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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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Are secret money awards normal or should I reach to manager and tell about recognition?

I got an award for excellence - money credited to my account. There was no announcement regarding the award, I felt the recognition is taken out of Award. I wonder what is the purpose of secret ...
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Do I need to be honest with a client even if it would show my incompetence?

I am a new software Project Manager and facing an ethical dilemma. I have to deliver my software to my clients, who will use it to diagnose ill patients in a hospital. I have to deliver it on time, ...
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Is this a breach of confidentiality or should my employers not have been so nosy?

Both my partner and I work in the same company, same building, same floor, different rooms. As such we very occasionally email each other about semi-personal things (e.g., What time are you planning ...
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Is it ethical to outsource your work without permission?

We've all heard the saying: Work smarter, not harder. ...But I wonder if this takes it a bit too far. A friend of mine works as a data entry clerk at a well known survey company. He gets paid a ...
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Is it ethical to hire someone who's already received an offer from one of our partner firms?

Our organization usually interviews all new employees who join our organization's partner firms. However, one individual who came to us to be interviewed by us had already received an offer from a ...
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How do I leave a job if I haven't done much yet?

In the summer before my first year of college I applied for and was given a paid programming internship. In the interview, it was clear that I wasn't sure about the time commitment I would be able to ...
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Leaving a job with a long notice period

I currently work in France where the law states that a 3 month notice must be given to the employer when leaving a position. I am currently trying to move to the USA, where employers are not very ...
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Books read on CV appropriate? [closed]

Is is appropriate to mention some books I have read on my cv related to self development like : Getting things done, Couple skills, Rewire you brain ... In North America? I am afraid this would look ...
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Do I have to relinquish my PC password to my former boss?

I worked in a tech company and recently put in notice. I was told to leave and to not come back. I did not get an opportunity to clean personal files off of my work computer. My former boss has now ...
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Applying to a position I already allowed a recruiter to represent me for

I have been approached by two recruiters (A and B) for a position the same role at the same company. I was asked by Recruiter A first, and told them that I would allow them to represent me for the ...
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Golden Week Holidays in Japan [closed]

Golden Week in Japan consists of 4 days i.e May 3,4,5 and 6. There is a holiday on the April 29th as well. About a month back, my boss told me that there would be additional holidays in the company ...
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How to market\showcase the work you are doing [closed]

I work in a software development firm & feel my work is not appreciated as much as it should. Over the period I have seen people (does not work) who highlight their work are the ones who are more ...
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What time counts when it comes to remote work?

I'm getting back into the world of work after being disabled for 10 years and got a job as a software developer. Because of a disability I work from home. I'm starting again at a junior developer ...
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Work intensity, how much is optimal? [closed]

In my work I try to create value 100% of the time. I see that the average employee dedicates a much more inferior amount of time, say 70-80%. Today, I'm not really convinced that the 30-20% ...
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Omit a doctorate from resume if overqualified?

I have a Ph.D. and recruiters have told me that employers will view me as overqualified for certain positions and will therefore not consider my job applications. I'm considering omitting my Ph.D. ...
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Is it considered unethical to apply for a internship using an ID card that was just to maintain student status [closed]

I am a college dropout student who was enrolled for a under graduate course last year but later dropped out. Now, I am studying myself full time using books and online videos. I am also planning to ...
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How to deal with “Why did you accept the other offer?” when declining/rescinding acceptance of an offer

I accepted a job offer from Company A a few months ago, but I never signed any contracts. Company B contacted me for an interview and gave me a better offer. I decided to accept it, so I notified ...
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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 ...