Questions tagged [work-life-balance]

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

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Should I try to look at career opportunities overseas?

I am currently working in Asia, and wondering if I should stick with my current job or try to see if it's an actual possibility for me to find work or study in a Western country. My work is a skilled ...
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How much do nap facilities improve worker productivity?

I was reading this economics paper on sleep efficiency, and came across: short afternoon naps at the workplace improved an overall index of outcomes by 0.12 standard deviations Are there any other ...
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What do I do if I can't seem to find interest for any job in my field (software development)? [closed]

I am having some major existential issues in regards to my career. I don't know if there is a true answer to this question, but I'd be grateful to receive any thoughts, experiences, or questions to ...
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How do you keep professional software work sustainable?

Summary question: how can I find/create a workplace where there's enough time to do a good job, learn what's needed, and count on regular hours? Long question/explanation: I've noticed most workplaces ...
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Why company policies don't guarantee work-life-balance?

The adoption of the trend called on-call is high among software companies where they expect employees to work beyond office-hours for things like urgent customer issues, pipeline failures, etc. This ...
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How to motivate myself to do my own projects similar to my day job? [closed]

I got a new mobile development role about 6 months ago. I love it, the company and the people are great. I work from home too. Previously I’d been in web development roles and grew to hate it. I used ...
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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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How to refuse to work when on vacation while keeping relationships as best as possible?

I work for a company as an algorithm developer, recently promoted from software engineer. I am very valued both by management and by peers, as is evident from management by constant positive feedback, ...
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How loud until you get a mark on your back?

Being relatively skilled and relatively loud in the office at promoting myself has got me in several rollercoasters of raising through the ranks then falling :) But one thing with being loud is ...
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I often get calls to help fix some problems at customer sites in non-working hours - normal?

My employer develops software for small business. The competition is fierce and survival is paramount for us. I often get call at 9 or 10 at night, sometimes at weekend from the customer support team, ...
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Tracking software monitoring our activity to the minute. Expected to work 8 hours straight. What can we do?

A few months ago, the management implemented a tracking software on our computers, such that it counts time only when a certain app we are working on is open and we are active on it. This means that ...
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Is “workaholic” culture a requirement, or optional?

I've received a job offer from an extremely large company with a reputation of having a "workaholic" culture. I asked some of the interviewers about it in loose terms (ie. what does a work ...
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How to be more strict about working hours in a free working hours environment?

TL;DR: I work in an academic-like environment with free working hours. Everyone including my boss have a hectic seclude for work hours; and her plans for meeting me often clash with my plans for ...
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How to balance quality and speed at work?

I am a software developer. The team I work on has over 25 people and we have multiple QA's (Quality Assurance), and Code Reviewers. I mean this in the most humble way - I try my very best to write the ...
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How to ensure a company respects its employees before accepting an offer?

I'm working on some litmus tests for companies during the interview process, and trying to test if the company/team respects its employees before accepting an offer. For completeness, what I mean by &...
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After ten years of ad-hoc coding, what steps can I take to formally learn computer programming?

I have a slightly different issue I am running up against than it seems most people on this site usually address. Initially, right after graduating with a Master's in Economics (2010), I joined a ...
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Is it ethical to be sleep deprived while working as a software developer (in a non-safety-critical environment)? [closed]

Hypothetically: assume that someone is working as a software developer (on projects outside fields like medicine where software correctness is very important). Is it ethical to be sleep deprived when ...
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How to stop feeling overwhelmed when asked to deliver a project?

I am senior software engineer, and have done pretty much as 10 projects till date. But last year I was given a task to lead a team which had a continous scope creeps, and I had to deal with lots of ...
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Unproductive, overwhelmed, work from home single parent, children off school during lock-down, steps to turn this around

The context and background Since the pandemic started in the UK, I've been work from home. On top of that I'm a single parent and my teens are off school because the schools have shut. At the start ...
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Why are shorter hours such a problem for companies?

Why are companies in general opposed to employees working shorter hours? Shorter hours means less expenses for salaries. And while a lot of the fixed costs for office space and stay the same, this ...
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Canceling my two week notice to go to a remote job

I gave my 2 week notice at my current employer who has been very good to me over the past several years. The work has gotten a little bit stale and boring but overall I like seeing people and going ...
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Asking About Work/Life Balance and On-Call In an Interview [duplicate]

Work/Life Balance and On-Call requirements are two things that I want to know about before accepting a job offer. I'm afraid that when asking about these in an interview that it's perceived that I don'...
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Employer changes working hours from flexible schedule to early mornings?

My friend has a 100% commission job. They accepted the offer a few weeks ago because they were thrilled to find a job which explicitly had extremely flexible hours. The employer even told them that ...
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Branch manager wants to transfer me to a lower position against my will, what is the best way to handle it?

I work in the bank designated as teller. It's been 15 month since I started and for a very long time my communication with our branch manager is not cool. He is the boss that does not listens and ...
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Is Singapore a power distant culture?

I live in Europe. I got opportunities to work in Singapore, but I'm worried about the Asian power distant cultures. Here why: Last time I was traveling to Germany for seminars, there was some ...
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Co-Worker working on Christmas/Holidays while they are off (to complete tasks I agreed I'd complete on our return from time off)

I would like to know how to deal with this situation. Basically our manager had a clear schedule on who is working and not working over Christmas. I took my vacation accordingly as I was the prime ...
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Should I change my decision to stay current organisation after dropping resignation [closed]

I am in a quandary right now. I have a work experience of 3 years. The work experience in the current company, for namesake let this company be "A" is 1 year. Due to poor appraisal and difficult ...
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Introvert who wants to skip social events

I loathe going to work events and parties. It is a complete waste of time and I protest by not participating. Christmas especially, I refuse to celebrate the sky god and I intend to make my reasons ...
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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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Abnormal work addiction

I have this problem that I always think about work, I do a lot of overtime and work in the evening and on a weekend because of this addiction. No one pays me for over hours and also in the country of ...
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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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