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

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How to maintain social integration when your workload is substantially different than those around you

So, I was hired early this year. I got about 4-5 months of training on the product I'm QA'ing for, then I was moved out of manual QA into automation of tests in our application. At the moment, I'm ...
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Is it appropriate to ask why a coworker was fired?

So in the last month a few people have been terminated, 2 were old hires, 1 was a new hire. I've not heard any official reason why this is happening, just hearsay from colleagues. I'm relatively new ...
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Should I correct my coworkers' language mistakes?

I'm not a native English speaker, but I still notice some basic mistakes in grammar, pronunciation and wordings when my colleagues are talking to customers. But when I try to correct them, they rudely ...
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Moving “laterally” from support to engineering?

Recently I was approached by my company (very large) to transition from a support to an engineering role. I am a recent CS graduate from a well-known university and have a few years of programming ...
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What's wrong about being honest about your career plans?

Premise Until a few weeks ago, I worked for a software company as a software developer. Honestly, I tried to do my best every day. Not only I did what I was supposed to do, but I always tried to ...
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Is a thank you note appropriate for the end of my internship?

I'm nearing the end of my summer internship, and I've read that writing thank-you notes is a good way to maintain relationships, and just end the internship on a positive note in general. Is this ...
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Asking professors for syllabi to their classes when recruiting [migrated]

Since graduating I have maintained contact with a number of professors at my university and have gone back on recruiting trips. I check in on the courses being offered from time to time and have ...
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Is there an ideal mode of communication for resigning from a Remote Job? [duplicate]

Usually when I quit my job, I walk up to my boss and hand them a letter. I like the personal touch of being able to do it face-to-face, and usually when an employee stops by your office with a ...
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Working as a temp. What factors should be considered when applying for multiple jobs at this same organization at different times?

Sorry if the title is unclear; I wasn't sure how to explain this situation at tweet length! I will elaborate. I am currently working as a temp for a medium-sized higher education institution (I am ...
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Got caught tweeting negatively about my company

My company had a little team party about a month ago that was boring and horrible and I tweeted something bad about it. Later I was frustrated with a project and tweeted more bad stuff about the ...
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Suggesting things to superiors that contains some hard blows on managerial skills

I'm working on a medium-scale software firm and my current project is on a government agency. This agency's scope is nationwide and we are creating automated system for them. Because of the ...
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Should I list my boss as an emergency contact for college?

I checked around the site and didn't find an answer to this (apologies if there's an answer I missed). Here's the situation: I attend one college as a student while working in academic support at ...
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How can one politely keep a coworker on topic?

I am a junior developer in a small team of about 20 people, I have been working at this job for about 1 year so far. Every now and then I have to ask a question to my senior coworkers. Those questions ...
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Saying thanks for luxury perk without sounding obsequious?

I’m currently in my first full-time job and have been here for a year at a big UK company. Me and a few others from my site recently had the opportunity to attend an event where we were given free ...
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How to deal with a situation where I end up delegating more tasks than actually doing them myself

I just gave our team a suggestion about how we can approach a better confidence in the quality of our upcoming release. The team took it very well. I led the initiative, had frequent sync up meetings, ...
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Told employer I wasn't feeling well and made the mistake of answering truthfully [closed]

I like my job and I like my coworkers, but today my mental illness was getting the best of me. So after some deliberation and my attempts to bring it under control on my lunch, I finally decided to ...
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What is an appropriate response to the death of a coworker's loved one?

My coworker's father passed away. The following day, an employee from HR sent out an office-wide email with the obituary and viewing details with the coworker's permission, and started a fund for a ...
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Just took new job and unhappy [duplicate]

I have only been in my current position for a few weeks. Before this, I worked for one company for over 8 years. My current position is not panning out how I had hoped. There really isn't much room ...
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A freelancer billed me, we had no contract and what he provided was not useable. What should I do? [closed]

I met with a freelance copywriter to discuss a project on which I am the Creative Director. He emailed me 'some' copy which was not useable at all. He even altered GM tagline from 'Quality is Job ...
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Chain pharmacy won't count all hours worked [closed]

