Questions relating to questions unbecoming and / or inappropriate in a professional work environment. Dishonesty, harassment, and discrimination are examples, among many other behaviors.

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Inappropriate comments by coworkers about new hire

Background: I work for a small software company, about 40 employees. My workplace is very male-dominated; only two employees outside of HR are female. I might as well mention that I'm a white male. ...
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1answer
282 views

How to quit a job after being there a week for a better offer [duplicate]

I was unemployed for about a month and applied to many places. Finally I landed a job and was told to start immediately. The pay is much less than what i was earning before and it is much more work. ...
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4answers
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How to handle inappropriate behaviour of your manager

I've been working in a small IT company (about 20 employees) for a few months. Last night (Friday) we had the Christmas company dinner, all employees together. After the dinner the manager and some ...
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3answers
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Dealing with collegue who tries to steal projects

I am working in a team that supports operation. The team is awesome but when I get a project a guy wants it and start digging nose into it until he makes it his through contacts with vendor and ...
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12answers
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My manager is kind of blaming and threatening me [closed]

This is a continuation from my previous post: I am leaving soon for a new opportunity. Should I mention my co-worker's deficiency to our manager as I leave? A little background (for those of you ...
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2answers
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Is it illegal to set up a hidden camera in your office being the general manager? [closed]

I'm a general manager in a pub. We have CCTV everywhere public, but there are no cameras in the cellar or stock room downstairs. Is it legal for me to set up my own camera hidden in my office the pub? ...
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9answers
12k views

Future boss placed me in a business meeting under a pretense before my start date, then was disappointed I didn't meet his expectations.

Background- I'm an architect and very outgoing, but got tired of the same old same old with architecture firms. I picked up a new Architectural Sales job in brooklyn and I will be transfering over ...
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4answers
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Relocating for a job, new boss is in town and wants me to take off work to meet him

I am relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn for a new job. I'm still currently employed in Chicago and won't be moving for another month. My new boss from Brooklyn is in Chicago for a week and wants to ...
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3answers
487 views

What is the appropriate escalation process to a mistake like this? [closed]

I'm an (legitimate, I hasten to add) observer to a recent situation, and I'd like to take a bit of another look at it. Background Employee A has been working on a small technical advice note for ...
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2answers
442 views

Less than 48 hours to cancel interview

I am invited to attend interview (which I asked for reschedule from Monday to this Friday and it is 46 hours to go from my current time) by company B. If I cancel the interview because the reason of ...
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4answers
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How can I ask to switch teams?

The company I'm working for is restructuring and new teams has been built. Now after I received information to which team I will belong, I feel there is another team, where my skills will be more in ...
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8answers
4k views

How can I explain a religious conflict regarding working with women?

I started with my US employer over a year ago, and explained that because of my religious beliefs, I do not want to work with women. We are a small office with 20 male employees. My old boss quit ...
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4answers
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A co-worker secretly takes photos of me at work

I have recently joined an IT firm as a programmer, after a career in painting didn't look so promising. The office that I work in, is like any other force, like one of those Google offices; desks of ...
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6answers
1k views

How do I professionally tell the interviewer that I am extremely nervous to do what he's asking me to do?

First, I must add here that I have been working as a software engineer for six years now and haven't experienced anything like this ever before. I applied for a senior software engineering job at a ...
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2answers
287 views

How to react to this situation? [closed]

I am in condition that I and my colleague have some deadline. When I asked him which task he wanted to do (task A or B), he answered he wanted to do task B. Task A is on deadline two days from today ...
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4answers
797 views

Getting blamed for “not communicating” by manager to cover his lack of coordination/follow-thru [closed]

So I work for a small software company, where there are about 8-10 "programmers" ...as they call us. This company started in the 80s, thus a rift has developed and there is this "Old Guard" and "New ...
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3answers
3k views

Told employer I wasn't feeling well and made the mistake of answering truthfully [closed]

I like my job and I like my coworkers, but today my mental illness was getting the best of me. So after some deliberation and my attempts to bring it under control on my lunch, I finally decided to ...
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4answers
1k views

Coworker's criminal conviction and current behavior make me uncomfortable

I work at some IT firm and recently, they have hired a "former" criminal (as a programmer) who was considered to be a possible suspect of two rape cases, and has spent some years in a jail for ...
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10answers
12k views

Can my employer force me to fix employees' personal computers?

I run an IT department at a mid-size retailer with 1000 employees. Throughout my career, there have been a many instances where people have brought in their personal equipment from home (phones, PCs, ...
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1answer
407 views

Dealing with over smart colleague [duplicate]

I work with a person who is as same position as me but is 30 years older. I saw him being fancy with other colleagues on his second day. He somehow knows less but talks more. He has been acting ...
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6answers
3k views

My staff is pressuring me to fire a talented employee [closed]

I hired a very talented employee a month ago part-time and this has triggered a stir ever since. The employee is talented, creative, innovative, courteous, generous and very intelligent. He was very ...
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2answers
992 views

How to deal with a manager who swears and yells at me?

At times we have to work together, there is a fair amount of brainstorming and coding involved. They have a habit of swearing(real bad words in native language) on the work they do. Although I have ...
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7answers
4k views

Unnecessary comment my boss made [closed]

Yesterday I returned from a Leave of Absence (LOA). My boss said to me that we were talking about the idea of being off of work for 2 months, and how nice it would be to be able to do that. She said ...
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5answers
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan?

