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How to professionally handle toxic behaviors of the new manager after her probation

I have been working in a US-based company (> 70,000 employees worldwide) in China for 2 years as a data "scientist" for business/commercial analytics. Recently the new coming team leader ...
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I was fired because salary be leaked, could I still do anything now

Someone checked my salary slip when I am not in my seat (and I forgot to lock the screen). After that, he share what he read to my manager, and my manager hate me because he think my salary is nearly ...
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How to switch desks with coworker/s?

So I want to switch workstations at my job. I currently work in an open-plan desk and was hoping to switch to a closed office there are plenty at my work but all taken. Have you ever switched ...
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Working alongside a partner who makes noises with their mouth

Due to an accident that I suffered recently, I have problems in my jaw, I am generating much more saliva than usual, and therefore I cannot help making some constant minor noises and swallowing saliva....
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Someone else used my office while I am WFH - what should I do?

We are slowly transitioning back to the office - at any given time, half of us are remote and the other half are in the office. Staff meetings are still all on Zoom, since 50% of the people are remote....
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Is opting out of "fun" office charity activites socially and professionally acceptable in a small company?

Note: this questions is specifically about charity activity and not social events generally. I work in a small startup which recently grew to 14 people which apparently seems to be enough for "...
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Moving from a regular office to a "flexible office" space, while most people work from home

I run a smallish office of 10 or so software developers. We lease a regular, physical office, but during the COVID period, it has become clear that most people are comfortable working from home, and ...
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Can I consider that I was be isolated or something else?

I am a Java software engineer located in Paris office. Three months ago I remote joined a team in Berlin, because one person left in the team. I meet strange thing here: Generally speaking, if I have ...
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Dealing with Boss's/ Senior Staff's family [closed]

I have worked and interned at small & medium size firms, ranging from 7 staff members to 100. I have noticed time and time again when family member's visit, eg for lunch, they seem to think they ...
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Running personal errands/ tasks for employer?

This is a pre-covid lockdown scenario, however I am still asking the question should similar situations in the future arise. Background: I was a temp maternity cover as a assistant to the Practice ...
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Despite written warning, employees stealing toilet paper from the office

Our office opened back up about 3 weeks ago. With this COVID craziness, the stores around the office have been experiencing another shortage of toilet paper. Although toilet paper is available online ...
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Is it appropriate to say "I have nothing to do for now" in the office?

An employee has just completed all the tasks his boss gave him, and his colleague is asking him (as he was pretty fast in completing them even before deadline) : A: "Why are you having such a ...
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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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Senior vs. junior employee and office layout

I have a dilemma. In our current office arrangement two offices have opened up if I shuffle some people around. I have two employees in my department that share an office. One has worked in his role ...
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How can I keep my office undisturbed when someone started turning off lights in my office during lunch hour?

I worked at my company for 6 years now. When I go out to lunch, I typically leave my office lights on. They remain on when I come back. Recently I came back from lunch to find my office lights turned ...
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How to let colleagues know that your desk is vacant?

I work in an office that has few to no spare desks at the best of times. It is rammed! However, there tend to be desks within the office that are free (due to holiday, business travel, working from ...
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Should one stay in a software development company having considerable attrition level [closed]

I am working for a private software development company where there is a staff of roughly 100 odd people. Recently the management changed, as in old managers left and new managers have joined the ...
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What does "x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company" mean?

What does it exactly mean when company broadcasts x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company? Does it mean the employee is resigned or does it mean he got fired? Note that I have recently got my ...
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What might be the reasons I feel that I'm not really working?

As a software engineer. It feels quite disappointing when you are being assigned to some work that most of the time is out of your primary skill scope. I'm not really sure the company is out of ...
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How to dress for a office Christmas party? [closed]

I recently got my first job (internship) as an engineer and it is my first time that I am going to participate in a Christmas party where all of my officemates and my boss are there. I wanted to ...
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Second day, no training, alone in office [closed]

I got a job in a office without even a title for the position that I’m responsible for. I distribute, and organize work orders to contractors. This is my second day and I have a barely idea of what to ...
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Sales Callers Asking for My Manager's Voicemail?

So I am the receptionist at a high school and we get a lot of sales/promo calls. Many times it will happen that I do the typical call screening and when I say that "the person that handles that dept.(...
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New guy promoted in less than 4 months (How normal is this?)

I don't use this site too much but majority of searches online haven't really clarified so I thought I'd make a post about this just to get a few possible answers. I work in the operations department ...
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I'm working remote and company may want to change that

I joined this company around 1.5 months ago on a contract basis. They are mainly based in the USA but there are 2 other employees in the UK including me. We have been working remotely and just ...
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How do I tell a coworker about her stinky body odor? [duplicate]

One of my coworkers wears sleeveless shirts very often and it is obvious she is not wearing deodorant. Often her armpits emit a onion odor. How can I tell her it smells bad? Should I tell her? Or ...
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How to part with Colleagues

I have put in my two weeks' resignation notice effective next week Friday however, I have not told any of my colleagues I am leaving. we are seven in the office, only told my supervisor and CEO. I ...
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At what point can poor work equipment be considered unprofessional?

