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 employer ethical is it to interview a candidate in a public forum? (ex: a town meeting) Is it even legal? [closed]

How ethical is it to interview a candidate in a public forum? ( ex: a town meeting).
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Selling software (Service, not acquisition) to my own employer [on hold]

I'm a software developer, and like most I work on side projects in my personal time. In theory, one of these may one day be relevant to my own company (especially since I'm more likely to get a good ...
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Can micromanaging issue could be brought up as an ethical issue? [closed]

“Micromanagement is a personality aberration of insecure individuals.” — Susan K. O’Brien, organizational specialist “One micromanager can do more damage to an organization than termites in ...
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My former employer is witholding my final paycheck and W2 [closed]

I was let go from my place of work in California on the 6th of January. My now former employer explicitly told me that she'll have my paycheck on the following Thursday (15th). That day came around ...
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Is it OK to cancel a signed employment contract before starting? [closed]

I am a software developer. A couple of years back I lived in country X and had applied for a position in a company that I was interested of working for. The company was in another country Y and they ...
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Is doing two part-time internships and studying simultaneously ethical?

I am a student currently in the last year of my degree course. So this year many internship opportunities approached me via my college. I had applied for many internship programs last semester and ...
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Sexist and homophobic jokes from teammates. Should I approach my Scrum Master or Manager?

I belong to a team of engineers and I have been often hearing sexist, racist, homophobic and transmisogynist jokes from some of them. At first they have been telling it to themselves, which I don't ...
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How to Say “No” to my manager if he asks me to take his exams for him

My manager is a very good manager, both professionally and personally. He has asked me to do some of his work, such as project management, which I am happy to do. But he has also asked me to use his ...
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I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? [closed]

I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? At my office, as part of progress towards leadership and management roles, candidates for those roles write monthly ...
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How to approach co-workers who do not wash their hands? [duplicate]

We have all seen it, probably too many times: someone gets out of the toilet booth/cubicle and rushing outside, never even glancing towards the sink where he/she are expected to wash their hands like ...
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Possible circumventing recruiter in the hiring process? [duplicate]

A candidate submitted an application to a recruitment agency for a job, which only had the job description without revealing company's name. Later, he finds a job with a similar description on another ...
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When to ask questions during online training - at the very end or at anytime throughout?

I am attending training with several other team members. This training is online through Skype. Typically, the trainer talks continuously for, say, 20-25 minutes. After this, he asks if anyone has ...
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Is living at work normal when completing a project on a tight deadline? [closed]

I dropped out of school a few months ago to work at a tech startup without realising how demanding the job would be. The company culture is passion-first. I'm frequently told I'm doing great work and ...
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How to handle constant sexual jokes from coworker? [duplicate]

I work in a big company, where I have one coworker, which always makes me feel really uncomfortable by his constant jokes with sexual connotations. I see this coworker in breaks or when having lunch ...
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Should I report a coworker who is stealing from me?

This may seem pretty trivial, but it really bothers me. In my cubicle I have an area set aside for my personal effects, nothing expensive. Among those items is a carton containing packages of peanut ...
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Job position with questionable terms - What to do [closed]

I have just applied to a position posted but have concerns with some of their job requirements. This position is a business consultant position. One of the requirements is a 3 month training program ...
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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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Is Daily Accuracy of a timesheet important if the end check is the same? [closed]

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 ...