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

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Is it better to ask or not send a thank you?

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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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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Not satified with current working style of coworkers ? Few seniors are spoiling the Future of Comapny? [closed]

I am working in small Company , where few staff has strong group-ism and they are leaving very bad impression to juniors . It nutshell it seems they are ruining the company future ? Should i Contact ...
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Meeting Inclusion [closed]

There is a current project on-going - I work part-time for this organization, but I know I could add some valuable suggestions and ideas. How do I ask to be included or is this over-stepping my ...
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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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Disclosure of a preexisting relationship with another recruiting agency - ethical concerns [duplicate]

I am a graduate student in my last semester and am actively working with a recruiting firm to secure full time employment in the financial services industry. My dilemma is that I heard from a second ...
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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 ...
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Is it okay to reply “Will do. Thanks.”?

I recently accepted an offer to work at another location. There is a person in contact with me and they sent me a first week preparation email. I replied that I got the email and would read it over ...
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Should one put future employment on one's resume?

Should one put future employment on one's resume, e.g. a job one will start in a month or two months?
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Under which circumstances it's appropriate to pick up your colleague's phone if he's on leave?

I have this situation where my colleague, who is of similar rank as I am, went for a long holiday (approximately a week). There have been many calls coming in on his phone line, and I'm not sure if ...
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Overly push and workaholic boss [duplicate]

I've been working with a particular boss for 3 years now. He has his good qualities too but has some really annoying habits that get to you in the long term. He has the belief that an employee ...
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How to best point out possible improvements in something done by your boss/supervisor?

Situation is as follows: I'm a developer in some small IT company in Germany - started the job about 6 months ago. Work climate is great, everyone gets along very well with each other and behaviour ...
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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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Advisable or not to include politically oriented organization on resume if one held a employer desirable skill [duplicate]

I am a graduate student actively looking for post graduate work. One of the qualifications for a job that I am considering applying for is excellent communication and exemplary leadership ability. I ...
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How do I ask my colleagues to pay up for lunch?

So here's the situation, my office had a few interns who ended their stint and we had a farewell lunch. After the lunch, I made payment first because I was the person who ordered the lunch (as per my ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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Should I include side project in resume? [duplicate]

I am an IT guy, and in my company, I am just a normal, low ranking employee, and working on boring stuff every day. However, at the same time, I am a founder of a very popular web site of its kind in ...
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How to handle two job offers professionally [duplicate]

I have received two offers, both verbal awaiting specific details about pay etc. I have a clear preference for one of them but they have been quite slow in the process, both jobs are through ...
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May I exchange leave for money [closed]

My leave is coming up in December but I don't want to take it. I want to ask the company to pay me leave pay instead of giving me leave days. Are the company allowed to refuse my request?
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How to leave a job? [closed]

So I've decided to leave my job. There's a number of reasons, but I suppose the final straw was when I came back to my desk to overhear my manager trash talking about me to a co-worker. She was ...
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How do I stop awkward questions after maternity leave?

I went on maternity leave for 3 months with my first baby. I know I'm entitled to a year off but at only 50% of your pay with no top-ups and being the breadwinner makes that an impossible dream. I ...
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Cultural clash in the office - artists and engineer struggling to understand each other [closed]

I work as a software developer and the artists at work always get very defensive and nervous when they work with us. We don't think we look down on them at all, however they become quite upset when ...
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Is it professional to correct misspellings of my name?

I have a common name, but an uncommon spelling. Specifically, my name is Kelli. Often in emails and in informal and formal chat situations, I have people referring to me with the more common ...
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How to get my idea working? [closed]

I have an Idea in my mind which I think could make a big hit if become real. The problem I am facing is, I am not a good programmer and I couldn't get this working by myself. But the good part here ...
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How to communicate assertively with cocky coworkers (especially business/sales-people)?

I am very social and extroverted, however, maybe because I have been a bully victim at school, I am easily sensitive to behaviors that reek of pushy and superior. There are a number of situations ...
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Inappropriate questions from a new supervisor

I have a situation where this week one of my peers was promoted to be my supervisor. This person is known to be volatile and while we have had a friendly relationship in the past even in the first ...
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Is it ok to ask an interviewer how they are doing if they live in a conflict zone?

Suppose one is being interviewed (remotely) by a company based in a conflict zone like Israel or the Ukraine. Would it come across as ignorant or rude to ask about how the interviewer is doing with ...
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Is the subject of installing Steam on your office computer one which should't even be mentioned?

When trying to figure out protocol within a work environment, there are some things which are acceptable to ask your boss about, and there are some things which should never even be asked. When it ...
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How to stay professional when people keep physically chasing for an immediate answer - even if they are in the queue? [duplicate]

In my work, requests from multiple sources are queued and completed in order of priority so that I can focus on one task at a time. My boss sets overall priorities, though I have a broad degree of ...
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How to go “above and beyond” when I don't have time, resources or processes to do so every single day?

I previously asked A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior? and really appreciated the answer by maple_shaft to act as professional ...
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What's the most professional and constructive response to false accusations?

My boss says that I have done something wrong but I didn't and I have no doubt about it. Regardless of context, what's the most professional response or behavior to adapt when one is falsely accused ...