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Mistakes happen. It's possible this is a deliberate bait and switch, but it probably isn't. If it was a bait and switch they would have waited more than 3 hours to tell you. Sometimes people just mess up. It's upsetting to have your hopes got up only to be dashed, but in reality you have suffered little. (It would be different if you had resigned from an ...


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This is indeed an unfortunate situation. Something doesn't feel right here. This is NOT a trivial mistake to make and you had verbal confirmation from HR, manager and director that this is indeed remote. One person screwing up is entirely possible, three people screwing up the same way is rather strange. Your best shot is to call the manager and/or director ...


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The first thing you need to do is contact the manager and director and let them know the problem. This may not help but it's well worth the try. If the job is doable remotely then they can probably push that through for you if they want. Your only other realistic option is to speak to your company about retaining your job. You have one other option which is ...


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There can be no generally excepted answers for this question. The problem is that managers and business owners are eternally way over optimistic about how much work can be done at top quality. They will always put more on your plate than can be done. This is true for nearly ANY job that involves mental work. (I have a friend who is suffering this same thing ...


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Easy: "you've got eight hours of my day during regular business hours." Of course sometimes in this business this has to be "in the middle of the night [in some time zone or another ...]." But, nevertheless, there must be a clear delineation between work and not-at- work! Never(!) give that up. Because, "no matter how 'good' you ...


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but what are the general expectation of downtime as a programmer? This is anecdotal and only based on my experience but officially companies will want you to move from one piece of work to the next with no downtime. So if you are in a meeting with your manager they will likely be lining up work for you to do. In other wise there is no expectation of ...


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I work for a startup where we're just two devs (including myself), and we both work from home. We like it, but we decided we still wanted to see each other from time to time, so we have a membership to one of these flexible offices, where we can go about 5 times a month. What we like: the flexibility to work from home, but also see other humans every once ...


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The amount of "time out" during the weekday while working from home shouldn't measurably differ from what you did while in the office - that's really your benchmark. The plus side to the WFH lifestyle is that you no longer need to spend time commuting and that you're able to spread your working hours out a little. I personally start my working day ...


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How often can you take breaks during the workday to just take a walk, or check social media and random stuff? You can take a break during regular workday, as long as it does not affect the commitments. Also, breaks while you're working from home is to be the same while you were working in an office setup - there's no reason to have a special case for either ...


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It's not normal for an IT audit to target this unless for a specific reason so you don't need to worry unduly. BUT it's a bad idea to use the company VPN to access these sites. That is asking for attention and if taken to task over it, boredom is not a reasonable excuse. So stop doing it. I work with some high security companies and just have two machines on ...


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Ask the company. In my personal situation, I have a powerful private desktop computer, and a company laptop with an extra monitor, and I cannot use my private computer because there is no space to have both on my desk. Which is a desk that my company didn't pay for, in my office that the company didn't pay for. So my company doesn't mind personal use (as ...


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Will it reflect badly upon me, if there is some sought of IT audit on how the office laptop is being used or will my employer (2000+ employees) understand? If found out then likely yes. But at the very same time those rules are almost never enforced unless you are working in some heightened security environment. Simply put those rules exist to be a catch-...


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See company policy - especially if those youtube videos are porn... Many IT policies make that a dismissable offence. Best scenario use work laptop for work and personal laptop for personal. This has been suggested in other answers on here.


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"Actually, I did this once." I got tired of "my office" being "in my home." So, I rented a very small office within walking distance and actually walked there with my laptop in my shoulder bag.


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Shift work, and in particular not having a personal desk (called hot desking) is the norm in many industries and companies. It's not a new concept. I haven't seen it with software developers, but I have with other professionals. It's definitely a step down though in convenience and perceived status. Just like your own office is higher status usually then a ...


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