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

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Senior Colleague bad-mouthing about project manager

I work in a small team of 5 members where all the other members except me are with the company since the very beginning (around 20 years). I have been here for the last 2 years. Every once in a ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports?

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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Client want to see report before review from manager

I have this client who is insisting to see the report early. Our company have a policy to have a 'high check' before client views it. High check is where other colleague, probably senior OR manager ...
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Verbal Job Offer Confirmation but actual letter still pending

I have cleared all three interviews for this job and a successful reference check has also been done. A week after reference check, I called the HR to check the status of the whole hiring process. He ...
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What to do when previous boss is asking to help finishing failed project?

Recently, about 2 month ago, I stopped working to this side project which was planned to launch about now, but because the Mother company stopped financing the project it closed. And few days ago the ...
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Writing a report that may compromise someone else's job

This is an ethical question mostly. A colleague and I have made some observations recently about some reports that are done (and then reviewed) with absolutely no added value since the (internal) ...
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Is it impolite to interject in overheard meetings?

There is a manager (not my manager) who sits across from me and since we both have open cubicles I can easily see (if I turn) and hear what he is doing. Perhaps I should phrase it differently, it is ...
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What to do when my boss explicitly says he has nothing for me to do?

I work in a small office (three people usually) and I am fairly new (here less than three months). In general, I have things to do or can pester my boss to either give me something to do or make the ...
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Is it okay to use an office printer to print personal documents?

How bad is it to print personal documents using an office printer? I would do it maybe once every six months, printing around 100 pages on average.
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How to write escalation mail to marketing agency about the wrong work they have done [on hold]

We have a marketing agency on board which takes care of all our marketing activities. I assigned them some work of distribution coupons for our current offers, but they printed it wrongly and ...
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Being bullied and harassed at work by my boss [on hold]

I've been at my current company for five years and enjoyed going to work the first few years but a few years ago new bosses took over. The head boss is extremely rude and when I greet him he says ...
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How many times do you need to say something after someone sneezes?

I understand that it is polite to say 'excuse me' after you sneeze, and to say 'bless you' to someone after they sneeze. In situations where someone (possibly) yourself seem to sneeze incessantly, ...
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Best way to communicate that there is too much work to do?

First of all let me preface by saying I enjoy my job, I enjoy being overwhelmed, and I love learning new things. However, i'm the only IT guy... and people don't seem to understand the amount of work ...
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Etiquette of business hospitality dinners

Small business etiquette question here: My employer will occasionally fly people in from the remote office to get some face time at corporate HQ. During these visits this person and his/her team are ...
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How can I professionally refuse the publication of group photos on social networks?

In my scientific research group, my professor tries to create a very social atmosphere between each of our members. For example, the group goes on a yearly retreat or meets up in order to watch big ...
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Why are Workplace answers removed without an explanation? [migrated]

Who chooses which answers are retained, and which are removed on Workplace. Exactly who are they and what are their credentials?
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I'm not liking the work I'm doing, and I've been in the position for only 3 months

First, some background: I've been in my current position about 2.5 months The position is a software development position, but my degree is not in software development (industrial engineering). I ...
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I was honest about wasting time: can this harm my job?

Just now my boss asked me "Why are you working overtime today?" I replied "I wasted 2 hours in the morning and I am working overtime to compensate for time wasted." He gave me a perplexed look. He ...
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What can be done to prevent people from leaving their ringing cell phones on their desks?

There's this very good answer on desk phones. This question is about personal cell phones. Many people don't bother carrying their personal cell phone with them and just leave it on their desk (or in ...
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Should I ask my manager about getting re-hired? [duplicate]

I work at a small company as a placement student (part of my 4 year degree). I've been working at my company for almost a year, and am coming to the end of my placement. My company frequently re-hires ...
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How to create workplace refrigerator rules when rules did not previously exist?

So at my office, everyone had been using the refrigerator responsibly and considerately for as long as I have been there. All of a sudden this year, at least one person has started storing raw meat in ...
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How to push back when colleagues send work to me they can do themselves? [closed]

Over the years I've acquired some Perl skills to get the data in a shape I can work with (marketing analytics). Average dataset sizes have grown over the years, and colleagues tend to say "Excel ...
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How to stay in the loop when senior managers go above you in external relations?

I manage the relationship with one of our key vendors e.g. an enterprise resource planning software such as SAP. As such, I initiate and look after negotiations, issues, new products, opportunities ...
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How to deal with a touchy/irritable supervisor who is much older? [closed]

My senior supervisor, who is 60 and quite conservative, is always looking for something wrong in what I do, in order to warn/yell at me. When we have two valid solutions (A and B) for a problem, if ...
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Improving professional network (Events)

I got invited to a Lunch and Seminar event from a Internationally well-known IT company. I checked the schedule of the event and saw a time for "Lunch and Networking". I think this will be the one ...
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What can I do? Does anyone have any advice? [closed]

I work in part of a branch of companies. One of my colleagues (Sarah) told me that a manager (Liam) had in the past made sexual advances towards her and she was uncomfortable about it and didn't know ...
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How to have multiple lunch breaks in a day?

