Questions tagged [company-policy]

Rules for how an organization is run. Areas can include dress code, work hours, and behavior in the workplace.

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Is it acceptable to ask a waiter to pay if a customer leaves without paying?

I’ve recently started working for a restaurant (which will be anonymous for now) in Virginia (U.S.A.) as a waiter. I’ve learned to enjoy it, but recently a customer left without paying. I looked ...
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Can I get in trouble for smoking on a video call while working from home?

Everybody in our office is still working at home due to COVID. The other day, I had a Zoom call with several people in the organization. Not thinking about it, I was smoking a cigarette while my ...
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Top developer doing more home office than allowed

I'm a release manager of a well-known software development company. In the project we work in, we have 1 developer. Every worker in the project including me (around 20 people, mostly managers) has 2 ...
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Engineer refusing to file/disclose patents

We have a senior engineer on our team that routinely excels at his work. In addition to his regular work, our company has a patent program where engineers can write up a patent for a novel idea, and ...
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Does my company own my phone number?

My company does not provides phones or phone numbers as most of our meetings are held over teleconferencing tools (e.g. google hangout, zoom, etc.) but they do require us to list a phone number as ...
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How to break the news to the employees that we will start with frequent, surprise drug testing?

The company I'm currently working for is asking for all team leads - which includes me - to break some policy changes for our teams. Our boss wants to introduce a new policy for surprise drug testing....
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I mistakenly took someone else's lunch; how should I proceed?

I've been working at my present job for 5 years now, and I maintain very good relationship with my colleagues. Last week I accidentally took someone else's catered lunch, thinking it was left-overs. ...
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Simple rules for a successful partly remote policy with about 50% office time

We want to create a partly remote policy - meaning that we expect at about 50% of the working time to be spent in the office and the other 50% can be done remotely. But so far, our efforts to create ...
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Member of the board asks for admin access and wants non-compliant device on the network

I'm one of the many network operators at a corporation. One of the board members asks every time — when in her opinion changes are too slow — for admin access (credentials) so she can do it herself. ...
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How to ask boss for written authorization to violate a strict company policy?

My manager has asked me to violate a company policy that they disagree with. The policy is very strict and violating it normally is considered gross misconduct. The policy is for security and ...
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What to do when previously approved time off is being revoked at the last second because my coworker requested the same days off after I did?

I requested time off for Christmas way back in October, and some of it was approved October 18, so I bought plane tickets (which are now non-refundable) for a trip during those days and expected to ...
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A friend/coworker and his wife are employed at the same company. He found out she's cheating. What to do?

Full context: I've been at my job for about a year and have formed close bonds with a number of people, including my coworker "Josh". A new position opened up recently that Josh's spouse, "Jessica", ...
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Coworkers showing up late to start their shift force me to stay longer

My employer cares for 3 slightly disabled ladies 24 hours a day. My job is from 2-6pm, to take these ladies to and from their jobs. My employer is threatening to fire me because other employees ...
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Company policy violation due to browser history syncing

I recently learned (the hard way) that my company is accessing my browser history on my work computer. That's fine and all, and comes as no surprise, really. However, I recently got hit with a warning ...
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Our work-week policy changed drastically. It used to be a perk. How to let them know I'm unhappy?

My company used to have an amazing work week schedule. We worked 4 x 10 hour days instead of 5 x 8 hour days. This was amazing, and definitely a deciding factor when me and my wife were deciding where ...
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Company doesn't follow security policies advertised to clients

I work for a small consulting company with no formal IT personnel. One other employee and I are the only ones who actually care about information security and network management. We both get a ton of ...
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Should I be concerned about the bring-your-own-device policy?

I had an interview before the weekend (they found me on stack overflow and I haven't been offered the job yet, so I'm posting anonymously). It's for a permanent position with a company that's been ...
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Am I Obligated to Enforce Detrimental Company Policy?

Our company has a strict policy that employees need to be in the office by 9:00am or they have to take a PTO day. I personally think this is absurd. (We're all professionals here, and I don't care ...
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Ethics of renting out an assigned workplace parking spot [closed]

I work in a downtown environment, and everyone in our company is assigned a parking spot in the lot. There are numerous lots that charge anywhere from $5 to $10 a day to park within blocks of my ...
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Company wants me to apply for my own corporate credit card - is this normal?

My company's policy for travel is for employees to open a credit card, purchase registration/travel/lodging themselves, and then get reimbursed. Since I'll be traveling for company-sponsored training, ...
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Manager is upset because I asked HR to clarify a company policy after he had explained it to me

I am a new hire and recently had my first 3-month review. I got an overall satisfactory rating, but was criticized for being away from my desk too much. According to my manager, my lunchtime (rarely ...
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Is it okay to leave my original documents with a company who wants them "as insurance"?

I was a temporary employee for three months, and I recently signed a one year contract with the company where I am currently employed at. Now after signing the contract, the company wants my original ...
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How can I deal with my coworkers using unknown jargon and acronyms?

I'm exactly 1 month into a new job. I really like all my coworkers and we have lots of great conversations outside of work settings, easily the best manager I've ever had and the workplace is pretty ...
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How to handle people confiding in you as you're leaving

I’ve recently handed in my resignation. The reasons were varied, and mostly related to myself and my personal preferences, as well as another job offering that was much better than my current job. ...
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Workplace sexism against men vs sexism against women [closed]

(By the way, I am male...) My male boss was recently seriously berated at work for some sexist comments he had made to a female colleague of mine, which turned into quite a scandal. He was almost ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

I'm a QCV Editor. That doesn't stand for anything, it's just my initials. It's my new title at my company, sent out this week in an email about addressing the high turnover problem. Every software ...
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How to help a co-worker who wouldn't be able to get promotion due to lack of English skills?

