Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge?

I recently started a part time job in a small mom/pop organization that's been running over 25 years. The employee lounge is open to all staff members while they are taking a break from their shift. ...
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How can I tell an employer I'd rather not work abroad?

I recently had to work abroad for a few days and there is another trip scheduled for a few weeks time. Since the time I arrived, I have felt depressed and dejected. I'm not sleeping properly and I've ...
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How to go about approaching my employer about outside work

I'm a developer who has developed an idea for my current workplace that I'd like to take a lot further and take to market. The company I work for has no interest or legal way to sell software (we've ...
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Should I be honest about the reasons I don't want to give a testimonial

I'm being asked to give a brief "testimonial" style text about my current job for use on my employer's new website, specifically relating to a graduate scheme. I have been in the role almost 2 years ...
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Boss delays decision that will decide what I will do the next year of my life

UPDATE 1: Today I confronted him once more -by simply staying after a meeting he arranged on a project I am working in. He said he needs advice by one more party (unfortunately I didn't ask whom he ...
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I am a new female supervisor in a small firm. Two of my male staff are Muslim. What do I need to know? [duplicate]

On the first day when I was being introduced one of the gentlemen ignored/refused to shake my hand and I believe we both felt embarrassed and slightly offended. I have learned that this man is devout. ...
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Is it unprofessional to print screen a presenters notes or presentation?

I was invited to a meeting that had been taking place for weeks and as the presenter was taking notes for the current meeting, I took a print screen so that I could catch up on the previous meetings ...
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Changing the job start date after changing it once already [on hold]

I recently accepted a job offer from a company that is allowing me to start after I graduate from university. During the interview, it was said that the start date was "negotiable to the successful ...
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In the start and end of an interview, should I go for a handshake even if the interviewer does not offer a handshake first?

I'm a student and have attended 2 interviews so far. The first one, I was sitting at the reception area and one of the managers came in and met me. She offered the handshake first. She walked me to a ...
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How can I properly describe my years of experience on my resume?

I have in total: 3 month contract at one employer 2 years, 6 months at anther employer ( mobile applications ) In total this is 2 years and 9 months of paid programming experience. It's not ...
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Is this an acceptable response? [closed]

While looking for some technical information, I've stumbled across this MSDN thread. ...
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How should I handle emails after-hours?

I work in a couple of IT departments, and often I'll end up doing my email from home. Usually, this ends up being when I'm bored and/or waiting for something else - usually for my coding assignments ...
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How can a manager use 'personality differences' to justify harassment? [closed]

When someone walks up to you and says 'not too many new mothers can handle it' completely out of nowhere it is clearly a discriminatory remark. It implies that due to your parental status you won't ...
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Can my employer force me to fix employees' personal computers?

I run an IT department at a mid-size retailer with 1000 employees. Throughout my career, there have been a many instances where people have brought in their personal equipment from home (phones, PCs, ...
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fist bump during technical interview [closed]

I had a tech interview today that ended up just being an excellent conversation to have, that answered all the tech questions. The entire conversation was natural and free-flowing, the kind tech nerd ...
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Etiquette regarding interviewing with a competitor

I'm currently at Company ABC working in a technical role on a short-term contract position. It's a nice job, I like the kind of stuff I get to do, and there's a good chance I can go full-time soon. ...
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How can I make it known on my resume that I want out of the gaming industry?

Based on my personal experience and what everyone has told me online, it seems like the gaming industry is brutal (extremely high expectations) and isn't good for someone who is running a young family ...
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Can I use a nickname for work?

Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work? Lets say my real name is Neram Mihaiki Smith, I prefer to be known Jenny Smith. Would it be fine if I use Jenny Smith in my emails, ...
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How can I improve my resume profile section to get my intent across?

I'm a relatively-junior dev being out of university for 2.5 years. I've been working at a start-up game dev company and it's not working out. I just don't fit in at all. You can see my other posts to ...
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best approach to internal inverview without being critical of current mgt.? [duplicate]

I have internal interview for high level position... tips on making suggestions for change without looking or being critical of current management.
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Coworkers resent added work, to help in my office

I have six coworkers who are required by the director to assist me a half a day once a week, two at a time, every Wednesday. This takes them from their own offices, which is an inconvenience for them ...
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Is asking for payment to consent to my notice period being extended unprofessional?

I have been working at a software development company as a full-time developer here in the UK for the past 16 years. Recently I was told that those of us with one month notice periods stipulated in ...
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Avoiding burnout and maintaining enthusiasm

I love my career. I don't necessarily love my job, like everyone. However, my job is very stressful (software startup) and I'm excited about the work that I'm doing and the possibilities that possibly ...
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How long should I wait before applying for internal postings?