Due to heavy energy consumption of things I do outside of the office, I generally eat 5-7 meals (depending on what you call a meal) spread throughout the day. Over the years I've tried various ways ...
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What can I do about in company raises? [closed]

I received a .22 cent per hour raise I noticed that a coworker doing the same job as me received at .50 per hour raise and has been there less time than myself what should i do?
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What is a constructive response to employees who get angry with you after you proved them wrong?

At a recent business meeting, I was trying to speak sense into someone who just kept counter-arguing against me. I always have a peaceful and relaxed tone when sharing different views, yet the other ...
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How do I deal with a colleague who wears socks and sandals to work? [closed]

I have a colleague who wears socks and sandals to work. I feel this is really unprofessional and the lack of style offends me. Our office has a smart casual dress code, and this seems a blatant ...
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Is there any etiquette for citing references for a new job, considering that they have been used for previous employments as well?

I worked as a software engineer for around 2 years and served my last around 6 months back. Due to my interest in writing, I later took up an offer as a Writer in a small-sized firm. However, within 2 ...
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How to handle co-worker's leg shaking?

A recently hired co-worker has the habit of almost constantly shaking their legs. My desk is located rather close to said co-worker, and the almost constant vibration is wearing on me. I have tried to ...
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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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How to resign when I will be leaving in 2 weeks when working on-site with a client?

I work for a consulting company so they send me to different companies (clients). Currently, I am on a client (Only couple of weeks since I started), the client is super nice and takes me out for ...
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Whose responsibility is providing productive working environment?

I'm sharing an open-space office with around ten other software developers and a few other colleagues. A fellow developer is frequently complaining about the noise in the office. I quite agree with ...
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How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
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How does appearance affect career options and recognition of technical skill?

Some background: Company Accuses LinkedIn Of 'Extreme Sexism' After It Pulled An Ad Featuring a Beautiful Argentinian Engineer Is there a dress code for women in software industry? The guys ...
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How can I prevent being extremely clumsy and unable to pay attention to details? [closed]

I am 25 yrs old, a team manager with staff and also with ownership of individual contribution work mainly involving original research and analysis. My work is generally 70% managing and 30% own ...
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Is it rude to ask a coworker about their starting salary [closed]

I am currently a college student in between my Junior and Senior years. A classmate of mine recommended me to his company for an internship and I am now working for said company as a summer intern. ...
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Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
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Is it inappropriate to spend personal resources for the company's benefit?

Background: I am in charge of a code which I've written for the office (at the direction of my manager). Our office just merged with another office a few states away. The plan is to eventually have ...
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Older employees refer to me as an intern, how can I let people know I'm a permanent employee?

I work in a branch of a company that has 30 people. One week before I was hired, 3 college students were brought on as interns. As a result, three times in the past couple of weeks I've been referred ...
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Why there are lot of Duplicated Questions? [migrated]

Penalty for being late to a meeting Penalty for being late to a meeting Asking about internal notes about Scrum process during an interview Asking about internal notes about Scrum process during an ...
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How to communicate my upcoming resignation to my employer? [closed]

I work for a software consulting company. I have been with my current company for almost 5 years. I have been on the bench for 4 months. Bench means that I am not on a project but still getting paid ...
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Best course of action when out of my depth in developer role

Sorry about the long winded nature of this post: I have started a job as a web developer (4 weeks in) which requires the ability to code in PHP, JavaScript and jQuery - which I thought I was capable ...
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How can a junior convince a senior developer to use object oriented concepts?

This topic relates to web development / software engineering; however the question can be related to other fields of expertise involving a more junior employee being more technically skilled than a ...
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How do you request your manager for a nap or sleep?

In brief: What is a good way to request a manager to let me sleep somewhere for about 30 minutes when I am sleepy, without appearing lazy? I actually feel super productive after taking a short power ...
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What should I do when an employee threatens me?

My friend is a manager at a store and he fired a man for bringing his own stuff to sell in the store, which is prohibited. He also gave a warning letter to the other guy who helped that man selling ...
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Company name dropping etiquette (CV's/LinkedIn)

I'm looking for some opinions on what is considered acceptable when looking to bolster your CV with the names of big, or interesting, companies you've worked with. In particular, in my situation as a ...
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How to ask your manager as if he asked CEO about a request you made

I am trying to find out how to ask a manager about request I made to him a few days ago, and he said he would find out in x days, but x days has passed. He usually doesn't respond unless you ask him ...