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

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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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7answers
292 views

Cultural clash in the office - artists and engineer struggling to understand each other

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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B.Sc. CS and then MSc in Business Management and then a MBA - advantageous? [on hold]

I'm currently doing a Dual Study. I's a German concept where you are 3 month at the university and then 3 month working full-time at the company in different positions which you can choose by your ...
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10answers
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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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1answer
94 views

How to get my idea working? [on hold]

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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222 views

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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391 views

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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1answer
387 views

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 it automatically bad to install Steam on your office computer and run it during lunch breaks? [on hold]

For clarity, I do not play Flash games during work hours; I work during work hours, though the employee handbook allows general use of the Internet while on break. Also, I'm looking to my bosses for ...
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1answer
232 views

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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1answer
111 views

How to deal with team members whose Employer is competeter to my Employer? [closed]

Now 6 months went very well and my manager likes my work and appreciated and also he asked me review the work and code of my team members. I honestly provide my review comments and feedback. My ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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Should I ask for monetary rewards to my employer for additional services?

I am working as a Software Engineer and I'm a hobbyist photographer. The organization I'm working for carries out a corporate social responsibility program. Last month we had an event under this ...
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1answer
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Extracurricular Colleague as Professional Reference

I need three Professional References for a form for a Computer Science internship. I haven't had an internship or business related CS work before, but I have done extensive extracurricular work on two ...
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4answers
3k views

I will soon become the manager of a close friend. How do I be an effective manager and friend?

A close friend of mine will soon be moving into my department. We see each other outside of work and our significant others both work together at a different institution. I want to be an effective ...
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8k views

Why is it a bad idea to undersell certain skills in an interview?

I recently graduated university (UK), and in my final year I had several interviews for jobs as a programmer. One of these interviews consisted of two parts; a standard question-and-answer section ...
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Documenting all aspects of a system

When creating documentation for a project, I understand some things are completely necessary, however I was asked to provide a brief description for every query in a system I built. That's over 100 ...
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1answer
517 views

How do I decline a dinner invitation from a superior?

Recently I think what we're being asked of is really unrealistic, and I am growing tired of it and I'm done with pretending that everything is okay. What I'm doing is every work they throw at me, I ...
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6answers
1k views

Meeting etiquette [closed]

A direct report of mine walks into meetings and either keeps working on other stuff or chatting with other folks at the office. I know that this is a bad meeting etiquette and basically an insult to ...
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4answers
330 views

Returning to an old job after 2 months [closed]

I left my old job in sales after 18 months. I loved the job, felt valued and did some great work. My reason for leaving was that I was offered a position on a basic of double the money and the ...
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3answers
3k views

How to prepare for a client visit?

I work as an application engineer in a small (~20 people) multimedia software company and I have remote clients and our Asian re-seller coming from South Korea for a business visit. I am junior and I ...
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Is it fair to apply for jobs where the interest with the service/product niche isn't a good match?

I've recently started to look for a new job in my web development career, applying to several places. Not wanting to be very picky, I applied to a lot of jobs where the required set of ...
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2answers
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what is signal if my superior is not giving work to me [duplicate]

I've worked in an organization for the last 7 months. I have 5 years of experience, but from my starting day, my superior has not assigned any work to me. I asked him 10 times, but he says that I have ...
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13answers
8k views

How to shoo away people who make informal requests at the desk or canteen? [duplicate]

My role involves working with teams across the company, but there is a strong tendency for people to come and chat us up informally in order to get their things done, put pressure and even "blackmail" ...
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2answers
554 views

Minimizing damage to reputation after an unfortunate sequence of events

In the past two years, I quit two jobs and was fired from one without cause. I'm a senior-level web developer, if it matters. The first, after a year working there I was significantly late being paid ...
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3answers
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Is it my fault (and part of my “performance”) if a resource I need to fulfill external requests doesn't exist? [closed]

Annual performance reviews are coming up and a senior manager whom I work keeps warning me informally that I need to get more things done and make things happen and that recently I haven't. I am an ...
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3answers
335 views

Asked to give what would be a negative reference

A previous coworker who has since left my company just emailed me asking me to be a reference as she applies to new jobs. I feel that while I like her, I couldn't recommend her as an employee. So my ...
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3answers
333 views

How to explain to my team why they shouldn't interfere when other managers or teams talk to me?

If a supervisor, another teams' manager or a different team member comes to my desk/area and asks questions or wants to discuss an issue, some of my more enthusiastic team members jump in and start ...
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3answers
297 views

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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3answers
284 views

After paid internship ends, employer keeps asking for help - how to ask for compensation/say no?

