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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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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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It is normal for my employer to require me to disclose my health information for insurance purposes?

My employer (in the United States) is requiring me to complete forms and send them to a health insurance company. They are doing this for the purpose of researching health insurance options. Everyone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What types of medical conditions prevent employment on a cruise ship?

I am applying for a job on a cruise ship and was asked to take a medical exam as a condition of employment. What sorts of information that comes up on a medical exam would prevent the cruise company ...
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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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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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Should we turn on or turn off the lights while working? [duplicate]

I get used to work at home in complete darkness, regardless of whether I'm currently gazing at 27' monitor or looking into 13' notebook screen. Recently a friend of mine has told that this is quite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 lack of place to brush my teeth at work

When you are at work 8h it's not good not to brush your teeth (unless you don't eat anything during that time). At my work place we have 2 places with sinks: kitchen (by the way, is there any proper ...
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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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Is it a good idea to tell my colleagues that I sometimes have depressive spells? [duplicate]

I work in a team of about 10 people, in a large office in a large organisation. I sometimes get into bad spaces, where I stop exercising, eat badly, sleeping habits get shot etc, it's a self-...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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Does using a laptop riser help make workplace more ergonomic? [closed]

I use a laptop (a 13-inch Macbook Pro) for my daily programming work. I've faced some back problems in the past, which I currently address through stretching exercises (via yoga). Is there a way to ...
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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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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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Health Status on Job Application

Is it good to mention about past health issues (explicitly, depression) and struggle with it in applications, personnel statements while applying for jobs? How much negative effect does it have?
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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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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. In general I am able to perform my duties as ...
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How to “go the extra mile” without making trade-offs in one's life and general well-being? [duplicate]

We are all told that commitment, dedication and good performance are only part of the formula for being a valuable asset to the company. We must always "go the extra mile". I consider myself an ...
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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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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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What should I say about health problems that impact my interview performance?

Here's the general question: how should I approach job interviews when experiencing physical health problems which negatively impact my ability to perform at an interview? What do I disclose or not ...
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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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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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How to excel at work when I am intermittently ill and it's not convenient for the business?

I cannot take over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for common ailments like a cold or a headache and instead must opt for slower, natural remedies. Partly I think due to stress, I have been increasingly ...
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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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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 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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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 ...