Questions tagged [work-life-balance]

Issues about balancing the demands of both work and non-work activities.

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What does frustration tolerance really mean?

I was reading an article about the professional profiles that will be demanded in the industry, and one characteristic or desired skill is "frustration tolerance". So I want to know what "frustration ...
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How does this schedule work?

Recently I gave an interview for a company. And they selected me and asked to join from next month. So, Company(the team in which I got selected) works 24hr as clients are from all over the world. ...
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How should I push back against ridiculous work time expectations?

I have been working for my company for awhile now and up until recently I was pretty autonomous. During that time I was producing great results that the majority of people were impressed and pleased ...
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Is there a reliable way to climb up the ladder?

I'm in a developer role, and applying for developer positions since around 3-4 years. I'm in a moment in my career where I'd be willing to lean toward a managerial position as I feel fit for the role, ...
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How to politely deny client calls after working hours?

I'm software engineer in a medium sized (~250-300 employees) service based company. Obviously the ultimate goal of the company is 100% client satisfaction. Now the clients are from different time ...
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Workplace flexibility [closed]

I work for a IT company and had my discussions with my manager around inability to work from home to support kid (child care age) when they are not well. The boss (owner of the company) replied, "...
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Feeling bad about going home at the end of the shift

Does anyone also feel like they should stay extra hours at work or feel bad if leave on time while others are still there? I don't have a shift sheet to fill or any control of my arrivals/departure at ...
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How to find out about the work culture at small size organization?

There is campus recruitment at college on Monday. I want to find out about the work culture of the company for which I have applied. I want to know if they have proper work life balance or not as it ...
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Should personal projects go on a developer's resume?

I've been trying to get a new job for the last 10 months since I started the one I'm on. The pay is good, but my management has no experience managing a software product (in this case, a company web ...
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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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Is earning a higher salary than your colleague a valid reason to get assigned more work than him?

I've seen this kind of trend in the software industry. Let's say there's a guy who performs well, Joe. And there's a guy who delivers mediocre work, Calvin. Now as Joe keeps performing well, he gets ...
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Repercussions of negotiating Vacation days in new job offer

Background I am currently in hiring process of a start-up company as full time employee that is willing to roll out an lucrative offer, actually they have already sent out a rough draft of work ...
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Is it okay to ask for a day off after working all weekend unexpectedly?

I am a software engineer upgrading a piece of manufacturing software on site. This is only my third time going onsite. So to summarize, this has been a nightmare. I'm under-qualified for this ...
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When is it okay to work overtime because I have to think of a solution before I implement anything?

I'm new at a company doing statistics and I have no trainer or superadvisor and little work experience so there's many things I don't know how to do and I don't even know if there's a way to do what I ...
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Is there any way of defining an upper limit to how much of accumulated responsibilities you can be working on ? If yes, how do we define it exactly? [closed]

Let's say that I'm working in a team of QA Testers. And some automation responsibility comes along. So my boss assigns it to me. This isn't a one time task. This is more like a work-every-week for the ...
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How to handle time-off /days-out from the office in Ireland?

I recently changed to a new job in Ireland. I have found something different in how to manage to do external/personal stuff, as most of the things are open only during working hours. For example, ...
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Starting A Company - While Currently Employed

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this type of question - however, I couldn't find a more better one. If there is please point me in that direction. Now, that said - I have recently ...
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I agreed to cancel a long-planned vacation (with travel costs) due to project deadlines, but now the timeline has all changed again

TL;DR cancelled a long-planned trip due to a delay in project deadlines and my backup person quitting, and received most of the cost back from the company. Turns out in retrospect it wasn't necessary ...
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Can I reject a change to my employment contract with an on call clause? - UK

I've worked for few years for an IT company as software developer, the new management wants to amend all our contracts to introduce an on call clause. In other words it means that all developers are ...
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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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New Mandatory Off Hours Check-in

Without any explanation, and with only a weekend's worth of notice, a new early morning check-in was placed on my schedule, basically, as soon as I wake up I'm expected to check for any new requests ...
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How to break the cycle of being a “load bearing employee” because of no time to cross-train others because of constant deadlines?

Edit: I considered this question (How to protest a deadline that is too short?) as a suggested duplicate, but in my situation there is no realistic way to 'protest' a deadline, since there's no real ...
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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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I just found out that my recent promotion comes with an unexpected 24/7/365 on-call status

I work in IT and was recently promoted to a higher position. While I was okay with the responsibilities outlined when I accepted the promotion last week, today I learned that it comes with 24/7/365 on-...
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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

My boss likes our engineers to work overtime to fix bugs. One of his favorite arguments is that being a responsible engineer, when you know it is exactly your codes that cause the bugs how can you ...
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Interviewing with an early stage startup - how to find the expected work/life balance without seeming like one wants to just clock in and out?

I’m in talks with an early age startup (would be joining as employee number 2). I do realise that working in a startup is not a classic 9-5. I understand that there might often be deadlines which will ...
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Multiple Social Media Presences For Different Audiences [closed]

I'm not a huge fan of social media, but it's nessessary to use it to communicate with people inside my businesses industry. With that in mind, I opened up a Twitter account which will be run from a ...
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Is it okay to work on personal projects outside of work?