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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4answers
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Should I report a violation of company workplace policy if the manager already knows about it but do nothing? [duplicate]

A colleague in the same team spends most of his time (if not all) conducting private business activities through company’s electronic communication systems or his own cell phone during regular working ...
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6answers
4k views

Asking company for pick-up service

I am a student and recently completed an internship at a big software company in Germany. Last week I injured myself badly and finding it difficult to walk. I have my presentation next week at the ...
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4answers
644 views

Lost my manager's pendrive - what to do?

I've recently been to a presentation in a client's office which is located in another city. My manager handed me his laptop, modem and pendrive for the presentation. It was on the last day of the week ...
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10answers
16k views

As a Brit working in America, how can I get my American colleagues to stop mocking my accent/spelling?

I am not a person of colour and I do not pretend to understand the struggle of those who endure racial discrimination, prejudice and persecution based on their race or ethnic background. However, ...
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2answers
703 views

What kind of verification can be done for someone out “Sick” - Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? [closed]

What kind of verification can be done for someone out "sick." Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? I have an employee who has used up all of their sick/vacation leave. Then ...
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7answers
1k views

How to teach a recruitment agency or a recruiter a very hard lesson in a professional way?

I'm a recent graduate in CS living in Germany and now I'm getting calls from recruiters. Today, I got a call from a recruiter from the UK and I was really pissed of. The guy was completely impolite ...
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9answers
18k views

Xenophobic email sent by a senior colleague. What's an appropriate reaction?

A friend of mine has been written off sick and her absence has prompted a senior colleague (not her boss, but someone significantly more senior than she is) to send her the following very bizarre ...
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5answers
8k views

How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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3answers
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Personal problems between employees

We are a technology startup, the problem i am facing is that my colleague(same designation as mine) Manager A and a member of his team (Coder A) have become incompatible.. it started out with ...
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3answers
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When is it time to complain to the boss about a coworker? [duplicate]

I have a coworker who neglects to perform her work properly and often acts unprofessionally (has been reprimanded for both in the past). She's also developed a habit of napping on the job, which I'm ...
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3answers
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Having some of experience but still feeling anxiety about my skills

I have about 4 years of experience as web developer for a company, and about 1 year of learning/working as freelancer before being employed by a company. I find myself always thinking that my skills ...
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4answers
392 views

Are candles appropriate at work? [closed]

I've recently gotten back into drinking tea, and have increased my volume of consumption significantly. I sometimes make tea 3-4 times a day. It is getting tedious to make it seperately each time, so ...
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5answers
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Inappropriate Comments After Returning From Maternity leave [duplicate]

I was only able to take a 3 month mat leave with my first child ( in my country you get a year off but it's only 50% of your pay ) because of my financial situation: I married a man from another ...
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1answer
307 views

How to list past position under someone who has been arrested

I was a research assistant for a professor at my university. He's won many distinguished teaching awards, though I won't mention which so he can't be identified. He was very well known and liked in ...
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9answers
16k views

I think I smelled whiskey in a colleague's cup at work. What’s the right way to approach this?

So I was helping a colleague to fix a bug and definitely smelled whiskey in his cup. I have no idea what my company’s policy is on alcohol while working, but can only assume it’s frowned upon. We ...
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3answers
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How to deal with a coworker's lack of motivation due to them retiring in a few months?

(This is an education setting, not a business per se, so keep in mind some things work differently) My coworker will be retiring in a few months, but is driving me crazy. Her personal tasks are ...
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2answers
406 views

promised skype interview twice recuiter never called [closed]

I'm so pissed! I've been in contact with the hr director of a big company whom promised me twice an interview on Skype but never called. I'm wanting some help on writing an email explaining how ...
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1answer
372 views

How to give negative feedback to unprofessional company? [closed]

I'm a student, just ended my 3 months attachment programme that provide by my school. I have been assign to one of the IT Company that are not professional. I have done well, perform good attitude and ...
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2answers
355 views

Legal implications of being unable to start a job after signing an offer [closed]

I currently have a job offer with big company B. The start date in the contract is due for 8 months from now. I'm thinking on accepting the offer, but I'm concerned about what would it happen, if for ...
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5answers
450 views

Should I report a colleague that may have broken intellectual property rules? [closed]

I'm a team leader for a large hi-tech company and I've been given ownership of a new project which we are planning to patent. Recently, a colleague of mine emailed me an article that reviewed the ...
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3answers
904 views

Boss disagrees on everything

When we talk to our boss he always disagrees on everything we say. Not just job related therms but sports, food, holidays! Everything. This is very annoying and sometimes every ridiculous. When we ...
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2answers
395 views

Etiquette on freebies at work [closed]

What's the proper etiquette on grabbing freebies around the office? How can we draw a line between stealing/wasting resources and enjoying the treats? I work in a tech company so free food and ...
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5answers
622 views

I get frustrated when I have to produce suboptimal work [closed]

The following situation is probably familiar for many working people: Boss: "We're gonna do this project like A, B, E, D" Everyone: (stumped) "Uh, what about C? Why is E before D? That's not ...
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1answer
275 views

My manager tells me not to bother someone in the team when I need the answer from that person [closed]

I work on Design and I needed answer from a validation person, My manager tells me not to bother her since she is busy doing other work. Off late my manager keeps telling me to ask anyone anything. I ...
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1answer
240 views

Bad experience with the organization - should I send an email to that person [closed]

I recently came across a job posted by some non-profit organization(or1) who provides grants to the interns and help students in collaborating with the industry. I sent my resume to that org. and ...
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2answers
237 views

Is it ok to apply to a paid position and also offer volunteer work for different work at the same company? [closed]

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 ...