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

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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management

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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Is this a normal behavior of a manager? Or is there something suspicious? [on hold]

I am trying to understand my direct manager and I can't. We had a good working relationship but not anymore as mentioned in another thread so I won't go into details. Basically he is a person that he ...
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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? [on hold]

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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Alternatives to using Lanyards [closed]

I'm doing some research for the company I work for. I'm looking at Laynards and badge holders but we were wondering if there are any other (hopefully cheaper) alternatives? We want them for our ...
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How to communicate when I feel attacked by superiors' aggressive tone and impolite/foul language?

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 ...
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How to communicate you couldn't meet a deadline because you were exhausted?

I work beyond normal hours quite regularly (often continue at home after dinner) and occasionally I finish working on something but don't "Send" or finish the very final part just because I get too ...
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How to respond when a senior manager uses pressure to prioritize his stuff?

My orders come through a somewhat matrix-style command structure. I report to one technical line manager, who decides and defines how things should be done from a technical point of view, but also ...
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Looking for job while working as intern? [closed]

I am student in my final year and during the last summer I had an internship with a great company, say company X, which turned into a part time job while I am still in school. I get the general ...
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How to convince my team leader not to lose faith in me? [closed]

I am in a company for 3 months now in these 3 months I have missed my deadlines and gave faulty codes and each time I asked apology and assured him of better performance but I couldn't do due to ...
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Is it okay to decline a work-trip to a seminar that is on booked-holiday time? [closed]

I have booked holiday from a month in advance and I've just been asked to attend a seminar on email marketing for my company on one of the days that is booked. My boss has asked if I could move one ...
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How to repair my leadership after failing to be assertive to my team?

I have been a manager for two years now. During the first year, I performed really well and was held in high regard by both my superiors and my reports. During the second year, I spent a lot of time ...
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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [closed]

Background: I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation ...
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How can I ask my employer to *quickly* make me an offer?

Background: I'm a computer science student. It's normal for software companies to start hiring in September/October, even when the students don't finish school until May/June, just so they can ...
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Fixed Term Work - No longer a good fit? [closed]

What are the concerns (ethical and other) should one be concerned with when motivation at a temporary position is threatened due to culture clashes or lack of quality work assignments? Scenario: ...
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How do I lose the impression that I'm bullying the customer?

Boss C is project manager for our team, although his usual function is to manage the dev group. There are three workers on the team: me (business analyst), the dev, and SQA (the tester). Our ...
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Accepted offer at Job A, now got e-mail back from job B

I'm in a [potential] pickle here and perhaps SE can give me some good advice on this. These are both IT related jobs. Ok ~ 1.5 months ago I interviewed at company B which was for a remote position. ...
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How to respond to your boss when he ask what took so long to finish a project?

I was assigned multiple projects at work and one of the projects my boss is asking what took so long to complete. The project he is referring to was reassigned to me with not enough information to ...
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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I ...
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How to stop people from CC'ing my boss in trivial e-mails? [duplicate]

We have no policy on CC'ing and most of the time people are CC'd only when a second opinion is required or they need to be updated / stay in the loop on a given topic. However, sometimes there are ...
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Improving chances of selection into a course at university [closed]

I am currently entering my third year at university, unfortunately my grades in the second year were lower second honours (which places me in the bottom 40 percentile) putting me at a disadvantage ...
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Professionally handle inability to avoid loud background noise for phone interview?

I have recently scheduled telephone interviews but I am experiencing a noise problem. I currently work from my home which is in a dense neighborhood of a large, urban area. At any coffee shop, park, ...
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How a manager should correct himself

How should manager a correct himself after giving a wrong advice to a team member, in order to avoid possible loss of trust and confidence in front of the team? And in this particular context, the ...
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Can it be seen as unprofessional to have an avatar as your LinkedIn profile picture?

I have created an identity of myself on the internet, with the following image: I'm using this image on almost every site I use: Twitter, Gravatar, Stack Overflow, blog, ... My question is the ...
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Proper way to handle recruting a friends from your old employer to your new employer

About four months ago, I left one employer for another. While there were several reasons that made me happy to leave, I left on good terms and have reason to believe I would be welcomed back readily. ...
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If a potential employer's name is unisex, should I guess a title (Mr./Ms.) or use their first name?

