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

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Should I send a “goodbye” email to client's employees who I worked with?

I am employed by a consulting company (let's call them Initech), and have been deputed to work for a client (call them Acme). I have been working out of Acme's office, almost since the time Initech ...
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How do I turn down an offer, if I have already signed an agreement?

I got a job offer from company A, thus I have tendered my 2 months resignation notice to my current company. I still have one more month to go till I join the new company. But today I have received my ...
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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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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Legal implications of being unable to start a job after signing an offer [on hold]

I currently have a job offer with big company B. The start date in the contract is due for 8 months from now. I'm thinking on accepting the offer, but I'm concerned about what would it happen, if for ...
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HR asking me to fill a form with my personal details for the office's directory, but I don't want to share my cell phone number with coworkers

I don't mind giving my personal information to the HR staff, but they want to publish my residential and cell phone number in the office directory. I don't have a residential phone, and I am not ...
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What is the professional way to deal with my manager's boss? [closed]

When I joined this company. I was hired and put in direct report to my manager. After a while my manager's boss a.k.a the director starts to communicate with me. At first it was merely project ...
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Is it appropriate for my manager to give me an expensive item for free?

My manager showed me a (relatively) new smartphone. I estimate it to be 1-2 years old. It's used, and he said it was a company phone that has been replaced. He asked if I want it, because my own ...
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Haven't been working for the company for 1.5 weeks: give notice or end immediately? [closed]

Follow-up question to Lack of hours at work: address to the manager or not, and explaining in a job application. My girlfriend has not had any hours with the company mentioned in the question above ...
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How can I show my manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics [duplicate]

I'm wondering what's the best argument to prove to manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics? I work for a medium sized company (+-350 ...
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What to do if I know that I won't get enough sleep [closed]

It is around 3am and I've been fruitlessly trying to fall asleep for almost three hours now. The ferry I take to the office departs at 0730. No matter what happens, there is no way I can make it and ...
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Project Manager Has Difficulty Managing Me Remotely [closed]

I work as a software developer and I have a flexible schedule where I work a few days in the office and a few at home remotely. My project manager is relatively new as a project manager (he was an IT ...
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Should I have my own business card if my company has no policy of giving them to employees?

Say a company has no company policy for giving its employees business cards, is it acceptable for employees to make their own without telling his company/boss? And if one wants to only use said cards ...
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How long is an appropriate wait time before a new hire goes asking for work?

I am in my second week of a new software job and have yet to be assigned to a team or even been given access to the code base, because of this I have been sitting since day one with no ability to do ...
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How to work with a supervisor who forgets what he asked for?

I work as a programmer in a small company and a small team. I am currently working under a senior supervisor/architect. The problem I face is: The architect assigns work to individual programmers in ...
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Lack of hours at work: address to the manager or not, and explaining in a job application

My girlfriend works for a small business which sells items. She started there two months ago and did not sign any papers. When she applied, she was told that she would be getting a 12-hour work week. ...
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How appropriate is sexual language in the workplace? [closed]

I am a male working for a small company in the USA. Today I heard my colleagues saying "suck 2 d**ks in a conversation. The other day I went to lunch with a male colleague and someone asked who was ...
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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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Should a desk cleaning occur before or after two weeks notice?

I have found a better opportunity, and I suspect the possibility that my boss may request I do not return for various reasons. This leads me to be tempted to get my desk all packed up and ready to go. ...
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Can a employer not allow their employees to be off when they are sick [closed]

I am working for this company and just started in November. I have doctors appointments that were premade and they will not allow me to go to them and if i do i get written up. You are not allowed to ...
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Asking higher-ranking co-worker advice/opinion on managerial decision

Short version of question: Is it appropriate to ask a higher-ranking coworker, who is in the company's management, his/her opinion or to get advice on potential decisions that the company's owner (aka ...
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How do I maintain references?

I am a college intern, and I have noticed that if I do not have face to face contact with someone communication dies off. This has gotten me thinking about professional references. As I am beginning ...
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Answering and sending holiday wishes and pictures to all colleagues via e-mail?

In the past two weeks my colleagues have been exchanging a lot of Christmas and New Year's wishes and cards through the company e-mail system. I don't mind receiving such email, but I usually don't ...
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Should I tell the client that I am resigning, if my consulting company isn't doing it? [duplicate]

I agree with this answer about not telling the client directly about your resignation from a consulting company. However, I am now facing a peculiar situation related to this. I work for a ...
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Moving a start date?

Is it unprofessional to move a start date? I had to decide my start date upon graduation a couple of months ago for a job across the country. Unfortunately, because of the company's moving ...
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How should an employee respond when an executive has too much to drink at a holiday party? [closed]

A friend of mine works as a customer-service representative at a Fortune 500 company. A few days ago, his company held their annual winter holiday party at an expensive restaurant in the city. Near ...
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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 it better to ask or not send a thank you? [closed]

Recently, a friend had a Skype interview where they, unfortunately, did not catch the interviewer's name, though it was mentioned once at the beginning of the interview. The area is medicine, and ...
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How to follow up after interview when some interviewers did not show?

