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Questions tagged [working-conditions]

Questions related to the conditions under which one works, focusing mainly on occupational health and safety of the workplace

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How to protect yourself from being misrepresented by others?

This can be a problem stemming either from the boss, or co-workers competing for promotions. Examples include(what other people do) writing inaccurate details in email causing other people(who may ...
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How can I avoid working for free in my bachelor internship?

In order to finish my bachelor's degree, I am required by my university to complete an internship. During the internship, I worked in a company. After the internship, there is some sort of write-up ...
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Employer believes I want to work for free. What to do?

I am an engineer with around 10 years of professional experience. I am currently full-time employed. I was looking for other positions because I was not totally satisfied with my current job. So I ...
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Is it likely to get a job in Europe as a front end software developer with no bachelor? [closed]

So, I figure that this question may have been asked a few times in the past (or maybe with some different details) but basically I was measuring the odds of being hired in the EU, preferably Germany ...
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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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Prospective employer may have given me a programming task as a sucker test – is this a thing? [closed]

This is slightly related to the existing question Is there a professional way to refuse a time-consuming programming task given as a test for a job?. Background I have about 85% of a CS degree, 3–4 ...
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Inexperienced manager is making our work life miserable [closed]

At work, we have a manager with no prior managerial experience, at least none in the tech world which any of us would consider reasonable. He doesn't even have a manager title, but we're assigned to ...
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Are managers expected to work longer hours than their subordinates? [closed]

I know lots depends on the industry and so on (and size of the company etc). So to narrow down the scope of the answers let me provide some context: A mature startup in the software industry. So the ...
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Frustration at a new company [closed]

I saw someone experiencing a similar (but not quite the same) frustrations to me on here and I saw the replies were very helpful and insightful, and I'm hoping you could help me too. I worked in a ...
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Unjustified Internet Restrictions at New Job [closed]

A couple of weeks ago, I lost internet connection at the end of a monday, on my workstation. Next day, the connection was not back, so I had to contact helpdesk. They brought the connection back, ...
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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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Best posture when I cannot touch type

The standard for office ergonomics (position of screen , position of keyboard hight of chair and all the rest) seem to be based on people who touch type, now I cannot touch type how should I organize ...
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Can/should I expect a lactation room to be protected from sick people?

As a new mom, I've felt very lucky to have a workplace that makes no complaints about my need to pump and that has a room for that purpose. Unfortunately, that room is attached to the first aid room (...
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What should a newly “exempt” employee expect? [closed]

What should someone expect when being an exempt employee for the first time in the US? At first it sounded great (better pay, flexibility), but after doing a bit of research it sounds like exempt ...
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How to get the most out of “to HQ” trips?

Working remotely my company pays me a given number of trips to the company's headquarters each year. Each of them usually last one or two weeks. I use these opportunities to directly talk with my ...
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What are the advantages for the employer to set flexible hours?

My situation is quite similar to this question: How To Negotiate Flexible Working Hours In order to help me to "build my case" I wanted to know what are advantages for the employer to let their ...
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is there legitimate reason employer afraid of employees work from home? [closed]

Is there a legitimate reason for an employer to ban employees work from home if engineers able to commit code and work on repos remotely? Specifically for web developers and engineering related ...
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Workplace is extremely cold: what options are there?

My wife works at the front desk at a non-profit dental center in Ohio, US. Over the past year, she has complained that the temperature of the office is unusually cold. For a while, my advice to her ...
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Am I as an apprentice required to take my work-laptop with me after work and be on demand?

I am an apprentice for IT in germany. My boss wants me to take my laptop home after work and during the weekends to be on-demand if any sudden work comes up in my free time (like a customer needs a ...
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Company phone software developer

I´m working as a software developer in my company and are mostly developing our app. When testing I’m using both my own phone and the emulator. Recently my phone is starting to lack memory. My phone ...
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Impact of music on working performance [closed]

Is there any scientific research on impact of listening music when working to performance and quality of programming work? It seems some employers consider listening to music as a negative ...
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How to convince managers to let me work less hours for the same pay

I am working as a software engineer / developer. Mostly I do requirements engineering, implementation of said requirements, some testing and support and the like. I have somewhat responsibility for ...
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In what ways can you adapt to a hot workplace?

