Questions tagged [work-environment]

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

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Should I be less technical at work? [closed]

I've been working for approximately 10 months as an Administrative Assistant for a large retail company. I want to build a career that involves data analysis and process improvement, so in the first ...
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How would it be perceived by future employers if I had quit my job just after one month in, due to the work culture not being suitable for me? [closed]

I am from south Asia and I am thinking about quitting the current job which I joined a month ago. Reasons are, 500 developers are working in a single git repository ( backend, frontend, tools etc ) ...
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How does one develop the mentality to suck it up and work without developing negativity about their job?

I have been working as a software developer for over 1.5 years now. Over this time I have changed jobs twice and I am currently in my 3rd job. The problem is that, in all of my jobs, I quickly start ...
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Struggling at job. Frustrated, tired and feeling unproductive. How do I discuss this or approach a new job hunt?

Background: I began working at a well established company 9 months ago. I was invited to interview by a colleague from a previous company. I was told of some tough points such as potentially longer ...
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Got heat stroke on the first day of work and I'm embarrassed to go back

My job is outside and laborious; park ranger/gardener. Where I live temperatures sit around 35-40 degrees Celsius (95-104 Fahrenheit) and there’s no air conditioned staff rooms for breaks or water ...
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What should you do when IT contact you during the night? [closed]

What should you do when IT contact you during the night? I am getting calls from IT when I am not paid to work overtime and more than 40 hours a day. Is this normal? Also, I am not even getting paid ...
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Uncomfortable with desktop pc type setup for work, any resources for help?

I have been using a standard laptop for education/office work, since about 10 years. I have been using an external monitor, as a secondary display, since about 3 years, and find it useful. Been ...
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Working without contract in unusual situation

I work in a company that employs people all around the world (remotely). Since it does not have bases in particular countries, their employees are essentially contractors that renegotiate the ...
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How to work knowing that I work in the most menial position compared to my classmates from college? [closed]

I fall asleep every night and wake up and tell myself crap- I'm stuck doing this anti-intellectual things that none of my classmates have to do because they're a lot smarter than me,the person who ...
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Name of checklist for evaluation of quality of software engineering job

Not sure if this is on topic here, but if feels very close. I was once browsing job offers and I came across one here at SO that had a checklist of desirable features in a software development job/...
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Dealing with racism and bullying as an immigrant

3 years ago I joined a company as a Software Engineer (after 3 years of work in tech industry) in a EU country and after 1 month of their required training I was assigned to a team that barely codes (...
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How to deal with a poor work-life balance?

I'm a 4+ years experienced Software Engineer working in an Indian startup from last 7 months. I chose this startup because in my last organization: the work was highly repetitive I wasn't learning ...
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How do you handle being the only tech guy in a non tech team?

The company I currently work for has a terrible amount of processes that require manual work, thus they are very limited in the amount of projects they can take, as their processes do not scale up, ...
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How to handle emotionally, a chronically irritable manager?

This is in the context of a UK work culture. I work in a small isolated team with a chronically irritable manager. I wouldn't go as far as to describe him as angry but he's certainly not merely abrupt/...
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Ideal status in Microsoft Teams

This is a generic question. I chose MS Teams as an example. Basically any such application that has these particular statuses as options. I am not sure about the reason behind the downvotes. Perhaps ...
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Not sure how to respond to a colleague at work

I joined a new work place and there had been an event where all people in other departments too got together. After the lunch two girls from my department were at the place where they were ...
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How to convey the thanks directed at myself to others who have given a helping hand to do some work

I have arranged to deliver some goods to a covid infected person in our office after everyone in the department has contributed with money. That is, the goods were from the department's collected ...
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Being Investigated at work. What should I do?

I am a manager for a retail company (company known brand) and I was just told I’m being investigated because $200 went missing back in October 2021. Mind you, we’re in February 2022. I had no idea ...
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What is the chances of being asked to do a polygraph as a web developer? [closed]

I consider the request of a polygraph a complete deal breaker. I understand that a lot of companies in South Africa give employers the option to request one in the employment contract. I still will ...
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Should I give my employer all my medical records?

I have been a software developer in a large organization for more than a decade. I have ADHD and see a psychiatrist every 3 weeks. Boss is now demanding access to all my health records or said he will ...
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I've been given an unfair amount of work and don't know how to deal with it?

For the past six weeks I have been temping at a medium-sized lawfirm (just under 100 employees) as a three month contract assistant practice manager/admin position. It was a last minute position as my ...
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Performance review without me invited [closed]

I am working in a small tech company and have done majority of the work by myself. There are times that I worked over the weekend or till 11 pm to make sure the project would be completed on time. ...
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As a salaried employee, how do I tell my boss I won't do extra work without being paid more?

I have worked for a few companies now, and I have noticed a trend, where oftentimes my boss (or above) will want to assign me more work compared to other co-workers on our team or department. This ...
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In a privately held family-owned company is there any way to salvage this or no?

