellness incentive for employees if we do 10 weeks of Weight Watchers. But this requires employees to buy a single brand of weight loss, and alienates other who don't wish to buy ...
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Requirement for drinking water in office [closed]

Later this month, my department (about 160 people) are being moved to a new office building. One of the things we have been advised is that we are unable to drink the tap water as it comes from a ...
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I told a supervisor that I'm seeing a psychologist. What repercussions should I expect and how should I handle them? [closed]

I've been seeing a psychologist once a week for over a year now and it's only occasionally directly interfered with my ability to get work done. However, there are some days where there will be a non-...
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Boss not providing adequate safety equipment

I really enjoy my job working in an automotive shop, but my boss is not providing any safety equipment unless I ask for it on my own. He does not wear any either, so I don't know if he even knows all ...
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Adding more movement and speech at the fundamental level to a highly-sedentary job?

I'm a full-time software developer and, though I love what I do, it is slowly killing me physically and socially. I'm a physical, loud, animated guy, but there's really no outlets for that in this ...
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Best way to resign and my rights.?(I LIVE IN CANADA) [closed]

I'm on sick leave for 4 months and I'm not ready to go back to work for many reasons. In October I was having issues with my neck and my ankles that were sore. I was told in a letter that my health ...
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Etiquette when leaving early for doc appointments

I don't even know if it'll happen but I might need to take half day off (more like leaving 1-3 hours early) twice for health reasons, one of which I'll explain later, around a month from now, which is ...
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How to deal with coworker's health issues that affect my work?

I have a coworker with B12 vitamin deficiency. They take shots every 12 weeks, but become really cranky from week 8 onward, and are very difficult to work with or even talk with. Unfortunately, ...
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I need to see a doc and to relocate for a job, what do I do? [closed]

This is unrelated to my previous question. I think I may need to see a doc for a relatively minor thing (specially since it might affect my work), and I'm also negotiating an offer that requires me ...
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How common is a Scent Free workplace, and how can we clearly define the policy?

I am a member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in the company that I work for, and we are currently looking at some Air Quality complaints stemming from the overuse of Cologne and Perfumes. ...
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How far to go when explaining medical condition that caused (big) gaps in a resume? [duplicate]

If a 1 or 2 year gap in the chronology of a resume is the result of dealing with a pretty significant medical condition, how do you handle that in the interview process? An excellent resume, but just ...
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How to handle numerous temporary positions in a resume or application form

I have several short term temporary positions in my employment history (1-3 months general admin positions) that I undertook due to relocating (needed a job ASAP before finding a suitable permanent ...
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How to react to boss' question about reason for sick leave

Assume that employee A is on sick leave. In his/her company it is normal to call in and notify about the illness ASAP. However, it is always the case that one has to talk to the boss directly who ...
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How to be productive on a 9 to 5 work environment as a new programmer? [closed]

I am a master student currently doing my Internship in a software development field. This is my first work experience and one thing that I notice is the fact that it is difficult to always concentrate ...
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Leaving internship early for health reasons [closed]

I've been working at an internship for three months now out of a 12 month internship. These past three months have been some of the most grueling and difficult months in a long time. My boss is a self ...
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Am I expecting too much of myself?

I am currently working a part-time temporary position as an Instructor, which has good hourly pay but limited hours, so it is meeting my very modest expenses, but that is it. I have to pay for my own ...
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Supervisor shared my personal medical information with the office [closed]

I was greatly disturbed to hear my supervisor sent an inter office memo out to other staff members saying I will be out again tomorrow due to oral surgery for infected teeth. She had no right to ...
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Gap of 4-5 months in my resume after graduating, due to health reasons. How do I deal with that? [duplicate]

I graduated from Computer Science this summer and so far I've been unemployed for two months due to a health issue that prevents me from performing properly as a programmer. I even had secured a job ...