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Questions about telecommuting - a work arrangement in which employees do not commute to a central place of work, but often work from home instead.

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Is it unethical to have a videogame open on a personal device and interact with it occasionally as part of taking breaks while working from home?

I am an avid World of Warcraft player since 2008, and the thing I like doing most in the game is collecting cosmetic rewards, mainly focused on something called "mounts", which are basically ...
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Should I bring up my fear of being fired during my performance review with my manager?

In the company I currently work at, I noticed that on average people in my team leave at a rate of about 1 person a month. New people are being hired, but 1 person who was previously in the team ...
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How to find the details of government telework?

I've been looking for jobs on USAJOBS, the Federal job site. They make a distinction between "remote" jobs and "telework", but the distinction is not clear to me. I've read their ...
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Two remote full time jobs? -- What should I do?

I'm based in the UK and have been working remotely for my current company for two years. Recently, I've been exploring other job opportunities and have received an attractive offer. However, I'm ...
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Negotiated conditions not met after taking back resignation

I recently received a lucrative offer from a company. But after negotiations my current employer agreed on letting me do Work from Home for 6 months. I agreed and took back my resignation. We ...
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remote work and mileage reimbursement [closed]

I interviewed for a position which is mostly remote work. I live 2 hours away from the company site and I have a place to stay in between the site any my home whenever necessary. I know I have to go ...
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Best way to ask for/about hybrid/remote work?

I'm curious what is the best way to ask for/about hybrid remote work when interviewing. I saw something somewhere that suggested asking what is the company's approach to remote/hybrid work but I can ...
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Remote work as a freelancer or with EOR. What are downsides for the employer?

It seems that to work for a company in (European) country A while living in a (European) country B, the two options that do not involve an excessive amount of bureaucratic complications are working as ...
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Trading remote work for salary reduction

In my previous question I asked what to do in my situation, where I have no previous experience and I want to turn an onsite job into a remote one. I am in Europe, and in the country of the company, ...
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How can I build trust within my team?

I started a new position as a backend dev 8 months ago in a full remote team. I have 3yoE with the technologies we're using in our current project. The team consists of 4 other developers who are ...
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Remote Work for US-Based Candidates

What does it mean if a remote job description says that the candidate must be US-based ? I am a US citizen and maintain a bank account in the US. Given this, if the company pays me in US dollars in my ...
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Telecommute being revoked [closed]

I (along with everyone in my office) went to Telecommute in March 2020. Our team was as productive as in office (if not more so). In March 2022, we were advised that because our company had built a ...
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How to improve team collaboration in different time zone?

Recently, I started a new job where team collaboration seems difficult. Several of our business team members work in a different time zone that differs by ten hours. The only time I can get in touch ...
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As a software engineer, what can I do regarding my (remote) job application to stand out from other candidates?

To preface this, I decided to ask this here since this isn't exactly related to software engineering, but rather to the process of applying to remote software engineer jobs. To be more precise, I am ...
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How to approach increasing remote days if contract review date already passed?

I have been working for 6 months in this company as a SW engineer (Europe). When I signed the contract, at the end it stated the salary and a "contract review at the end of the year, December&...
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Is there peer-reviewed, scientific research that compares productivity of employees working from home vs. an office? [closed]

I hear lots of anecdotes and opinions about the relative productivity of working from home vs in an office. But is there any scientific research that compares the productivity of these two working ...
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Work from home despite new company directive? [closed]

We have been working from home for 2 years due to COVID-19. I personally set up a home office and workshop, with all tools, debuggers, PC, software, to keep going 100% and more. I develop electronics ...
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Work-from-anywhere or not a good idea? [duplicate]

I started my job couple months ago and I want to go see my family in another country for two weeks. I also want to focus on my work since I am working at a slow pace and my manager has also showed ...
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How to explain that I can work very remotely?

I'm planning on moving country but not company. While my employer has a presence in the country I intend to move to, that presence is not by my department and is a few hundred miles from where I will ...
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Remote worker relocating for spouse's new job. Can I ask for a cost of living increase with my employer?

My wife has recently been offered a new job in Denver that she wants to take due to salary increase, career advancement, etc. We currently live in a very low cost-of-living area comparatively (Memphis)...
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Is it a good idea to message interviewers after drawn out recruitment process?

Basically I interviewed and was offered a position at a company a few weeks ago. After some back and forth negotiations I have finally accepted the offer and received my contract. I was thinking to ...
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Meeting people (a friend) during remote work day

I'm a software developer working remotely at a lab here in the US. I recently finished college, and I've started working here after past internships at this lab (and at another different lab before). ...
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Can companies that hired for remote positions decide to go back to office? [closed]

With the pandemic, I've seen tons of vacancies from many Fortune 500 companies where the vacancy specifically says that the position will be permanently 100% remote (i.e.. they never have to go to the ...
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Invited to give talk, but want to refuse

I'm currently WFH and I feel a bit embarrassed about how tentative I have been about returning to normal life (which is largely due to my elderly father and girlfriend, whom I both live with, being ...
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How to approach a staff member who was meant to be working from home but didn't appear to be working?

A member of my team took some leave to visit family overseas and requested an additional two weeks to work from their parents home. I agreed to the plan as our workplace has a flexible working ...
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How do I best sell my request for continuing remote work, after working remotely out of state for the past 2 years?

