Ethics are the 'unspoken rules' of society. They are what govern how people behave when not bound by law. Questions with this tag should deal with how to handle situations where it is unclear how acceptable a given course of action might be within society (either the society of the workplace, or ...

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Being one-man-army and end up “strong-armed” [on hold]

I have went through How to deal with an incompetent colleague? and How should I handle an incompetent coworker?, but I feel my case differs quite a lot. I started working at my current workplace - ...
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can I change my mind after signing contract? [on hold]

When I was waiting a feedback from company A I have received a job offer from company B. After that I informed company A that I have received official job offer from another company. Company A said ...
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What to do when your manager doesn't accept your vendor's answer about a bug?

Basically, my company uses Software A, which provides a developing framework and a lot of generic code templates. My company purchases this software and uses it as a platform, making customizations ...
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Is it ethical to demand a rate increase in the middle of a contract? [duplicate]

If I engaged in a one year employment contract, and 6 months in I decide I am unhappy with my hourly rate, would it be unethical to demand a rate increase?
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Application Confidentiality [closed]

I applied for a job and then made it to being one of the two finalists. I asked on the application that my current employer not be notified. After I did not receive the job a memo was then put out to ...
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Is it unethical for my employer to ask for free copies of my companies software?

I started an online software company a few years ago. If I find and take a full time job with a new company while still running my software business is it unethical for the new employer to ask to use ...
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How appropriate is it to learn “insider” knowledge of a companies interview practices when interning?

I'm an intern at a tech company. I might eventually apply there for a full time job. I found my company's list of interview questions on our Intranet documentation. I'm not sure whether or not it ...
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan? [closed]

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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My worksite keeps adding to my job's requirements. [closed]

I've been working at a Mental Health agency for a while and recently they've been adding more and more to the responsibilities of the job. As our job takes on more and more responsibilities, the ...
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Can you hire a candidate that a recruitment agency provided a CV (unsolicited) of without going through the agency? [closed]

The normal process of working with recruiters seems to be to speak to them, read their terms of service, negotiate a rate, and then proceed to receive candidate profiles (CVs/resumes) However, ...
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Approved Vacation Time Rescinded

I'm seeking advice about a matter of vacation time at my workplace. Here's the story. I have been wanting to go to a large music festival for quite some time, years actually. I decided that this was ...
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Being a company's only web person, how should I expect to be treated? [closed]

Thanks for taking the time to potentially help me here. Even if you're not a web designer/developer I think you might be able to offer some advice. I used to work at an ad agency as a webmaster, but ...
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Bring up a candidate's possibly unethical work experience in interview?

I have a candidate for an open position and I will interview him in a few days. His résumé looks quite promising. However, his work experience lists two projects which are in a field of activity which ...
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My boss is assigning my work credit to others. What should I do?

When I first joined my current company, there was a colleague(developer) on the same level as I was, who has got reputation of not producing any results, got involved in my first project during my 3 ...
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What are the downsides of not informing people about being succeptible to panic attacks?

This question: Panic attack in interview: Just leave or explain? Has a top voted answer that - basically - recommends NOT telling people upfront that a person has mental health issues that ...
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Who deals with ethical issues in the workplace? [closed]

I guess everyone should have their own professional and personal standards when it comes to ethical conducts and standards, but in an age where corporate and social responsibilities are becoming more ...
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Mistakenly received confidential e-mail detailing unethical behavior

I was a little surprised to receive a confusing e-mail from someone relatively high up in our organization who I hadn't had any contact with before. The e-mail was part of a long chain of forwards and ...
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Internship: Employer refuses to Pay [closed]

I am currently working as an intern in a small company. When applying for the job, I and the employer agreed that I would be payed a small amount each month - "150-200 euros" - so that I can cover my ...
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Is it a good technique to bring a notebook and a calculator to a salary negotiation meeting?

To properly evaluate offers and counteroffers that includes benefits and whatnot, I'll need the proper tools - a notebook and a calculator. HR : I'm sorry, but we can't do X. However, we have ...
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How do I let my old manager know I don't want to return to his team?

I am currently on a years student placement at my company and have spent the last 6 months as an application developer. I have enjoyed this job and learnt a lot of useful skills but I have come to ...
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Recruiting company seeks written permission from current employer of the applicant

I've recently looked at a job circular of a certain company which was previously government owned (now privatized). In that circular they mentioned: Applicants who are currently employed should ...
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Should I provide my boss with a list of reasons why I'm quitting? [duplicate]

I submitted my letter of resignation earlier today to my supervisor. He forwarded it to our boss and shortly after the boss wanted to meet with us for a discussion. Basically he wants me to provide a ...
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Signing contract on the starting day? Not before?

I've been through a really long hiring process, almost 2 months. After 5 interviews with managers and directors, a psychotechnic evaluation and finally a health analysis, they called me, and told me ...
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Request from client of ex-employer for recommendations of new provider

I left my previous job for a better opportunity in January. Yesterday I received a message from a contact I had made while working at the previous position. This client is the biggest, "most ...
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Should I get a reference from an employer with a negative reputation?

