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

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Director forcing an all day meeting on a holiday

I'm really not sure how I should be addressing this, but I am very frustrated. My organization works 9/80's, which means we work 9 hours per day and take every other Friday off. Next Friday (the day ...
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How common is voluntary (unauthorised) overtime during public holidays in the IT sector of Germany?

This is not a legal question. I am aware of the legislation regarding overtime in Germany; and there are plenty of posts here (e.g. WorkplaceSE/46653, WorkplaceSE/45108, etc.) that discuss the legal ...
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How do you manage to keep sanity when having high equity [closed]

I am roughly high upper class, more value less loan. Now the thing is that with my equity valuation comes a lot of work. Example I have small Airbnb business on top of that I rent out some office ...
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How can I politely say that I am not doing extra work after back to the office policies?

Our workplace decided that to support the economy we needed to be back in the office and therefore reduce our time working from home. They are very firm on this policy and very touchy about any ...
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How can I get my engineers to accept being on call?

I am manager of several software engineers. Recently our CTO mandated that all engineers must be on call at least once a week, including the work day and evening, once a month, including the weekend ...
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How do I properly address and handle work burnout?

Short backstory: I've been working for my current company for a few years as a developer and IT Support\Specialist which includes a lot of calls, help-desk duties along the developer part of the job. ...
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In my department everyone CC's everyone else with the reason for their absence. How to avoid this?

I recently started a new job. I work in the IT department. There are no shared calendars and no ticket management system. It is very common for people to CC the entire department as opposed to sending ...
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How to ask about a work life balance and conflicts in the team?

I'm interviewing for a Software Engineering Team Leader. I already passed all the interviews. The HR scheduled a meeting for me to meet a Group Leader. Is it okay to ask the group leader the following ...
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Is it legal to have a single 20 minute break for a 9 hour shift in the UK?

I work 5 days a week 9-6 and get a single 20 minute break for lunch. I am mentally drained and completely worn out. How can this be legal? By the time you’ve gobbled your food it’s time to go back - ...
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Excessive Demands Prior to Start Date

I recently accepted a job offer from a startup but declined their request to start immediately after leaving my previous job because I needed some downtime. Currently, I am on a break. However, ...
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How should I deal with "online" status competition at work?

Some of my coworkers seem to keep their online status as available until late at night, even when they are not working. I suspect they use some tricks to prevent their computer from going to sleep ...
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Workplace relationships [closed]

My fiancé and I have worked together directly in the company we are with for a while now, and we disclosed our relationship to them in the very beginning. Can they after a year of knowing we were ...
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What is the work-life balance and pay like as a investment banker?

I'm looking to go into investment banking (IB) or venture capital (VC) after university and have heard many stories about what life is like working in these industries. My question more so relates to ...
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Work-from-anywhere or not a good idea? [duplicate]

I started my job couple months ago and I want to go see my family in another country for two weeks. I also want to focus on my work since I am working at a slow pace and my manager has also showed ...
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My employer is demanding that I change my lifestyle

I work as a researcher in Germany and have recently been approached by the boss's secretary and told what can be summarized as follows: Hey, we pay you one of the top salaries in our research group, ...
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I work remote but CEO is not happy no one is using the shiny new office space, new mandate that everyone has to work 3 days in the office (UK) [closed]

Background: I am employed as a remote Senior/Mid C# developer at a local-ish company. I have worked remotely for over 10 years at various companies with the usual caveat that comes with all remote ...
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How to prevent stress on the job from affecting my well-being

I'm working in the EU at a job where the expectation is that you will work 12+h/ day. When I open my laptop on the weekend I see half of my team is there. (It's a typical Monday though Friday office ...
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Meeting people (a friend) during remote work day

I'm a software developer working remotely at a lab here in the US. I recently finished college, and I've started working here after past internships at this lab (and at another different lab before). ...
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What questions should I ask myself before quitting a job?

I feel lost at work lately. It feels like I do not have a clear purpose anymore. Motivation is low, I cannot find challenges anymore. I am asking myself constantly, if it is the time to leave and look ...
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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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How do you make group discussions work with people in very different timezones?

The company where I work is fully-remote, and to the extent possible we genuinely try to find the best people, irrespective of location. That's great, but it also means that we have people spanning ...
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How do I tactfully tell a problematic colleague that doesn't get the hint that I don't want to interact with him outside work?

I was recently promoted to team leader, and I have several colleagues that I'm close, and some I would consider friends. I have two colleagues that I would like to distance myself from for various ...
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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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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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What is your experience about the productivity drop when the holiday season is coming? [closed]

When the holiday season is coming, for us it is the Chinese New Year next week, what is your experience about the productivity drop during this time frame? Christmas is bad for workers’ productivity ...
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Getting the 9-5pm helpdesk role vs WFH and coding after for a software development job [closed]

I need some advice especially from people in the software development industry. I have been trying to become a developer for a long time and work in a call center in customer service. Because of COVID-...
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Is there a practical way for a software developer in the UK to join the reserves?

I am a mid-level software developer not currently a reservist. This link shows a case study where the reservist serves Tuesday evenings and weekends as and when required – usually one to two times a ...
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Is it OK to say in a job interview that I didn’t pursue an academic career because the salaries aren’t high enough?

I’m a graduating Ph.D. in a STEM field and I have decided not to continue in academia. The prospect of a life-long low wage doesn’t appeal to me after four years living on a meager stipend. I had two ...
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Prospect of pursuing online degree in my off-shift hours with new job which has flexible work hours, how to approach to discuss this with management?

I am trying to pursue an online degree which may help me plan future prospects of my career but I have to do a tech job alongside to afford the course. The problem is the company work hours are ...
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Dealing with out of hours emails?

I am a eCommerce development manager for a successful business. We are a small team but work very much as such with everyone fully committed to the cause. When I first started I was told that I ...
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Great work life balance, boring work [closed]

For the past 7 years I've been part of a company that provides great work life balance & pretty good compensation. When I joined there was a lot of interesting work to do & it was perfect. Now,...
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How to tackle uncertainty about job requirements? [closed]

I am working as an Associate Business Analyst at a fintech firm and I am facing following issues: Since this is a BA role it requires me to frequently check the product functionality through manual ...
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Would it look bad if I asked to be removed from a project?

So, I started a new job about 4 months ago. I could start an entire thread about the challenges that go with a complete lack of organization (which is part of the issue here), but I'll stick to the ...
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How to gain trust and set boundaries at work?

Context I'm looking for a new job and I've recognized a pattern at some of my previous places that I'd like to correct. I usually don't gain enough trust to influence process in a positive and lasting ...
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Should I look for job change or continue? [closed]

It's been about 16 months in to the job but for 14 months I was working in Customer Success team, about two months ago I was moved into Delivery team. I have a feeling that I am not able to meet the ...
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As a manager, should I support employees who work during the weekend?

An employee I manage has started working on weekends. They have a temporary position, and probably want to make a good impression to have a chance of getting hired permanently. Higher-ups have asked ...
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Can my employer enforce health and safety rules on me outside of work hours

I live in the UK and current COVID restrictions have relaxed so that you can meet people indoors at restaurants/bars etc. The Government rule is that its should be no more than 6 people at a table, or ...
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Declining the company's invitation to volunteer for a round-robin on-call roster that is understaffed

I work as a software developer where we have a voluntary on-call roster, where devs do on-call duties in a round-robin fashion. Recently, my manager told me that the roster is currently too small and ...
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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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