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

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If I leave my job, must I turn over self-made documents/contacts? [on hold]

If I leave my job, must I turn over self-made documents/contacts? I've spent far too much energy thinking things would pay off, but my employer just doesn't care; I don't feel they understand what I ...
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Etiquette/precautions when posting a sensitive question about your office?

Honestly not sure if this belongs here or in Meta - feel free to move if it's misplaced. A coworker and I had an interesting discussion today. Consider a sensitive problem in the office - e.g. ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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I'm not planning on staying long anymore - how do I communicate this?

I work internally as a Software Developer for a medium-sized (300+ employees), stable company. This is my first job after getting my degree, and I joined a team of 3 other developers. The reason I was ...
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Reporting possible damage to company owned IT equipment

Yesterday at work, I was finishing my morning espresso when my phone rang and in reaching for it, accidentally spilled some of the drink on the computer keyboard. I immediately unplugged the equipment ...
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Application Confidentiality [on hold]

I applied for a job and then made it to being one of the two finalists. I asked on the application that my current employer not be notified. After I did not receive the job a memo was then put out to ...
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Should a co-worker own up to take blame or should it be pointed out?

Basically, say you are on a project with a co-worker of equal rank, neither of you wholly responsible for the work, but you are more commonly associated with the project. In this situation, say your ...
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What is the first things to do when you start a new job? [closed]

So In a weeks time I will be leaving my current company and heading to fields a new (kind of, will explain further in) The company I work for is a client of the company I am moving to, this was set ...
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How can I stay calm and make my case when my boss gets angry at me?

I work closely with my boss and we often need to talk about solutions or how we want to implement our products. Every now and then, we have a disagreement and he gets (a little) mad at me. I always ...
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How to respond when angrily asked about reasons for moving?

At my current job we have two corporate offices, one in the town where I went to University and the other right next to a major city. Since I've now graduated and begun a full time position I plan to ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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As a newer employee of a growing company, is it acceptable to apply for a more senior position?

I am a newer employee (less than a year) with a growing company facing change on various organizational levels. My current position is/was a newly created position, that I am well suited for. I have ...
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What is the proper etiquette when a phone interviewer fails to call? [duplicate]

I had a scheduled phone interview and the interviewer did not call. How long do I wait for her to call me or should I call her?
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Is there an etiquette to bringing cake/cookies/etc. to the office? [closed]

I've seen people bring in cake and other confectionery, is there an standard expectation when doing so, or do I just bring in the cake and send a mass email? How can I find out my company's stance?
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Taking vacation last minute- boss not there [closed]

My boss is basically everyone in the office as I just help everyone out- however I go to the receptionist who is mostly my boss to take days off, and I tell my two coworkers/ bosses who I work with ...
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How to turn down a drink from a coworker professionally? [duplicate]

Coworker is pushing me to go drinking with her, but I generally abstain from alcohol. She's higher up than me in the "food chain", so to speak, and is great friends with my boss. I'm not sure how ...
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Is it OK to deliver correspondence by slipping it under the recipient's office door?

A superior asked me to give him a copy of something, and he wasn't in his office. So it seemed natural to just slip it under the door - since it was Friday, he needed to take it for the weekend, and I ...
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Manager is asking to do work before start date

A friend of mine is starting a new job in a few weeks. The contract is already signed. The manager just send her an email in the morning asking her to do some work until next day. She currently has ...
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan? [closed]

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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Sneezing volume etiquette [closed]

One of my coworkers always sneezes loudly, to the point that it startles those around her (including myself). She claims to not be able to help it. I know I can control my volume, but maybe some ...
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My boss knows that I had a phone interview with another company. How should I go about this?

So my boss and a coworker saw an email notification on my computer regarding a phone interview for another job. While I closed the notification really fast, I am fairly certain they saw. I do not have ...
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false statements made about me to HR [closed]

A coworker is making false statements about me to Human Resources, and now I am under investigation. Other coworkers are now treating and acting different around me because of these accusation. What ...
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Should I feel obligated to work extra hours because of project mismanagement?

What's been happening is that my mobile team is kind of short-handed and we have lots of projects to deliver that our manager committed to, knowing we were short-handed. Even though we all stated to ...
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First proper job - Making good first impressions

I've managed to get a job technically just before I've graduated. The only work experience I've had so far is in a retail job in a supermarket. I worked there for about 3 and a half years. The new job ...
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How do I professionally argue that I won't work for free?

Context: I've studied Biochemistry and while working in a lab I've studied Computer Science parallel. As programmer I've done a (paid) freelancer project which involved exactly the technology the ...
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How to address family members in a formal email?

