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Team makes excuses about bad software and practices instead of fixing it. How to head in the right direction? [on hold]

At my new job I sometimes make mistakes. Usually these mistakes are because of assumptions I make based on other jobs I've had, other tools I've used, and other software I've developed on this very ...
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immigrant manager's cultural sensitivity [on hold]

My new boss will be the first-generation immigrant from a third world country. He is a smart, middle age man but , I am afraid, he has a very little "American culture" awareness. In other words, he ...
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How to handle a boss who doesn't accept disagreement [closed]

I'm currently working under a boss who cannot accept disagreement. When I say "No sorry, I disagree because [...], I think it would bring more value if [...]", he responds very aggressively, ...
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How to help a junior developer that refuses help?

In my team, I am the person with the most experience. We lack a strict junior/medior/senior split so we are all equals. I have been involved with this project from the start and because of that I have ...
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Should I spell my surname phonetically?

I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me). What I ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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Handling culture difference in multinational workplace

Last week, a coworker, my boss and I went on a 4-day business trip to China. It was fun, for the most part. However, things got rather awkward when our business partners took us out to dinner. They ...
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Is “company culture” just a set of personal preferences of leadership rather than a professionally developed institution?

As a manager with some say in the boardroom, I am interested in proposing a few changes to the company culture for the benefit of the overall company performance. What is still unclear to me is ...
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Dealing with women (or opposite gender?) when they quote “Medical issues”

I'm trying to put this is the most non offensive way I can think of, but I realize some people may be offended by it. Just a heads up. Situation: I have a peer who is a woman and has recently been ...
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Dealing with expectations and culture in a new job

I'm a qualified accountant working as an analyst in a good company. I've been here for almost a month now. I've quickly come to find out that people work long days in my team: typically starting ...
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How can I professionally ask recruiters about foreign colleagues? [duplicate]

If a heavily foreign team is a deal breaker for me, how can I ask about it before moving on to the interview phase, without coming off as a bigot or racist? I understand that this is a very touchy ...
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How should I deal with a boss who shouts at me everyday for things I am not responsible for? [duplicate]

My boss relies heavily on me for all her daily tasks, especially since a lot of her staff have resigned and left. So I am now doing the job of three people in addition to my own duties (which is a ...
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Visiting an office that has posters that make me uncomfortable, but the regulars at the office don't seem to mind

I recently spent two weeks at my company's offices in Budapest, Hungary. However in the open-floor office of forty or so people, there are two prominently displayed posters of models happily taking ...
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Determining the identity of a person that is covering their face by wearing a niqab/burqa

To weed out proxy/fake interviewees my organization will conduct either a face to face or a skype interview so that at least the interviewers will be able to confirm the identity of the interviewee. ...
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5answers
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How should I adjust my interview questions for female candidates?

I did a few interviews in the last 3 months to expand our team of developers. I am a mid-level developer so I am always the second person present (+ PM or a senior dev). Until now, all candidates ...
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How to elevate engineering culture at large corporations? [closed]

One thing I have realized working at a large corporation is that it doesn't matter how smart you are because if everyone else doesn't see the value in what you are doing then you are not going to get ...
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Is email an acceptable medium for a thank you note?

It is generally considered good etiquette to send a note of appreciation after an interview. And traditionally I have usually sent this note on paper. In contemporary western culture is an email an ...
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How to deal with a person who perceives a culture problem on our team?

I know that a lot of you will be able to relate to the sort of work environment that we are running here. We make edgy jokes, the sort of jokes that a lot of people would find offensive. We shoot ...
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Team culture is poor and needs improvement [duplicate]

I'm a mid-level developer on a small team of 5 software developers. I've really noticed that the culture of our team is very negative and mean. For example, a developer had overlooked an issue in ...
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How to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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Is it ok to ask how old a fellow employee is?

I live in Mexico, but my manager is in the USA. He is having a birthday soon. I will wish him a happy birthday but I was wondering if it is considered rude or unpolite to ask how old he will be? Also ...
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What's the correlation between guys with longer hair and professionalism?

I've been with a company for about nine months now. When I first started out my hair was cut to just above eye level, now I've grown it out close to my chin. For a while now, my higher-ups have been ...