I just completed an interview for an entry level job. Some members of the panel originally scheduled to participate did not show. These people are VP managerial level or above. I know following up ...
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How to deal with very variable lunch times and lunch room used for conferencing?

Situation I'm working at a startup (8 people, 4 sales/4 tech) in an open office setting. Lunch times always used to be from 12:30 to 1:30. We have a glass box room with a large rectangular table used ...
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Overloaded, delegated work, now accused of “offloading” my responsibilities. How to address criticism?

I am a relatively new manager in a highly matrix'd organization (multiple managers/accountabilities per person) and over the past six months my own functional team has been chronically suffering from ...
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Is it acceptable or effective behavior to not document your code to keep your job as a programmer? [closed]

Just imagine the hassle of hiring a new programmer, that will have to work through files and files of poorly written code, without any single line of documentation.
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Is it normal to shake hands with co-workers at office events? [closed]

I may be socially awkward/ignorant here, but is it normal for coworkers, who work with one another every single day, to shake hands to say hi/bye at company events? To give one instance, a group of ...
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Is it OK to contact the hiring manager of a company that asks for an interview?

I was recently asked for an interview (this past Friday) after submitting my resume to a job portal for some company. I got back to the HR with my availability, but she hadn't emailed me back even ...
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Leaving employer in the middle of a “big project”, offering to help part time

So, my boss and I have had a rocky relationship from the start. While he recognizes my ability to get what he needs done, he likes to micromanage my progress, which I do not respond well to. It's a ...
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Headhunter messed up setting up my interview

I received an email from a headhunter for a corporate job in the afternoon with the proposed phone interview time and responded that night I would be available during lunch or after work in their ...
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Contact future line manager when going on vacation before starting job

I'm starting my new job in January. Last week I signed the contract, now currently going through HR background checks. I'm planning to go on holiday for two weeks - is it necessary to email future ...
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Can non contributors attend Pot Luck lunches [closed]

We are having a Pot Luck lunch with people bringing in food. I did not bring any food. But our office assistant has emailed everyone saying lunch will start promptly at Noon. What is the usual ...
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How would I politely decline a request to carpool? [duplicate]

I work with someone that I've heard is thinking about asking to carpool with me and one other colleague (who I live with). The issue is, essentially, that we don't like the guy for various reasons ...
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Experience on my resume: Intern or Volunteer?

In the past, I have worked for a small company where I knew the owners. Although I worked for free and was never registered as an "employee," I only did it for the experience. On my resume, I ...
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After an all-day interview does one send a follow-up/thank you note to every interviewer? [duplicate]

These answers suggest sending a thank-you note to an interviewer is a good idea: (1) Should a thank you letter be sent after an interview? (2) Send “thank you” email after phone interview? I ...
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What are some tips for apologizing to my CEO for missing a very important meeting? [closed]

So this morning, I went to my office expecting to attend this HUGE meeting (overview and intro to procedures on a large grant my organization has been awarded) and learned, too late, that the meeting ...
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Decline job offer after telling them to speed up the process [closed]

I received and signed company A offer, while awaiting final interview with company B. So I told B that I received an offer from A but have not signed it and see if they could expedite the interview ...
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How to stay friendly when turning down requests your boss asked you not to escalate? [duplicate]

A common advice when receiving conflicting requests that compete for the same time and resources is to escalate the requests to the manager. But what if the manager explicitly asks you not to do so ...
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How to not appear defensive when turning down requests from the rest of the company? [duplicate]

Our company highly emphasizes that everyone should do their best at cross-departmental teamwork and as such we also have 360 degree appraisals, not just from our direct line manager. People get fired ...
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Employer not responding to my calls after making an offer [closed]

One and half month ago, I started to work on a mission of 1 month (ended on November 20). At the end of my mission, the employer gave me two options: work from home (I'm 250km away from the office) ...
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Is it professional to ask about compensation when offered relocation and training to a foreign country?

If one is verbally offered relocation for a job in a foreign country, is it appropriate to ask about the terms of compensation (i.e. salary, medical benefits, etc.?) before moving forward, e.g. the ...
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How to write a professional notice to paste in conference room

I work as an admin in a company. My colleagues leave the conference room unorganized. I want to paste a notice asking them to keep the chairs back in their places before they leave the conference ...
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Social drinking at networking events [duplicate]

I am a graduate student and recently my school held a networking event for the students to meet with companies and expand their professional network. I am studying finance and will be looking for work ...
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Ask company to allow time/space to pay off technical debt [duplicate]

I'm currently working at a software company as a programmer and for the last couple of months I keep struggling with finding the balance between doing exactly what the company tells me to do and what ...