Questions tagged [work-life-balance]

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

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How to balance quality and speed at work?

I am a software developer at a large investment bank firm. 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 - ...
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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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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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