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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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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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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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Visiting an office that has posters that make me uncomfortable, but the regulars at the office don't seem to mind

I recently spent two weeks at my company's offices in Budapest, Hungary. However in the open-floor office of forty or so people, there are two prominently displayed posters of models happily taking ...
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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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Dealing with women (or opposite gender?) when they quote “Medical issues”

I'm trying to put this is the most non offensive way I can think of, but I realize some people may be offended by it. Just a heads up. Situation: I have a peer who is a woman and has recently been ...
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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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Determining the identity of a person that is covering their face by wearing a niqab/burqa

To weed out proxy/fake interviewees my organization will conduct either a face to face or a skype interview so that at least the interviewers will be able to confirm the identity of the interviewee. ...
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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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What's the correlation between guys with longer hair and professionalism?

I've been with a company for about nine months now. When I first started out my hair was cut to just above eye level, now I've grown it out close to my chin. For a while now, my higher-ups have been ...
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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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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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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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Is it ok to ask how old a fellow employee is?

I live in Mexico, but my manager is in the USA. He is having a birthday soon. I will wish him a happy birthday but I was wondering if it is considered rude or unpolite to ask how old he will be? Also ...
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How to deal with a person who perceives a culture problem on our team?

I know that a lot of you will be able to relate to the sort of work environment that we are running here. We make edgy jokes, the sort of jokes that a lot of people would find offensive. We shoot ...
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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 to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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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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Team culture is poor and needs improvement [duplicate]

I'm a mid-level developer on a small team of 5 software developers. I've really noticed that the culture of our team is very negative and mean. For example, a developer had overlooked an issue in ...
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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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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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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 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 should I adjust my interview questions for female candidates?

I did a few interviews in the last 3 months to expand our team of developers. I am a mid-level developer so I am always the second person present (+ PM or a senior dev). Until now, all candidates ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is email an acceptable medium for a thank you note?

It is generally considered good etiquette to send a note of appreciation after an interview. And traditionally I have usually sent this note on paper. In contemporary western culture is an email an ...
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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/...