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Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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Salaried Employee Being Dinged For Tardiness

I am a salaried employee, scheduled to work 8-5, M-F, and one Sunday a month for month-end closing. I typically will arrive for work between 7:58 and 8:04. On really, really, bad days, sometimes ...
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5answers
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How to stay sharp and not sleepy at work [closed]

I am a programmer and every morning after having breakfast at work I always feeling tired and sleepy. During breakfast I am just eating breads and scrambled egg also had 6 hours of sleep at night. I ...
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Does language lessons paid by company count as work time? [closed]

I work in Europe and my company offers us a 2 hours long English lesson with native speaker once a week. They take place during normal working hours (afternoon), but they are voluntary. I'd gladly ...
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What is it that defines a “working day” in the US?

Before you read any further please note that: I'm working in a country where one is expected to work 8 hours a day Lunch breaks are not paid I never worked for a US company (so I don't know much of ...
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3answers
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Asking to switch to half-time on a new job? [closed]

I'm working for 2 months in a company and I would like to change my work days to something lighter. I've written this text. Do you think I should succeed or be fired upon sending it? Hi {Manager}, ...
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8answers
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Should I clock in if computer started updating?

I got in early at work today, with approval from my manager, to get a head start on some tasks. I noticed my computer is acting out and decided to restart it. Instead of just restarting it installed ...
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Time issues with my supervisor

Let me explain my team hierarchy and policy considering office-time, before I ask the question. I work in the software engineering industry. We have a very simple hierarchy: Manager, I will call M. ...
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2answers
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How many hours do you actually work in a 8h work day? [closed]

For a western-europe work ethics, how many hours you're expected to be productive in a full-time IT job? I'm always in the office 10-15 minutes before my official starting time and I leave the office ...
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Altering time card to show a employee took a lunch when the employee did not take a lunch [closed]

My employer was altering my time card to show that I took a 30 minute lunch when I didn't to meet the company policy of mandatory 30 minute lunch. He would then add 30 minutes to the end of the day. ...
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0answers
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How much time do employees spend “goofing off” on average? [closed]

I'm wondering if there have been actual, concrete studies on this. Most rank-and-file employees work a standard 40-hour week, and the expectation is that, aside from two 15-minute breaks and an ...
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3answers
678 views

Dealing with Flex Hours for some workers

I'm a relatively new CTO at a small startup (about 15 employees). We have a 4 person engineering team that I'm responsible for (and looking to hire more). Other departments include operations, ...
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23answers
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What to do with a good employee who comes late and leaves early?

I've got an employee who does a pretty good job with her work. She does stay on top of tasks but she has a serious issue with start / end times. I am pretty flexible as long as work gets done so I ...
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3answers
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How to ask about unpaid overtime without burning bridges?

I live in a country with no distinction between exempt and non-exempt jobs. In my country you are always officially required to work the number of hours specified in your contract and you are ...
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17answers
20k views

Are there any Computer Engineering/Science jobs that don't require programming ALL day [closed]

I've recently graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering, and I have been looking for a job. I've had 4 internships in the past; they've been at both government and private sector, both small and ...
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1answer
236 views

Going over direct manager to CEO about severe conditions [closed]

I am currently an employee at a business consulting company. We have several branches and I am a part of a branch in the middle east as a principal consultant. However my direct management is a part ...
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4answers
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How should I address inaccurate/unethical time accounting by my direct report?

I work for a small medium business (SMB) that pays its staff hourly. We record our hours worked with an online time accounting system that is based on the honor system. Employees enter there Time In ...
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3answers
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How many hours can a minor do in Minnesota?

I’m 16 years old, and soon will be turning 17 (July 7th). This summer, when school gets out, I will be applying at Target which is about a minute walk from where I live. Am I able to work full time ...
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2answers
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Asking for additional responsibilities [duplicate]

A couple of months ago I started a job on a small team of less than 10 members as a data analyst. I had no background in this type of work besides a very small connection to my bachelor's degree being ...
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3answers
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Should I look worried by problems on the workplace? [closed]

I always look relaxed, even when there are troubles, I look like a zen master, seeing my worried face is extremely rare. I have a coworker which is always worried of everything, usually we are ok but ...
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1answer
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How to work only Day Shift?

I started this new job two weeks ago. In my online filled application, I checked the Night Shift box along with the Day Shift. I did not expect that the situation would be like now. So the manager ...
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1answer
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What should I do if I block other people but I supposed to work on the project only 20% of my time? [closed]

I am assigned to two projects. I was told to spend 80% of my time on the first one and 20% on the second one. The problem is that the second project is legacy code and currently it doesn't work and ...
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9answers
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How to convince my boss that 6 days work-week is detrimental? [closed]

I work in a Startup where I was hired at the first employee, after the founder. Naturally, after the company started growing, I rose the ranks quite fast. I am still quite young and the founder of ...
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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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6answers
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How can I approach my boss about working on a low priority task? [closed]

I am currently working on Task A, which is currently estimated to end in 2 months. There are five other tasks in pipeline: B, C, D, E and F. Task F is something I care very much about, because it is ...
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7answers
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How do I tell my supervisor I have other engagements after my shift is over?

