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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Early Job Change [duplicate]

So, here's the thing, I was unemployed for a several months after graduation, and shortly after, I was offered with 2 jobs position (both office location are really far away from each other, company A ...
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I need to appeal a termination/failing report: how should I legally word it? [on hold]

I work in a hospital/university setting and I recently finished an internship for which I was evaluated. I am required to pass this rotation according to the university requirements and failure would ...
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Is Daily Accuracy of a timesheet important if the end check is the same?

I am in the situation were I submit time to a manager for approval and it gets submitted to an external company (my employer) for secondary approval and processing. My timesheets are fairly complex ...
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How to convey management that responsibilities given are way off the job description? [closed]

(This is rephrased version of my original question.) As a person hired for position of senior developer, I was made to work with several groups working on different projects mainly as backup-member ...
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What can be done if I'm below my company's salary tier? [duplicate]

My boss called me into his office and happened to have his computer screen on showing the other supervisors salaries (4 total). I have the most supervisor seniority, but I am paid the 3rd lowest. I ...
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Should I report my boss's abusive and illegal behavior to the police? [closed]

I'm in a bit of an awry situation. I got my first job as a developer at a company in the beginning of february. It all seemed fun at first as it was very fulfilling and I was learning a lot. My boss, ...
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Should I take money for homework assignments? [closed]

Things are tight for me right now. Maybe I should abandon The Dream for a Nine-to-Five and submit-to-the-man but I remain really keen to be my-own-Boss. All I need is a few more coins to rub together ...
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What do you think of an employer that requires posting Glassdoor reviews while “on the bench”? [closed]

The company I work for is small, and since posting a review on Glassdoor is required as a "bench task", it will be obvious who posted the review. I'd like to be honest, for 2 reasons: 1 - to help ...
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Should I quit my job if the company needs me more than ever? [closed]

I am a software and database developer in a small team. We used to be four of us in the team (four and my boss). I had plans to find another job at the beginning of 2015, I'm thinking about this ...
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Being asked to do work “on your own time”

Is it ethical for a manager/supervisor to ask you to do some task that they consider menial or trivial on your own time? For example, when a software developer starts a new position, they need to set ...
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Is it ethical to know a colleague's salary? [closed]

Let's start with some clarifications: The colleague in question is at a different company than mine I directly interface with him on a current project, and will likely to continue to for a while His ...
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How to exit an interview process for ethical concerns without burning bridges?

Suppose you have a few early rounds of successful interviews with a company: they seem to like you, you seem to like them, and the position seems mutually interesting to both parties. While the ...
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How to deal with a manager who wants to fire me? [closed]

Problem context: I was hired as an associate to a company. I promised to work anywhere within 15kms radius from home. I had to hide some facts from the manager about me, during the interview. After ...
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How To : Wedding Invitation via Email to Colleagues from Different Geographical Location [closed]

The people in question are aware of my wedding and have even congratulated me during one of the team meetings. So it goes without saying that I'm obliged to send them an invitation even though I know ...
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Job Offer with Company A While Having Interviews and Potential Interviews Lined Up [duplicate]

I'll be completing my degree soon. However, my husband got a job several hours away from where I was attending school, so I am completing my coursework at a different school and transferring them ...
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Leaving workplace before “quitting time”

I am a university professor from the United States. I am on a one year "leave of absence" from my US university, and I am now in France working for an industrial research organization (high level ...
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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. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I ...
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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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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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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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How can I determine if I can reward points for a purchase made with company funds?

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. The ...
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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 ...