This isn't me but my girlfriend, let's call her Karen. Karen was recently hired as a pharmacist by big chain pharmacy as a floater, in Florida, USA. A floating pharmacist is an employee (not ...
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Officemate wearing inappropriate clothing (for me at the least) [duplicate]

This has been bothering me for quite a while, and I'm not sure if I should just accept it or if I should say something. One of my officemates consistently wears a dress to work that shows a portion ...
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What do I do in an interview when I am asked to help arrange deck chairs on the Titanic? [closed]

There have been two times in my career where I tried, as gently as I could, to offer a better solution when I was being asked in an interview to help the employer do something not in their best ...
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Coworker wants me to clear out the clutter from my cubicle

So, I'm in my first cubicle job and have been here a few months. The company culture is very lax about cubicle presentation. The upper's realize that our cubicles are our "homes" and don't want to ...
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What to do if i stumbled across [what might be] a colleague in a pornographic video online which seems to have been uploaded without her knowing? [closed]

I was browsing through some porn sites at home last night and came across a videoclip. It was around 2 minutes long and uploaded one day ago. From what i could see, it looks very much like her. I've ...
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Is it okay to show the offer letter to my current employer?

I have just received an offer from Company B while working in Company A. The offered salary from Company B is about 1.5 times better than my current Company A. After telling my boss from Company A for ...
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Ensuring Full time offer from Internship

I am coming to the end of my 4 months internship at my company at the end of August. And I'd like to be (hopefully) promised/given a full-time offer once I graduate from university. I have read Is it ...
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What can I do about a coworker who smokes pot while on the job?

I live and work in Colorado. I know that pot is legal here. I work on a golf course owned by the city. We operate a lot of heavy machinery, often within a few yards of golfers. One of my coworkers, ...
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How to ask for a leave to attend a job interview [duplicate]

Well the question itself it's pretty self explanatory, right now i have a job, but i'm looking for something better for my needs, the thing is how i'm supposed to ask (professionally) permission to ...
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If immediate boss helped get me promoted, is it appropriate to thank the owner as well?

My boss spoke on my behalf to the owner to help me get promoted. I've decided to take immediate boss out to lunch. But what about the owner? I'd like to get his contributions recognized. Do I say ...
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Recruiter did not show at set appointment

I received an invitation from a recruiter for an informal lunch meeting based on my LinkedIn profile to meet and discuss potential job opportunities. The recruiter did not show at the set meeting. I ...
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Should I quit, and if so with a long notice? [closed]

Background: I joined an early stage startup co-founded by my professional acquaintance (let's call him Founder-X). I was interested in working on Distributed Computing and Big Data. The primary ...
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Professional designations and degrees on business cards and e-mail signatures [duplicate]

I'm going to be creating some simple business cards for myself going forward, and would like some advice on the addition of my degrees and professional designations to the card. So far, the planned ...
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Should I ask for my old job back? [closed]

Is it ever acceptable to ask for your old job back? I quit my first "real" job after university, as a web developer, without another job lined up. I was frustrated and it was probably really dumb. ...
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How can I reject company offer to take training/certification exam? [duplicate]

I have been offered the opportunity to take a certification exam with optional training by sales in my company. At this moment, I haven't informed my manager (because I know most probably he will ...
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How do I tell my boss to not use Comic Sans as their main email typeface?

My boss uses Comic Sans for all of their e-mails. I don't mind it for intra-company communications, but it doesn't strike me as very professional to send out to clients as it doesn't have a very good ...
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How to stop feeling bad when you are leaving a company you like for a new job? [closed]

I have been working in my current company for 2 years and I joined them right after my college . I thoroughly enjoyed my work, especially colleagues and the responsibility ( right from day 1, I had ...
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Is it ever acceptable to bring an infant to an office?

I am a software developer; everyone else in my office does similarly taxing mental work. My immediate superior brought her infant child to our office today. Despite the fact that the baby was only ...
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How to deal with a coworker who uses sensuality and attractiveness to get favors and other things done at work?

I work at a fast-growing tech startup where most employees are between 25 and 35, so the culture is very young and casual. A department that works closely with my team recently hired an intern. She ...
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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge? [closed]

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 2: As expected, after approximately a month he did not grant it to me -saying he'd fear others doing the same. In my opinion that hints at a whole lot of other problems, but oh well. UPDATE 1: ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...