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Questions tagged [work-environment]

Questions relating to the various physical and psychological factors in the workplace.

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Should I leave the work?

I'm studying applied computer science and since last year I am working for a respected company. I was very happy when I found out that they will hire me. But things didn't go how I wanted and I am ...
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What to say in one on one with a manager that's not my boss

There are several questions here and other articles on the web about how to handle one on one meetings with your manager. I have a weird situation and need advice about a strategy in this case. The ...
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Can a Union employee dictate what goes on in a non-union employees office? [closed]

Can a Union employee dictate what goes on in a non-union employees office? E.g. some of us bring our dogs to the office. ALL of our staff is non-union. Can it be written into the new contract and have ...
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I stressed my coworker into reprioritizing their work and now I feel bad about it. Did I mess up?

I have a deadline coming up in two weeks. An internal webapplication needed a small new feature to finish the project. The maintainer of the web application has been extremily helpful in helping me do ...
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best approach with my colleagues - saying goodbye for the weekend at a new job

I've just started my first job a week or two ago, and I am trying my best to approach my workmates and fit in with the team. It seems they're all busy, they haven't talked to me very much. I wonder if ...
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First sign that you should look for another job?

I'm in my first software development job and have been only working at my company for a year. I am wondering how people know when to find another job and when to stick at the job they have. I find ...
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Someone from HR suggesting that I should not hang out with a coworker [closed]

I am pretty new at my work, having only been there for a few months (compared to people who have worked there for up to 10 years) and I felt a little pushed aside during lunch breaks or company ...
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How to navigate stalled discussion on development environment location?

TL;DR: Boss insists on an expensive cloud-hosted VM for a development environment for a cost-conscious client. He has misunderstandings and reservations about using physical devices for development ...
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killing workplace environment [closed]

I am not a people person , i don't know how to interact with anyone socially, apart from work, I tried so many times but never gets a response and am the odd one out in office group. So in I have no ...
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How do I prevent employees from either switching to competitors or opening their own business?

I am about to start my very own small scale business. However, there is a huge problem I cannot seem to solve. My business has two aspects: the business side and the technical side. I am more than ...
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How to deal with boss that ignores their company?

I work for a somewhat small business (8 people), which I will refer to as "Company A". The CEO of Company A also happens to be the CEO of "Company B" which has only a couple more on-site employees ...
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My teammates are all unhappy with their raise, but I know I got more than them. How to handle?

I have just come back after one month break from work (this is relevant) and am faced with a bit of a strange situation. This is in the UK. Whilst I was away there was pay review meetings at work ...
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How to ask coworkers to stop urinating on toilet seat [duplicate]

This is such an awkward question but the problem is really bothering me. I am the only female in my department - as a result, we have the single stall bathrooms and so therefore, by California law, ...
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Is it common for new employees to be appointed to a team in a higher position than the current technical lead? Is there a term for this?

Is there a term for a situation where a company hires new employees onto a team or project at a higher rank than the technical team lead? Does this type of thing happen often?
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Not being assigned work by teammates

I've worked at the same position and same company for two years. I work with two team members. Other employees have always admired my work and gave my supervisor positive feed backs. But these two ...
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Group manager threw me under the bus to save her friend

I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do. Back story: I was put on a project that was far behind and was very low developer quality adhering to no set of standards or practices. The project was not ...
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Should I leave my job because of my boss/co-worker's personality? [closed]

I started a junior-level software job in January and my boss and I are the only devs who work onsite. There are two others who are brand new so for most of the time I've been at the company, my boss ...
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How should I push back against my job assigning “homework”?

I was placed on a personal improvement program a few weeks ago for making too much conversation at work. I had to move my desk to my manager's office and we started a much more intensive training ...
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What's the most polite way to tell a manager “shut up and let me work”?

I'm the youngest/most junior in my office and often one of my managers will come and give me something to do or change some requirement for a project, then just stand behind my desk repeating the same ...
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What solutions could I present to my boss when relationship with the client's personnel is troublesome?

I'm the technical leader at a software development company, and my boss instructed me to rush the team for implementing various changes on a system that were informed after project release, since the ...
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Responsibilities of 4th year IBEW apprentice

Hey so I'm just starting out on my 4th year of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and picked up a call for a fairly "wormy" contractor. They seem great though. I did have a ...
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Open office space - complaints for noise - how to respond

I work in a big corporate office and a slightly more senior colleague of mine under a different reporting line, with maybe ~25 years in the industry, Alice, has twice complained to me about how loud I ...
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Would It Be wrong if I stopped doing what isn’t required of me?

So basically, I work at a private chiropractic office/physical rehab clinic for about 7 years now. My job title at the start has been “floater” (whatever that means) and throughout the years my tasks ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...
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Can I tell a prospective employee that everyone in the team is leaving?

