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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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Is it acceptable to eat nuts in an open-plan office? [closed]

I work in an open-plan office with at least 150 other people. I only really know the people sat in my immediate vicinity; I work in a team of around 10 people, though I wouldn't say I know any of them ...
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Requesting multiple equipments as a new junior employee [duplicate]

I have recently joined a new position (it is my first permanent position) as software developer. I am very picky about right equipments and really like to use my favorite equipments. I feel right ...
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Coworker curses under his breath as he works - should I ignore?

I work in an office where there are 4 of us in the corners of a cube. One of the guys who sits in an adjacent corner acts a little strange. A few times a day (or more), he curses under his breath as ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a colleague to conduct their speaking practice elsewhere?

I'm a PhD student who likes to work in the lab on weekends because I'm more focused and can work longer at my desk which is nicely set up. We've had two new Asian PhD students (I'm Asian as well) who ...
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Office air conditioning is making me sick, how to deal with it? [duplicate]

The air conditioning in the office I work at makes me feel sick and leads to colds. Even if I put some more clothes on my throat gets itchy and start to sneeze. My coworkers are wearing tshirts and ...
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Is it okay for a secretary to not greet everyone in the morning when there are around 100 people in the office?

If one is an underling and notice that the secretary only greets those with some responsibility and otherwise never replies to someone who says "Good morning" anyway every day, do you think that ...
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How can I politely ask my colleague to mute their PC? [duplicate]

I work in an open-plan office environment with approximately 100 other people. It's sort of an unspoken rule (and common courtesy), to wear headphones if you need to listen to anything on your PC, as ...
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How to assure chief guest would attend event? [closed]

I'am part of organising committee in my office, my duties include arranging chief guest for the event. Also i have contacted well known personality to attend event. He has assured to be the chief ...
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Resigning: How to phrase email and what to say when sending email to all colleagues when leaving? [closed]

I will be leaving my current job soon, I already handed my notice in however I asked for it to be kept low key as I didn't want the whole office and my colleagues ask me why I was leaving etc (I don't ...
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prevent empty Managers office from being used as an ad-hoc drop in conference room [closed]

I work at a large company with a traditional seating arrangement in the usa. Cubes are in the of the space and surrounding them will be offices for managers or directors and above. In the corners of ...
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Minimum office space in European Union legislation [closed]

Is there an European Union law that defines the minimum office space a desk employee (i.e. people that use a desk and computer) should have ? I found some laws in Germany and UK, but nothing at EU-...
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Dealing with a colleague with an 'over-the-top' email writing style

I have a colleague who sends me several emails a day in what I consider to be an 'over-the-top' style. These are often characterised by Greetings in all capital letters, with multiple exclamation ...
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What to say to seniors, being Lvl2? [closed]

I was hired in this new company 3 weeks ago and by this time, I could notice how people work here, that they don't like to do things in the right way (obviously not everyone), they don't like to ...
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How to tell previous department I can't work on their tasks for them?

I am an intern at a multinational company(nameless for obvious reasons), it's a nationally mandated internship so quitting is kinda difficult.Anyways I was working in a department that was focused on ...
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How to politely ask colleagues to converse somewhere else?

I work in an open plan office and we have some meeting rooms people can use. However, often when people leave these rooms they will keep talking outside of the meeting rooms for 10-15 minutes, ...
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How to tell your boss that you haven't yet started the project? [closed]

I had this interview, and the employer asked me that question. The full question is like this: “There is project that your boss gave you, but you have not started anything, and there is only a week ...
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Can I use Google's office as a coworking space? [closed]

I realised today Google has offices in Amsterdam. It's in my favorite part of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Zuid, it's a very hi-tech part with tall skyscrapers). I am myself a software engineer working as a ...
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Being made to move offices often [closed]

I have been with my current company for 4 years and have had to move offices 11 times. It is getting to the point where I don't unpack anything anymore. The reasons for the moves vary from simply the ...
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Sitting according to seating plan or “first-come-first-served”?

Normally, offices have seating plans that managers or higher ups decide where the employer should work. Do some offices let the employees to seat where they want, making it "first-come-first serve"? ...
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My company is looking to move, but some employees want to stay [closed]

The employer is looking to move offices, however, some of the employees, myself included, wish to stay in this office due to ease of commute. This move is not due to size or difference in rent, the ...
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What are my rights regarding to (female hygiene) bathroom facilities [closed]

My company has just expanded and opened a new building next to the old one. My whole department moved into the new building. This new building lacks (imo) good bathroom facilities. The toilet rolls ...
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Workplace sexism against men vs sexism against women [closed]

(By the way, I am male...) My male boss was recently seriously berated at work for some sexist comments he had made to a female colleague of mine, which turned into quite a scandal. He was almost ...
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Casual Sexism in the office [closed]

My question is about how to approach/tackle the issue of casual sexism in the office. I say casual because usually the comments made are in "good fun" and meant as a joke, and not meant as insult. ...