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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How should I react to my colleagues making fun of my behavior and mocking me?

I recently left my job to join small startup. Everything was fine until one another guy joined. Startup founders and he always talk about social things like football, dance and other stuff. While ...
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Are companies allowed to hire me and then tell me to start training for the job before it starts?

My friend recently got a coop job (he's a university student). The job starts in 10 days. His exams finish tomorrow and the manager who hired my friend told my friend to start training for the job and ...
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Preventing Vengeful Action After Complaint

I am the owner of a department store. One of our relatively new employees has claimed she was sexually assaulted by a manager while at a party not affiliated with the store. The case is underway, ...
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How to say “calm down” diplomatically to your manager?

In the workplace, if your boss gets angry at you, how can you tell him to calm down? How can I politely tell the manager to calm down and discuss things rationally?
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How should, or shouldn't, I work with a recruiter who asked me to be hush-hush about his former agency?

In the past I've worked with recruiting agency A. Today I was contacted by recruiter B, whom I knew through recruiting agency A but has now left and is now working for recruiting agency C. The ...
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How do I improve my salary negotiation skills?

I was listening to the radio this morning (NPR) about a study about the differences in ethics (in general!) between men and women studying in business school. Two differences listed were that both men ...
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What do I say if my manager asks me if there is someone in the company I would rather not work with?

As I was meeting with my manager the other day, he asked me who in the department I looked up to, outside of my mentor. I named several people. Then he asked me if there is someone in the company I ...
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Need help to respond to unexpected lay off [closed]

I work at a small PROFITABLE IT consulting firm in USA and I just finished two projects successfully, fighting with some "manageable" health problems (IBS).After that, I have not had a project for ...
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Can I add suggestions I made that weren't implemented (by me) to a resume?

I've left my place of employment and I've been fixing up my resume, etc, but while adding to an "Achievements" section, I thought about all the ideas I originally brought up to the company. Being much ...
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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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Can I omit previous work experience from future job applications and my resume?

I managed to get myself fired from my last full-time job, and finding other work since then has been difficult. I used to put that job down for previous work experience, along with my termination from ...
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How to politely inform my new employer that I no longer would like to continue working there through a formal mail response? [duplicate]

I would like to quit a job I recently took up for another better offer that has come along. It has been just a week since I joined this firm, but I have no legal/contractual bonding with them. I now ...
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Japanese Work Culture, How to communicate?

It is quite common in Japanese culture to communicate using indirect means. Being a foreigner in the workplace I sometimes find it difficult to convey my thoughts. Some examples are: My boss never ...
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Attending interviews “to stay sharp”, if you reject an offer, and then apply again later - wouldn't this harm your chances of being hired?

Background: I am a software engineer. As a part of my responsibilities I am doing technical interviewing in the company I currently work in. I am happy with my job and am not looking for a change of ...
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Is it ethical to look for a new job at a conference my current employer is paying for?

My employer is sending me to an industry conference to promote a product of theirs, and for my education. At this conference there will be several companies I'd be very interested to work for. Is it ...
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Is it acceptable to apply for a position with the intention of leaving within a few months? [closed]

Do employers expect or require candidates to stay long term if a job is not listed as seasonal or temporary? Is it acceptable for one to apply with the intention of leaving within a few months?
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Letter of thanks for an office invite by a potential employer

I have been invited to spend a day at a workplace after almost 7 grueling rounds of interviews, with an invite as this being the last phase to wrap up their decision. I am looking to draft a thank you ...
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Is it Ethical to Recruit a Coworker? [closed]

I'm a software-developer, and I've had a list of project ideas that I've had floating in my head for a couple of years now. I also have a co-worker whose work-ethic I respect, as well as their ...
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How can I convince management to offer training to employees?

I work for a midsize software company. Recently we have experienced some attrition for a number of reasons, one of the chief complaints is that we are not offering training for our employees. There ...
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Is it alright to ask for a copy of your diploma or transcript of records from your HR Department?

I am currently in the process of applying to another employer, and it looks like the hiring manager wants a copy of my transcript and diploma. I am currently employed, and I think I sent out the ...
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How much perfume should I wear at work? [closed]

I know it is not professional to wear perfume at work, but I recently bought a bottle of perfume. Is there a way I can use it professionally?
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Is it ok to leave out my country of residence?

I would like to know if it's ok to not show my current country of residence in my resume? I know by experience, that most recruiter would prefer hiring people from the same state/country and I would ...
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Drinking alcohol when working from home

Would it be appropriate to drink alcohol during working hours if you work from home/remote work? As responsible adults it's not unreasonable to have a glass of wine or a beer with a meal. Obviously ...
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Should I tell my boss that a customer posted harsh negative comment?

A customer accidently posted a message on a project managing website that was quickly deleted from view because it was meant to be an internal reply to the customer's team. However, when a comment is ...
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How to deal with “cheaters” regarding billable time?