I currently work in a large building with an open floor plan. Recently, the thermostat in the building was turned up to only start cooling when it gets to 76 °F (24.4 °C). With a lot of people, and a ...
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Are there companies that take into account smoking behaviour in their recruitment? [closed]

Even though some progress has been done with 'smoke-free' workplaces, in my experience co-workers - who smoke - keep the (toxic) smell with them, clothes and mostly breath, and also take their pauses ...
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I have been asked to complete a project without any concrete specifications

I work in the software development domain. My team leader and manager have asked me to complete a project after calling a single meeting to discuss project details. In the meeting very little ...
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Is it really practically possible to do software assignments without taking anybody's help? [closed]

I am working as a software developer, and have been assigned a task of improving a current feature. The lead asks me to understand the feature without taking any external help. The feature is ...
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Can a employer not allow their employees to be off when they are sick [closed]

I am working for this company and just started in November. I have doctors appointments that were premade and they will not allow me to go to them and if i do i get written up. You are not allowed to ...
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Management ignoring wasps/hornets in the office [closed]

EDIT: I work at a non-profit organization where we own the building and we have a problem of wasps/hornets getting into my office, that may spread to other offices. Our facilities manager is ...
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A junior co-worker uses words like ”hit ’n trial method” to define my actions

My co-worker was explaining her work (we were working together, I being in a supervisor role) and suddenly made a personal comment saying “I think we are going wrong with this hit ‘n trial.” IMO, this ...
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Can my employer force me to wear a used uniform?

I work for a company in the United Kingdom, and they can't provide me with a brand new uniform, as they ran out of stock. They gave me a used (washed) uniform to wear for the time being. Someone else ...
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How can my coworkers accommodate my alternative cognitive/learning style and patterns? [closed]

Several weeks ago I started as close to a dream job as a software developer as I could have wished for. It is a relatively small company with a casual dress policy, frequent on and offsite happy ...
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Boss making me do inappropriate punishments at work [closed]

I have been working for this couple of investors for around 18 months. The set up is, these two people will buy small online businesses and I will run these businesses from a single office. Currently ...
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Chair and Laptop prediciment [duplicate]

I have recently started a new job in which I have been using my own laptop. I have also been given what seems to be a broken chair in that there is no support on the back. When you lean back on it it ...
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What should I do if my boss is not paying me salary and asking me to work unreasonable hours? [closed]

I am working as a software developer for very low pay. My boss is asking me to work more than 14 hours a day and he does not allow me to have Sundays off. He has asked me to do complete many jobs at ...
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Are changes to working conditions acceptable [closed]

I have been with my current UK based employer for 6 years and have recently been asked to provide 24/7 on call coverage with no increase in benefits as, and I quote, its expected of a senior member of ...
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How To Negotiate Flexible Working Hours

This is a follow up to a previous question on appraisals. I work as a software developer in a small IT company, working normal office hours. Last year in my appraisal, I mentioned I'd like flexible ...
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Can I ask a candidate who rejected us about his offer? [closed]

Is it professional behavior or OK to ask my close friend who didn't accept an offer from our company about some details of the offer (ex. the conditions or the salary)?
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How to build a relationship with a remote team?

I am working as a UI developer in India for an MNC. Previously, I worked as a developer in another organization. There are no issues with UI development or back-end programming. I really enjoyed both ...
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How can I assess an organization to better my career?

Before switching my job, how can I assess my target organization? How can I tell: Whether their job-environment is employee-friendly (less pressure for customer hunting, more efficient core business ...