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

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Should I create a new e-mail if my current one contains an online nickname?

I use a nickname that makes me identifiable anywhere on the internet. As neither Stack Overflow, nor most of the SE sites are related to my "internet persona", I decided not to register with that name ...
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Delay in placing order and therefore the production stopped. Need to save my job [on hold]

how to save your job when you have forgotten to place an order and the production of plant stopped for more than 2 hrs? Please I need to save my job. Kindly guide me
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How to communicate with vendors when your company is past due on accounts payable? [on hold]

I read the community guidelines and feel this question is a grey area for whether it belongs here or not. I can remove accordingly but feel this a common question that impacts managers. Background: I ...
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Unequipped presentation rooms : Microphone + speaker solution? [on hold]

I often have to make business presentations to 30-40 people in rooms with no audio equipment. At the of the week, my voice is almost lost .. so I had to come up with a solution to make my ...
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Leaving a company after less than one year, but actually worked with them more time [on hold]

I am a long reader first time poster on the stack exchange. I am working as a software developer with this work group (company A) since January 2013 (little more than 3 year). But actually I was ...
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How to send a reminder message to schedule meeting | Linkedin

I am setting up an informational interview with a director of a firm. I approached the person to which they replied that they were happy to read my message and would like to offer me time and asked me ...
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Is asking a recruiter (or HR department) of a company if there are other positions available OK?

I am acquainted with the notion of not applying to a position that I am not qualified for. But the question I wanted to ask is if it would be prudent to ask the recruiter for a position that is asking ...
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How can ask professional for forwarding my e-mail to person who is responsible for purchases? [closed]

I try to expand my distribution network. I have big database with potential companies. For some of them I know who is responsible for purchases but for most of them I have just e-mail of sales ...
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Information to share with recruiter?

I been looking for a job a 2 months now and been having a lot of calls from recruiter. But lately I been really keeping eye on what sort of questions I am being asked e.g What is your date of birth ...
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Potential employer/client is vague, texts me on WhatsApp

I am a software engineer looking for short-term employment and/or work on a for-hire basis (for a number of reasons - I know I'll have other commitments in 2017-18). Now - there is this guy, who got ...
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Resigning within a few months of accepting new job? [duplicate]

After almost a year of unemployment, things really looked up in early Jan when I got called up for an interview for a large government organisation. I also applied for my 'dream job' at another ...
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“Decorating” your office [closed]

So, I know that decorating (i.e. bringing in little knick knacks) one's office is "rite of passage" so to speak. Though what is the norm or standard usually allowed? Do you bring stuff in secretly or ...
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A second person at a company contacted me about my application after I already had my first interview there. How do I respond?

Last week I interviewed with a company. The interview went well, and right now I'm working on a test to show the company my skills. Today I received an e-mail from someone else in the company saying ...
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Already applied to a job via a recruiter - pros/cons of following up directly via the company?

Was contacted by an external recruiter and told of a role over the phone. My initial thoughts were hesitant and so thought about it for a week or so. Eventually decided to contact the recruiter and ...
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How do I say this in a non-confrontational manner?

After a joining a new workplace, I am trying to familiarize myself with everything around in the lab and I am getting my experienced seniors to help me out with every experiment or lab instrument. ...
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Boss working on project creating errors [duplicate]

While I was on vacation my boss worked on my software project trying to fix some things. What ended up happening is that nothing was really fixed and instead a bunch of bugs were created. This caused ...
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Is whispering at work unprofessional?

I've always been of the opinion that whispering at work should be reserved for things like pointing out a wardrobe malfunction and not for extended conversation. Is it unprofessional to whisper when ...
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How to deal with being the 'loud person'

There are already a few questions and answers from the perspective of workers who deal with loud colleagues: Loud and unprofessional employee and What can I do about a very loud coworker? As someone ...
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How to tell my superior that they are making a misinformed decision? [duplicate]

I would like to first inform you that I am being vague with specifics intentionally to protect myself, as I am aware that some of my coworkers browse Workplace Stack. My superior often goes to one ...
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OK to leave the office without permission to work from home?

Within the space of a week I have been given several time-sensitive projects to work on by top management. These projects are intricate and will be challenging. I am still the first point of contact ...
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Salary Negotation Post-Verbal Accept, Internal Hire

I've read through most of the Q/A here about negotiating after accepting the verbal offer, which fall under a number of categories: 1)External hire, accepted verbal, no counteroffer, no leverage. ...
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Should I send a second follow-up email to schedule an interview?

10 days ago, I received an e-mail on a Friday from a potential employer offering me a Skype interview for a position I applied for. They said directly, "I'd like to speak with you this coming week," ...
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How to not seem lazy in the eyes of my co-workers? [duplicate]

I'm new in my workplace, and one of the very few IT guys in here (totally 3 I believe ), I'm externalized from another company to work here. My work consist in filling some very important reports that ...
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Avoiding handshakes with the sick?

I am an FAE that has to represent our company at various different locations. Last week, I had to do an installation with a customer where one employee was visibly very very sick (sneezing, coughing, ...
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How to politely tell coworkers that their input is unnecessary or unneeded?

I am a manager at a company which has struggled the past 2 years with the changing market and due to this has had several budget constraints. Just recently I finally got a budget to redesign one of ...
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How to respond to an apology email from boss?

