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Organization Q&A functionality turning toxic

I lead the tools organization for my company. Because I am a big fan of the Stack Overflow format, I decided to enable a similar feature in our company's Confluence pages called Confluence Questions. ...
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How to convey the thanks directed at myself to others who have given a helping hand to do some work

I have arranged to deliver some goods to a covid infected person in our office after everyone in the department has contributed with money. That is, the goods were from the department's collected ...
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Can't understand boss's accent

I've reported to my boss for about 6 months. She is a good boss in that she really sticks up for the team and is very serious about trying to get us to grow as individuals. The one problem I have is ...
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Muslim colleague is uncomfortable with 1:1 meeting and work culture — to what degree should I accommodate?

A female Muslim employee recently joined my team. I work in IT — cybersecurity as a the technical lead / team lead. She is considered to directly report to me. I am in the USA. As a manager, I believe ...
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Extend current tool stack of data science team

I recently started to lead a data science focused company with two departments that has uses SPSS Modeler extensively. To be honest nobody there has close to the skills of a data scientist. My ...
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Is it likely to get fired / don't get hired when you wore black face in the United States? [closed]

A little background for clarity: I live in central Europe and talked with a friend about blackface. It is quite common in the Netherlands and Germany to darken your skin if you play the Biblical Magi. ...
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Is this a leave me alone

Pre-covid I had applied speculatively for unpaid internships and had one decision maker write back that he: really didn't have anything suitable at the current time although he: definitely ...
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How to collaborate with HQ peers who want to be dominant?

I work in a US company with many international offices. The division I work with sells technology for a specific sector. We have a US team and other teams from other countries. Our US colleagues keep ...
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How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail?

How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail (the e-mail was sent only to me)? Would "I hope you will get better soon" be enough? Or should I also say something ...
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Are there studies about gender distribution in IT, per country/culture [closed]

I am working in a country where there is a very high male predominance in the IT field. I am wondering whether this is by culture, by region or globally true. Are there studies on the topic of gender ...
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What should I do if don't think I fit to the company's culture?

At my job I'm sitting at the corner of the room alone. I feel lonely. Break time comes I go for lunch alone. The group has a nice casual conversation. But I don't get along well. Different culture, ...
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New foreign coworker doesn't pay for lunch [closed]

There is a European intern who joined company recently. He just graduated from college and will work in the company in China for the next three months. He doesn't read or speak Chinese, so when I ...
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Manager keep on voicing general opinions which I don't share at work, what would be an appropriate reaction? [duplicate]

I used to have a very chatty manager that wanted to spend some time at work chatting about all kind of stuff. This is more or less normal I think. What was a bit weird was that my manager used to ...
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How to get more liked by colleagues?

I'm not well liked by colleagues. And this doesn't happen to me for the first time unfortunately. I will try to be objective in my description: I have friends and social networks outside of work, so ...
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Should a staff canteen allow using their cutlery without buying food? [closed]

I work for a large British bank. As of Monday, staff are no longer allowed to use the cutlery in our canteen unless they are buying food. Loss was the cited reason - around 20,000 pieces a year. The ...
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Is a lowball salary then a part-time offer standard Japanese employment negotiations?

I have recently been interviewing for a remote position with a company based out of Tokyo, Japan. They are a fairly young start up, with one semi successful product currently out. They seem to be ...
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Mentoring a new developer to search

I've recently gotten into the position where I am in charge of mentoring a new developer. While I'm very happy to oblige and and positively influence the career of a younger individual I'm seeing ...
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My team insists on printing contracts to be signed instead of using digital signature, How do I convince them to change? [closed]

Here's the situation, I work for a large company as a Technical Consultant, we are about 2k employees worldwide. Within the department I am part of, I am tasked to arrange for a supplier of ours to ...
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How can I help a team member who's a recent immigrant adapt to a new work culture?

After a recent meeting, one of my team members asked me for feedback and advice on fitting in to work culture in our country (Canada). The team member is a recent immigrant and this is their first job ...
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How to communicate to my manager that him being available while on vacation sets a bad precedent

I'm looking for a good way to approach my manager that I believe his availability while on vacation sets a bad precedent for the team. Some background. My manager is a People Manager of myself and my ...
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My job has changed and my performance has suffered in a key area, what should I do? [closed]

I recently had a mediocre performance review. My job has changed as the company has become more "call center" like. I have high ratings with client organizations I serve, co-workers as mentor and ...
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Workplace (project) Horse Race [closed]

I'm a support associate at a large financial institution who has been asked to do a project for senior leadership. I have done similar work for nearly five years for the company and deliver quality, ...
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Feedback that an agreed tool is non-intuitive [closed]

In a meeting two teams, mine and another one, quite lightheartedly agreed to my proposal to use a common and very popular tool for a project. It is actually a market leading browser-based ...
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Is my document's subtitle an example of not being inclusive? [closed]

Context - As part of my job, I write engineering design documents. I tend to have each document's subtitle reflect something about the feature. For one document, I used a subtitle of "The best laid ...
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Cultural favouritism in the workplace

This is in relation to the software industry in Australia. I am noticing a repeated and consistent attitude stemming from Indians towards those of non-Indian background in the industry. Examples: ...
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How to understand and learn the popular culture which is valued in the corporation? [closed]

I am looking for position in several corporations but judging from the social networks, the adopted culture is quite different from my tastes: I love classical and contemporary classical music (...
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Is a book on sales technique a bad idea for our head of sales in secret santa?

