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Is this something that isn't my business? This is not your business. Continue to wear your headphones if the occasional cursing distracts you. And let the management of your coworkers' behavior be the problem of your manager. the guy over the cube wall will jokingly remark "Tell me about it, [coworker's name]!" from time to time. My coworker seems to ...


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You know this is going to happen and it appears to be important to the culture in your office. Plan your day so you are doing easily interruptible work (for example, answering emails) at that time. Don't try to "get in the flow" when you know you will be interrupted Getting along well with your coworkers is at least as important to your career as writing ...


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So, the first thing to accept is that this sucks worse for her than it does for you. You're creeped out by the reminder that we're mammals, and female mammals use their secondary sexual characteristics to lactate in order to feed their children. She has to deal with the breast pump, and everything that goes with it. That thing is uncomfortable. It is a ...


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Hotdesking doesn't solve any problems, no matter whether the office is too small or not. I've worked at a company that had 20-40% fewer seats than employees. Battles for chairs cost us (and company...) plenty of time. It was a drama. The most important part of the day was ensuring you had a chair. Your company is probably expecting to grow. This could ...


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Get a different desk. It sounds like a big part of your problem is that you are in the natural flow of traffic between the entrance and a significant number of desks. This is also hampering your work. Talk with your supervisor and see if you can't get your desk moved to a more out-of-the-way corner. If they aren't passing by you, they won't shake your ...


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I am not a fan of the hot desk principle, but here are a few reason why people might be for it: Tidier working area. If people can't keep their belongings at their desk, the desks are typically clutter free Fresh perspective. Some people actually think differently when they are moved around. I don't, but I know people who claim where they sit affect them ...


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Yes they can. You have made the classic misunderstanding - it's not your Macbook, it's your employer's Macbook which they have assigned to you to use. It remains however their property. The finer details of what the company can access on a device they have assigned for your work use depend upon the legal jurisdiction this is taking place in, and what data ...


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I'm going to answer this as if you were not a developer, mostly so that non-programmers can gain a little insight into this. If you are a developer, most if this will seem obvious to you. No. Just ignore it. You say it's not preventing you from doing work, so there is no need for you to do anything about it. As a developer I can relate to this guy so much....


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Hot Desking is useful if team structure changes often, or if people are working from home for the majority of their time and their presence days can be coordinated company-wide. That's a lot of ifs. I've seen exactly one working example for each of these: one customer building test and measurement equipment organizes work items as short-lived projects, ...


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What is a polite way to ask people to 'go talk somewhere else'? "Please, can you take this conversation to a conference room?" will usually get the job done. The best solution in truth is to use noise canceling headphones. I like it quiet when I work, and will avoid appearing like the bad guy as best I can. If they are talking at a volume above what ...


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I think you should rethink your plans a bit more: The remote working thing is a terrible idea for interns. By the nature of the role, interns need a lot of training, supervision, and direction - and this is all best handled face-to-face. Also, while sometimes it is useful to get a couple of interns working together - they can help each other through tasks ...


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Be direct, but blame only yourself Try wording it like this: Hi, I'm having a hard time concentrating. Would you mind talking somewhere else? I actually do this several times a day. We have QA folks, management, junior programmers, and none of them realize the value of a distraction-free work environment for deep thinking tasks such as refactoring or ...


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Is this something that isn't my business (it's not preventing me from getting my tasks done) or something I should bring up to him or someone else? No, do not bring it up to anyone. This person's actions are not stopping you from doing your work, so leave it alone. You do not want to earn the reputation of being a snitch and damaging other ...


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Have you ever had even one intern before? I'm assuming you haven't, and that makes this a bad plan. Start with two (they can support each other and bounce ideas around) who are physically near you, in the same building. Managing 5 people is not a good first managing experience. Managing even ONE person who doesn't have a lot of work experience is harder ...


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Whatever you need to wear. It's obvious you've got an injury, and people will understand if that means your footwear isn't as formal as it might otherwise be.


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TL;DR Go Long version At my company (~25 people, located in Germany), we're doing this once a year. It usually takes place on a Friday after lunch (during office hours, approximately ~2 hours). It's a lot of fun for everybody involved and a great opportunity for team building. Also, my boss participates himself. Think about it this way: what's the ...


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Whenever I tell a local colleague about this decision I am met with something like, "Why would you want to leave here?" or "Whats wrong with this region?". It seems like people are offended that I don't want to settle down and live where they do. How can I handle this in a professional manner? I get this question almost every day and simply ...


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Why do anything? I don't see any reason for you to jeapordise working relationships, stir the pot and make trouble over relatively innocuous remarks. It's best not to get involved in anything but your actual work unless there is a serious issue affecting you personally which interferes with your primary objective of making money and rising in your career. ...


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This is something to bring up with management immediately. Maybe the locks disable when the fire alarm is tripped or maybe you are all in a death trap. Check that they have done their due diligence that the layout complies with fire code, then confirm it to your own satisfaction. Your life is not something to risk on not wanting to make waves. In further ...


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Yes, the joke was inappropriate. You know that because you saw that it made someone uncomfortable. It's a shame that nobody else on the team ever objected to this juvenile "humor" because now some people will say things like "we used to have such fun before we got stuck with a woman on the team." The response "how else would you put it?" is classic bully ...


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Before I was a software developer I worked in aviation. 5s type rules are golden for any aviation production or maintenance organization. Keeping every tool and part in exactly the right place is not just for looks, it's a manner of life and death. I almost lost a friend when a wrench left in an airplane caused a crash on takeoff. That's why every tool ...


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Ask your boss - your impression on him is important for your well being in the company. Ask your colleagues - maybe they have some "plans" they did not share with you yet. Also, they might have the experience of the previous years. Ask the organizers for advice: they might have decided for a dress code. At the end, analyze the info and make a decision ...


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Seems like your figurines are simply a magnet for others to fidget with. Most likely this is not malicious (except maybe for the missing one). However, depending on your reaction to these things being moved it could also be that an office mate is simply trolling you. Let's analyze both situations: Innocent Interest You could, for example, mention it to ...


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You should find out whether your company has a policy about receiving personal items via mail/shipping at the office. If there is a policy, you should follow it. There is still the possibility of a misunderstanding. If there is no policy/procedure covering this situation, your next action should be to report the missing item to your company management (...


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What footwear do I wear along with a plastered leg? Follow your doctor's advice! You have a medical condition. Whatever your doctor says to make your ankle recover sooner and better is the answer. Your manager and your colleagues will not say much about what you wear because they all want you to recover as soon as possible so that you can work as a normal ...


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The problem with unspoken rules is that nobody knows they exist unless told about them. The whole situation might clear up with a simple: Hey, it's sort of an unspoken rule to have your machine on mute, or use a headset. The sound is distracting to your coworkers. Works doubly well if you either give them a headset (I'm assuming the company supplies ...


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If some employees are not regularly at that office (e.g. mostly-remote workers), a hot desking system allows the desk space to be used more efficiently. I believe this was the original reason for the system; it allows the company to save on office space that goes unused. Also, if a worker has multiple office locations, s/he might not need a dedicated space ...


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