I am a junior Dev in germany who entered a new company about 6 months ago. The company seems nice overall, but I am getting more and more irritated by the standards of our work equipment. When I came ...
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There is a large spider above my work desk, does my employer have any obligation to get rid of it for me or move me?

There is a large black spider located above my desk location. I am terribly afraid of spiders, to the point where I can't work without being afraid of it jumping down and if I lose sight of it then I ...
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How to deal with a difficult boss?

I am around 2 years experienced Software Developer in a small company. I have this boss in my company who is in this company since 2001 (that's also his first company). Now he thinks that the only ...
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Should I join an office cleaning event for free?

A few days ago, all my co-workers on our floor and I received an invitation for a full-scale office cleaning event that will happen on Friday afternoon. The event includes cleaning up desks and ...
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How can I reduce eye strain? [duplicate]

I work using a computer for 8 hours a day. Sometimes my eyes hurt. My friend recommended that I should use eyestrain-reducing software. Is software a good way to solve this problem? If so, what are ...
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Feeling devastated after overhearing my team manager is unhappy with my performance [closed]

I am a 4 year experienced developer. I have been working in a company for a year now. I have always come early in office before my other senior peers and maintained a very good attendance. I also have ...
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A coworker distracts me too often

I am a software developer. I work in a relatively small company (30/40 people) and we are all in the same open space. I am the lead of the iOS team, and I have a problem with the lead of the Android ...
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Can my company order me to work at a client's office?

I am a senior-level developer for a mid-sized agency where I work on lots of different clients' projects. I do development, strategy, and also design and I enjoy it immensely and have strived in the "...
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Why do companies create useless jobs at which people just sit in the office and do nothing? [closed]

I know how some companies work. Also I notice that some propositions of David Graeber[1] are true. Is it actually true that companies do create useless jobs? Why don't they simply hire more actual ...
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Coworker uses her breast-pump everywhere in the office

I have a coworker, whom I have good professional relationships with (let's call her Jane). Jane and I are at the same level in the company hierarchy (small company of about 10-15 people). Jane ...
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Avoiding morning and evening handshakes

I work in an open space office at the moment with ~30 people on the same floor. I tend to arrive early and leave late thus flocks of arriving and leaving people are zooming past me both in the morning ...
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Why does everyone at work take me for granted?

I am an experienced individual, but have worked at my current workplace for many years. I am super nice and say everything with a smile on my face and even if someone is a bit rude to me. The ...
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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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Responding to a claim

My friend Bob and his co-worker Alice where walking down the hallway of the building at work. Their workplace is very professional and so is their work relationship. Unfortunately, there was nobody ...
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What other problems does hot desking solve?

Senior management at my company are talking about possibly introducing hot desking*, which might be introduced at the same time as an office move planned in a few months. The new location will be ...
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Why do tech companies use open-space? [closed]

Open-space offices have clear disadvantages. What motivates software companies to use open-space for developers? It is not -- Cost. Employee compensation is far more than office rental costs ...
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If my business hours start at 9:30, at what time should the office be open for staff? [closed]

Over the last few weeks, our manager (who has the only keys to the office) has been arriving to work for 9:25 when our business hours start at 9:30. She hasn't been late every day but it has been a ...
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Is it ok to request for a cubicle change to be closer to your team members? [closed]

Today I emailed my supervisor to request for a cubical change. I’m currently not sitting close to anyone in my team which makes collaboration difficult. I thought it was a good idea to move closer to ...
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What is the proper business address format when office is in located in another unrelated business?

I rent office space inside another company. Is there a proper/formal format for writing out my address on business correspondence? Just an example... Would that be the way to do it? Thanks for any ...
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How do I stop my habit of gossiping in my office negatively impacting my colleagues? [closed]

I have this bad habit of gossiping around everyone. Sometimes, it feels really embarrassing as I think that gossiping and backstabbing about my colleagues, I am not only cheating them but myself too. ...
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Why do some tech companies consider city center offices an advantage? [closed]

Tech companies typically only need an internet connection and electricity. Why do some of them choose to place their offices in a given city center? Office space is more expensive, high density means ...
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How do I get past a stupid mistake I made at company event?

I've made a stupid mistake at a company event (nothing to do with work, but the whole crew was there). Here's what I did: I've decided to stream an event using a live stream from the Internet and a ...
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Can my employer force me remove the encryption that I applied to my work-supplied macbook?

The macbook was lent to me by the employer himself. And I encrypt my macbook. Can my employer force me to unlock the laptop any case. Jurisdiction: New Delhi, India In case that they can force me to ...
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Working on Internal Project with no expectations from Manager

I have been working on an Internal Project for 6 months now. There is no status call, no Client pitching for this project, even no updates on the presentation which they show to Client (there is a ...
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