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You're paying for it - why not use it? If they explicitly wanted to prevent you using it for such conditions then they would have a policy that excluded them.


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No, you should not expect to keep company-purchased equipment. This was paid for by the company, not by you personally, so it belongs to your employer, not to you. It doesn't matter that it was for your health needs. The desk can be easily re-used by another employee after you leave.


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It need not have a significant impact. Many programmers work with medical issues ranging from quadriplegia, to blindness, to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some programmers have long and productive careers without ever learning to touch type. I personally have found that being able to touch-type reasonably quickly does help my productivity, but after working for 35 ...


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Healthcare plans are not limited to work related problems. They are a benefit, like flexible working hours or no dress code. If the plan covers it, there is no reason to not use it.


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We can not tell you what you did wrong (that sounds odd to me too), but your HR person has given you the hook you need by claiming that the employee handbook forbids it. This means you can (politely) ask the HR person to point out the relevant policy, so you can review it and make sure you understand it. If you'd thought of this during the meeting you ...


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Yes. Call OSHA and describe what went on. If you have photos/videos, this will help reinforce the fact. There's no need to advise your prior employers that you're doing this. Just follow the advice of OSHA when you call them. Be prepared that your prior employers might have moved their operations or tightened up their safety since you left. I'm sure ...


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Be careful of ultimatums You have every right to want a smoke-free work environment and are entitled to one by law. In your shoes, I would consider quitting myself. However, if you want to give them a chance to fix the problem you are simply more likely to achieve your goal by not making demands. {Boss}, I had to leave early today because the smoke ...


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In this situation, what should she do? For the immediate situation, she should protect herself and the baby by telling the principal she is not feeling well, and is taking a sick day. (cough, cough, hack, hack) For the future, I would get a quick note from her doctor outlining the activities and work conditions that are safe for her and the baby. I ...


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You went under your desk to plug a keyboard in. You are using that keyboard for work. If you don't plug it in, you can't do your job. OF COURSE this is a work related accident.


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I think that there is a different point of view that's not being considered here, but it's difficult to know for sure with the little detail that you provided in your question. It seems very unusual and unlikely that HR would have a policy that prohibits something as simple as a visit to a co-worker in the hospital. Obviously, I'm basing this off of my ...


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You're under instruction from a medical professional not to do heavy lifting, so just let your manager know that. Something like Sorry, but I'm under doctor's orders not to do any heavy lifting and carrying. Would it be possible to find someone else to help you with this? Hopefully your manager will do the right thing having heard that. If not, you'd ...


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I'm kind of worried it would make some kind of 'bad' impression in my first day. Or am I overthinking? Using crutches can happen to anyone, you should not feel bad about it. If any, I suggest you write an email or similar to your new boss, explaining to him/her about the accident and the crutches, but that you will be there at work as agreed. This way your ...


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Find a new job. Now. You have a love for automotive work and that is great. There are hundreds of thousands of shops across the country that you can work in. But what you are describing is arguably worse than your boss being a cheapskate. He simply doesn't know what he is doing. And this is extremely dangerous, even deadly in certain professions. You ...


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I am a web developer, and I lack the use of both hands and wrists due to quadriplegia. You need not fear that losing the use of a hand excludes you from the programming field. As you say, there is much more to programming than typing speed. I type at a sad maximum of 20 WPM, yet I still am considered a competent developer. However, there are difficulties ...


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You tagged your location as New Jersey. To be clear, what your employer is doing is very much illegal. Here are some references: https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/compliance-enforcement-training/report-potential-tobacco-product-violation https://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/tobacco/regulations/ You said, I know that this is probably illegal but I don't ...


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Other answers have pointed out that in the US it is illegal for employers to discriminate based on medical issues like depression, but they do. The flip side of that is that, while it is certainly legal for you to disclose your medical condition, unless you're asking for an accommodation it is unwise to do so -- unwise for you, and burdensome to your ...


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I believe there should be a line somewhere between suggesting / advising good practice and appearing pushy for implementation. You don't need to chase everyone, individually to make them follow the advise. Your organization made enough attempts to make the employees aware of the danger and given them guidelines for safe posture. Now it's up to them to ...


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What's the correct thing to do? Do not continue talking to HR about this, they are not your friend. HR exists to protect the company. Should I tell HR that I am having a very, very tough time, or just shut up, deal with it and work poorly? At this point, you have already shined the HR spot light on you, I would not draw further attention from them. ...


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Do you also plan to take the computer, monitor, phone, etc with you? The answer to your question is likely the same for them. It's equipment purchased by the company for the purpose of you doing your job. I have a 43" monitor on my desk and a pair of $200 noise cancelling headphones. I'd sure love to take both with me on my last day in 2 days. But ...


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First you should think long and hard about what you want to report. OSHA has many rules and many more guide lines. For example: The shop is a toxic mess. - This is not actionable; you need to be specific. They openly burn Styrofoam with little to no ventilation. - Depending on where they are in FL and how the building/area is setup the EPA may care and ...


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is it unethical to use the healthcare package to cure a problem that is personal [....] No, not in general and definitely not in your case. It's completely ethical and you are expected to make use of that policy / fund for your individual betterment (for health care). Any organization, wants their employees to be fit, active and healthy - this increases ...


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As it seems (too?) late for a sick leave, day off or doctor's note, because she went to work and someone was neither nice nor reasonable, I think it's time to "reverse the trend". They want you to be there on duty? -> you show up. They want you to stay outside? -> you stay outside. They want you to work? -> you work... just for a couple of minutes! Then ...


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We could inform my colleagues, during our monthly meeting, that they will be hearing a beep over the PA system. They could use this beep as an audio cue to re-align or adjust the posture. Oh holy noodle.. that sounds truly awful. Not only is it guaranteed to be annoy a large portion of the workforce it also wont be particularly effective. Assuming you have ...


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You are overthinking this. Accidents happen, and any employer worth working for will understand. If you're good-humored about it, you might even be able to endear yourself to them and leave a good impression on your team.


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From: "The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005", legislation.gov.uk (f)emergency doors must not be so locked or fastened that they cannot be easily and immediately opened by any person who may require to use them in an emergency; It does say at the top The following requirements must be complied with in respect of premises where necessary. ...


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As Richard U's answer says, you can talk with this person to let them know that they are getting difficult to work with. They may not realize how difficult they become during those 4 week periods. Lilienthal's comment about speaking with your manager is also good. Not mentioned yet is that you can try to avoid personal contact with this person when he/she ...


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Helpdesk nurses are in the awkward position between healthcare and helpdesk, she probably has a script she has to stick to. The "got hurt at work" box on that particular flowchart likely only has one line going you of it: "The guys from Legal will chew you out if you say anything here" Because, even in more civilized countries, getting hurt at work lands ...


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I used to work with a developer who was missing most of his right hand. He had some of his index finger, and a thumb, both very small and weak compared to his good hand, and no other fingers on that hand. This had no obvious effect on his programming ability, and he was regarded as quite talented. He did not try to type with that hand at all. He could move a ...


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How can he deal with this issue without looking unprofessional? If your friend's job requires him to take many calls during the shift (as you seem to indicate) then this situation is something that is impeding him from fulfilling his responsibilities. Seems to be also a valid medical condition. Speaking softly is hardly unprofessional, but a job that ...


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I try to convince my coworkers to do this all the time! I never drink coffee, and aside from a few caffeinated sodas now and again, I don't drink/consume caffeine at all. Not only that, but I can get to work first thing in the morning. Now, to clarify, when I was growing up I was(still am, a bit), a gamer. I stayed up late, playing video games all night ...


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