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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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Senior keeps suggesting unsolicited changes that would break code

I am a Junior at my work. Often recently the Senior who sits behind me has taken to coming over to me and making suggestions about changing and reordering my code... Initially I took him at face value ...
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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 ...
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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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What if I don't want a title? [closed]

(I see a lot of jobs) sr this jr that thing And I don't want to commit. I want to learn it all. I come with 7 years experience in 2-3 heavy fields of IT - but with a passion. How do I search ...
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How will asking to be part of a more ethnically diverse team be perceived? [closed]

I work for a large corporate, well-known technology company in the Valley in California. There is a disproportionately large saturation of particular ethnic groups who have migrated here, either from ...
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How should I ask my co-workers that I need a handshower in the toilet?

I live in Karachi, Pakistan and I have got a job offer from Dallas, Texas, USA. I am likely to move their soon. While researching the cultural difference I realized that a bidet is not usually used in ...
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Europe - Usage of the T-V distinction (Vous / Usted / Sie) [closed]

In most western European countries, we have a form of politeness to adress either customer that we have not worked for a long time with or senior management : Vous / Usted / Sie (respectively French, ...
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Is work culture different between geographic locations? [closed]

I always assumed that the work culture of an office is heavily dependent on the general culture of the city it is in. For example I would expect for workplaces in NYC to have certain commonalities ...
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New job. New co-workers all unhappy and looking to leave. Bad sign? [duplicate]

After eight years at my prior employer, I took a new position that allowed me to travel less and see my family more. It was a reduction in income, but the increase in quality of life seemed worth it. ...
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How to maintain/rebuild relationship and trust with offshore team when half of that team is cut?

Due to a variety of factors but mainly performance, my boss is releasing most of the offshore Indian contractors I work with. There are about a half dozen contractors there and myself, located in USA ...
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Secret Santa - “rude gifts only”

In (just) our team at work it has been agreed to do a "Secret Santa" this Christmas. A stipulation is that it has to be a rude gift, a "Bad" secret santa if you will. Our manager is one of those ...
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Co-workers not communicating in common language [duplicate]

I accepted my first job in a country other than my own being assured that English is enough for office communication. Although all my co-workers are proficient in English, they choose to speak their ...
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Manager sounds upset every time I inform him of a (minor) obstacle

My manager seems irritated when he asks for an update and I inform him of a barrier I’m working on. For example I was working on implementing a subprocess call, and when tried it on the program to be ...
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Professional designations and degrees on business cards and e-mail signatures [duplicate]

I'm going to be creating some simple business cards for myself going forward, and would like some advice on the addition of my degrees and professional designations to the card. So far, the planned ...
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Culture changing in a way I don't like, anything I can do?

I have worked as a software developer for a company for 5 years, they were a small start up when I joined and the emphasis was on the quality of your output, that is how you were judged as an ...
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How to phrase “having trouble communicating” with a particular individual

I've worked as a solo software developer for the government for a little over a month now. Basically one person hired me as he doesn't know programming. I find it challenging for me to do my job well ...
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Supervisor paid for my food, what's the proper way to express my appreciation?

I'm doing an internship in one of the Canadian government organization. Recently my supervisor got promoted, so our division(6 people) went out to a fancy restaurant to celebrity his promotion. ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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Manager's trust - does not trust me any meaningful management duties [closed]

I am a Director of Technology reporting to VP of Technology. I have noticed that my boss started: 1) Personally reviewing all job interviews in my department 2) Wants to pre-screen every single ...
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Team makes excuses about bad software and practices instead of fixing it. How to head in the right direction? [closed]

At my new job I sometimes make mistakes. Usually these mistakes are because of assumptions I make based on other jobs I've had, other tools I've used, and other software I've developed on this very ...
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How to handle a boss who doesn't accept disagreement [closed]

I'm currently working under a boss who cannot accept disagreement. When I say "No sorry, I disagree because [...], I think it would bring more value if [...]", he responds very aggressively, ...
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How to help a junior developer that refuses help?

In my team, I am the person with the most experience. We lack a strict junior/medior/senior split so we are all equals. I have been involved with this project from the start and because of that I have ...
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Should I spell my surname phonetically?

I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me). What I ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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Handling culture difference in multinational workplace

Last week, a coworker, my boss and I went on a 4-day business trip to China. It was fun, for the most part. However, things got rather awkward when our business partners took us out to dinner. They ...
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Is “company culture” just a set of personal preferences of leadership rather than a professionally developed institution?

As a manager with some say in the boardroom, I am interested in proposing a few changes to the company culture for the benefit of the overall company performance. What is still unclear to me is ...