Questions tagged [health]

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How do I explain being unemployed for nearly two years due to untreated depression

For the first three years of my career, I was always employed (internship and one full-time job). Then, after I got laid off because the last company I worked for went under, I couldn't motivate ...
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Should an employee tell their supervisor about their depression?

If someone is experiencing feelings of severe depression (affecting their work ability and work output), should they disclose this to their supervisor? What are the pros of disclosure? What are the ...
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What should I do if I feel my workplace is not safe - can't exit after hours without fob

The new office we moved into on the weekend, is what I would consider a "Death trap." To get in or out of the building you need a magnetic (RFID?) fob. The "emergency exit" button does not work, and ...
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When is it appropriate to bring my health concerns to new boss's attention?

I've struggled with anxiety on and off for about ten years. It can sometimes manifest itself in unexpected ways, and can lead me to develop bizarre fears or behaviours - such as being unable to ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Being berated for using the toilet [closed]

So, although I only have a month left working for them, the company I work for is complaining over my toilet use, I usually go once a day in the morning either just as I get in, or 30-40 minutes ...
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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 do I stay awake during work without the use of coffee? [closed]

I find myself drinking 2 cups of coffee a day during work, and feeling incredibly tired whenever I don't get at least one cup worth in my system during the day. This helps me stay awake well enough ...
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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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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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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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Promoting a healthy lifestyle for employees

Disclaimer: taking into account Telastyn's comment, I'd like to point out that I do not wish to force anything upon my staff. I don't want to impose anything against their will. I would like them to ...
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Should I tell prospective employers about my past mental and physical health problems to explain why I have underachieved? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my late 20s, looking to start a career outside academia. My academic performance has been good but not outstanding; I have almost no work experience apart from a small amount of ...
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How to leave home/personal life issues at home and focus on work while at work? [closed]

Very recently I asked a question about how to focus when in emotional distress. One answer that caught my attention (and yet I often hear as an "unwritten rule") was that of Joe Stazzere:"At work, ...
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Smoking with the front door open

I work in a relatively small office. It's got a main room which has the call center, and a bunch of little offices with their own doors, and I have one of the little offices. The front door to the ...
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Declining a full-time offer and asking for a part-time position?

I have received an full time offer from a prestigious hospital for registered nurse position. I recently changed my long term career goals and decided to pursue medical school/doctor position. However,...
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Giving health information for health insurance to recruiter?

I am currently using medication for a non-life threatening, but serious physical health condition that can sometimes affect my ability to sleep well and thus affect my productivity. The medication ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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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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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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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'...