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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Multiple offers - De facto standard for turning down offer due to low pay

Good day, I have been fortunate enough to receive offers from four different companies after taking a week of vacation days to interview with about 12 companies in total. What a scheduling task ...
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Is it unethical to switch jobs just after one year of coming onsite

I work for an IT firm and got an onsite to US last year. Now I got an very good offer (45 percent hike plus perks) in a US MNC. I made sure that all my tasks are complete before I leave and completed ...
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Boss is asking employees to continue to work while payroll is dry

I work at a company that has been on its last leg since it was born. But the boss somehow always pulls off a half-court shot at the buzzer and has kept us going for way longer than it seemed possible. ...
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Can I accept an offer I rejected and reject another one i accepted and signed?

I am a final year college student.I had an offer from company A and B. It is more like a one year program where they hire many candidates even if they have enough ( thats what A said). I accepted A ...
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What are the possible downsides of answering an “anonymous” employee survey truthfully?

We recently got an invite to do a short (handful questions) anonymous survey on employee satisfaction. My first impulse would be to answer with my honest, negative impression of the employer: 'bad ...
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What is the ethical thing to do if introduced to a company through a recruiter, then, company contacts one directly?

Through a recruiter, I interviewed for a company 3 months ago. I followed up, and was told they would know more the following week. I never heard from the recruiter again, regarding this position. ...
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If a job candidate's reference is a friend of the hiring manager, is it okay for the HM to contact him/her?

Background I'm a recent graduate currently looking for work, so I've been going on several interviews lately. I have a list of about five references from previous jobs and internships that I bring to ...
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Proper response after finding out that another team works on the project

I am leading one of the software development teams in a company. We are completely responsible for a technical side of our product (development/QA) that we've been developing for ~3 years. My company ...
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Is it bad form to apply with an organisation in the hope of later transferring?

Suppose my dream job is with division Q at employer Y. Division Q is not hiring but division R at the same employer is. Is it bad form to apply at division R, with the hope that, when a position at ...
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Is it ethical to provide information when not a reference?

Short version: I was asked to provide information about a previous co-worker by someone involved in the hiring process at the company to which they are applying, and I am not a reference for this ...
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Do recruiters usually using more than one interview candidates and first ones will be sacrificed for success of the best?

After I got an offer after interview with the company (from a NON RECRUITING site), I feel that the recruiters nowadays is doing something really... tricky. Every time, after the interview, the ...
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Switching jobs. Should I disclose my startup project?

I'm just about to start in a new job. At the same time I'm currently working with a co-founder on weekends on a startup idea. However it's still early stage without funding or customers. However, we ...
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Participating in training courses, even if I am not sure if I want to stay [duplicate]

My boss wants to send me to a costly external training (all cost covered by the company). I like the topic, and I believe this training could be interesting and beneficial. Unfortunately however I ...
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Are there any legal issues here? [closed]

I work at a small retail business (10 employees, including the owner and his business partner). We sell clothing and accessories, and do a lot of product construction (sewing, working with leather, ...
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Are employees expected to work a little bit extra? [closed]

I make a small hourly wage at a technical part-time job at a California startup. My father recommended that I work 5 minutes before and after my timesheet begin and end times, respectively, so as to, ...
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Leave a job out of concern of mistakes?

I am a CPA, licensed in a different state than where I currently live. I moved to this city less than a year ago, and worked from home for my old job for a while. Due to a huge offshoring initiative ...
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Two interviews at once

I've recently applied for two similar positions at the same company, and after having passed phone interviews for both opportunities, the managers of both positions scheduled an interview at their ...
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How to deal with a coworker's lack of motivation due to them retiring in a few months?

(This is an education setting, not a business per se, so keep in mind some things work differently) My coworker will be retiring in a few months, but is driving me crazy. Her personal tasks are ...
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What's the most effective way to schedule interviews around an inflexible job?

I currently work in a position that is very inflexible and very highly structured. I come in for work at 8:15, and I can't really leave the building again until my shift ends. Problem is, it is a ...
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How can I deal with colleagues in a new setting skewing numbers for personal gain?

I have been with my company for over 5 years and have been in a management role for 3. I recently took a new position in another department as a Team Manager. Besides myself, there are 5 other ...
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Training plan on free time? [closed]

I'm a young software developer with 1 and half year experience in a multinational company. We work a lot with C++ MFC and a bit with SQL Server. I had no experience in those technologies before ...
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Should I feel morally obliged to stay at a job where I'm an appreciated key player? [closed]

I've been working for three months at a somewhat early stage startup as a remote employee. Generally things are going well, the company is glad to have me on board and they just gave me a great ...
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Business partner suddenly makes opposite demands of what we had agreed on [closed]

I'm one of three members of a rather small German startup (online shop with around 100.000 sales per year). My partners and me met during our IS studies and decided to start a business together (while ...
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Job offer accepted, having another interview where I really want to work. How to communicate this in the inverview?

The Situation I have finished by study and applied to several jobs and have already had an interview with Company A and Company B. Company A is my first choice (better work, better salary, better ...
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How to convey I'm innocent when client thinks I'm responsible for missing data?

I have a remote client that I'm contracted for adding new features to their training website. Half way through the project, my client notified me that some data was missing for a two month period (I ...
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Is it ethical to cancel an interview if the company has already paid for my travel expenses/

If I've agreed to do a final interview where the company is flying me out, but I've decided that the company is not a fit for me and that I am certain to reject any offers, should I cancel the ...
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Selling software (Service, not acquisition) to my own employer [closed]

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 ...