I work as an intern at a large scale company and am coming to the end of my contract. I sacrificed a lot to take this placement so put a lot of effort into making a name for myself in the company. ...
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What do I do if I hear something against work policy without seeing who was responsible

I was using the bathroom, and was in the stall when I heard sounds that were very suggestive of pornography coming from the other stall, which was closed. To be clear, there were two voices and they ...
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After signing a contract, will they give me time to settle things at my current job? [closed]

I've been through a long interview process, almost two months now, for a job in a huge multinational company. Last week they contacted me to schedule the psycho-technic evaluation; and it seems I'm ...
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Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?

This is a throwaway account, for obvious reasons. I work for a fast-growing medium sized tech company. At a recent company conference, I attended a session that was run by our VP of HR and the topic ...
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How to keep a good relationship with your colleague when managment helped you by making a decision that hurt them?

Firstly, I'd like to maintain a good relationship with every colleague. I work in a supermarket that is open from 7 - 22 everyday of the year. I have quite a lot of colleagues so when somebody isn't ...
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Recruiting agency told me they posted a position solely to attract candidates

I am looking to start my professional career, and have an established relationship with a recruiting agency. I have never worked with a recruiting agency before to find employment. That said, they ...
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Is it ethical to cancel a new-hire based on their race/sex? [closed]

Is diversity an ethical reason to back out of hiring someone who was promised the position? I was told in writing and verbally by two separate managers that they can no longer justify hiring me ...
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How to handle a boss who leaves the bathroom a mess?

No question there. He is really disgusting. EVERYTIME he goes to the bathroom, he pees everywhere and doesn't clean. I find this awful, but I don't have the guts to tell him to clean up after ...
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A co worker was suspended and it was broadcasted over walkie talkie is telling him about the transmission a breach? [closed]

My co worker was in the office with administration. I was unaware of ALL proceedings of this meeting. They had put him on suspension and for whatever reason the meeting was being broadcasted via ...
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Is it a violation of workplace ethics if employees do R&D and personal projects in their free times during office hour?

Managers always put emphasis on R&D and technical competence. Normally, employees are expected to do R&D and personal projects for skill enhancement purposes outside office hours and ...
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Using employer's resources while job interviewing?

I'm currently employed, and have been with the same company A since grad school (6 years). After applying for a job at company B, I've been invited to an on-site interview in 19 days. It is a software ...
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Ethical to accept job offer I may not start

Is it ethical to accept a job offer if I may accept another position before starting? A company extended to me a job offer; they offered median compensation for my field and area. I am also a ...
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Contacting aquaintance in company I applied to without sounding pushing

Last week I was laid off from my first job. Once the shock was over, I started updating and polishing my resume. While I was having a look at my Linkedin contacts I found out that one of my University ...
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Rejecting request to do work of different company

I work in the technical division of an online business in India. My company got acquired by its direct competitor in last January. After the acquisition my ceo and another manager started a new ...
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How to recruit an honest candidate?

I am planning to start a retail business soon. As such, my business will have a shop, and a cashier for collecting fees from customers. I would like to recruit someone to open the doors each morning ...
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Am I taking a risk or responsibility? [closed]

I am an associate developer in a team of 2 developers. We have been working on a very important government project lately. My only co-worker (very experienced and much my senior) has informed me he ...
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Is it ethical to help my partner and work outside office hours? Will it have any impact on my day job?

My spouse is passionate about android programming and works from home. Our two apps have become popular with the targeted users. We really enjoy the success with those apps. It helps my partner gets ...
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It is OK to leave a new job after 6 months for a new offer?

6 months ago I interviewed at two companies (Company A and Company B), heavily interested in working at both. Ultimately, Company B said I was overqualified, but they'd love to keep me in mind if a ...
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Best way to address an executive who interrupts a conversation with a colleague

The situation was as follows: I was at a company event carrying a casual conversation with a colleague when I was interrupted mid-conversation by an executive. To my recollection, the executive was ...
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Multiple offers - De facto standard for turning down offer due to low pay

I have been fortunate enough to receive offers from four different companies after taking a week of vacation days to interview with about 12 companies in total. What a scheduling task indeed. Two of ...
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Is it unethical to switch jobs just after one year of coming onsite [closed]

I work for an IT firm and got an onsite to US last year. Now I got an very good offer (45 percent hike plus perks) in a US MNC. I made sure that all my tasks are complete before I leave and completed ...
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Boss is asking employees to continue to work while payroll is dry

I work at a company that has been on its last leg since it was born. But the boss somehow always pulls off a half-court shot at the buzzer and has kept us going for way longer than it seemed possible. ...
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What are the possible downsides of answering an “anonymous” employee survey truthfully?

We recently got an invite to do a short (handful questions) anonymous survey on employee satisfaction. My first impulse would be to answer with my honest, negative impression of the employer: 'bad ...
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What is the ethical thing to do if introduced to a company through a recruiter, then, company contacts one directly?

Through a recruiter, I interviewed for a company 3 months ago. I followed up, and was told they would know more the following week. I never heard from the recruiter again, regarding this position. ...
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If a job candidate's reference is a friend of the hiring manager, is it okay for the HM to contact him/her?

Background I'm a recent graduate currently looking for work, so I've been going on several interviews lately. I have a list of about five references from previous jobs and internships that I bring to ...
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Proper response after finding out that another team works on the project

I am leading one of the software development teams in a company. We are completely responsible for a technical side of our product (development/QA) that we've been developing for ~3 years. My company ...