Everyone in my team (3 people) is very much dissatisfied with the direction the company is going: The hours are long, the pay mediocre, and the pressure huge. We're all actively looking to change jobs....
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Physically unpleasant work environment

I recently started a new job and I am happy with my work tasks, manager and coworker relationships, etc. However, the restroom situation is untenable. My desk very near the restrooms, of which there ...
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Work feels like a waste of time, is it time to leave? [closed]

Tl;dr: moved countries for my first full time job in hope of a better paycheck and interesting software dev work. Work is nearly nonexistent (read: every day is 1.5h work and 6.5h just sitting there), ...
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Stressful work environment [closed]

I live in BC Canada and work with youth that have behavioral/mental issues The youth become violent and verbally abusive This working environment has taken a toll on my mental health my doctor ...
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Snide and unprofessional remarks from senior employee [closed]

I have come across a situation where an employee more senior than I (I am 30 and he is probably in his 50's or 60's) has taken a habit of making deprecating comments towards me such as the following. ...
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Many employees including my manager leave their computer unlocked - how to Enforce good practice? [duplicate]

My manager constantly leaves his computer unlocked. The problem is that he's the IT director, and I'm the IT Systems Administrator, and I leave my computer locked whenever I'm not near it. How can I ...
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How to deal with relatively technically incompetent coworker?

I'm a software engineer. I work in a mid-sized startup that is growing very, very fast. Overall, I love my job, my coworkers and the atmosphere. One thing about my company is that most staff have ...
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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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How to be confident/assertive? [closed]

How to be assertive? Yesterday one girl from my office asked me to change with places where we seat (she sits very far away like far behind from team, alone). She did it in front of other people like ...
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Dangerous workplace travelling [closed]

I'm fairly new at my job, only had graduated last year and have been working since. I mostly do onsite repairs in vendor locations in the United States. During downtime, I'm basically in my home ...
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How to deal with a manager who is bad-mouthing my client?

I'm currently working in a small team where my client can be seen as my line-manager, although he is not. My client and me are working for department X of the group Z. I'm contracting. Another team, ...
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How can I politely but firmly reject my manager's request for me to convert from work at home to in office?

I have worked in the same team for 5+ years and at the same company for almost 6 years. We experienced many changes in management and direction. The vast majority of people who used to be on my team ...
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Is a personal laptop worth it as a developer? [closed]

I couldn't really figure out where to ask this question so I figured I'd start here. I'm currently a junior studying CS at Uni and I've been using my Elitebook 8570w for 3 or so years now. It's a ...
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How can I deal with a manager delaying personal side projects indefinitely?

I am a software developer for a large software company. This is my second software job post-college. A few months ago, after more than six months at the new company, I submitted a disclosure for a ...
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How should I tell my manager I'm not paying for an optional after work event I'm not going to?

My manager planned a night at the ball park work event. She asked us all to reserve a ticket by putting $10 down a couple weeks ago. It was made clear to me that this reservation was not requiring me ...
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My supervisor is bad mouthing behind my back?

I've had a couple co-workers tell me that someone told them not to talk to me and stay away from me. They wouldn't tell me who this information is coming from. One of the girls that I'm very friendly ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who only yells?

This isn't a case of workplace aggression, just some guy I work with who only yells to communicate. He's not mad ever, he just only talks in a super loud voice. Everyone tells him to talk quieter and ...
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Is what happens at this company common? [closed]

Given the below information is this sort of situation with my company common or unusual? The company I work for is a small startup. I am a software developer and have been there for a year. ...
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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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Co-worker has annoying ringtone

There is a co-worker who has this annoying ringtone of "In the end - Linkin park" and gets about 10 to 15 calls every day. Every time his phone rings I get really annoyed. I feel like I should tell ...
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Some one else is taking credit for the work I have done [duplicate]

I have joined a new, big company very recently (a month ago). I work as software engineer. I have noticed that something was not done correctly, so I created a pull request for the refactoring and ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

My workplace encourages employees to sit in the right ergonomic position to minimize stress and fatigue related to bad posture. This is completely new to me and my previous employers have never ...
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How to react to hostile behavior from a senior developer?

I started working at Dec 2018, currently, there is only me and the senior developer and we sit next to each other. He comes to work really early and leaves early. When I started working I noticed ...
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What is the difference between constructive criticism and meddling?

I work for a fintech startup. The programmers in the team are split between "the engineering team" that implements business logic and "the data science team" that implements algorithms to make ...
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Humiliated in front of employees

I work at a small company of about 20 people. We have the owner/president, 2-3 managers (depending on how you look at it), and the rest of the people are employees. I'm one of the managers. Each day ...
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...