After I finished my paid internship for the summer, my supervisor keeps asking me to help with small tasks here and there, but it'll end up becoming a lot of time. I don't want to burn bridges, but I ...
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2answers
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Required notice for a contractor in Australia [closed]

As a labour hire contractor, my employment is covered by a contract. The contract specifies that I can be dismissed at any time for any - or no - reason, without notice, but I am "requested" to ...
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2answers
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What Do I Do When I Have Grammatical Mistakes And It Is Too Late To Fix Them

My girlfriend (SO from this point forward) is working on a pilot project that is designed to help young start-up companies understand more about technology and how they can use it to better their ...
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1answer
208 views

Sending “thank you” letter to the hiring manager [duplicate]

I applied to a position and I was scheduled to conduct a phone interview with two individuals - the manager and someone who works for the manager. But when I received the call, the individual who ...
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3answers
482 views

Boss changes his mind, doesn't tell me, gets offended when i go with original plan

So, I work in a three man office, just me, the boss, and the lead developer. I'm the grunt of the office, usually my duties involve "Copy this!", "Fax that!", and "Pick up lunch!". I occasionally get ...
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1answer
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Employment etiquette: should I apply for job B with a company, whilst waiting to start work for them on job A? [duplicate]

I've interviewed for and been offered a position with a local company (charitable sector). It's a part time position which is low paid, working with service users on a particular project (job A). ...
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3answers
251 views

Manager undermining other managers

At a company I was recently working at my immediate manager often undermined other managers. They seemed to have a clique with some other managers but viewed all other managers as the enemy and would ...
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1answer
582 views

Was let go from my job and client wants to know what happened. What do I say?

I was hired as an Account Supervisor at a small communications firm. The owner was my boss and the rest of the staff about 3 other people were contractors. I worked there roughly for 3 months, doing ...
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5answers
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I get frustrated when I have to produce suboptimal work [closed]

The following situation is probably familiar for many working people: Boss: "We're gonna do this project like A, B, E, D" Everyone: (stumped) "Uh, what about C? Why is E before D? That's not ...
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3answers
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Apologising professionally

At my company we have flexible hours but sometimes, according to a schedule, we have to stay on till late to lock up and switch everything off. I've only done this a few times and normally I switch ...
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2answers
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Jumping ship at the end of a contract? [closed]

Possibly related to How is "abandoning the ship" perceived? I have taken over a lead role on a troubled project 3/4 of the way through the expected development period. I always enjoy a ...
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9answers
6k views

Contacted by a Company's Client to do a project - should I inform my company?

I work in a small/medium startup with 9 people total. I have been recently asked by a Company's client, asking me to do a small project to him, outside the company (and Android app, and my company ...
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3answers
381 views

Subordinate had conversations with my boss- should I have been told? [closed]

I am a C level manager whose direct report, a senior manager, went to my boss to complain I was over managing him. Through several meetings it was determined my report was at fault for not taking ...
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1answer
163 views

How do I tell my boss I am moving to a different organization? [duplicate]

I always wanted to do a kind of job I found a year back. But due to organizational changes, the entire team moved to a different project and I don't find the current work challenging and hence it is ...
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2answers
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Incident report [closed]

Is it improper/bad practice to write incident reports in a form format. If so, is there any reason as to why employers hand out incident report forms rather than getting employees to write "proper" ...
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1answer
140 views

My manager tells me not to bother someone in the team when I need the answer from that person [closed]

I work on Design and I needed answer from a validation person, My manager tells me not to bother her since she is busy doing other work. Off late my manager keeps telling me to ask anyone anything. I ...
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1answer
291 views

is it professional to listen actively to a conversation where a two or more people talking but I know only one of them? [closed]

Today, at the breakfast there were two people having a chat. I know one person well and just joined to say hi to that person. After doing a little chatty with her I started eating my meal. While I ...
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5answers
734 views

How to be a programmer managed by scientists

I'm the most senior programmer at a company that works in the earth sciences. There are a handful of us (25%) that have backgrounds in computer science who work hard to support the rest of the company ...
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2answers
514 views

How to communicate more clearly, after a superior said the way I speak sounds f-'d up?

Today I had a conversation with a superior who is some kind of a "mentor" to me within the company. After a few meetings in which he was also present he told me I need to work on the clarity in the ...
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2answers
221 views

If my managers argue with/about me due to their conflicting agendas, should I escalate the issue to the CEO (and how)? [duplicate]

I have one line manager on the contract, but my performance review (including salary increase, promotion, etc.) will be decided by three directors of whom I am a shared resource. And there's lots of ...