Questions tagged [work-environment]

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

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How may high performance people be developed by effective performance management?

I am researching different individuals experiences for my degree module regarding the processes that organisations may have in place for high performance people and their development by effective ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is loud and distracting through no fault of his own? [duplicate]

I have a colleague who loudly slaps his bare skin pretty much constantly and regularly makes loud, bizarre noises. I believe this is something to do with OCD, and it wasn't a problem until recently, ...
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How to explain to interviewer why I left my job due to bullying/bad work environment? [duplicate]

I worked at this company for 6 months, about 3 months into my job, I started getting made fun of and laughed at from roughly, 5-7 people. This behavior continued pretty much everyday, up until I quit/...
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Any reasons to not go paperless at work? [on hold]

I'm considering going paperless at work. Just keep notes electronically, using a tablet. Anyone else done this? Any reason to keep a notebook, file cabinet for projects this day and age? Engineering ...
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Is it okay to write non-offensive humor into meeting minutes?

Yesterday at a meeting with a water Utility our Materials expert said that one of their stored pipes would degrade with exposure to CO2 - carbon dioxide. In the meeting minutes this was noted, and I ...
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Is it appropriate to call in sick if I am physically and mentally exhausted from overwork?

I've been working 9 hour shifts 4 days in a row in a hotel kitchen. I am a kitchen porter and have been on my own for these 4 days. These last 4 days there have been over 200+ people on the restaurant ...
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How to keep a good relationship with ex-colleagues who will have to finish work on many on-going projects?

I started a job 7 months ago and got involved on about 15 different project teams. 10 are unfinished, ongoing projects. Additionally, due in part to my prior experience, the company had a very good ...
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Is wearing a brim hat acceptable in the office setting? [on hold]

Overhead lighting directly into the eyes kind of sucks. Cubicles, so cannot do much about it otherwise. I'm thinking about wearing a brimmed hat to block it. I don't work with clients, but still it's ...
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My new job doesn't have work life balance

I just started at a new place of work yesterday and I already noticed they don't have a good work-life balance. I started at 9 am and had to beg to leave by 5 pm. I prefer to work from 8 am to 4 pm ...
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Workplace and coming out, bad idea? [closed]

I've had quite a heated argument with a friend of mine recently. This argument concerned the fact that my friend is gay, and is planning on coming out at his workplace. From my POV doing so is both ...
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Sticky situation at work

So I moved out to San Francisco from the east coast to work at a tech company (background in financial services) and have found the experience to be (in all honesty) both good and bad. However, I've ...
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Frustration with boss

I currently work as a 1099 sub contractor doing freelance bookkeeping. My boss does not want to give me an email account and asks me to email on her behalf. She gets on me for grammar, capitalization, ...
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Coworkers frequently joke about being fired or quitting

My coworkers frequently joke about either being fired or who's going to quit next at work. They often bring up stories about predecessors who quit or got fired and why. It unfortunately seems to be ...
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How to tell my current boss that I don't agree with company's current practice of employee leasing

Background A few months ago I started a Job as a senior java developer at an IT consultancy. In the interview rounds they introduced themselves as a company that works solely in-house for their ...
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HR start date changed multiple times

I started a new work from home position and the start date was supposed to be July 31, 2019 (my HR paperwork shows this date). The company sends you their own PC to use and my equipment is late. Is my ...
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Leaving small business job

I have been working for this small business for little over 2 years now. We had only 5 employees, two left last year and another one gave 2 weeks notice. She was a senior-level employee (over 15 years ...
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Toxic colleague spreading lies [closed]

My colleague si master liar and also gathers evidence on others (screenshots of conversations etc.) the current situation is as follows: multiple managers tried firing her but they were always ...
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What are some techniques to improve collaboration inside a design team?

