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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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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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It means exactly what it says, anything more is speculation, especially when you consider the actual reason behind the departure and not simply its fact or mechanism. Perhaps there are mutual friends among co-workers who could put you in touch if you ask quietly. Or see if you can find them on something like Linkedin or another social network that seems ...


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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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What does it exactly mean when company broadcasts x employee is no longer is employed by XYZ company? It means that x is no longer employed by XYZ and that the company doesn't want to (or cannot) tell you why. Does it mean the employee is resigned or does it mean he got fired? It could be either. Usually, you will learn what really happened through ...


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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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You could take a comical approach and attach a plastic hand near your desk with a sign for people to shake, they will probably laugh and get the message.


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Easiest option to avoid upsetting others is to find a quiet room for 30 or 40 minutes at the start, and end, of the day so you are just not there when they stream by. Any other suggestion, such as "pretend a sports injury" etc etc don't work for extended periods...


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This is an issue you should raise with your employer, not Jane. In the U.S., by law, companies are required to provide a space for Jane to use the breast pump. There are a few reasons why she is doing what she is doing: She is unaware of the proper location Your company does not have a location She doesn't care You should mention this to your employer ...


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In the most of the (civilized) world, it is in the obligation of the employer to provide a clean and safe work environment. I assume that most companies by default take care of daily cleaning the floors and the bathrooms, and periodically the windows. However, some "small, occasional inconveniences" cannot be caught by these routine activities. In this ...


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Given that this is your first job, you simply don't have any idea about what is normal and what is out of the ordinary. In a small to medium sized company word would usually get around if the employee has a planned departure and there is no need to make a company-wide announcement. However, if their employment ceased without sufficient notice then it would ...


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Go even if not everyone else is going. If it turns out I'm wrong, going once won't hurt your career, even if you don't get paid for it. You could even leverage a non-productive unpaid office cleaning exercise as an example of why you are in the future as careful about always getting paid as some feel people should be. The people most integrated to the team ...


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Breast milk is a kind of food, so yes, it belongs to the fridge where other food and beverages are. The same logic applies to the pump which belongs to the kitchen among the cups and coffee machines. As an example, imagine I feel gross about curry and go complain to my boss about Indian colleagues storing their food next to mine. How do you think my boss ...


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talk to the contractors, explain that you are new, ask about their preferences, and be very much aware of the fact that they are going to try to take advantage of you. Verify things through your boss. If you get the same info from the contractors and boss, you know that those contractors are honest, if you get different information in favor of the ...


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tl:dr; The issue needs to be re-framed, and the attitude towards your teammate probably needs to be examined before anything is going to be resolved. Let him know when he should interrupt you. When you bring up your issues with him it's going to be especially important to remember that he's hearing this from you for the first time. It's going to require ...


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This is about providing and storing food. I guess, since you have a fridge and some sort of cafeteria (break room), both is accepted in your company. So this seems to be some sort of a non-issue. As she still covers her breast I conclude there is no sexual offense. The fridge is an appropriate storage for milk Cleaning breast pumps with boiled water is ...


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Can't you just ask a colleague to move the spider?


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Office culture varies widely enough that there's no such thing as a universal answer you can get from the internet. To get a good answer to this sort of question, you really need to talk to a coworker or two about what they normally wear and how formal the event is.


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Correct me if I am assuming wrong but I feel you think cleaning out desks is a janitor's job. And by making you do it, you feel it's free-loading. An office janitor is for cleaning the office floors & toilets & taking out your trash. He can't clean your desk as he wouldn't know what is unimportant. You say this cleaning drive is for removing ...


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You should absolutely, 100% not bring this up with either her or your boss because you are absolutely, 100% wrong. You say: without the slightest discretion her breast pump all around the office but then contradict yourself in the very same sentence: while still covering her breast She is showing discretion. She is only pumping at her desk and in ...


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This reminds me of a case when I was young and we went to a restaurant for a family meal out. My mother tried to breastfeed one of my younger siblings, and one of the restaurant staff said that the breastfeeding should be done in the toilet instead (i.e. the same as using a breast pump). My father then asked the staff if they would setup a table for us in ...


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My friend recommended that I should use eyestrain-reducing software. Is software a good way to solve this problem? If so, what are the important things to look for? If not, what else can I do instead? For medical advice, don't follow recommendations of a friend, and don't ask what to do from strangers on the internet. Often the recommendation on workplace ...


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The first thing you need to realize is that this is not "cleaning" in the sense that you seem to be applying. Generally, "cleaning" an office consists of functions such as vacuuming carpets, emptying wastebaskets, cleaning windows, etc. Or, in other words, janitorial services. The activities which you have described (apart from the plant part) really ...


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Whether to leave is dependent on the other options available Every stay or go question is a comparison of various costs and benefits weighted for their relative risk or probability. Do you have equity? Would you need to move for another job? Are you an unusual presentation for a developer where you are which might make finding another job harder? All of ...


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A few things I can suggest: Get your eyes checked out. Your vision may be OK for most tasks, but a slight vision issue over time can cause headaches and eyestrain. If possible, take your gaze off the monitor at least once every 20 minutes Try adjusting the monitor settings and workspace settings (again if possible). Does a brighter/dimmer monitor help or ...


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I don't think "order" is the correct terminology here. I'd say, they will "require" you to go and work at a client site, for which they can place a formal requirement. However, you can still open up a conversation and express your concerns / disagreement about the proposal, there's nothing stopping you from that. Given that you are a full-time employee and ...


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Ask your supervisor, though usually you are allowed to say so after officially resigning. Leaving without notice would not be too polite of you. People come and go and four months is not much, but they deserve to know.


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