I work for a company that uses outsourced contract developers paid hourly but physically located in our office. At the end of every month we get an excel sheet from their outsourcing companies with ...
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Managing a team that openly discusses compensations , performance ratings and pay (rise)

I recently started to manage an already existing small team of 20 members. After the performance review, I slowly came to realize that the whole team discusses everything about pay and compensations. ...
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Using the term 'act of god'

I hear the term 'act of god' frequently when the service desk at my company is discussing issues caused by weather etc. I was pretty surprised by this and left wondering if this is commonplace? (I ...
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'Don't tell anyone' compromise

Multiple times I've been struggling with the following issue: Say colleague A chat with me about some kind of 'secret' (lets call it, X) about colleague B, and after he/she told me ask me: 'Please, ...
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Is it ethical to write answers to work-relevant Stack Exchange questions on the clock? [closed]

First off, this is intended to be an extension to the question "Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?". I do realize the irony of asking this on Stack Exchange itself, but hey, I'm not ...
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My work can affect peoples safety, and my employer prefers rapid development over quality?

I work at a company where bugs in my code could affect peoples safety, but often the company seems to prefer rapidly developed features (which the company uses to make more money) over high quality ...
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Unethical manager? [closed]

My manager read out loud to everyone in the office an email that a past employee wrote to her and the supervisor. It was so uncomfortable and I feel like she will do the same to anyone else that ...
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Dealing with gossips [closed]

So, there is one colleague I work with, that I don't get along very well, but we both keep it nice and professional for the sake of work. The problem is with her friend, another person working in a ...
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Getting Informed Before Management Interviews my staff

I am a team leader managing several members. Recently my manager has been interviewing my team members for one-on-ones without informing me first. I understand that my management has every right to ...
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Should I tell my boss I have a full time job offer? [closed]

I am currently graduating college and finishing up an internship at company x. I interviewed with a company, Y, got an offer and I accepted. The full-time position at Y is supposed to start in ...
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I've discovered that our DBA is abusing his position. What do I do?

I'm a game developer working on a fairly well known MMORPG in where I live. Recently, I've accidentally discovered that our DBA is banning players and forging player chat logs on his accord. For what ...
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The boss asks to return money? [closed]

Ok, the situation is: I have just started with a very fresh (6 months-old) company and the source code of the app is not the greatest, the time of few deliveries were missing and I got to the point ...
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Underpaid and overworked, how should I approach my boss?

About a two months ago a co-worker and I caught our superior embezzling money from the company. After consideration, we approached our boss and told him the whole story. Our superior quit ...
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New and superior offer right after signing contract

I have been working for a company for less than a month, and I just receive another offer which I consider really similar, but with a better salary. The issue is that while the workplace of the new ...
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Freelance Conflict of Interest

I am a consultant hired by agents who bid for contracts. I only have about three agents, but they routinely ask me to price out my work or say, "Hey, I'm making this bid, would you do this for $_?" ...
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Is it ethical to exclude terminally ill employees from end-of-year layoffs? [closed]

Recently, we've heard a lot about Microsoft's stack ranking system and Yahoo's "Quarterly Performance Review" system. My Question: Is it ethical for companies to exclude terminally ill employees ...
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Is it okay to reveal interview questions to your friends?

I recently got an offer from one of the bigger technology companies (a publicly traded fortune company). On glass door I see people saying that they cannot share the questions that they were asked ...
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Asking/requiring Employees to promote the company using their social media

What pitfalls are there to avoid when considering a corporate strategy to disseminate information and drive traffic using employees social media.(e.g. require employees to use thunderclap to help ...
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Is a complex test which benefits the company an ethical practice? [closed]

Here is the situation. One of the companies I applied for as a software developer asked for a complex and "thorough" test. I agreed to it, but I noticed that I was supposed to add a module to their ...
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How to let clients know that they are being spied on [closed]

In the past I have found out that clients were being spied on. This happened twice; in both times I told them. And in both times I got burned for it. I have no regrets and I got a clear conscience. ...
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What are the work-ethics and conventions for remote-workers' taking sick-leaves? [closed]

I am wondering what is the best way to approach sick leaves when dealing with remote workers / telecommuters. Is there an Additional Stigma? What's the Difference when You're Already Home? I feel ...
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Blacklisting resumé liars

I have been conducting interviews the last couple weeks and in some cases I had to deal with resumé liars. Most cases are just people who list in their resumés skills that they don't actually have. I ...
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Leaving a project at a critical time for a much better offer [closed]

I am 25 and basically I work as a Sr. back-end developer at an ecommerce development company. Right now we are at final week of a very expensive and important 7 month project that is supposed to ...
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How can I respond to an employee who objects to working on certain projects on ethical grounds?

My company does services for various clients. We recently were offered a contract to perform these services for a guy in the city who does predictions, tarot, numerology and the like for people. He ...
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Should I inform recruiter about the offer I have already accepted

I have already accepted the offer from company A which is a great company but my dream has always been to work with company B. Now I got an interview call from B. I have few questions regarding that. ...
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Contractor ethics on budgets

I run a business where sometimes I'll go into a client's premises and install network infrastructure. Most of my clients are small business firms which have no IT staff. Nearly in every case they ...