Questions tagged [behavior]

Questions regarding behavior inside the workspace or in work-related situations and communication.

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How to handle some one misrepresenting what others say

I have an interesting case. A new person joined the company which is something like a project manager. I do not report to this person. It is starting to become apparent that this is a person that ...
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Coworker likes to talk in the men's room [closed]

So when I walk into the Men's room at work I sometimes run into this guy. Whenever he steps up to the urinal, he without fail vocalizes the process. The repertoire typically includes: different ...
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Coworker curses under his breath as he works - should I ignore?

I work in an office where there are 4 of us in the corners of a cube. One of the guys who sits in an adjacent corner acts a little strange. A few times a day (or more), he curses under his breath as ...
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Possibily unprofessional chewing habit [closed]

I'm currently doing an unpaid intern in a medium sized company, to finish my studies and get my master degree in computer science. During my college years, I've developed the habit of chewing plastic ...
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What to say instead of “calm down” if you see the other person getting angry during the discussion?

Assumptions: Conversation is verbal. We will be talking face to face. In a heated argument, people can't be expected to stop talking automatically. They may continue to talk to prove their point. In ...
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Saying “bye” to the boss when leaving office

I'm 22 years old and I got my first job a couple months ago, the workplace is very informal, even with bosses, we have coffee breaks together, we discuss and joke about things that come up at the time,...
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How to fill dead time in work productively [duplicate]

Say, you've done your work and asked your boss to review it. But he's really busy and takes hours. How do you fill that void? Say you've done everything related to it, like documentation, comments, ...
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Candidate talks over me during interview

I'm not an HR person at all, but today I interviewed one candidate who applied for the role of senior embedded software engineer. Indeed, I'm an embedded software engineer, and for 50% of my time I ...
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My job is going awful but I want to improve! What do I say to my boss? [closed]

I started a new position at a company I absolutely adore. I like my boss, the boss' boss, heck I'm even partial to the boss' boss' boss. The environment is very good, and while the work-life balance ...
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Shareholder bullies and doesn't like me. How to deal with this? [closed]

I have been working for over three years for a really small tech company (about 12 people in the team). This is also my first job ever. I have two bosses, the company owner who works almost always ...
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How can I let my manager / colleagues know that my performance might suffer temporarily while grieving or dealing with a personal loss? [closed]

Very closely related to: How to behave with a colleague who suffered the loss of a close family member? and What is an appropriate response to the death of a coworker's loved one? These ...
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How to behave with a colleague who suffered the loss of a close family member?

A colleague had recently lost a close relative and was out of office for about a week. He just returned to work. We do not interact frequently as our duties are not directly related. However, we sit ...
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Can I talk to my rubber duck at work?

I have noticed I have had great success using another co-worker as a metaphorical rubber duck (sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally). It improves my productivity vastly. However, I know ...
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If I discover a breakthrough for my company should I expect to have a share in it? [closed]

As a full time employee for only 1.5 years in a start-up, I may have found a breakthrough that could help the company be a leader in a certain application. If this turns out to be a breakthrough how ...
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What is the best way to coax application ideas from coworkers? [closed]

I'm a new developer at a company that has had a very small development team (2-3 people) for a long time. All the current JIRAs are spoken for and there's no backlog. My big boss told me that since ...
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How to deal with being asked to smile more?

So I'm a Junior Developer, I feel as though I'm a very happy person and I feel like I'm smiling. I love my job and the people I work with; I'm not unhappy. However, my new manager keeps telling me ...
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Should I clarify that my first name isn't the name I go by?

For my entire life, I have been called by my middle name. However, my resume contains my first and last name, so in all contact I've had with recruiters and potential employers, everyone has called me ...
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Should I mention I will be having my birthday on the day of the interview?

I will be having an extremely important interview with a company I am very interested in. After doing some research I am anticipating some off-topic conversations with their team leads and managers. ...
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Address the team or address the employee

There's a team lead who chooses to address the entire team whenever there is a problem with one employee. It's usually trivial to tell who is being referred to because the issue will be with something ...
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I'm quite unprofessional outside job environment. Can it be an issue?