Okay, I have looked for a solution to my specific problem but have only found solutions for working on personal projects at work or on sick days - which is not lining up with my problem. I'm a junior ...
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Exhausted by doing too many unrelated tasks

This is my brother's issue and I want to help him. After a few months of jobless, He got a job last month at a small trading company(import or export goods from manufacturers then sell those in other ...
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how do I tell my boss about my availability if I don't have a work schedule yet from my other job?

I work two jobs, one is an unpaid internship and the other is paid. Both jobs are fairly new and I haven't received my work schedule yet for the paid job. My boss for the internship is asking when i'm ...
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Is it appropriate for managers to emphasize that tasks cannot be completed after multiple employees have left team?

In our team one person was let-off last year. That person wasn't replaced and the work down was absorbed by the remaining team members. It got hectic. Then there was another team that was working on ...
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New (to the company) manager told me to delay a task with a firm schedule; I disobeyed. How should I have handled it?

Worked at this company for around 4 years, I have about 7 years in the workplace overall. I work in a team of 3 who deal with 'reporting' (mostly financial), we maintain the systems that "month end ...
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When seeking a new job, when should I mention that I want a 4-day work week?

I am not currently looking for a new job but I am thinking about the future. In my current job, I negotiated a 4-day work week (for a proportioned cut in salary) a year or so after starting there. ...
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How to work abroad?

I am Chinese, I don't know English. I want to study English while working abroad. I am a chef in China. I have sent about 200 resumes to foreign companies. No company hires me. I just want to do a ...
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Is it a good idea to push new employees to prove themselves in their first 90 days? [closed]

I am a new manager and I recently hired a new engineer. My boss’s philosophy is to really push people to achieve ambitious milestones in their first 90 days. He thinks a new hire should really want to ...
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How can I bridge the gap between my employees’ productivity and my boss’s expectation?

I am a new manager in charge of a very small team of engineers. My bosses do not have an engineering background but they have expectations about the productivity of my engineers. I believe my bosses ...
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Feeling demotivated at work [closed]

Sometimes, especially when hitting tough spots on projects, I find it hard to not compare my progress with others and feel demotivated because of this. What is the best way to address this?
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Staying longer in the office pressure

Recently I've moved to Spain and started with a new job last week. In my home country, I would work 8 hours a day with a 30 - 60 min lunch break, and couple of short 10min breaks to relax the mind (...
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How do I approach expressing boredom at my stable 9-5 job when doing so may jeopardize management's view of my performance?

Background: I have a decent job for someone at entry level, but it is pretty monotonous. There is high turnover and very little upward mobility within the department. The pay grade is not so good ...
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Why do the huge tech companies not have bedrooms? [closed]

Companies like Google, Facebook etc. are famous for offering all kind of services like gyms, cinemas, hair dresser, music concerts and so on, so that employees don't have to leave the campus. But I'...
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Will declining my company's many social events negatively influence my career?

I've been working for this company in the Netherlands for 6 months now. When they said they valued get-togethers and game nights, I expected the occasional Friday afternoon gathering or a game night ...
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Requesting to work from home in a new job in a new city

I'm interviewing for a job a few hours away from my home, I would love this job and I'm sure I'd be a great fit. I want to be honest and transparent from the start with them, I want to work from home....
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I chose the wrong job and the wrong place to work at [closed]

I feel like I might have chosen the wrong job. I love research, coming up with solutions, and creating things, and my field is in technology. However, after getting my phd I was burned out and a bit ...
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Stressed at work with no obvious source

I work as a software developer in a small company. I graduated from university a year ago, and have been in this role for about that time. Periodically (about once a month), I become very stressed or ...
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How do you balance the work you love and the work that pays better? [closed]

I'm a software developer. In my earlier years I worked as a Java developer for 5 years. At first I liked the challenge but then I was not able to keep up anymore, for me it kind of got too complicated....
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Studies proving that vacations need to be uninterrupted? [closed]

There was an article saying something like "if a vacation is interrupted, it no longer counts", and it backed that claim with studies. As I tend to agree with it more and more, I want to find that ...
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How to explain to your boss you are not interested in working nights and weekends?

I work at a software development company as a developer in the United States. I am well compensated in this salaried role. I work with other developers who are typically are happy to be brought into ...
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How do I explain that I am in the office to work, not to have fun?

Our office has a ping-ping table, and I am occasionally invited to play during work hours. Meanwhile my co-workers will often take a few minutes out of the day to chat about their homes, families, ...
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Will I ever find a job in Berlin with the same cool Danish working culture [closed]

First hope that this is the right place to ask. I'm a software engineer working in Copenhagen, and I'm considering moving to Berlin. I'm worried that I will regret and will miss the Danish working ...
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Telling about the job to friends?

I was told that, when talking about your work with friends, one should never say anything negative about job. Is that true? I think it might be really weird if one says everything is fine if they see ...