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

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Lost track of how many sessions I tutored - what should I do?

I was paid in advance to do 10 sessions of tutoring, once a week. Unfortunately, I did not think to keep track of how many times it actually happened, as there were some weeks where it didn't work ...
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Is it appropriate for a software contractor to charge outside the contract for project-related tools?

Software contractor A has been under a remote-working contract to company B for a long-term project. During the time-span of the contract, A wrote some build-related tools, which were included in the ...
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Role of consultant/freelancer when co-worker/employee performs sub-standard work?

I've begun a 4-month freelance software position, as a senior engineer. The team has a manager and one full time dev. My question is, what should I do when my colleague does things like; refuses ...
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Identifying parties involved with problems

When explaining why something didn't get done/was delayed/was done incorrectly, is it better to identify the party at fault or remain objective, but also risk assumption that it could have been your ...
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Resources for communicating & dealing with “hot buttons” as a software developer?

I'm a senior developer/consultant/freelancer, and I find that most positions entail being hired to "level up" the team. (A recent manager used this exact phrase.) But of course, a team of people isn't ...
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My boss forwarded a confidential email - what is an appropriate course of action?

Recently i sent a very personal email with a list of grievances to my boss. The start of the mail was a request not to forward that mail to anyone. My boss has not yet responded to the contents of ...
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What is a good pay for a Part Time, Remotely-Working Full Stack Intern? [duplicate]

I am a senior in High School, but I have passed Freshman College programming classes, and have a lot of experience with website work. I am currently looking at a Full Stack Internship offer where I ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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Extremely hot-headed project manager - how to improve communications?

[background] I have been working on a game and I handed it in for 3rd-party certification. They came back with a couple of issues which I fixed all but one. We had a question about the final issue and ...
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Why hasn't the hiring manager gotten back to me? [closed]

I applied for a job 3 days ago and today I got an email at 3:00PM that said: [My name], Thank you for reaching out with regards to our opening. Is there a time later this week that we could ...
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How to justify using a direct competitor's service

Let's say that I work for ABC Auto Insurance. Being a bit festive, I decided to ride my bike to work in observance of of Ride your Bike to Work Day, 5/15/2015. One of my coworkers pointed out that ...
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Online accounts/user names/email addresses for developer sites: Should I create separate ones for work?

There is a good question specifically about StackExchange sites already but I would like to learn this about other sites as well. In my specific case I started using one of my personal user names ...
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My group hired a new person who is disgusting and disruptive [duplicate]

My group hired a new fella. Usually I'm involved in the hiring process but not in this case. We made a poor choice and hired someone who is noisy and disruptive via various bodily sounds. Snorting, ...
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Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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Request from client of ex-employer for recommendations of new provider

I left my previous job for a better opportunity in January. Yesterday I received a message from a contact I had made while working at the previous position. This client is the biggest, "most ...
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How to politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons?

Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for example, a Muslim man cannot shake hands with ...
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Can HR/Boss Require Your Username and Password?

We recently received this email at our work from the HR Department. We work in the healthcare industry and our username and password is linked to everything that we do. We have to follow strict HIPAA ...
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When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands?

When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands? Should I put them in the back pocket? Let them hang? Put them over my pockets? This may sound stupid, but it is an important component to ...
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Uniform policy only for male employees

In my company there is a uniform policy only for male employees, whereas female employees are there and not wearing uniforms. How can I convince my boss to implement a uniform policy for all ...
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When is it appropriate to bring my health concerns to new boss's attention?

I've struggled with anxiety on and off for about ten years. It can sometimes manifest itself in unexpected ways, and can lead me to develop bizarre fears or behaviours - such as being unable to ...
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After signing a contract, will they give me time to settle things at my current job? [closed]

I've been through a long interview process, almost two months now, for a job in a huge multinational company. Last week they contacted me to schedule the psycho-technic evaluation; and it seems I'm ...
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What is the best way to request help from my colleagues in a new job? [closed]

I have recently moved to a new job. I am not clear about the tasks that were assigned to me. For example, in PgAdmin my boss showed me some tables and asked me to copy one table from one schema to ...
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How to handle rejection then fake promotion? [closed]

I have a friend who works for a large university. Maria has been in upper management for 5 years for a large group. Her group is technology dependent and she also makes all/most of the technical ...
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Coworkers with large pocket knives

I just started with a medium sized company in Ottawa, and I noticed a lot of engineers have one-handed pocket knives. ie: The kind you can push open with one thumb. I'm not comfortable working in an ...
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How to handle a boss who leaves the bathroom a mess?

No question there. He is really disgusting. EVERYTIME he goes to the bathroom, he pees everywhere and doesn't clean. I find this awful, but I don't have the guts to tell him to clean up after ...
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How to decline a job offer because of distance?