My work life and my personal life has huge differences. People I know here seem to be much more calm and both in personality and in their hobbies. Don't get me wrong: I can talk about non-work ...
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What should I do about an employee eating at their desk? [closed]

I work at a conservative company where employees are not allowed to eat at their desk. The rule has always been in place, but has been more strictly enforced when we developed a pest infestation that ...
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Employee died unexpectedly - how should I act towards the deceased's colleague?

So, I work in a small company, we mostly do temporary projects for a very big company with many departments. In one of the departments, an employee died unexpectedly some weeks ago. I did not know ...
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Assigned work that is above my skill level, how should I handle it?

I'm still a junior web developer, I have some trouble with Databases, its my weakness, but I still know some things on them. My boss asked me if I knew databases and I said yes, hoping it was ...
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How to respond to “I'm so old!” [closed]

I work for a Pharmacy at a hospital in Canada. Today, I had a "1 on 1" with our new manager; basically an opportunity for her to get to know her staff. Part way through, she asked me about what ...
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Birthday celebration in bad environment [closed]

In my job, people are used to bring sweets on their birthday. But they are really bad mannered and distant to me and never invite me. This Sunday it was my birthday and I just passed to bring anything....
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Is it ok for the boss to rebuke an employee in front of a client? [closed]

I am in the e-commerce Industry and the other day we had a meeting with an unsatisfied client. During the meeting, the client mentioned that a colleague of mine (present in the room) was not very ...
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What would be a right behavior to put a tea spoon? [closed]

I have a mild cerebral palsy that I can't carry a cup of tea to the table I eat. Therefore the worker of the coffee lounge carries my the cup to the table. He puts a spoon on it but there is no saucer....
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How to decide between jobs based on office environment?

I'm fresh out of grad school and busy interviewing for my first job (in roughly the data science field). I've interviewed at two companies, both of which look like they can offer me great experience ...
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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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Advice for starting a new job? [closed]

What things should i keep in mind while joining a new job.How do i make a long lasting impressions on colleagues and boss? Thanks
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what to do if my colleagues are extremely cold/distant?

After many years of unemployment (thanks Spain) I finally got a full time job. I started in September and found that my co-workers were the coldest people I've ever met. I asked a few friends and an ...
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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 open plan offices; desks ...
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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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Is it considered rude or bad if I politely refuse to have lunch offered by the interviewer?

I had a job interview that was originally scheduled before lunch. However, their interview with the previous candidate overran considerably and since we are Muslim and have prayers on Friday, they ...
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When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands?

When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands? Should I put them in my back pockets? Let them hang? Put them over my pockets? This may sound stupid, but it is an important component to ...
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Is there an ideal way to deal with a higher-level colleague who is wrong and aggressive?

I recently had an experience with a 'Principal Architect' (who has been with the company for 12 out of the 15 years its existence). He forwarded me a defect with a comment saying that it's caused by ...
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How to deal with an interviewer who is wrong on technical answers, but doesn't let you explain? [duplicate]

I attended interviews for the position of Android Developer in two different companies. I knew my answer was right, but the interviewer was incorrect leading to him thinking that I have answered ...
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Do I need to act happy all the time even if I'm not really?

I'm a software engineer from India. Recently, I suffered a personal loss which made me sad. I usually have my spirits up, but this time I just didn't feel like laughing at every stupid joke in the ...
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Company asking employees to take behavioral/personality test

I work for a tech company in the US and they just started asking some employees (not sure if all, or just a selected few) that we take something called the Predictive Index (PI). I could not find much ...
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How to work with a supervisor who forgets what he asked for?

I work as a programmer in a small company and a small team. I am currently working under a senior supervisor/architect. The problem I face is: The architect assigns work to individual programmers in ...
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How to distance myself from a negative colleague in another dept. with whom I have to interact regularly?

As quality officer I have to interact a lot with the business analyst. Things went OK in the beginning when the BA just started in the company (I have been here for 8 years), but later on we become ...
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Sickness note from doctor after i already got my monthly salary

I have this stupid situation to which I don't know how to act accordingly. Last week i was on sick leave for 3 days and I forgot to bring in my sick note from doctor. Today i got paid my monthly ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...

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