Rules for how an organization is run. Areas can include dress code, work hours, and behavior in the workplace.

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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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Is it okay to leave my original documents with a company who wants them “as insurance”?

I was a temporary employee for three months, and I recently signed a one year contract with the company where I am currently employed at. Now after signing the contract, the company wants my original ...
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For leave applications in office, why do they ask us to fill the field “reason”?

This is how the leave application form in our company looks like: Name _______________ Designation _______________ Department _______________ Leave from _______________ to _______________ No. of ...
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Does the external recruiter have to honor workplace communication policies when communicating with job candidates?

A an executive recruiter contacted me about a potential opportunity with a client of theirs. After general 'initial' screening, I was asked to complete a lengthy document answering questions as ...
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How can I get my colleagues to seriously consider my suggestions? [closed]

My team works on a big legacy-code project and most of the team has worked here, on this team, for over ten years. It seems that most of the team have only worked on this project and rarely if ever ...
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How can I fairly implement a timeliness policy when some workers are on hourly pay and some on fixed salaries?

I work in a small development team and we have members who are paid hourly and workers who are paid a salary. Recently, it's come to our attention that both the hourly and salary employees are taking ...
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Justifying the installation of utility applications on company laptop

My employer currently has a strict SOE (Standard Operating Environment) policy for company computers. This means that all software installation on my work laptop must be approved, and group policy is ...
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Is it generally appropriate to expense the cost of getting a work excuse/doctor's note? [closed]

The company I work for has a policy in effect where an employee who misses three days of work in a week (or in a row) is required to supply a doctor's note/work excuse upon returning to work. The ...
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Tactfully negotiating ambiguous management policies

Recently there was a severe weather alert (level 3 emergency) in the county where I work. Company policy states that if there is a level 3 emergency declared, the day will be unpaid with no ...
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Can my employer mandate that I increase my car insurance?

I work as a case manager for children in foster care, and transporting these children is part of my job. My employer wants me to increase my car insurance to do the job. No compensation has been ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about a company's work from home policy during an interview?

Is it appropriate to ask about a company's work from home policy during an interview? If so, then how should the question be asked so as to avoid reducing my chances of being selected for a position? ...
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How to request an accommodation for a debilitating illness when I don't want to disclose the nature of the illness

I am 25 and have a Masters in IT and work as a junior software developer. I have been suffering from poor sleep for a long time (5-6 years) due to IBS, a debilitating illness that affects my sleep and ...
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How can I avoid selective enforcement of rules against me?

Most people in my department often come to the office very late with rather odd excuses such as "my wife forgot to wake me up" "I slept on my leg funny and couldn't walk in the morning" "I ...
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Working for two companies at the same time

Are there any concerns with working two remote full time tech jobs in the US (one in networking and one in photo sharing)? I understand there might be health concerns, but assuming you are able to ...
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How can I repair my relationship with my manager?

I have been a valuable member of my team. My peers know it and my team knows it. I spend 30% of my time daily working from home. (Due to personal commitments) I am a part of a company which frowns on ...
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Being Reimbursed for Personal Property Used for Business [closed]

So, when I started a new job, I used my personal laptop for work purposes (because the computers there were full of spam and unsecure). Eventually, the work software caused my laptop to crash. My ...
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How to implement a “jeans for charity” policy?

I am interested in starting a "jeans for charity" policy at my workplace. My company is going to allow people in our office to pay 3-5 each for the option to the wear jeans on the last Friday of each ...
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How to handle and engage employees in a secretive company culture?

Senior management in my company discourages revealing strategic and management decisions to first line employees. Since I have joined the ranks, I have been told that employees should just worry about ...
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Leaving a job: how to erase my “footprints”?

I have decided to resign from a very small software company, we don't have HR, IT or any of the departments that usually take care of this messy process. I want to make sure that I leave no personal ...
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What kind of activities are allowed if your job contract prohibits any other occupation or business? [closed]

My full-time job contract contains a clause that says my employment with the company is exclusive and I should have no other occupation or business outside of it. I would like to know what exact kind ...
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Where do I stand if I can't reach my manager? [closed]

A family member is working as a professional cleaner for a company specialising in cleaning contracts in retail. He works "remote" in as much as he is the only cleaner on site. His contact with his ...
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What is an “Open Door Policy”?

Based on this question, I searched this site to see if there's any description of "open door policy." This question is meant as a place to describe What is an "open door policy"? Guidance on how ...
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How can I judge an appropriate response to selective enforcement of rules in the workplace? [closed]

I had a family emergency and needed to take a personal call from my father for 90 minutes during work against family policy. As a result, I was disciplined by my supervisor for failing to punch out ...
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Managing travel expenses and reimbursements more effectively

Throughout my work history, I've traveled extensively for nearly every job role (in the IT consulting world). I was spoiled early in my career by having access to corporate credit cards. This ...
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Internet usage after-work hours [closed]

Network usage during work hours has quite well defined policy (i.e. it can be only used to look-up job-related stuff, read/download job-related e-books, etc.) in a company where I work, but there's ...
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What would be the reason for regularly hiring and making permanent staff redundant normal? [closed]

I work at a company that is in a cycle of hiring permanent staff and then making them redundant after 1-2 years. I begin to wonder whether some of this behaviour I have seen in this economy is due to ...
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Spoken, but unwritten. Followed, by most. Options?

