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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. ...
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Boss accuses me of stealing his money

I work in a small company (~10 employees). A few days ago my boss asked me to get his credit card from his car at the parking lot. This happens, from time to time, so I can make some purchases for the ...
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Is it unprofessional to perform/dance in company annual function?

I have 1.5 yrs experience as a developer. I always had a zeal to perform on stage and I want to dance at this annual function. But no one from our floor ever dances at such events. Will it be too ...
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How should I deal with a Home-Offce request that wasn't even considered? [closed]

A little bit of background to this question: I work for a company, which some time ago (more or less 1 year) introduced home-office as a "benefit" for those, who cannot (for whatever reason) be at ...
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What are the challenges/pitfalls of performing a cubicle/office reorganization?

Inspired from this question As people come and go over the years where people are located in a work space can become disjointed. It can be beneficial to move people around inside the work space in ...
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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 tank ...
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How to inspire change as a new employee in a company that's clearly becoming obsolete? [duplicate]

I was hired recently into an old company from the 80s that sells some niche BASIC software, servers, and support for warehousing and fulfillment. My position is the lone programmer in the "new" web ...
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Noisy office environment hindering productivity [duplicate]

I work in an open office where over 30-40 are present at most of the office time. I have my cubicle next to the hiring team of our department. As part of their work they have to converse with many ...
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Negotiating office location with business partner [closed]

My co-founder 'Bob', and myself have been working out of separate locations for about 2 years. Bob and I built the business together and we both own an equal share. We are looking to get an office ...
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Something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling

As always, I have something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling. This time is that the AC machine is a bit old and noisy and would like to suggest my boss to change it. In fact, ...
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When documenting the employees performance

My question is when employer is documenting the employee for evaluations and then they poke at things like shakiness, flushed face, nervousness should that be a just a reason to give them an ...
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Someone keeps moving the stuff on my desk

I work in a cubicle in a fairly large company; there are at least 100 people on my floor alone. In my cubicle space, I keep 5 small figurine toys, all lined neatly in a row and facing me. In November, ...
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Convincing Employer/Manager to use Better Software OR Use my Devices [closed]

My current employer is using Win 7 and Office 2007 and only updated from Win XP and Office 2003 as of last December. The problem is that Office 2007...well, SUCKS! I mean there are so many issues with ...
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New office requires employees to have key to exit. We're locked in [duplicate]

My company (about 100 people, tech based) moved to a new office building last week. Now that the badge system and magnetic door locks are working, we've realized that in addition to waving our badge (...
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Convincing an officemate to keep the office door closed

The office I'm in is shared by four people. During the winter, the room tends to feel very cold, even when I'm wearing a sweater - one of my office mates even wears a coat inside the office. A couple ...
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Holiday party etiquette [closed]

Is it OK to turn down an official holiday office party or are you expected to attend? I choose not to attend the annual Xmas party this year and want to know if my boss will resent me for it.
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Are they lying? [closed]

So I work as a line of business/enterprise systems/corporate software engineer and so far (about two years into this) my manager has always supplied me with work - whether it was a full hashed out ...
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Stuck in a 'Jittery Jeff' situation — poorly positioned cube is stressing me out [duplicate]

My company recently moved to a fancy new office space, whose aesthetic the bosses are very enamored with. Unfortunately, some elements of the space's function do not approach its aesthetic appeal: in ...
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My office is too cold, how practical is it to ask to telecommute? [closed]

My office is literally 62 degrees, without a space heater. However, none of the space heaters I've bought have been able to bring it up to above 65 degrees, no joke. My office isn't that big but it's ...
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Stopping a colleague from driving recklessly in the parking lot [closed]

Someone in my office regularly leaves the parking lot smoking a cigarette and on the phone while driving, not very well. What do I say to get them to stop it? Clarification: I am talking about ...
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What footwear do I wear along with a plastered leg? [closed]

I'm starting my first job on 7th of October. And yesterday I broke my ankle while playing football. My ankle is now casted. So, for the workplace what footwear do I wear, which will be acceptable ...
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How can I recover the cost of a lost package delivered to my office? [closed]

I had a $1200 item shipped to my workplace. It's a non-reimbursable item that I use for work only. It arrived when I was out of office and our secretary signed for it. When I came back to the office, ...
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What should I do if my colleagues ignore my fear of cats?

I work for a European start-up with around 20 to 30 employees without an HR department. We have an office on the ground floor and there are a lot of cats around. I am afraid of cats and I don't feel ...
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how to react when getting blamed in office?

In my workplace, one of my senior from another team, blaming me saying i am not providing proper input for his work. Even if i tried my level best to explain what he need, he acts like still i missed ...
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Do computer glasses reduce eye strain?

I work at a computer for 8 hours a day, with a 30 minute break. There are fluorescent white lights and white walls. My eyes sometimes feel dry, hurt and tired. I've changed the brightness and gamma (...
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Places to look for office chairs made for shorter people

I am 5'4" and find that all of the office chairs at my office are uncomfortable because of my height. My main issue is this: My back can't rest against the back of the chair with the inside of my ...
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How to respond when angrily asked about reasons for moving?

At my current job we have two corporate offices, one in the town where I went to university and the other right next to a major city. Since I've now graduated and begun a full time position I plan to ...
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Is it appropriate to visit your workplace before you start work?

I'm starting work at a small company in a month and will be moving to the city the office is in. I will be visiting that city before hand to meet up with a friend. Would it be considered proper to ...
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Office Space Dilemma For My Interns

I would like to get around five interns (for programming and digital designing purposes) to work with me and actually like to push them to become skilled workers and then hire them later on. I'm ...
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Should I ask for silence in the office?

I would like to know how to tell in a polite manner to two or three people in my office that I need silence to work. We are 8 eight in our office and unfortunately I'm the only one introverted person....
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Is it generally okay to work from “home” for a week or two in another country? [closed]

am a software engineering student who happens to be working in the industry already. I have a lot of traveling experience but I lack any work from home experience. I am currently considering an offer ...
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How to tell your boss that the project you've been working on will be a failure? [duplicate]

A while back one of our guys (Let's call him Andy) stroked up a deal with Company A for getting x y data from them, for a set amount of money. (This was before I started working here) Another ...
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How to thank colleagues helped over the Christmas weekend on very big prod issue? [closed]

Office location: CA, USA Issue started on Last Friday and many had already gone for vacation. Issue started in production due to my code, committed years back. Many colleagues joined the bridge and ...
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How to work with a person who is going to leave the company and is not liked by any team member?

I recently joined a company as a network engineer. Almost all the people here are personally known to me. One guy who works here, who used to be my good friend out of office, is not keeping up with ...
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First day at work in Canada

I just came to Vancouver (BC, Canada) from Europe and tomorrow is my first day at work in a small IT company (~15-20 people). So I have a few questions about common manners at work in Canada. When ...
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How to convince my boss to buy a coffee machine for the office? [closed]

Need help to come up with some really good arguments for convincing my boss to buy a coffee machine. We are a small company and there are only 11 people in our office including our boss. We are all ...
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5 - 10 minutes spent on a “safety topic” before every meeting [closed]

My company recently started requiring this 5 - 10 minute "safety topic" be performed by an employee before every meeting. It is presented as a way of making our workplace safer. In reality, they are ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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How do I find a one-person office space?

I'm looking at working for myself, and working from home is not an option. This question could also apply to people who need to work remotely but also cannot work from home. I've tried searching for ...