I work at a digital agency and we've got many different clients and projects, which is great, but we end up assigning each member to a few clients and getting evertone into their own client-bubble. ...
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Unethical behavior : should I report it? [closed]

One of the ex-company I worked with, was a hell hole, with abusive bosses, the CEO who fired people because they dared to contradict him and all sort of twisted behavior like allowing people to come ...
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Don't feel welcomed in a new team

I work as a web developer in a big company. Recently, I got moved to a new development team (scrum) inside a project, and I'm feeling as I am not welcome in that team. The team is comprised of ...
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Should I transfer difficult employees to my boss or refuse to do it [closed]

So I have been with this company for over three years and got promoted recently. I have a few resources reporting to me directly who have been working for the client (through another company) way ...
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What are some approaches to networking with colleagues in different teams? [closed]

I am currently dealing with trust issues concerning my interpersonal skills. I unintentionally ruined the strong relationship with my manager at the office. My senior is aiming for a higher position ...
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How to work a regular job as a former celebrity

I am formerly somewhat of a minor celebrity. I'm no Michael Jordan or Brad Pitt, but probably 5 - 10% of you here from the US would have some familiarity with me. As my time in the spotlight has ...
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How do disabled individuals evacuate multi-storey buildings in an emergency? [closed]

So, I know that there are anti-discrimination laws that require workplaces to have disability access requirements like ramps alongside stairs to entrances, and elevators to allow individuals who are ...
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How does a headhunter poach employees at competitors' stores, without anyone noticing? [closed]

I work as a Shop Manager in the UK at a multinational luxury clothing retailer. My boss sat down with me and my managerial colleagues as she suspects some employees got poached from our store, and ...
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Being sick working in childcare

I’m a trainee at a day care centre, and I’ve had a lot of time off sick due to the flu I caught from the kids. Work has put a lot of pressure on me to come back to work when I haven’t fully recovered,...
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How to deal with increasing frustration and discomfort while on notice period?

Global context: I am a young-graduated computer-scientist working for an engineering company. My workplace is at the customer's since I was hired 8 months ago. This job has been a filler job after my ...
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My girlfriend and her colleagues are in a toxic work environment. What can I do?

What happened?: My girlfriend is a resident (medical doctor) in a large institution in Italy. She has some 7-8 other colleagues, and all of them are exploited by their superior to do all the hard ...
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I have a hyper empathetic colleague that I do not get along with that sits accross from me. How do I improve the situation?

I have a colleague who is extremely empathetic, and can always tell exactly what I'm feeling, why I'm feeling it, and can predict what I may want him to do. He often takes various actions on my behalf ...
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Is this worth to return to project where I had negative communication experience with colleagues and solution architect?

I've been working for the same employer for many years. During the last 6 years, I was working on two projects: Project A, where I used to be a team member for a short period of time and after that I ...
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How to respond to someone who condemns behavior similar to what they exhibit?

I am an independent contractor working remotely for Company A. I have worked on and off with this company (or a version of it) since the mid 90's either remotely, at their HQ, and also on occasion at ...
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Sudden termination for indefinite time for health recovery [closed]

First of all, this is my first company. I have been here for more than one and a half year. I've been under pressure to take leave for an indefinite time for health recovery due to my poor health. I ...
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Deal with the thirst for power of a colleague [closed]

I am working in a company, and I am having this type of problem: whenever we start a new project a colleague of mine always wants to be the leader of the project. He is now leading a very important ...
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What are some techniques to use to stop yourself from yawning during a long meeting?

I have always had a problem with yawning during long meetings (>1 hour) and I am interested in the techniques that people have used to keep themselves from yawning. I always start to yawn after about ...
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Should I make an event at work to celebrate my soon-to-be-wedding?

So it's my first time getting married (hope the only one) but I started a new job in a foreign country where I don't know the habits in term of mini events in workplace. I work in Germany and since I ...
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How to tell boss that we need a test plan and to ensure developers use the QA process?

I just got a Warning letter for poor performance I joined a new company as an Associate QA engineer and almost 70% of the developers are juniors and there are no project managers and business ...
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Proposals and Solutions Frequently Dismissed

I work at a large company with different groups and divisions and things like that. We are made to participate in several cross-company workshops where many issues are discussed. In one group, ...
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Coworker demands silence in a rude way. How to react?

We work in a quite noisy place where speaking is not prohibited. Moreover, the operations we do are not quiet at all. Some coworkers are eating, listening to music, talking, etc. during the day. It's ...
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Colleagues Ignoring me as I work Independently on my Schedule

Well, I have been to this new Job. It's been like around 5 months. The work atmosphere was the best which I ever experienced (I only worked in small companies for short periods of time due to some ...
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Should I leave the work? [closed]

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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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 web application needed a small new feature to finish the project. The maintainer of the web application has been extremely helpful in helping me ...
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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 ...