My mother (let's call her Anna Jones) and I work as volunteers for a non profit organization, and I'm never sure how I should address her in work emails. When I write emails to my mother I use "Dear ...
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Asking my boss/colleague why I was placed in my department

I'm a software development intern going into my junior year. When I was going through the application process for the company I'm interning at, I had applied as a software development intern for a ...
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What should I do about a sexist and vulgar employee?

I'm an assistant manager at a small business, and I'm regularly the top manager on duty for a staff of two to four employees. Since we are a small business, the staff are able to chat when we aren't ...
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Became very ill on vacation - how to tell manager?

I went on an international vacation for 2 weeks. I went from Canada to the UK. 3 days in I came down with a horrible flu. My flight home is in a couple of days but this flu is still holding strong and ...
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Whether to politely decline a sentimental gesture?

I've taken on a wide enough variety of projects my manager has joked that "Jack-of-all-trades engineer" would be a good title for me. Yesterday our head of HR called me in to discuss moving from ...
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How to get feedback notes after interview [duplicate]

NB: The question of asking for feedback when none has been given has been posed. My question is about getting written feedback when oral feedback already has been given. I was recently rejected after ...
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Is it a big “No” to have numbers in your professional / work email address? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create an email address which I use for job applications. I'm using Gmail because I don't think I have enough money to buy my own domain (as I've seen suggested on other websites). I ...
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Is it okay to leave early if my boss does?

I've noticed a trend. Every day my boss will leave about 30 minutes before the office closes up. From that point, the rest of us just sort of trickle out of the office one by one for the next 30 ...
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Asking company for pick-up service

I am a student and recently completed an internship at a big software company in Germany. Last week I injured myself badly and finding it difficult to walk. I have my presentation next week at the ...
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Is it feasible to attempt to get a job for software development without being a legal adult?

I am looking for a source of income this summer, and I am 15. I have several years of experience with software development and about a year of web development experience with PHP, JavaScript, etc. and ...
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Asking for feedback early in experience

I've been recently hired to do web development, something that I always had interest in but did not have any experience outside of studying on my own time. I am very thankful for this position and I ...
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When is it time to move on and how to do so tactfully? [duplicate]

I'm trying to decide when the best time to move on from my current job is. I started two years ago, full-time. I moved to another city for this job to improve my skill-set and get an increase in pay. ...
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How to be serious about volunteering to temporarily work for a online game company to fix glitches?

Hopefully my question will be suitable for this site. So, there is this online game I am an active player for a few years (I still play as an adult); I love the game but it has been getting worse and ...
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OK to not greet receptionist who doesn't look up? [closed]

The receptionist at the entrance to our office never looks up when I walk past her, either on my way in or out. For awhile, I would still say "Hi, [Name]" the first time I saw her each day. She ...
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Is it appropriate to talk to the supervisor about the lousy internship program?

A little background: I'm part of a highly credited internship program. For a fair amount of students who are accepted, this is a 2 year program. Each internship is 6 months long and they are at ...
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What do you mean by billable resource/ non billable resource for a project [closed]

I'm currently working as shadow resource(non billable) to a project what does this mean
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How do I approach my manager about not having the same tools as the rest of my team?

I work in the development team of a (very, very rapidly growing) company of currently about 50 people in the UK. About 6-9 months or so ago we were told we'd soon be given new laptops for our work. ...
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Interviewer never called. What do I do? [duplicate]

I had a scheduled phone interview for 2:00PM. The employer emailed me directly after I sent them my resume a few days prior. I gave him the number for him to call after he requested it, and he even ...
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Do you normally tell your employer when you have applied for another job? [duplicate]

When you find a new job and apply for it, is it a common practice to tell your current employer. Do you tell your current employer that you have an interview when asked to come in to interview?
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Titles given at the workplace [closed]

I have a simple question. I've never worked for a big company, in my experience, I've been working in a little department with 2 or 3 more developers and that's it, we are no juniors, no seniors, ...
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Marketing is libeling my department's work

I've been at a small technical company (<20) since the beginning of this year where I'm involved in product development and research. We expect to grow a lot this year and add a bunch of new ...
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How to handle work task restrictions that have been made lacking competence?

I stumbled over this question at SO Academic Studies About Costs of Memory Leaks [on hold] (It's off-topic at SO of course, but the discussion in comments evolved interesting) that basically ...
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Is there an ettiquete for leaving a job (beyond notice time and not burning bridges)? [duplicate]

I'm thinking about small things like when someone might bring cookies or some such on their first day. Is there anything along those lines for leaving (on good terms)?
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How can I ask a senior not to interrupt when someone is talking?

I have noticed that many of our analysts and techs can be disruptive in meetings. When someone is talking, the tech may interrupt that person, speaking loudly. Even though they are speaking about the ...
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What are the typical rules for quitting a paid internship? [closed]

I am supposed to begin a paid internship soon but due to personal reasons I must resign. Do I have to wait 2 weeks even if I haven't started?