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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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. The reason I'd like to decline is because I do not like at all the activities that are organized and I had ...
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How to react when employee quitting job even after a conditional salary increase?

I have recently become the new manager of a team because the old manager left the company. I found out that one of my team members was going to leave 5 months earlier, but was counter-offered ...
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My boss's behaviour seems unethical and possibly illegal. What should I do? [closed]

I'm a web designer and I've been working at my current company now for about 6/7 months and I've witnessed many questionable things. Some of which I know are against the law but some of which I really ...
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Is the content of a performance appraisal admissible content during an interview/on a resume

Is it acceptable to reference (or possibly provide copies of) performance appraisals during an interview (or as part of a resume), if one has gotten especially sterling reviews during performance ...
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Asked to use CCTV to check fellow employee's hours

I am the only employee with access to the CCTV system but I have never been certified in CCTV operation and we do not have a CCTV policy. I inherited it as I am the IT Systems Administrator. HR have ...
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Is it unethical to recharge batteries at my workplace? [closed]

I have recently moved into a new apartment in which I have to pay for electricity. To save on my electricity bill, I have been charging my phone at work rather than at home. I am also thinking about ...
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Catch-22? Need evidence of employment from current employer for visa to attend job interviews

I have been on phone interviews with a major tech company - an offer would be a significant improvement, both in opportunity for self-improvement, to make a difference, as well as in monetary ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is picking tasks based on what will get them more attention and visibility as opposed to picking up tasks of priority [closed]

I have a colleague who has recently been choosing to do work that is not deadline driven neither is it of high priority. There is other work that will probably get us more attention and visibility to ...
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How can I approach management when asked to work without a software license?

I need to use Windows at work and I do not have a valid license. When I talked to my boss about this he said I don't need it and to use it the way it is. I would rather not keep ignoring the warnings ...
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Should I clean my PC before leaving?

As a programmer, I have a work PC. For some reason I make a lot of things that require my personal account (eg. Google, etc). On my PC there are also a lot of things that are useful for me, but may be ...
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Job offer decline after verbal “acceptance” [duplicate]

I recently received a job offer from A, my second choice, via email but had a final interview scheduled with B, my first choice, a few days later. I gave a verbal acceptance to A (although it was not ...
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6-months internship has nothing to do with what was promised [migrated]

Since sept 2013, I have been doing a Masters in mathematical finance. Our course requires us to do an off-cycle internship of 5 months minimum (typically, from April to September). During this ...
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Is it ethical to run benchmarks on the clock?

In the spirit of these questions: I work as a research assistant on a few projects for PhD candidates at my school. One of the projects involves optimizing a piece of code that does some of their ...
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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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Being hired for fortune 500 company via another technical service provider [closed]

In countries like Pakistan, there are companies which do project-based hiring and as soon as projects are finished, so are the jobs. Process of hiring: Get Project From a fortune 500 or big ...
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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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Signing two job offers [closed]

What happens if a person signs two job offers? Can he simply "resign" from one job and take the other? Or is it more complicated than that? Are there any legal ramifications?
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How should I tell an interview candidate “the whole truth”?

I'm interviewing candidates to work in our company. They ask about the outlook of the company. I have some premonition about the direction the company is going, but to candidates I only talk about ...
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Should I report to HR and involve others if I am being wrongly accused of theft?

Today something weird happened to me at work - I was accused of stealing a ring by my company's security personnel. Of course, I didn't do it; I even helped my colleague to try to find the ring. My ...
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Manager takes credit for work - how to handle? [duplicate]

During an important meeting (which I am attending remotely, but which my manager is attending in person) with industry partners, my manager has taken credit for writing a demo which I developed on my ...
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What is the professional thing to do with money I found at my new desk?

I moved desks and now I sit in a desk that previously belonged to a contractor. The desk had been vacant for a few months, since the previous employee was fired. While rummaging through the ...
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Is it ethical to claim reward points for a purchase made with company funds? [closed]

I recently had to go down to a local shop (Homebase) to buy a large amount of goods for the company that they needed same day. Homebase uses the Nectar points reward system which I use regularly. ...
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How to handle manager asking I perform unethical behavior? [closed]

My manager recently asked me to disable a feature which will cause the customer to be to forced to return (aka continue paying us money). What should I do? Should I leave it enabled? (It is unlikely ...
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Writing a report that may compromise someone else's job

This is an ethical question mostly. A colleague and I have made some observations recently about some reports that are done (and then reviewed) with absolutely no added value since the (internal) ...
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I'm not liking the work I'm doing, and I've been in the position for only 3 months

First, some background: I've been in my current position about 2.5 months The position is a software development position, but my degree is not in software development (industrial engineering). I ...
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What do I do when I have an interview with company B during my work period with company A and the HR in company B is unresponsive to my email?

