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

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Is it legal for my employer to mandate me then not pay me and make me take another day off [on hold]

I am m a DSP for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. If I get stuck working a second shift, does my employer have the legal right to refuse to pay over-time, and instead require ...
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How to communicate professional practice to others. How to name this? [on hold]

I'm around a sales environment and cannot help seeing that some salesmen have no qualms about swooping in and looking after/taking over customers who had started with another salesperson. The sales ...
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How do I use my self-taught knowledge to make money while enjoying my work? [on hold]

I have been programming since I was 13. I am 34 now. I have always done it because I liked doing it, I dealt with machine learning and many other concepts. The amount of programs that I developed is ...
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Should I take this better job offer that has come along, 2 weeks after just accepting a lateral transfer? [on hold]

I have worked in luxury hotels for the past 4 years and within those 4 years have been transferred around through various line level positions in the rooms division. A year ago I started at my most ...
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When is it okay for me to do someone else's job?

I work 9-5 in an office doing various Web Development tasks for various parts of the organization. We are pretty big and some of the projects span several groups. If I have completed as many of my ...
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Is it okay for my boss to answer my personal and/or work cell without permission?

I go between my desk and the warehouse throughout the day and will leave my personal cell and work cell at my desk. Is it okay for my boss to answer either cell?
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Do temporary agencies tend to act differently before and after hiring someone?

I have a question about temporary agencies. I was hired by an agency to work at an assignment. Towards the end of my assignment (about 2 months before the end date), I got a family emergency and ...
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Asked to do my job simpler [on hold]

I recently was asked by a senior colleague ('Steve') to help him on a project he didn't have a time for: modify his old code to fulfill new requirements. He also asked me to change little, but agreed ...
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Unauthorused disclosure of personal details [on hold]

I have been undertaking an unpaid internship for the professional development part of my degree at a small start-up company, I recently finished the internship and they offered to keep me on as a ...
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CTO/VP of a startup called an ex employee an idiot. Red flag or not? [on hold]

The CTO/VP of a startup that I'm currently in, called a previous employee that recently left the company "an idiot who quits on projects and has no social skills" and added a few more negative things ...
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Mobbing (bullying) between production operators [on hold]

Firstly, this is a special, not a general question about mobbing (bullying). My mother was without a workplace for a long time, now after two years doing nothing she finally found a place to work at a ...
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Would a personal RPG blog be off-putting to most hiring managers?

In my spare time I write a RPG (roleplaying game) blog - stuff like D&D, White Wolf, BESM, etc. Nothing I write is controversial or adult in the least. I've gotten paid for my articles in this ...
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How to navigate interactions with a would-have-been employer

I found myself very lucky to come home from a series of interviews with 4 job offers from 4 different groups within the same institution. Without making this personal, the institute is focused on ...
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Would it be rude to ask for a phone interview instead of an in-person interview?

I've been searching for a new job as a software developer in the last few weeks and have noticed that in every single one of the interviews there's a pattern. First, there's a "get to know you" ...
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Perceptions and networking implications of spending time with the opposite gender for lunch?

I work at a relatively small startup with not more than 10 developers. The guys either eat out for lunch or eat lunch two hours later than me because they have a late breakfast, and I get my own lunch ...
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Is it appropriate to tell a supplier which of their competitors I chose instead?

Recently I was obtaining quotes for language translation from several companies I had located online. Most of them are based on the East Coast of the US. The translation was required for the HMI (...
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Is it unprofessional to perform/dance in company annual function?

I have 1.5 yrs experience as a developer. I always had a zeal to perform on stage and I want to dance at this annual function. But no one from our floor ever dances at such events. Will it be too ...
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Use of “customer” to describe a member of another team

I just got hired as a part-time Web Technician at a University this past Monday, today, one of my supervisors asked me to help out another staff member from another department on their website. I was ...
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Manager ran out of work to give us. Must I stay in the office and do nothing?

I work at a call center. Each day we are assigned new calling pools and it sort of is possible to actually run out of work once the pool becomes exhausted. Usually we can find ways to “prolong” the ...
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Dealing with a coworker who is spreading rumors to customers [closed]

I have a coworker (Jane) who works for the same, medium-sized organization I do. Jane and I have known each other for quite some time, though we were never more than acquaintances, our last ...
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Domain email vs. Public email [duplicate]

When starting a new company with a website, is it more professional to use an email in the format email@mydomain.com rather than email@gmail.com? Why would it make a difference? I took a look at the ...
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Is it a bad idea to join a call whilst you are still travelling to work?

I travel to work using public transport and sometimes when there are delays I am late to the office. I have calls/meetings over Webex (where someone is sharing their screen whilst discussing something)...
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Is it rude to email a coworker that I expect him to do something?