So it's secret santa time again at work, and I've drawn the Head of Sales. Secret santa is normally a jokey thing in our office, so I thought it would be amusing to buy him a 'Sales for Dummies' sort ...
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Contacted by a recruitment agency regarding a role working for a company that a mate of mine has just left

I am a software developer, and am currently looking for work (preferably looking to move into a Business Analyst role, but willing to consider further roles in software development), as I have ...
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What is an acceptable way for an American to apologize to a Korean coworker after critizing them in front of other coworkers?

Imagine you work in a United States office where some employees are from the USA and others from Korea. What is an acceptable way for an American employee to apologize to a Korean employee when the ...
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How do I greet someone when bowing is the default greeting but I'm unable to bow?

As a Muslim I am only allowed to bow and prostrate to God, not to other people. This is a problem in Japan, where bowing is considered a common greeting. How should I handle greetings at work and ...
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What is the social norm when people in conversation have different pronunciations of the same word? [closed]

Basically i'm an English person looking for work in IT in Australia and I realised the other day that there is a word that will come up multiple times a day and is pronounced completely differently; ...
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After close to two years, Senior is still suggesting unsolicited changes that break code

I used to be a Junior at my work. The 25 year Senior who sat next to me has taken to coming over to me and making suggestions about changing and reordering my code... Initially I took him at face ...
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How to stop nicknames from being used?

A while ago I made a Photoshopped image of myself, making fun of the fact that I look like Stretch Armstrong. My coworkers have now seen this image and bestowed the nickname "Stretch" on me, which I ...
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How to [politely] reject a "catch up" to an easily offended demographic

I am currently on a business trip overseas in our South East Asia (VN) branch, to meet and have a meeting the founder of Company A. The founder has just emailed me: Dear 3kstc, Are you still here ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask an Indian co-worker if they eat meat?

The company I work for hires a lot of contractors, some of which are Indian. I want to stay as inclusive with my team as possible, so making small-talk about food, or going out for a team lunch is ...
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how do you create a design system culture in your team [duplicate]

Design systems are gaining a lot of popularity lately, especially with invisions design system manager coming up next month However setting up these tools are only half the battle according to even ...
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Correcting boss's English?

My boss is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, but English is not his first language; he often misuses English idioms or misunderstands background American culture that we take for ...
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How do I address a coworker with a Spanish four-word name?

A potential coworker of mine is from a Latin country, and has a full (?) name with 4 words. The first word sounds like a first(=given) name, the last word sounds like a last(=family) name. The middle ...
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Does sitting cross-legged come across as unprofessional? [closed]

Today I realised it's become my habit to sit cross-legged (ankle of one leg resting on knee of other leg) quite a lot of the time, including at work. I work at a desk-job (in the UK), so my legs are ...
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Is there anything specific I should be aware of when interviewing with an female Indian interviewer?

I'm a US citizen living in the US, interviewing for a software development position in Washington, USA. My initial phone interview tomorrow will be with a female hiring manager located in India. I'm ...
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Dismissed for not asking questions, what to tell next employer? [closed]

I got dismissed after 2 months during probation period. Before that I had a 6-month gap due to trying to find an "ideal" work and rejected some offers. What do I tell my future employers? I think no ...
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How to politely decline a colleague's wedding invitation given to you personally in office?

I have read the related questions on "how to politely reject a wedding invitation", but my case is different. In my Sri Lankan culture/tradition, the invitation is given by personally visiting the ...
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Hourly tracking in a salaried position - how to do peaceful protest?

I am a full time salaried employee (ie. my contract states I am payed a fixed annual amount, for minimum number of hours a week) for a medium-sized company, working as the sole tech lead for a major ...
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Is it good to allow other team members come and do personal discussions regularly [closed]

Ours is a software development team. We are on a tight schedule. Is it good to allow other team members come and do personal discussions with our team members regularly. How should I see. Is it good/...
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In Germany, can a prospective employer discover how much salary I have today? Can they ever know?

I have applied to a new job, and the process is going well. I have asked for a salary of 100k, around 40% or 30k more than I earn today. There is an upcoming interview with HR, and I was told my an ...
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I was given two weeks to complete a task. I completed it in a week, then I was told to hurry up.. Is this fair?

I started a job with relevant experience but the business domain was completely new to me. I was told that it would take six months to a year to have a good grip on the domain. My boss told me to ...
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Is this attitude common or rude in western countries? [closed]

Our manager has recently changed. The new manager's attitude is weird. For example, a couple of times, I have seen that my colleagues ask her a question and in response she said: I don't know. ...
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How to discuss with a manager describing my team as a geek squad it can be taken as offensive? [closed]

I've been seconded to another team within the business, mainly thanks to my IT skills (I think). When discussing a seating change I was invited by the manager (who isn't IT) to 'join the geek squad'. ...
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Can I ask someone why they've started wearing religious clothing?

This morning a colleague who has been working here for six months came into the office wearing a turban. She hasn't discussed it beyond mentioning that she will be wearing it from now on. While we ...
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Starting fresh as an "old" new software engineer

I'm in school right now, and in a couple of years, I'm going to look for work as a software/systems engineer. The thing is that right now, I'm 32 years old. With age being a potential issue, where ...
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