I have received an apology email from my CEO for springing last minute, poorly managed company duties one late Friday afternoon which resulted me to work back and deal with an urgent matter that ...
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Would it look unprofessional to recommend someone in an unrelated field on LinkedIn? [closed]

I am currently a student looking for work in the field of science, while my friend is looking to get his photography work out there. We are both utilising LinkedIn for this purpose. My friend actually ...
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How to deal with a colleague that is focused on details outside of their responsibilities?

I'm the team lead at a small software development firm and we have one other developer that I share an office with. I am not their boss, but my responsibilities involve managing their tasks and making ...
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My manager is rearranging my workspace without consulting me, should I challenge them about it?

I am the only software developer in a company and I have my own private office. This is relatively rare (but not unique) in this company for a non-manager. I have discovered that they are going to ...
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Under what circumstances is it permissable to stay overnight in the office? [closed]

Due to an unexpected weather event last night my evening commute time was quadrupled, and I had to be back at work only 4 hours after I was able to pull in to my own driveway. It didn't occur to me ...
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What should I do when everyone in my team is spending so much time at coffee breaks?

TL;DR: Everyone in my team, including our boss, is spending 1 hour and 30 minutes per day drinking coffee and talking. Since I don't want to be alone and without friends, I'm joining them and I feel ...
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Can a job be added to a resume even if I was only there for a short time? [duplicate]

I accepted a job which I resigned after the third day as I felt it was not meant for me, finding it intimidating and overwhelming. I am not sure if I should add those "three days" to my resume as part ...
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Is it possible to handle breaking a contract in a professional manner?

I work for Staffing Firm A as a Contractor, currently working at Company A as my assignment. The contract is slated to last a year — June 2015 to June 2016. I have been freelancing for Company B in ...
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Should I keep my mouth shut when my boss is wrong

There are many times when going about my job and making recommendations when my direct supervisor will perpetuate false and incorrect facts. He is a great manager and a wonderful buffer between our ...
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How to turn an OK subordinate into a highly productive one? [closed]

I'm in the position of overseeing the work of several "interns" who perform to widely varying standards. While all do specific tasks assigned to them in a timely and high quality manner, some are a ...
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How to maximize your learning

I have an experience of 3 years in a consulting firm where I've participated in a big variety of projects. We were a small and cohesioned team and we documented it all so we could all learn from each ...
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How do i deal with my colleague criticizing me all the time?

I work in a project/team in my organisation which comprises of 6 people. One of my team member has a very bad habit of criticizing me and it seems that he wants to snub me on every little thing. He ...
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Convincing an officemate to keep the office door closed

The office I'm in is shared by four people. During the winter, the room tends to feel very cold, even when I'm wearing a sweater - one of my office mates even wears a coat inside the office. A couple ...
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Is it possible to ask reference letter from customer/client for remaining projects after resignation? [duplicate]

I am working at software development and consulting industry as consultant and developer. However, I will resign tomorrow from my current company and still do the remaining projects as part time. So ...
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Quitting a job before even starting [duplicate]

My current situation is as follows: I have received an offer from a small firm. I have verbally accepted the offer and I should be starting in a few weeks. The terms of my employment are at-will ...
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How to inform future employer about my decision to stay with current employer [duplicate]

I had got good salary offer and position from this MNC company from different city than I'm in currently. However I got Counteroffer + Retention Bonus from my current employer and I have taken the ...
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I am a 19 year old web developer living with my boss, but I am not happy with the current arrangement [closed]

At the beginning of 2015, I started my gap year (a year I had planned for travelling and adventuring, starting immediately after I finished Grade 12). My plan was to start university in 2016 to do a ...
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Should an employer be required to provide well-fitting uniforms?

I work at a state park, and I am one of the few women that work here. Our uniforms are the same for the men and the women: dark green trousers and a khaki button up shirt. At first, I was upset that ...
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Use of graduate degree in signature [duplicate]

8 years after I received my Masters I can say that I am finally in a job that at least kinda uses my degree. I noticed that there are some project managers who have MBA after their name in their ...
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How can i become more alert while doing my work? [duplicate]

I work as QA analyst in a software company. My work involves testing of applications. I have worked on lot of small projects. The problem i have started to face is of low alertness. For example i was ...
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Barred from former work premises. What can I do?

So I worked at my previous job (in a pub. Bar and kitchen) for 2yrs. No issues. Found another job with better hours, handed in my notice, worked it and then started with my current employer. About ...
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Dealing with a co-worker with a farting problem [duplicate]

I have a co-worker who stands behind me at work, our desks face away from each other with a few feet between. For the last month I have heard audible farts at least once per day, and several people ...
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How do I get noticed at work? [duplicate]

I work as a junior SQL developer in a small software company. In my project, my team leader assigns me tasks on a daily basis and I usually finish my coding tasks on time. At the end of day, I send a ...
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How do you act when team members are quarreling?

Few weeks ago several team members were "friendly" discussing a problem at work. They have been under lot of pressure lately due to a project running past its deadline in addition to pressure from the ...
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Boss never tells me when I perform poorly

I'm not sure what to make of this situation. Over the years, my manager and I have developed a personal relationship at work. Aside from the regular communication of responsibilities, we joke with ...