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

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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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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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Should I quit my job if the company needs me more than ever? [on hold]

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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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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Required notice for a contractor in Australia

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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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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Sending “thank you” letter to the hiring manager

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is faking goals to achieve the real goal a professional tactic in workplace.? [closed]

This is a tactic one of my earlier colleague used in office politics and I have no positive or negative attitude on this method, but I have to admit that it worked for him. I always like to use a ...
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How to exit an interview process for ethical concerns without burning bridges?

Suppose you have a few early rounds of successful interviews with a company: they seem to like you, you seem to like them, and the position seems mutually interesting to both parties. While the ...
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320 views

How to leave home/personal life issues at home and focus on work while at work? [closed]

Very recently I asked a question about how to focus when in emotional distress. One answer that caught my attention (and yet I often hear as an "unwritten rule") was that of Joe Stazzere:"At work, ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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Email etiquette, is it appropriate to bold my questions?

When I write emails I try to keep them as short as possible. Having said this, to prevent a protracted back and forth exchange I still think it is important to give all relevant context. In some cases ...
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How to deal with boss asking position unrelated tasks for free? [duplicate]

My wife is a part-time Chinese teacher, in a private school. Only the hours spent teaching are paid. Her boss often asks her and other teachers to do tasks unrelated to teaching, such as housework, ...
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450 views

Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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asking for change in work assigned to m [closed]

I have newly joined existing project team,i am not happy with the current work assigned to me by the team lead, can i ask my lead for change in module
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How To : Wedding Invitation via Email to Colleagues from Different Geographical Location [closed]

The people in question are aware of my wedding and have even congratulated me during one of the team meetings. So it goes without saying that I'm obliged to send them an invitation even though I know ...
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Strategy for parting ways with colleague without burning bridges

I have read through similar questions about not burning bridges, but most of them reference a scenario where the applicant wants to: "Retract acceptance" or "reject offer". My question deals with ...
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Job Offer with Company A While Having Interviews and Potential Interviews Lined Up [duplicate]

I'll be completing my degree soon. However, my husband got a job several hours away from where I was attending school, so I am completing my coursework at a different school and transferring them ...
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How to tell a non profitable change may be profitable in long term? [closed]

When I entered the company, there was a project that a colleague started earlier that year. Let me explain the technical and non technical way (pick the one you prefer): The technical background Our ...
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Would it be ok to ask supervisor to help micromanage me?

I am currently working as a research assistant in a lab. In my previous work and academic experiences (along with consulting a psychologist), I basically learned that I am most productive when I have ...
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How to reply to large number of cross-company e-mails that require a lot of research, problem-solving and communicating tech ideas to non-tech people? [closed]

I recently started feeling too much was on my plate and in an effort to help me become more efficient, my boss asked me to keep track of all my tasks and record the time I require. I am a new manager ...
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I want to setup an email address with my first and last name (custom domain). Which variation is most professional? [duplicate]

(Clarification: This question specifically discusses email addresses with a custom domain and formed by a person's first and last name, while the answers in What should a professional email address ...
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Should I adopt an alias when I have a name that may sound strange or offensive in the local language?

I love my name. I want to use it everywhere and want people to remember me by my real name. However, my native first name sounds a little 'weird' in English: 'Phuc'. It is also difficult to ...
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Can your Stack Overflow Careers profile be used as an official resume?

Like the title says, can your Stack Overflow Careers profile be used as an official resume? Is it professional?
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Should I tell my boss that my coworker’s work is of poor quality? [duplicate]

I am one of two software engineers at my company. Our boss is not a software expert but he understands our work at a decent level and he is a good manager. The other engineer and I have been working ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...
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How to ask reports not to advertise team's mistakes?

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes they are silly, sometimes they are critical and unexpected, and sometimes they are both. But the worst thing is to embarrass in public those who made the mistake! I ...
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Is it ok to apply to a paid position and also offer volunteer work for different work at the same company? [closed]

I am thinking of offering to do some volunteer based work for a Company X. I know Company X would appreciate this kind of work because they do not yet have anyone qualified enough to do it and it is ...
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In how long should I expect to be useful in a new development job? [closed]

I've just started a position as junior developer in web development and am anxious about how long it may take me to become actually useful to the company. I'm doing everything I can to observe, learn ...
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How to handle a manager that seems to react out of personal grudge?

I used to have a good relationship with my direct team manager (I am a software engineer). But turned out that all is fine as long as you agree with him and be submissive. I had noticed that he takes ...
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Do I deserve a share of product sales? [closed]

My boss has recently made it known that our company is in dire straits. We do have a couple of last ditch clients we are trying to acquire, but the product we are trying to sell is not complete. My ...
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How to communicate when I feel attacked by superiors' aggressive tone and impolite/foul language? [duplicate]

I have a superior who, unlike all my other managers, doesn't communicate his requests/positions/arguments in a matter-of-fact professional tone, but always adds aggressive emotions and comments, even ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my ...