I am currently working for company A in the form of a contract, until August. I just started a week ago in company A. Today and I received an interview from company B and ask me to have an interview ...
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How do deal with a very profitable client whose project is doomed (by his own decisions)

I have this client that pays me very well for working in a project that is clearly doomed. I tried to communicate my concerns in the most positive way I could, but he is unable to see the writing in ...
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What can I do? Does anyone have any advice? [closed]

I work in part of a branch of companies. One of my colleagues (Sarah) told me that a manager (Liam) had in the past made sexual advances towards her and she was uncomfortable about it and didn't know ...
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Patent after leaving a job

During my postdoc a large company approached me to offer me a job out of the blue. It felt like a lucky opportunity, and so I've been working abroad for a year. It's been an interesting experience, ...
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Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
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Work involves tasks that require waiting - Am I obliged to juggle tasks to spend my time well?

My job often involves tasks that puts me on hold - running 10 minute commands for searching, or restarting the server, or generally, any tasks that require me to run a single command then wait for it ...
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Is it wrong to leave a company shortly after starting? [duplicate]

I am currently a contract employee for one company. That company is ending my contract in the next week or so. I have been interviewing at other places, some looking very promising as permanent ...
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Is it inappropriate to spend personal resources for the company's benefit?

Background: I am in charge of a code which I've written for the office (at the direction of my manager). Our office just merged with another office a few states away. The plan is to eventually have ...
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Job change after a very short stay [duplicate]

I've recently started working for a company, lets say X. Now X promised me to let me work on certain technology stack, lets call them A and B, which also happens to be my preffered area of interest. ...
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I made a mistake at work that gave my coworker extra work. Should I compensate in some way?

This morning, I transferred a set of changes I made from one demo environment to another that had an older version of that set, but something went wrong and a co-worker lost a large amount of the ...
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Is it legal to ask about religion when talking to a potential business partner? [closed]

I understand that topics such as religion, race, age, etc are off limits in an employer / employee interview. However, are such topics allowable for discussion between potential business partners? I ...
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Is it unethical to sabotage client website who refused to pay? [closed]

I was hired for a small web development job by a client. The job was small and of less budget. After I finished the job and notified the client, he didn't replied for several days. This made me think ...
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Conflict of interest for job interview

I'm struggling with a potential conflict of interest regarding an upcoming job interview. I'll state it in terms of the two conflicting interests: Interest 1: I'm a software engineer (15 years ...
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Bad coworker work reflecting on me

Similar to How to deal with a bad coworker but my case is not about behaviour but rather about incompetence. Context: Our team is charged of designing and developping reports for the finance ...
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Should I accept a raise when I am planning on leaving the company? [closed]

My one year review is due and my Front Office Manager has verbally informed me they're planning on giving me a raise. The problem is I'm hoping to leaving the country in two months, I'm waiting for ...
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Photo release - how to suggest an alteration

My company has sent out several notices requesting that we sign a "purely voluntary" photo release form. I'm on board with the general idea -- they want to take pictures of events, conferences, ...
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Accept job offer or wait for potential one? [closed]

I currently work at Organization A. It's an OK job, but I'm bored and would like to move on to more challenging work. I applied to Org. B, and interviewed well with them. Org. B is a very large ...
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How can I deal with inappropriate content appearing on my Twitter feed at work?

On Twitter, I follow 138 people. All but a few use their Twitter accounts in a professional manner. There are 3 main categories: Game company employees, people who use YouTube professionally, and ...
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Base vs sales quota correlation and fairness [closed]

This is a list of sales reps in my company 4.5 yr in company $35K base $50K quota sales rep. 4 yrs in company $35K base $50 quota sales rep. 4.5 yr in company $55K base $2 MIL quota sales ...
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Is it reasonable to set up a hidden camera in one's office?

Someone I know --not me and not in my workplace-- has noticed a number of incidents of vandalism and petty theft in their office and in the offices of colleagues in nearby offices. Given that all ...
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Is it ethical to give source code from a previous employer? [closed]

Many organizations ask for sample code but one is actually asking for source code from previous projects. Unless the previous projects are owned by the engineer, isn't this unethical? Isn't that code ...
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Lack of communication causing weird working atmosphere during Intership …

I started an internship as a technical researcher in computer science field a month ago and the things are obviously much different then what I was learning from books. But I was prepared for that, so ...
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Is it ethical to ask for a big raise if it's to adjust my salary to the average? [duplicate]

I started working at this company a year and a half ago at 15$/h as a programmer. I had just finished a 3 month internship at another company so I would put my total experience at ~2 years. Since then ...
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Should I go to the office of a company to discuss a project without appointment?

I'm still a French student, preparing an examination at master level which requires to build a small project with an industrial company. But my situation is becoming really taut: examinations are ...
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Should you be honest about your passion for the job even if it's potentially unethical?

I got interested in hardware programming by reverse engineering commercial programs. I then got interested in security by working with keyloggers and RATs. If I were applying for a programming ...