I've been at this company with approximately $50 million in revenue for the past 5 years; sometimes I think that the longer I stay here the more conditioned/desensitized I become to dysfunctional ...
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How to avoid a competitive work environment

I've worked for more than two decades in the IT industry. In recent years, I've started to dislike it more and more. In the beginning it was nice to work closely with other colleagues and it was fun. ...
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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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Why would management get angry that an employee who is not valuable is leaving?

I have a problem understanding workplace politics. I usually google these questions. However, this is one scenario that I couldn't find an explanation for. Disclaimer: I'm not exaggerating when I say ...
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Perception problems with regard to work contribution and my ensuing resentment

I am a software engineer with about 3.5 years experience. I was hired 9 months ago with the understanding that I would do fullstack work. However, for the entirety of this time I was stuck working on ...
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Career Advice for an aspiring RPA/FullStack Dev

I have a question for you guys. The story is this: I got hired to make VBA Macros for a company, but when I joined this company they did not have any infrastructure in place to support the idea ...
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I'm doing my team members work and am now micromanaged

I just started this job 1 month ago and it seems the team leader (who is also in charge of my evaluation) is not liking me not participating in their gossip sessions: talking about employees and ...
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Trouble collaborating on code with a project leader

heh this is too long. tl;dr my project leader takes over my projects, changes my code without discussing it, and is non-communitive. WWYD? I work for a small consulting company with about 15-20 ...
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How to deal with inappropriate subjects in conversation with Director

I am currently a United States expatriate living and working in South Korea at a South Korean company. I am a white male and I speak Korean. I joined this company ~6 months ago, and this is my first ...
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Is it normal to have a distinction between "business" and "engineering"?

I've been in the software business for over a decade but haven't changed many employers so my view of the industry is somewhat narrow. However, in the limited experience I have, I've frequently come ...
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Is it reasonable to expect manager-like colleague to check in regarding progress of my work?

Background I work as an engineer for a large multinational consulting firm. My job includes collecting available data, running engineering calculations, generating reports and communicating with ...
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How do I get colleagues to stop piling work on me in my last month of work? [closed]

EDIT: Thanks so much for all the feedback and suggestions! You're right, I'm not obligated to do any extra work and it's not my problem if things burn after I leave. For those asking, I work remotely ...
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Is the extreme don't-ask-us-just-google-it mentality safe? [closed]

I'm still a student, but I've been working in a hospital as an "IT developer" for almost two years now (one day a week, since covid homeoffice). I totally understand that they don't have ...
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Idle at work and feel left out

A brief background of myself: I worked for 4 years at my first company as a software engineer. There, we only had 5 members, one position for one role: 1 software engineer, 1 database engineer, 1 ...
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Is it reasonable to require dialling international numbers? [closed]

I'm managing IT support for a business that is in 40+ countries. We have a 24/7 service desk and provide numbers to reach it in several of our main countries but, for most other countries, with as few ...
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Should I mention that the team culture is toxic at a retrospective?

At my work, I've started helping out another technical team. I've been to a couple of standups now and my first impression is that the relationship between the business area and technical team is ...
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What work environment perfectly fits for an INFJ? [closed]

I am really curious about this. I am INFJ and it is hard for me to blend in with my current workmates.
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Resentment and its Effect on Performance and Reputation

So I have been employed with my current company for about 6 months or so as a software engineer. This company is a Silicon Valley type technology company of a modest size. Unfortunately, I ended up ...
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How to adjust to work when you have narcissism

I have narcissism disorder for example I take criticism badly Like to one up coworker I get mad sometimes if coworker don't take my suggestion Sometimes can be a ass without realizing it How ...
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Saying "Thank You" to Govt Employees [closed]

In my country, Government employees are unfortunately known for their laidback approach and delayed output. Yesterday I had to visit a government bank for some documentation and account opening. After ...
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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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Mansplaining: Is the word itself acceptable in the workplace? [closed]

I can only find information from Google about the act of mansplaining within the workplace. I'm curious about usage of the word itself within the workplace. Is the word itself frowned upon in any ...
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What to do about an employee that does good work but doesn't like the role or the future of the role?

I have a direct report that overall does good work. They are responsive, document things well, follows through, is willing to work after hours as necessary for the role, and in general gets things ...
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As an introvert, how do I connect with co-workers at a new job?

I just started a job at an insurance company. The problem I'm having is that I don't talk to my co-workers unless it's work related. I'm new in the office and all of them are already friends. As the ...
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Question around losing authorship of work

Some work is conducted by many people, in many pieces, but when that work is submitted, all that work is repackaged and the authorship of those works is changed to be person submitting the work, not ...
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I am doing tasks not listed in my working contract

I would like to ask how to deal with my current situation. I was hired as a C/C# developer for embedded hardware and user desktop applications. After a few months working it became clear that there is ...
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How do I deal with teammates who intentionally try to hold me back and bring me down while I'm going the extra mile?

I've automated a couple of small processes that are used by several people. And I've also added some pretty solid error-handling in our automation code in order to automate a pesky app that has a very ...
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