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

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Legally, am I entitled for compesation for delayed hiring process [on hold]

I recently landed a job offer with this big company. They promised to take care of all the paper work (visa fee, medical, flight ticket etc). After signing my offer letter plus cotract which stated a ...
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12answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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17answers
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Stressed at work with no obvious source

Note: I initially wrote this question anonymously, so that I simultaneously be honest while avoiding any potentially uncomfortable conversations if anyone I know were to stumble across it. At some ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
575 views

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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10answers
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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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2answers
436 views

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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3answers
406 views

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 ...
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3answers
570 views

How to balance faster employee and their peers?

I work in the Fintech/IT/Banking industry and understand the pressure of this field. Recently, we had a product UI overhaul and everybody has to work over time. What gets me is, I work faster than ...
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1answer
805 views

How to address an “improved work/life balance” policy that penalizes those who don't have children?

I have met a few employers lauding their work/life balance policy to help people with a family to balance their work/life. Managers are giving these employees the flexibility to attend to family ...
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1answer
271 views

Get a conclusion about current situation in the work

I am working in a company since 11 months now as Web Develop. Everything was ok until the moment (since 2months) when I got some personal problems which made a reflection on my work's quality, and I ...
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8answers
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How to deal with a boss that doesn't like you to take time off?

To keep it short, I have a manager that is very nit-picky about when and how long I take my vacation time. My vacation time at my company works on an accrual basis, so I earn X amount of days per ...
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1answer
494 views

How to handle an increasingly 'hostile' working environment? [closed]

I've been working at an international company for just over seven years and for most of the time it has been an okay place to work. About three years ago, I was among the first people to start on a ...
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5answers
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Reworking code at work to follow best practices is consuming my personal life

I have nearly 6 years of development experience. I like to deliver good quality code, making sure to follow best practices and take responsibility for my work like any professional developer. At ...
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2answers
467 views

Can committing to GitHub every day hurt your career possibilities? [closed]

I have a consistent GitHub streak for a few months now. I plan to continue doing this indefinitely. I work on my Open Source projects on my time at home. I have heard of employers being frustrated ...
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12answers
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Is it unprofessional to bring your spouse/kids to work to visit? [closed]

When I was younger in my career (20's), and worked at smaller companies, I often brought my spouse and kids into work. I had good relationships with my co-workers, and even saw some of them outside of ...
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2answers
1k views

Friends boss asking to do planning during commute - what should he do?

My friend in Sweden works with software development and leads a team of developers. He has a boss that has previously stated that he wouldn't count time spent commuting as work hours. My friend ...
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6answers
1k views

Dealing with a manager unwilling to allow work remotely

I started a new job as a developer about 8 months ago. I negotiated with my employer to work part-time, having great flexibility on start/end hours, as I have a kid. At the begining of this year, we ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to politely decline invitations to go for drinks with work colleagues? [duplicate]

I work for a small company (6 full time employees, including owner/ director, 1 part time employee), and have been there for almost a year. Occasionally, one of my colleagues will organise an evening ...
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1answer
286 views

Made mistake by doing independent contracting, how soon can I go back to old job?

I recently left my job at Company A where I was working on separate contracts to Companies B and C. Now I'm an independent subcontractor to Company B. I left because I wanted to work less hours, work ...
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3answers
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If they've scheduled me for a day I asked for off, is it unreasonable to ask for them to change it?

I'm 16 and this is one of my first jobs, and I've been there for just under a year. I've never been late and always been commended on my customer service. Thursday nights at the store are late night, ...
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1answer
154 views

Unsure whether to stay on a job that I started just a week ago [closed]

I am an expat working as Software Engineer in one of the Asian countries. After working for a year on my second job, I decided to move to another company as I was not learning anything in that job at ...
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5answers
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How do I ask to transition from full time to permanent part time instead of retirement?

I'm a software developer and I really like my job. I mean I really really really like my job. I have a great work environment, I work on creative projects, I work the standard full-time gig: 40-50 ...
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2answers
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Working on small team with high overachievers

I work at a large Fortune 500 company, with many different departments and teams. My team consists of 5 people, and we report to the same manager. When it comes time for yearly performance reviews, ...
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2answers
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Can I help a friend whose boss is unfair? [closed]

About my friend He works under an apprenticeship contract status. He's working two weeks then goes to school for one week. He lives in France. Short question My friend has many problems at his job ...
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2answers
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Deadlines, Unprofessional Coworkers and Contracts [closed]

I recently had a situation in the office where I was working on a dataset all day with real progress being made, only to have the power at my station go out because some other coworker wanted to plug ...
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1answer
175 views