I recently told a coworker on a different team in an email (with 10 people on CC as part of the conversation): I expect you to talk to me regarding [issue], and not wait for things to happen. ...
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CEO fell victim to pyramid scheme, what do I do? [closed]

Today I came into work and found a bottle in the break room with a different company name on it, drying by the sink. I asked the secretary about it, and she pointed me to the CEO's office, telling me ...
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Was coworker overreacting? [closed]

I work in a legal/corp environment with cubicle desks. My coworker to the left of me is an older woman (early 50s) and can be a bit of a tattle tale/goody two shoes type of person. She's nice on the ...
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Temp-to-Perm Question [closed]

Ok.. so let's start with the fact that the staffing agency I work for is an unusual one. They told me when in a temp-to-perm position, like I am in now, that they keep you as a temporary employee ...
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What should I, as a Software Developer do when the product owner asks us to do her job, which involves BA work instead of coding? [closed]

Our backlog ran dry and the one thing left, was this data-modeling task which involves dealing with huge excel spreadsheets and talking to various stakeholders every day. Neither the team, nor the ...
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Is it appropriate to alter a timestamp?

I wonder which response to this situation is best: You work in an IT department and one the user from your company (but not IT department) asks you to change a timestamp. For example: "please update ...
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Can I negotiate for a higher salary based on a higher offer I got elsewhere?

I was offered a position from company A. The annual salary would be $75K plus they'd give me a $1,000 signing bonus to help me relocate. I was also offered a position with company B. It would also ...
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Always spelling out/repeating my name when meeting someone professionally?

Very few people get my name the first time they hear it. I'm used to always spelling it out or repeating it in social situations. It's not a complicated name at all (only 5 letters), the sound is a ...
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How to make amends with recruiters

So, long story short - about 10 months ago I was seriously contemplating quitting my job and I noticed that one of my LinkedIn connections (recruiter from an hr agency) posted a job that looked like a ...
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Should I be expected to answer client phone calls after work hours?

I have a work phone for communicating with clients that was provided by my company, which I often forget to switch off after the work day is done. Clients also have this number. A client has just ...
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I am a female working in the oil and gas industry and am thinking of shaving my head for a cancer fundraiser

I am a female working in the field in the oil and gas industry. I ultimately would like to progress to a more senior role which could possibly transition to an office role. I am thinking of shaving ...
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Lost trust on first project at firm…is there anything I can do?

Over the past year, I began a job where my responsibilities included a high profile app project that was very behind schedule, and had not made progress for two years. The project had run through four ...
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Will bringing up a salary increase before my first day make me sound like a difficult person/ make a bad impression? [duplicate]

I got offered my new job around 5 months ago. I am currently studying and still have 3 more months to finish. I have around 2 years of work experience before my current degree. I accepted the job ...
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Is it offensive to say that I haven't heard about company?

Last week I received an email with a job-offer from a company; since I haven't heard anything about said company, their webpage was in maintenance and found nothing about them in Google (and there ...
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Do I tell that a colleague might be leaving work, and how? [duplicate]

A fellow manager-colleague is likely to quit his job in the next couple of months. He has mentioned this intention to a couple of people he works closely with. We are cooperating on a very big ...
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Should I give feedback to my manager's boss?

A few days ago, during contract renewal, company's boss asked my honest opinion about what is wrong in the project I'm working at. This wasn't a part of any review or feedback procedure, neither it ...
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Can I give feedback to a potential employer about their product?

I am applying for a job these days. I found a company with an interesting product today so I checked their product. I liked the product overall but had some feedback on how it can be improved further ...
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Is reading newspaper at work acceptable? [closed]

I work in fashion industry. There is no policy about reading newspaper. I have a habit of reading newspaper every morning, and unfortunately, at work. I read for about an hour. Should I change my ...
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How to address military person as a civilian in business relationship

How to properly address a person in a military hospital who is commander/chief/head-of-institution, university professor and colonel at the same time? I am a civilian from a software development ...
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How to approach a boss who doesn't take full responsibility for his mistake?

I work on campus at my university. Earlier this month, my boss sent me and my colleagues an email, asking if we are willing to continue working during the fall semester. He said that the deadline to ...
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Inconsistent Client [closed]

Is it common in software industry to have a client that is always inconsistent in their word? Client almost always asks us to change business rules in our app that are not inside Functional ...
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boss's son told a lie about me [closed]

There are 2 bosses/owners at my company. I work for one boss and another woman works for the other boss. The other boss's son also works for the company. The other woman was unhappy with her raise ...
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Should I worry about my desktop wallpaper when sharing screen outside the company?

I'm currently an analyst going on four months now in a United States research institute and I have a custom desktop wallpaper. It's a couple of custom sketches of anime characters. Headshots, tasteful ...
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Contract to Hire-pregnant

Two months ago I started a 6-month long contract-to-hire job and just noticed I am pregnant. They like me and everything works out so far. First question: When should I tell them ? My concern is that ...
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Is it business (formal) to say “sounds great” in email reply?

My potential employer emailed me for a skype interview as following: I will call you tomorrow at ##:##. Please provide me with skype ID to reach you on. [Name of Potential Employer] ...
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Asking about interview traveling arrangements

I'm currently interviewing for a startup and I made it to the onsite. I'm wondering if this is an okay way of asking for traveling arrangements since financially it is difficult for me: I'm ...
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Is it okay to ask for “access to the internet” if I was asked for a coding test during an interview?

I had an phone interview that went fine and then I was asked for an in-person interview and to "spend some time with the team", this coming Monday. What to do now? I am preparing myself for an on ...
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My manager says to “every” opportunity yes [closed]

Our divison exists since beginning of this year. The team consists of 4 people. Currently my manager says "yes" to every opportunity. I think that he is often not aware what he wants to achieve with ...