A while back it was asked if a title (e.g. Mr./Ms.) should be used when e-mailing a prospective employer. The accepted answer stated that, at least in the United States, it's best to err on the side ...
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Employee blamed for manager's fault [closed]

After reading Dealing with a manager who won't let go of being a developer, I was intrigued to ask a question that more or less might be a result of that one. Some time ago, I was tasked with a ...
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As a contractor, are on-site perks for you? [closed]

I was hired as a contractor by my former employer almost immediatly after my resignation. I worked from home as much as I could, but they preferred that I worked on-site. The company in question has ...
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How to remove potential corporate spies from a list of “VIP customers” attending a company event? [closed]

I am in a mass consumer business so anyone could be a consumer, however we sometimes invite random winners from a draw to VIP events near/at the company premise. I noticed that one of the "winners" ...
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Methods of addressing someone in email

I recently sent an email to apply to a job. The only contact listed didn't have any title - let's say this is Jane Doe. In my email, I greeted with "Hello Ms. Doe"; in the response, the email was ...
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How to explain to employer that I don't owe him anything due to (lack of) company policy?

Follow-up question to: Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site? and Put in my two weeks or wait?. [I would suggest reading these to understand the background.] Yes, I ...
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Is it unprofessional to listen to music while at work? [closed]

Even with headphones on with the volume on low, would this still be considered rude or unprofessional? I'd like to listen to music to help me get through my work but don't want to get told off for it. ...
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How do I approach my employer about purchasing a canceled project?

Is it acceptable to approach my current employer and ask to purchase a dead project off them? The end goal is to revive this dead project (a Civil Engineering application) and sell it - essentially ...
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Catch-22? Need evidence of employment from current employer for visa to attend job interviews

I have been on phone interviews with a major tech company - an offer would be a significant improvement, both in opportunity for self-improvement, to make a difference, as well as in monetary ...
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Will not having a reference potentially hurt my future career chances, despite not wanting to return to my current field of work?

I am resigning from my job at a small company that I've been at for only about four months. I am quite young and have spent the two years prior to this job dealing with health issues, so this job will ...
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What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? [closed]

What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? I mean, if many companies want to offer A a job, how can I increase the possibility that A will choose for my company?
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How to be honest when my boss doesn't want to hear the truth? [duplicate]

New Boss:"Is the deadline realistic? Answer yes or no. No maybes." Me:"Well, no..." New Boss:"That's an unacceptable answer. We must meet that deadline." That's just one of many ...
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Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site?

Somewhat related: How to Deliver Resignation Letter To My Boss Who is Not Located on Site. At the company I work for, I have a boss (the president of the company) and a supervisor. Unlike the related ...
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What is a professional way to stay in touch?

I am just about to finish an under graduate work placement that I have been on for the last few months. During my time I have been working on a project with someone as a supervisor (he was not my line ...
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Project manager who rejects my idea to save thousands of dollars [closed]

There is a project manager who rejects my idea to save thousands of dollars on the acquisition of some data. His reasoning is because he already told the client it was going to cost $20,000 and "the ...
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How to handle interviewer interrupting me and doing other actions while talking? [closed]

I was in an interview yesterday with one of the top Indian "services" company that is also famous for "Applying Thought". :) The interviewer requested that we do a Skype Video call, and soon he ...
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Smoking with the front door open

I work in a relatively small office. It's got a main room which has the call center, and a bunch of little offices with their own doors, and I have one of the little offices. The front door to the ...
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How can I deal with senior colleagues constantly getting my name wrong?

I work in the UK and I have a fairly normal "British" name. Having worked in my company for three years with my name plastered all around my desk, my person and my email, some senior colleagues still ...
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Being a team's representative to the rest of the company, but not its manager, how much am I accountable when something goes wrong? [closed]

I am an assistant manager with authority over part of our Team ("sub-team"), mainly in supporting the actual manager. Most of my and my sub-teams' duties revolve around being a link between the Team ...
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Listing preferred form of contact on resume

So I'm getting ready to start catapulting my resume into monster, jobs.com, et al but something occurred to me. It's not improbable that I would be called on my cell phone when I'm at my current ...