I have been working out of state, living at my parents for the past two years, and am requesting remote as we are being asked to return back to the office. My employer has said it will be granted on ...
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For non-tech jobs, how important is facetime in the workplace for advancement if you are in a lower- or mid- level management position?

This has been something that’s been bugging me for awhile, and I wanted to get your guys’ opinion on it. Now that we are living in the post-COVID world (or hopefully soon once Omicron is done) with a ...
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Getting the 9-5pm helpdesk role vs WFH and coding after for a software development job [closed]

I need some advice especially from people in the software development industry. I have been trying to become a developer for a long time and work in a call center in customer service. Because of COVID-...
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Is it an efficient strategy to deploy collaborative tools like Office 365 only to a subset of employees? [closed]

I work for an industrial company with a lot of business done in back-office (including design, engineering, R&D). The company has decided (and confirmed its decision multiple times) to have a very ...
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Can my employer legally monitor my personal network activity when I'm working from home?

I work from home most of the time. I use my corporate laptop for work, and I keep my personal laptop open as a second monitor, for internet research. Whenever I open Google Translate or Linguee on my ...
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Would showing a picture of group team video call, on the company's web profile, be a useful 'culture' image? [closed]

A couple things to get out of the way as caveats: assuming that all employees signed consent, same as when photos are taken in an office. assuming that a fully-distributed company, with no central ...
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How does a salaried worker stop overtime without seeming unproductive in a WFH environment?

Summary: I am salaried employee regularly working 15 extra hours (over 40hr/week of my contract) every week without overtime pay. I work from home (WFH). I want to decrease amount of unpaid overtime ...
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Does work from home in general mean "Stay at home"? [closed]

The tech company in Costa Rica I work in started work from home just a couple of months before the pandemic started and we've been doing that ever since except a few instances where I have had to go ...
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Husband has a job offer, and we might move. How do I ask my manager for remote position?

My husband was offered a new job within his company, which would start in October. It means we are moving a few states away, but only if I can work remotely. It’s not a job that he applied for but ...
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Am I being unreasonable with my company which is trying to change my commuting shortly after hiring me?

I was just hired for my first full-time position since graduating from University. The location is 15 minutes away from my parent’s house, and I just moved back in with them from college to accept/...
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How can I maintain cooperation while declining meetings scheduled past my local bed time?

The project manager has asked me to have an every-other-week, one-on-one check-in with an international colleague in another time zone. The meeting time has been slotted for 9:45PM-11PM my time. My ...
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How to convince father that "home office" is "real work"? [closed]

My father is very uneducated and has worked only physically for all his life. I have studied computer science and I now work in Home Office due to Covid. Behind my back, he talks to all family members ...
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I am becoming very unproductive because of working from home

I am becoming very unproductive because of working from home. It always used to be the opposite when I had an office job before the Covid. I used to request home office often so I can work quietly ...
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Is it possible to work as a remote junior developer?

I've been learning web development for a while and will soon start looking for a job. Unfortunately, opportunities are very scarce where I live, so I'll have to look elsewhere. So, I'm thinking about ...
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Boss frequently wants me to come into work for lunch or other times during covid, even though I am work from home

tl;dr Under covid lockdown, boss continually pressures me to come to work to "hang out" even though I'm a software developer and company policy is that we work from home. I'm starting to get ...
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Can a company close their office location and compel remote work?

My company traditionally has required people in my position to work from an office. Home work was viewed as incompatible with my position. Since COVID hit it, the company have actually been really ...
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Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home? [Ireland] [closed]

This question has already been answered here - Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home? But it was specific for the United ...
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How can I ask/negotiate to work permanently out of state in a way that both conveys urgency and preserves my option to stay if they say no?

Summary: I am a hard-to-replace employee who has been highly productive working remotely and would like to ask to be allowed to relocate to another state permanently (with ~6 visits a year to the ...
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My whole team is leaving because they hate 'work from home.' How do I get them to stay? [closed]

I'm a manager at a consulting firm and 3 out of 5 people have left the team because they are 'fed up' with work from home. They say theres no boundaries between professional and personal work and they ...
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legal for employer to require onsite WFH review? [closed]

There's a rumour at my work (non-profit agency with HIPAA responsibilities) that when covid passes, if people want to work at home, they will be required to submit to an onsite inspection to verify ...
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I accepted a job offer and 3 hours later Talent acquisition changed terms what should I do

I have been working as a contractor for a huge company remotely from home. The manager I worked with asked me if I was interested in fte and apply for a position that just opened up. The job posting ...
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What is the usual expectation of downtime during 8 hours day of a programmer?

I have been wondering this for years. Waiters and other jobs usually have downtimes when you have fewer customers. But programmers have a lot of upcoming tasks in their pocket, so you can't really ...
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Use of office laptop for personal use when working from home [closed]

After the breakout of COVID-19, we have been working from home, since Mar 2019. I use my work laptop from home to carry out my work activities. Most of the time, I work outside my normal working hours ...
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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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How can I use my home work desk on the weekend?

I’ve been working from home for about a year and have a dedicated (repurposed) work desk. I would like to use the desk and my own laptop to work on personal projects. However, I don’t feel able to. It’...
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