In my engineering organisation I have one employee (machinist) having 25 years service at same set up. He is the most skilled and dedicated worker with an exemplary attitude who can be assigned to any ...
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How to handle a "non-compete clause" on the employment contract?

One of my friends was selected to a large software company to work as a web developer after a successful interview. He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it, he found an unfair term. It ...
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How to address colleagues including me in video recordings in the office when I wish to not be recorded?

A couple of weeks ago two of my colleagues went around the office filming for another colleague's anniversary video. The filming took place on company premises during work hours, and I understand it ...
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Is it professional to use personal contacts in other companies to solve problems at work?

I work in IT, and like typical IT folks, have a lot of friends in IT. Is it professional to use these connections to help my employer? For example, a client in my company needs to contact another ...
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Does it send the wrong impression if I ask if I will be drug tested?

Recently, I got a job offer at a large company. Prior to accepting their offer, I carefully read through all of the legal documents they sent me and noted that there was no mention of any obligatory ...
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Supervisor hit on my wife and exacted revenge on her after being turned down

My wife's male supervisor (engaged) hit on her, and asked her out many times. My wife refused him, and this supervisor stopped hitting on her, but turned everything to work harassment: far more ...
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Work requires me to come in early to start computer but won't let me clock in to get paid for it

The computers at work take around 5-10 minutes to boot up and have all of the necessary applications for my job to be up and ready to use. I work 9am-5:30pm. But the other day my boss told me to come ...
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Would it be inappropriate to leave anonymous letters of encouragement around my workplace?

Being the type of person I am, little notes of encouragement are always a nice surprise whenever I find them. So, I was wondering if it would be weird or inappropriate to leave anonymous notes or ...
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Motivate coworkers to use strong passwords

I work for an expanding company, and we are currently establishing a new IT-infrastructure and several company-policies (privacy/safety rules). One of my biggest concerns is the acceptance of ...
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How to deal with boss asking employees to wear specific clothes when it is uncomfortable?

I am facing a difficult situation wherein my client visit is due over in next week. We have a formal dress code except on Fridays. On this day, my boss asked us to wear a Company T-Shirt that is ...
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Applying for jobs, new company wants to see source code that I don't have access to any more

In recent job interviews, companies want to see the source code that I've written in my previous projects, to check my skills. I would be happy to do this, but in most cases, I can't! Either I'm ...
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Is it within the rights of my employer to pose limits on personal appearance such as hair color for only certain people with similar positions?

I'm interested in changing my hair color to something a little outside of the norm, but I'm not 100% sure if it is ok for me to do so. When I was still a temp working for the company, I had been ...
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Is it unprofessional to ask to use company laptop for personal uses? [closed]

I'm going on a trip this weekend with my family, and I expect there will be some idle time in the hotel room or by the pool. I'd like to fill this idle time with Netflix or video games etc, but I don'...
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Is it reasonable to leave my company phone at my workplace?

For security reasons, my boss wants to reach us and is worried by the fact that we use our private mobile phones. To remedy this, everyone is getting a company phone with a strict app policy. We are ...
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How to politely refuse in-office gym instructor for steroids and protein

In my office, the in-house gym instructor asked me to have protein, amino and steroids. Almost twice a week he insists that I use those. From my experience, I don't want to use those things at all, ...
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Why don't companies give competitive raises to keep their employees?

I've heard it said that the fastest way to increase your salary is to change companies every few years. If this is true, it seems to mean that very few employers regularly give raises that keep up ...
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Is it common practice for a school to force its staff to use school canteen?

Our school (private secondary) just opened a canteen, and it is of type where we have to order food and wait while it is prepared. Before this there was an arrangement with nearby restaurant for ...
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Can my company prevent me from consuming alcohol outside of work?

This came up during a discussion I was having with a friend who works as head of HR for a medium sized organization, about 600 employees in total. Recently they had to let someone go for poor ...
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How can a company implement a "20% time" program like Google's?

I've read that Google's 20% rule is about encouraging fun and innovation. How can my company implemented and manage a program like this? A good answer to this question should also cover these sub ...
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Installing organization's app on your phone with "always on location" and tracking permissions

I work at a small start up. At times I am asked to download their mobile app for testing purposes. The end users of this app usually are delivery / riders who use it for pickup and drop up purposes. ...
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Should I agree to accept any further addition of rules to the company policy? [closed]

I have been a senior software engineer in an Indian based company and owners of the company are an Indian as well for the last two years. Recently all employees were given an agreement to sign. Below ...
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Company is saying that they will give me offer letter within few days of joining

I am a fresher who successfully passed two rounds of interviews for a company in India and have to first work as a trainee for which I will be paid stipend, and after few months I will receive the ...
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How can I convince my company to change their time off policy?

My company has a policy that no more than three salaried employees can be off on any given day, regardless of what department they are in. I've seen this cause tension with some employees, and have ...
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How do I request new equipment for the office?

After reading Peopleware and The Programmer's Bill of Rights I have realized that my work space is lacking in what I would considering comfortable working conditions. I have been thinking about ...

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