Quitting my stressful job but I am in the quarter of a project and still bond in a contract [closed]

I'm currently engaged on a contract with another year remaining - the project is very stressful however (with a demanding client, a boss with high expectations and a team that seems to be disengaged ...
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2answers
339 views

receiving email on a sunday morning [closed]

What does it say about the culture of a company, when an executive assistant is sending emails on a sunday morning? We are in the same time zone and i sent the email on friday. I would not have ...
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2answers
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Work/Life Balance, work is suffering because of the “life” part [closed]

I'm looking for some answers about work/life balance. My job isn't exactly that stressful, but I'm not being a very good employee because of the worry about my home life and I don't know what quite to ...
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Answering an interview question about short-term tenure in previous jobs

I am actively interviewing for positions and one issue that keeps coming up is that in my last four jobs, I had tenures of about 2 years per job. Reasons why I left these jobs involve financial ...
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2answers
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How can I deal with a coworker who does a large portion of my assigned work during weekends?

My tech lead consistently works late nights and weekends. He often uses this time to complete tasks that I had either planned on starting soon or had already begun, leaving very little for me to work ...
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2answers
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How can I provide meaningful and constructive feedback to a bad manager

I have some serious issues/conflicts about my relationship with my Manager. Communication Style: My boss gives me marching order but never takes any feedback from me. It can be very frustrating ...
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Declining additional tasks [duplicate]

I am working on multiple projects (in IT), each one is quite extensive. As a result, I routinely work about 10 hours a day. Since I also value my free time, I would like to make sure that I can keep ...
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Should I state work-life balance needs in a cover letter?

I am job-hunting as a parent of a small child. My child goes to after care after school. After care closes at 6 PM. For most jobs I am applying for, the one-way commute is 30-45 minutes to the after ...
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2answers
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What to do when one does not get lunch breaks during work hours? [closed]

Say that James works at startup in USA. About 10% of the time, James is so busy doing work for the company that he does not even get time to take lunch breaks, until 8 hours or more of working. Often ...
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Late to work because of my small child

I've worked for this company for 6 years. I just started a month and a half ago, at an office in the circulation department. I came in late 2 days in a row due to dropping my two-year-old at my mom'...
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I am going to propose Work From Home to our Managing Director. How can I enhance my proposal? [duplicate]

We (team members from different teams) have been given the opportunity to propose ideas to improve our workplace. Our MD, is aware that we are going to propose Work From Home (WFH), and he is awaiting ...
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1answer
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Work/Life Balance in Accounting Field [closed]

Are the average number of hours worked in the Accounting and Finance fields higher than other fields? I have a friend who has been studying graduate-level accounting and is preparing to begin his ...
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How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

Currently working for a three letter government agency in their IT department and going on three years as system administrator. I also work as the backup SAN administrator, and manage all of the ...
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3answers
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Going from full time to part time to spend more time with spouse

I have worked full time with current position for almost 10 years. Due to a change in my husband's work schedule, he will be unable to return home on the weekends (he works in another city and is only ...
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5answers
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How to deal with a subordinate constantly being in semi-professional chats

I constantly see one of my subordinates chatting in a semi-professional chat during her working hours. With "semi-professional" I mean that the chat is targeted towards frontend developers (which is ...
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3answers
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“Unexpected” on-call duties

I am working in a quite big IT company in Europe. Recently we faced a series of structural changes, and one of them was "join the modern world-wide trend" and distribute on-call duties among the teams....
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2answers
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How to politely avoid or decline unexpected off-the-clock work?

In this specific company, work hours are very flexible. The only rules are: You must be at work between 9h30 and 11h30, and between 13h30 and 15h30. You must work a certain number of hours per week, ...
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My manager is burning out, how can I help?

My manager is a great leader, but recently has been showing symptoms such as lack of sleep and lack of interest on activities. I went through a similar situation when I was going through Graduate ...
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I work extended hours regularly but HR wants me in office during standard working hours [closed]

I recently started my career in a small firm as a software developer. During the freshers' onboarding process, the HR told me that the standard working hours would be 9:30 to 18:00 (8.5 hours). As I ...
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How to encourage a friend to leave a toxic job?

One of my close friends is currently working for a company which has a toxic work environment, a place where no one should have to work. He has been at this company for just over 7 years, he is a ...
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4answers
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My boss is not qualified to judge the quality of my work. [closed]

I am a senior engineer working in IP management for a large telecom company. I've been in my current position for five years. My last promotion to the senior title was 4 years ago in 2013. I have ...