I've been working in Iowa for a privately held company for over 4 years now as a salaried employee. For the last 2 1/2 years, I have had a photo of my daughter at my desk. Our cubes / desks are in a ...
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How does vesting in equity generally work?

When I joined a start-up 8 months ago, I was offered a 2.5% equity along with a fixed remuneration. I trusted the founder and didn't bother to ask for equity docs. After 6 months, there were some ...
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Requesting a dress code change that is up to my manager's discretion

When I started working for my current company, they permitted a dress code consisting of either jeans or khakis and a polo shirt. About a year ago, something unrelated happened in which the CEO was ...
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Doesn't it cost employers more to reimburse actual meal costs than to offer per diem?

***For those seeking bounty. I am looking for references to studies where actual numbers are given comparing actual meal cost reimbursements (including overhead costs of scanning receipts and audits) ...
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What Travel Expense items should I ask for Reimbursement for?

My employer will be sending me to the Philippines for 3-6 weeks. I checked the employee manual and it doesn't really have anything in there about travel expenses, so I need to talk to my boss about ...
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Why would a company remain confidential before an interview?

I recently got a call from a recruiter who said that he was trying to find a good fit for a company's open position. The recruiter asked me some questions about what I am looking for but said that ...
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Why don't companies give competitive raises to keep their employees? [closed]

I've heard it said that the fastest way to increase your salary is to change companies every few years. If this is true, it seems to mean that very few employers regularly give raises that keep up ...
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How to deal with an employee found to be misbehaving by chance (by accessing a restricted computer)? [closed]

I, as an owner/computer auditing worker, have been reviewing recent computer usage (for statistics) and happened to stumble across some serious delicate issues. There is an employee who does not have ...
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How can I efficiently get all employees to read and sign-off on a policy?

I work in the HR department of a company that has 2300+ employees working in retail stores all around the country. We have certain policies that need to be read and signed-off on by ALL employees, ...
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How can one ask for time off when company has policy against time off in December/January?

My partner works in a UK clothing store whose policy is to deny ALL holidays during December and January. This means for as long as she is in this job, we can never take a Christmas/New Year holiday. ...
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Does an Employer moonlighting clause relate to personal side projects, and do I need permission? [closed]

I work as an engineer full-time with a technology company in California. When joining the company I signed a company code that had an explicit moonlighting clause stating that "employee cannot do ...
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Is it acceptable to install personally purchased licensed software on company provided laptops?

I have changed jobs recently. I am a software developer and I very much love Intellij IDEA, which I think is the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Java. I have a personal license for ...
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How can I help management when they back themselves into a corner with a client regarding internal staff policies?

In light of the question from the linked question (asked by another user); and the corresponding answers and commentary: Using gym at workplace during work hours Assume that I now I have an answer ...
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What reason does an employer have to mandate all travel booking be via the same travel agency?

At my employer, all travel bookings must be made via the same travel agency. If I don't, I apparently violate the contract between the travel agency and my employer (a university in Sweden). A ...
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Should I require my employees to ask permission to use corporate discount?

My company was approached a while ago by a hotel chain and we were offered a discount of 10% when any employee stays at one of their hotels. It doesn't cost us anything; it's mutually beneficial for ...
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What is the purpose of wearing a uniform even though we are seldom, if ever, visible to other people?

Why do some companies implement a policy that requires all employees to wear a uniform, designed and made by the company, even though some of their employees are not visible to people outside of the ...
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How do I request new equipment for the office?

After reading Peopleware and The Programmer's Bill of Rights I have realized that my work space is lacking in what I would considering comfortable working conditions. I have been thinking about ...
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Should I request HR to let me choose my own holidays?

My company has always chosen the 10 holiday days we get for the year without even asking employees if those are the days they want to use holidays. For example, we have two days off for Christmas eve ...
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Do I need to ask my company before I can use corporate hotel rates for personal use?

I'm looking to stay at a fairly expensive 4 or 5 star hotel and I'm sure my company's corporate rate can be used because I work for a very big publicly traded company. However, I'm not sure if ...
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Exactly when does a two week notice begin and end?

This question is kind of a multiple part question. Lets assume I were to give my two week noticed today on November 7th, 2012. Is the two week notice strictly 10 works days, or the end of two work ...
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Policy vs Design: Which is better for user buy-in? [closed]

At my job we have several pieces of equipment that move from on e place to another. Our small group of employees need to find where a piece of equipment is or was last placed. I wrote a helpdesk ...
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Pitching for time for personal projects at work

Does anyone have any information how companies deal with personal projects at work? I have noticed an increase in companies offering a small percentage of time toward personal projects at work ...
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How can I convince my company to change their time off policy?

My company has a policy that no more than three salaried employees can be off on any given day, regardless of what department they are in. I've seen this cause tension with some employees, and have ...
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How can a company implement a “20% time” program like Google's?

I've read that Google's 20% rule is about encouraging fun and innovation. How can my company implemented and manage a program like this? A good answer to this question should also cover these sub ...