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How to form opinions and communicate them after being conditioned to a culture of obeying-without-questioning?

Please help me rephrase the title in case it doesn't properly reflect the content, or isn't professional enough I am at the same company since I finished education. I was quite enthusiastic about my ...
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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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How to deal with constant episodes of forgetfullness [closed]

I have been working on a task for 2 weeks. There was no stress. i was going well into the details and making good conclusions. Yet, yesterdya we had a demo on the work and when asked about some ...
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Influence boss' decision on what role to assign me to?

My boss is undecided whether to assign me to: role A: office (managing spreadsheets, image editing, vectorial drawing, etc.) role B: warehouse stock assistant How can I convince him or ...
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What strategies can I use to deal with a workplace with an “easy hire, easy fire” policy?

I work in a company that has an easy hire easy fire approach. The rate at which people are fired is over 15% of the workforce each year. The worst part is that an explanation is not given for those ...
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How can my coworkers accommodate my alternative cognitive/learning style and patterns? [closed]

Several weeks ago I started as close to a dream job as a software developer as I could have wished for. It is a relatively small company with a casual dress policy, frequent on and offsite happy ...
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Interview with a HR outsourcing company

I've been contacted by a Human Resource Management (HRM) company on LinkedIn, inviting me to a "short chat". When I asked which company they represent, they told me this can only be revealed during ...
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What are some good tips for project starters who have a tough time finishing the project? [closed]

There are some of us who love to dream, we thrive on new projects and starting fresh is unbelievably invigorating. I live to innovate and start something new! Solving problems and starting to ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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How should I ask my boss about bringing in a pet?

It seems that some companies (as many as one in five) are now permitting/encouraging employees to bring their pets in to the workplace with them. Some are even claiming that pets in the workplace can ...
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How common is the use of the polygraph for security cleared jobs?

I asked in a comment to an answer to the question Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done? whether real life agencies are as enamoured of the polygraph as their portrayal ...
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How can I get people with difficult personalities to conform to expectations?

Following on from discussions related to Jacob G's question Encouraging a culture of punctuality and some related discussion in the site chat, I'd like to ask a closely related question: I've worked ...
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How do you approach imparting technical knowledge to your superiors?

The people who are in charge of my workplace don't really understand what computers are capable of, mistrust them, and generally have a great deal of difficulty using technology. This is a problem ...
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Should I encourage my coworkers to share their salaries with each other?

Objectively speaking, the only party that would not benefit from everyone knowing what everybody else earns (specially people in similar positions) is the employer. Yet, there's a stigma about it. ...
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How can I ask for more positive reinforcement?

I found out that what fuels me to do well at work is positive reinforcement from bosses, colleagues, and customers. My current job at a start-up is very demanding. My boss doesn't have time to give ...