I have a programming job and my supervisor is quite pleased with my work. I do my work, come on time and am very professional with my supervisor. We have flex hours (a concept which I don't completely ...
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4answers
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What's the best way to go about getting job with a later morning start time?

I'm not a good morning person, and this has caused friction in jobs when I've been consistently the last person in the office, regardless of my performance at the job. I'd like find a job that has ...
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2answers
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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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1answer
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Is there any rules of thumb when waiting near someone's office for them to finish an impromptu meeting?

I occasionally need to deal directly with the General Managers of the divisions in our office. Usually these are quick things that warrant a small disruption of their day; requested project ...
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1answer
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Enforced time off and statutory holidays - Ontario

My company is planning a plant shut down from June 29 2018 to July 6 2018. During this period there is a statutory holiday. How does it work if forced time off and statutory holidays fall within the ...
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2answers
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How to handle a management situation in which employees paid equally are clearly not working equally?

We hire a number of temporary employees on a contract for 130 hours per 4 month term. Due to the organizational structure, employees are paid for 130 hours whether they work them or not. A vast ...
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13answers
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Fair treatment for employees always late due to public transport

I have 4 people in my team who use Public Transport - trains. They live on different sides of town, so don't take the same lines. Two are always on time. The other two (coming from the opposite side) ...
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2answers
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Is my manager allowed to tell me to stay behind until I finish something? [closed]

If I am rostered until, say, 9pm. Is my manager allowed to tell me that I need to complete something (clean something, do this, etc.) before I am allowed to leave, even when it is past my rostered ...
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1answer
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Inefficient processes conflicting with my personal standards [closed]

I'm a software engineer working as a contractor for various clients, most of them established and "big" companies. Besides hands-on software development, a big part of my job is to bring in new ...
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Is a lack of work my fault?

At my software development apprenticeship, the last month or so I have had a lack of work given to me by my team leader. Usually, this is not a problem as I had plenty of apprenticeship coursework to ...
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1answer
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My boss wants me to text him two hours before my shift starts, what are my options?

I work for a small care in the community company, mainly caring for the elderly. I have worked for this company for 10 years; for the first 6 years I worked on a full time basis, but now work part ...
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Is it possible to monitor employee work time by his PC activity? [closed]

I have started a career as a web developer in a company with very high working disciplines. I am in my first month of 3 month probationary period. The entrance and exit times from company are checked ...
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How can I reduce the recent negative comments regarding my smoking at work? [closed]

I am working for a small company, during the day I will have a couple of smoking breaks. These breaks are always on my personal time; for example if I have 3 smoking breaks through the day that take ...
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How to explain to interviewers that I am paid for two positions at the exact same time?

I have a full-time position as a security guard for a museum. The position requires me to sit down in front of our emergency alert system, and to respond if the alarms ever go off. The alarms at the ...
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7answers
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Manager offers to let us work less without a decrease in salary. Are there any concerns with accepting this offer?

I work in a team of 6 for a large multinational IT company. The company is not in a good shape from a business perspective. The manager has asked us to consider the idea of working 4 days a week ...
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2answers
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How to properly tell a colleague to spend less time on non work related things

Today I've had a situation where in a private department chat some colleagues complained that some emails are not being delivered and a colleague, whose team is responsible for them, said that he does ...
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2answers
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How to indicate to a partner/client that I will bill them for raising unwarranted concerns? [duplicate]

I am working on a project with a partner company (X) for another client (Y). The team at X works with us on some aspects of the project and is the primary interface with the client Y. So, in a way, ...
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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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Is it an ethics/discrimination issue to not support a persons request outside of my responsibilities

Recently I was asked by a colleague to plug-in the water bottle to the water dispenser, which requires muscle power I have and they do not. This person didn't say "Please", "Could you", "Can you give ...
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3answers
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What to do after I finish assigned task at work? [closed]

Okay, so I just started my very first job ever. So I don't know what to expect from any of this. I'm a stocker/sales associate at a super market. We're currently preparing to open so we're stocking up ...
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2answers
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Not sure how to handle logging around lunch hours

I'm a new co-op at a defense contractor (co-ops are like interns who have longer assignments, more job duties (sometimes), and work through various parts of the year). This is my second week on the ...
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Lunch meetings and time sheets

So I work in an organization where we record our time spent at work in a program called "time management system", for the most part its pretty relaxed (it gets approved by your manager and what not). ...
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1answer
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Is it OK for an intern to leave work early if the day's work is done? [duplicate]

I am an intern at a small company. Today I came in, discussed the project I am doing with my internship coach and started doing the documentation and thinking of solutions to the project. At 16-00 I ...
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1answer
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Unusual working hours and time off. [closed]

My working hours are 8:45-5:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:45-4:00 on Friday. I get 30 mins for lunch each day. My contract states my weekly working hours as 37hours and 45 minutes. I have been told we ...
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2answers
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Can commission-based employees be made to do work they are not paid for? [closed]

I am a pet groomer paid by commission only. My employer want me to start arriving at the clinic 30 minutes before we open. I have nothing to do during that time, and so I sit there for free. I don't ...
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14answers
36k views

Is it unprofessional to have a quiet alarm for your own finishing time?

At my current job - a UK-based development company - I set a vibrate-only alarm on my phone that goes off for only a second at 5:30 pm (which is my official end time). I don't like to literally watch ...