I just got a job offer at location A, which is over an hour from where I live and I am not willing to relocate or drive that far. What would be a proper way to decline (in an email)? I don't want to ...
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Employee seems to cut me off and talk over me

I supervise a very small team of 5 guys. One of my employees seems to constantly talk over me or cut me off and it certainly gets annoying. This especially happens when I want to deliver a speaking ...
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How to communicate relevancy of my degree to interviewers?

As I mentioned in my previous question, I'm looking for a job. Now that I started with job interviews, I fear I'll face a very uncomfortable and stressing situation. As soon as I finished high school ...
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How to respond when supervisor hides something to “show you a lesson”

I've had this happen in a couple workplaces. Today was my first day at a new job. I left my letter of offer on my desk when I went to an orientation. In the orientation we were told everything marked ...
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How do I politely refuse to participate in smalltalk?

I am not antisocial; I will happily say hello and have a conversation if there's one to be had. I am not interested in talking for the sake of filling space, sometimes I would be required to share ...
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Managers drinking alcohol in the office

I work in an office for an international company in the IT department. I work as a software engineer and our company has a bit of a reputation for being 'lax'. On Fridays, it is common that multiple ...
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When interviewer asks interviewee if he has any questions, is it preferred that interviewee only ask “deal breaker” questions?

Suppose I am being interviewed and during the end of the interview, the people interviewing me ask me if I have any questions for them. At this point, should I only ask "deal breaker" questions ...
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Can an at-will exempt salaried employee express any reservations about performing a task?

I've been working in my position (at-will, exempt salaried, not a startup, United States - U.S. Citizen) for a few months, and the environment has been mostly okay. Recently, a few other co-workers ...
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Contacting aquaintance in company I applied to without sounding pushing

Last week I was laid off from my first job. Once the shock was over, I started updating and polishing my resume. While I was having a look at my Linkedin contacts I found out that one of my University ...
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What is the etiquette for working with recruiters?

A recruiter contacts me about a direct hire in city X. He is eager to move forward, but is difficult to work with. The next day a different recruiter from a different staffing company contacts me ...
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Received a warm welcome letter along with job contract. How to respond?

I received my job contract by post and also a warm welcoming letter. I have to send back the signed contract by post. Just want to know should I also include a warm thank you note? Is it professional? ...
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What is the professional way to deal with coworker who keeps trying to help but is unable to?

How would you professionally and effectively approach, without offending, a coworker (from another department - IT) who is supposed to help you, but is clearly unable to? To name a use case, I am ...
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How to teach a recruitment agency or a recruiter a very hard lesson in a professional way?

I'm a recent graduate in CS living in Germany and now I'm getting calls from recruiters. Today, I got a call from a recruiter from the UK and I was really pissed of. The guy was completely impolite ...
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Should I tell the recruiter everything?

I'm a recent graduate in CS living in Germany. I posted my CV on Monster in PDF format. Now I'm getting a lot of calls from recruiters, most of them in the UK. They tend to ask a lot of questions ...
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Should I Confront my Co-worker?

So I work at a help desk where I'm the only employee around and there is no supervisor for the majority of my shifts. My supervisor recently informed me that my co-worker (whose shift is directly ...
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My boss reprimanded me for taking our scheduled call from the car. [closed]

I had a 1-on-1 call (monthly, but my boss tends to slips dates and constantly shift them around). The call was scheduled between 17:00 and 17:30; I left the office 10 minutes before 17, called in ...
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What makes an image safe for work? [closed]

After reading Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office I was wondering what makes images safe for work. At my previous job, I used this image as a desktop background for a while: I didn't get any ...
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How to bring up the desire to transition to another team?

I started my job here a little less than a year ago. We're a pretty small operations team, supporting a large number of teams within our organization. More specifically, my team consists of six ...
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Am I taking a risk or responsibility? [closed]

I am an associate developer in a team of 2 developers. We have been working on a very important government project lately. My only co-worker (very experienced and much my senior) has informed me he ...
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Is it a good idea to put a photo on your business card?

Nowadays we have our pictures everywhere: in the email client, on the company website, in phone contacts, on Linkedin, etc. Would it therefore be in good taste to put a professional photo of yourself ...
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question about mail replying [closed]

I want to ask how can I reply this e-mail; It was a pleasure meeting you in person a couple of days ago, hope will have this chance again and happy to be working together with you. we are working ...
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Do I need a vCard in the business environment? [closed]

I'm about a year away from graduating from university and am considering entering into the business sector, possibly attempting a startup or maybe freelancing as a writer, I don't know yet exactly. ...
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Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office

A colleague uses a wallpaper manager which cycles through his collection of desktop wallpapers, a seemingly unending collection of tattooed women in lingerie. There is no nudity but the images are ...
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How can I stop my colleagues being disrespectful about my personal life choices?

I've been disrespected since coming back from maternity leave. I am trying to get the behavior to stop and I want to feel comfortable at work even talking to them in general without massive details ...
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It is OK to leave a new job after 6 months for a new offer?

6 months ago I interviewed at two companies (Company A and Company B), heavily interested in working at both. Ultimately, Company B said I was overqualified, but they'd love to keep me in mind if a ...