I have been interning at a large company for around 2 years now while I've been getting my CS degree. During that period, all of my time has been spent in business units and not really IT. My ...
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Is it okay to include a funny picture? [duplicate]

I am currently working on an online portfolio since I'm attempting to job hunt soon. The site contains the basic information such as a list of previous work, a contact page, and a page about me. On ...
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In an organization, whose responsibility is it (or should it be) to write an Expression of Interest document?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to be asking this type of question, but here goes: I am currently working as a junior software developer in the Information Systems department of a large ...
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Under what circumstances would it be acceptable to cancel an offer that has already been accepted

A company whose offer I accepted is having a major technical issue with their online onboarding application which is preventing me from completely signing off on each of the tasks required. There is a ...
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Combating the Dunning-Kruger failure to recognise genuine skill in others?

I've often seen discussions around how to handle people with over-inflated self-assessments of their own skills and ability, but my problem relates more to the second point below - failure to ...
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Dealing with over smart colleague [duplicate]

I work with a person who is as same position as me but is 30 years older. I saw him being fancy with other colleagues on his second day. He somehow knows less but talks more. He has been acting ...
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My staff is pressuring me to fire a talented employee [closed]

I hired a very talented employee a month ago part-time and this has triggered a stir ever since. The employee is talented, creative, innovative, courteous, generous and very intelligent. He was very ...
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Any ramifications of wearing a digital watch instead of an analog one? [closed]

I notice that my male colleagues all wear analog watches (with mechanical hands). I find digital ones more practical. Are there any professional ramifications on wearing a digital watch? Thanks!
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Unnecessary comment my boss made [closed]

Yesterday I returned from a Leave of Absence (LOA). My boss said to me that we were talking about the idea of being off of work for 2 months, and how nice it would be to be able to do that. She said ...
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How should I handle an incompetent coworker?

I've read through How to deal with an incompetent colleague?, but my situation is slightly different. I am an intern1 (although close to graduation) working in Software Engineering. I work in a ...
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What's an acceptable time period for “When can you start?”

I'm new to the job hunt, and a potential employer recently responded to my e-mail asking what my expected salary is and when's the earliest I can begin. I'm calculating my expected salary with the ...
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If I leave my job, must I turn over self-made documents/contacts? [closed]

If I leave my job, must I turn over self-made documents/contacts? I've spent far too much energy thinking things would pay off, but my employer just doesn't care; I don't feel they understand what I ...
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Etiquette/precautions when posting a sensitive question about your office?

Honestly not sure if this belongs here or in Meta - feel free to move if it's misplaced. A coworker and I had an interesting discussion today. Consider a sensitive problem in the office - e.g. ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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I'm not planning on staying long anymore - how do I communicate this?

I work internally as a Software Developer for a medium-sized (300+ employees), stable company. This is my first job after getting my degree, and I joined a team of 3 other developers. The reason I was ...
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Reporting possible damage to company owned IT equipment

Yesterday at work, I was finishing my morning espresso when my phone rang and in reaching for it, accidentally spilled some of the drink on the computer keyboard. I immediately unplugged the equipment ...
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Application Confidentiality [closed]

I applied for a job and then made it to being one of the two finalists. I asked on the application that my current employer not be notified. After I did not receive the job a memo was then put out to ...
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Should a co-worker own up to take blame or should it be pointed out?

Basically, say you are on a project with a co-worker of equal rank, neither of you wholly responsible for the work, but you are more commonly associated with the project. In this situation, say your ...
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What is the first things to do when you start a new job? [closed]

So In a weeks time I will be leaving my current company and heading to fields a new (kind of, will explain further in) The company I work for is a client of the company I am moving to, this was set ...
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How can I stay calm and make my case when my boss gets angry at me?

I work closely with my boss and we often need to talk about solutions or how we want to implement our products. Every now and then, we have a disagreement and he gets (a little) mad at me. I always ...
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How to respond when angrily asked about reasons for moving?

At my current job we have two corporate offices, one in the town where I went to University and the other right next to a major city. Since I've now graduated and begun a full time position I plan to ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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As a newer employee of a growing company, is it acceptable to apply for a more senior position?

I am a newer employee (less than a year) with a growing company facing change on various organizational levels. My current position is/was a newly created position, that I am well suited for. I have ...
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What is the proper etiquette when a phone interviewer fails to call? [duplicate]

I had a scheduled phone interview and the interviewer did not call. How long do I wait for her to call me or should I call her?
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Is there an etiquette to bringing cake/cookies/etc. to the office? [closed]

I've seen people bring in cake and other confectionery, is there an standard expectation when doing so, or do I just bring in the cake and send a mass email? How can I find out my company's stance?
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Taking vacation last minute- boss not there [closed]

My boss is basically everyone in the office as I just help everyone out- however I go to the receptionist who is mostly my boss to take days off, and I tell my two coworkers/ bosses who I work with ...
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How to turn down a drink from a coworker professionally? [duplicate]

Coworker is pushing me to go drinking with her, but I generally abstain from alcohol. She's higher up than me in the "food chain", so to speak, and is great friends with my boss. I'm not sure how ...